The Hague - Design and Government

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Carabinieri (Italy) and Poliisi (Finland)
Have a look here for more police uniforms from Europe.

The Hague - Istanbul

The Hague: 500.000 inhabitants

Istanbul: 13.000.000 inhabitants

In the media

AD Rotterdam, 19 January, 2012

Related projects

Car parade through The Hague with police cars from Europe (5 June, 2010)
Debate 'One visual identity for the police in Europe?', The Hague (Prinses Julianakazerne, 5 June, 2010) and Berlin (IDZ, 8 October, 2010)
Exhibition 'Hats and suits', The Hague (Atrium, June, 2010) and Berlin (IDZ, October, 2010)
Event 'One European police: yes or no?' (Plein The Hague, 5 June, 2010)

Related news

28.09.2012 Visit to Istanbul Design Week
21.09.2012 7 Designs for the European police
22.05.2012 A multicolour police?
17.04.2012 Skype meeting Dutch and Turkish students
20.03.2012 Superman, gladiator or Lara Croft?
07.03.2012 The design of authority
23.01.2012 Police uniforms from Europe in AD (Dutch newspaper)


Date: 25 - 30 September 2012
Location: Rahmi M. KoƧ Museum, Istanbul


Date: 30 September 2012, 16:00 o'clock
Location: Old Hat Factory, Istanbul (Istanbul Design Week venue)


This project is organised within the framework of the celebrations of 400 years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Turkey and is financially made possible thanks to SICA Dutch Centre for International Cultural Activities, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Embassy in Turkey.


Royal Academy of Art The Hague,
Europol Dutch Desk, The Hague,
Interational Police Association Haaglanden, Den Haag,

Initiative by Istanbul Design Week and foundation Design Den Haag.




The visual identity of the police in Europe

The police have the same mission in every European nation, but nevertheless, they look different in every country. In Finland they choose accessible and sportive, while in Italy the police wears an elegant suit. Would it be possible that, despite the differences in cultural background, the police all over Europe will look the same?

With EU founding member The Netherlands and Turkey as membership candidate, we are curious to see what the inhabitants of both countries think of this idea. Dutch and Turkish students graphic design and fashion will confront the public on the street with an officer from the other country and ask them questions. What do Turkish find of the visual identity of the Dutch police? And what do Dutchmen think of the Turkish police?
The findings were used by the students as a starting points to design a uniform and a car striping for the (not yet existing) European police. The results were shown during the Istanbul Design Week (25-30 September, 2012) in Istanbul and were the starting point for a debate on the idea of one visual identity of the police in Europe.

Look here for the designs!