The Hague - Design and Government

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Logo NS, 1968
Design: Gert Dumbar, Tel Design

Dutch banknotes, 1982
Design: Ootje Oxenaar

Beatrix stamp, 1981
Design: Peter Struycken, Gerard Unger (typography)



Ed Annink (1956-2012)

Ed Annink was partner of the design agency Ontwerpwerk in The Hague, he has international experience as a multidisciplinary designer, curator, advisor and as a teacher. He was initiator of the multi annual manifestation Design and Government and was responsible for the programme in 2010. Ontwerpwerk was responsible for the designs of promotional material, publications and exhibitions during Design and Government 2010.

Interview Ed Annink

The Hague Design and Government

Interview with Ed Annink (1956-2012)

Why a manifestation about the subject Design and Government?
'In the past the relationship between government and the creative (design)sector was exceptional, even from an international point of view. State enterprises like the former PTT (now know as TNT Post), the Dutch railway and the Dutch national bank were important commissioners for Dutch designers. Exceptional results of corporations like these are for instance, the money designed by Ootje Oxenaar, the NS logo of Gert Dumbar and the PTT stamps by designers like Wim Crouwel.
The visual identity that the government shows is important for the communication with the citizens. A good relationship between government and the creative power therefor is very significant. With Design and Government we want to revitalize this relationship, on a European level and stimulate a good adoption of the creative power.
We focus on the creative disciplines: design for public spaces, architecture and visual communication.'

What are the key notions of Design and Government?
'Creativity can help to get up to date developments in society closer to the government. From this cohesion new initiatives can arise that lead to better or renewed communication, services and products.
Good implementation of creativity can strengthen the social cohesion and increase trust in diversity and create subcultures. The programme of Design and Government is focussed on the background exploration of diversity in visual identity and the way people experience this. At last 'we people' are the ones receiving and sending information, possess talents and convictions, and have respect and trust. Therefore the key notions we work with are: identity, perception and sharing knowledge.'