This summer, Nissan has refueled the Datsun design and put the classic Japanese car back on the road. After having its time of glory in the 1970s, the Nissan is reviving the Datsun brand to benefit Indian, Russian, Indonesian and South African buyers. We have developed a customized typeface to power the engine of the brand design. The new typeface is used on all touch points across all markets and underlines Datsun as a global brand. Take the new Datsun for a spin, while you wait for our case on the typeface.
Three prizes at Japans biggest Typography Awards
We are very honoured to announce that we have been awarded three prizes at the acclaimed Applied Typography 24th circle. It is the biggest award in Japan founded by The Japan Typography Association. The award celebrates and promotes outstanding typography and graphic design. Our brand identity work for d’Angleterre, the Carlsberg Foundation and Andersen Bakery all won in the visual identity category. These projects also took home medals at the Creative Circle and Red Dot Awards earlier this year. A great thanks from our Copenhagen and Japan Office to the jury!
Election posters: Welcome to the jungle
In spite of the storm that took down more than a few election posters Monday night, every city around Denmark is currently transformed into a jungle of more or less decorative party colours. Our Creative Director, Mads Quistgaard, participated in Aftenshowet at DR 1 to share his views on what works and what does not work. More specifically, he laid down the verdict on four especially imginative posters. Watch it here.
Design tailored for business
For a designer, it’s a fundamental discipline to develop a collection or product line aimed at a specific company. And this is exactly what our two senior interaction and service designers, Martina Gobec and Katja Egemose, are going to teach the designers of tomorrow at Kolding Design School. In a co-lab with the talented fashion designer, Kjetil Aas, and MA in Design Management, Rasmus Nordqvist, they will let design students in on how to develop a company fitted strategy and coherent concept. The 8-week course ends with all the students designing a full collection for a real company. We can't wait to see the result.
Philosophy Now! on the air
The Danish Society suffers from intellectual hardening of the arteries - according to philosopher Anders Fogh Jensen. But all is not lost. He bows to 'Philosophy Now!' festival for shooting some good old love into the veins of society. We're behind the festival's design and have developed a light identity to complement the heavy topic. Throughout September the Philosophy Now! Festival brought philosophy down to earth and into our everyday lives. And now the verdict is in. Hear two danish philosophers discuss the festival and its communicative expression on Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s radio P1 in the program, “Existence”. Listen here.
What a celebration!
We are very pleased to have been awarded three awards at the big Red Dot Award show 2013 in Berlin Concert Hall. Every year, Red Dot rewards outstanding achievements within communication design. Our identity design that revitalizes the prestigious Hotel d’Angleterre was awarded the highly esteemed “Red Dot: Best of the Best” representing the absolute highest design quality within the category. In addition, we won two “Red Dot” awards for our identity design for the Carlsberg Foundation and Andersen Bakery that also took home medals at the Creative Circle Awards earlier this year. We are very thankful for the great results at this year’s Red Dot and send our gratitude to the jury.
A picture says more than a million words – but not necessarily something positive. Therefore, it’s essential to know a trick or two on how to make your pictures work for you and not against you. Our artworker coordinator, Bianca Lehd Lausen, has joined forces with the Danish School of Journalism and Media to teach Photoshop 101. Drawing on 24 years of experience as a graphic designer she will teach Photoshop newbie’s the basics at the two-day course “Photoshop for everyone”. Read more and sign up for the course.
When celebrities sell coffee and cell-phones
George Clooney is a great actor. But he is also the face of Nespresso coffee. Just like Robert Downey Junior is for HTC and Gorbatjov for Louis Vuitton. More and more often we see world-famous celebrities used in commercials to revitalize a brand and give it more edge. Most lately, the Danish clothing brand Jack & Jones has released a series of 5 videos featuring Christopher Walken as the cool tailor behind the clothes. Our Head of branding, Svante Lindeburg, shared his view on this campaign and the use of celebrities in commercials, when he guested the TV-show ‘Go’morgen Danmark’ this week. Watch the program (login needed).
Mind the Map
Copenhagen is currently echoing with the sounds of growth. The Metro is expanding and workers are busy digging their way through the city’s underground. We have also been working hard and have designed a new metro map that graphically links the new stations together like beads on a string.
The 17 new stations are illustrated with a perfect red circle, and the complete metro map presents the city of Copenhagen in a clear and logical way. Onward it will become a point of reference for locals as well as visitors. It will be a unique symbol of the city, and thereby follow the footsteps of other iconic metro maps such as the ones in London, Berlin and New York.
The new Circular Line opens in 2018 and is expected to carry more than 230,000 people around the city centre each day. Passengers will be able to travel anywhere on the circle in less than 12 minutes.
Content is King
Keyboards became red-hot when we visited Skive municipality last week to teach 50 employees how to produce great content for their new website. Through lots of exercises they learned how to write well rather than swell, and how to optimise texts for both search engines and people. Fact is that 79% of all readers only skim online texts. Therefore, it's essential to write user-oriented and focus on benchmarks, clarity and call to action. If content is king, then context is queen. And so we have also completely redesigned Skive Municipality’s website. The new site will be launched in the beginning of 2014 where users will meet a coherent and user-friendly web design to complement the new content.
The uniform just got personal
This month, 30,000 employees at the hospitals in the Capital Region of Denmark got new uniforms. We developed the creative brief and managed the competition for uniform designers. The result is a range of outfits developed in corporation with the staff and patients. A total of 26 different uniform items can be combined to the liking of each employee. The project has boosted the comfort and perceived quality of the uniforms. And most importantly, employees are happy.
Enjoy your stay - and please come again
Stay loyal to your brand. That should be the main, future focus of both budget and high-end hotels according to our Head of Brand Strategy, Svante Lindeburg. This morning, he spoke at a conference about hotel branding in a new and complex travel economy, where concepts like Airb'n'b and TripAdvisor are renewing our way of staying over away from home. Hotel brands have to streamline and communicate their identity even more consistently than before in order to rise to the challenge. They need to show that a hotel stay is not just spending the night. It is an experience. The conference was hosted by "Byens Ejendom" who works to spread knowledge about the real estate market in the Nordic countries. See how we rebranded the iconic Danish luxury hotel, d'Angleterre earlier this year.
Have you also switched to Aristotle? Or would your cat also prefer Sartre? This year, the Golden Days Festival “Philosophy Now!” brings philosophy down to earth and into our everyday lives. Amongst many great activities, the festival gives you a philosophy ‘starter kit’ and philosophy quick-fixes, e.g. “1 philosopher a day”. We are - yet again - behind the festival’s communication concept and design that is now decorating the streets of Copenhagen. Have a closer look at the festival and the programme - soon in a store near you!
Heated cultural debate on TV
From a controversial book about a German nudist sect on a deserted island to a communist computer game. Once again Svante Lindeburg, our Head of Brand Strategy, took part in "Smagsdommerne", a cultural debate programme on Danish TV. The guests share views and discuss new additions to the cultural scene. This time, they agreed to disagree. Watch the episode.
"Best annual report" goes to Carlsberg
This week, Carlsberg won 1st prize for best annual report 2013 at DI-Confederation of Danish Industry and Danish Accountants' annual award show. 180 of the biggest Danish companies were nominated, but Carlsberg beat all competitors with an annual report setting an example for other companies to follow. We are behind the concept development, design, layout and production of the annual since 2007, and we are very happy that Carlsberg is awarded this fine recognition. Kontrapunkt has also been responsible for Carlsberg's CSR-report and next year our collaboration on the annual report continues.
Tomorrow, 347 international artists occupy Denmark. Under the theme "Occupy Utopia" IMAGES Festival 2013 fuses art, activism and politics together with musicians, painters, filmmakers, actors, writers and other significant artists from Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. We are behind the festival's brand strategy, visual identity as well as graphic and digital design. Read Bureaubiz' review of the festival's new identity and see the program.
What we expect from the design schools
No more generalists. We want profound design skills. We love interdisciplinarity, but you have to know your discipline. That was our creative director Mads Quistgaard's cry out to the design educations when he was a keynote speaker at the annual opening celebration at Kolding School of Design. Collaborators and business partners were invited to debates on the future role of design. The Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education started the event with a talk on how design affects the renewal of our welfare society. This was followed by Mads’ talk and an on-stage debate between Mads and the minister about what the industry expects from the design schools.
Museums - wake up!
Danish museums are not up to speed. Especially the smaller museums have stiffen and fail to reach out and be relevant in the contemporary society. They receive public aid to play a vital role in disseminating knowledge and culture. But are they doing their job? That was the topic of discussion when our creative director Mads Quistgaard participated in Meningsmaskinen on TV2. Mads argued that every museum has to think more strategically and be better at positioning themselves in a crowded market of cultural offers. Watch the programme here
DGI launches new visual identity
This week, DGI - one of Denmark's largest national sports associations - launches their new fast-forward visual identity. We are behind their new brand strategy and design that move DGI away from an unambitious, old-fashion image towards becoming a quality stamp for modern, dynamic and professional sports associations attractive to sportsmen/women at all levels. DGI's new logo separates the "DG" discretely from the "I" and expresses how the association moves the individual forward. The visual identity also includes an enticing color palette and "lines of energy", imitating the sportsworld's visual language.
For more information on DGI's new brand read the reviews on bureaubiz and markedsføring.
The art of co-branding
Great co-branding works like a great marriage. That was the message when our Head of Brand Strategy, Svante Lindeburg, shared his views on co-branding in “Go’ aften Danmark” on TV2 last night. The two brands should bring out each other’s best sides – or even better bring out qualities we didn't know they had. Co-branding is a trend that's here to stay, but as discussed in the show not all co-branding work out well. So beware before you say “I do”.
Summertime is Hammer time
Summer has also come to Den Blå Planet, Northern Europe's largest aquarium. Today their blue and playful summer campaign decorates busses and ad shells. We are behind the concept, design and copy - and their visual identity developed earlier this year. Together with the hammerhead shark we wish everyone a funky summer!
Hosting young talents
Yesterday, we had the honour of presenting two great designers, who challenge type in very different ways, at our Creative Session + Danish Faces. Under the heading “Type for News” the exceptionally talented Samo Ačko shared his thoughts on creating a super family of typefaces for Dnevnik newspaper with great attention to detail. Also, the brilliant recent graduate from Kolding Design School, Birk Marcus Hansen, spoke on bridging Chinese and Western characters. The creative session was held in collaboration with Danish Faces - a network and knowledge sharing platform for Danish designers.
Arla Unika wins "Best Cheese Brand"
We are very proud to announce that Arla Unika has been awarded “Best Cheese Brand” and were one of the finalists competing for the title as “Best New Brand” at the Dairy Innovation Awards 2013 in Switzerland. About the Arla Unika brand the judge said: "Premium take on provenance. Great idea to use chefs to promote cheese. On trend - artisanal cheese for an increasingly discerning consumer”. We have been responsible for building the Arla Unika brand from the bottom and have developed everything from strategy, visual identity, communication concept, copywriting as well as the design of the flagship store at Torvehallerne in Copenhagen. Have a closer look at Arla Unika's brand universe.
Another beautiful annual out now
For the second year in a row we are behind the design concept for the Carlsberg Foundation’s annual that was published last week. The 191 paged annual is written in the customized typeface "Carlsbergfondet" that we designed for the foundation. The typeface is inspired by the way the legendary Danish artisan Thorvald Bindesbøll employed the thorny and twisting hop in Carlsberg's original label design. The typeface was awarded a gold medal at this year’s Creative Circle Awards. Read more about the foundation's visual identity and custom typeface.
The new “Industriens Hus” is debated
Brutal, brilliant or simply an expectable update? Yesterday, our creative director, Mads Quistgaard, participated in “Meningsmaskinen” to debate the modernised version of DI’s domicile, Industriens Hus, as well as the role of architecture in modern cities. The aesthetics of the new domicile has been a much-debated question ever since the construction started more than two years ago and especially since it officially reopened four days ago. Mads sees the new building as an indisputable step forward from the dark and enclosed expression of the previous domicile on a location that is programmed to generate critique. As expected DI has built a smarthouse that fulfil modern green standards. Aesthetics put aside, the new domicile is a symbolic expression of progress on Denmark’s biggest commercial square. Watch the program.
Showing the way at CPH Airport
From today, it has become easier to be a passenger at Copenhagen Airport. We are behind the new, simple and intuitive wayfinding in Terminal 2. The redesigned signage meets the passengers' needs and creates coherence between the digital and physical signs. The improved wayfinding is implemented as part of the renovation and extension of the airport’s terminal 2. Read Politiken's rating of the wayfinding and the new Terminal 2 and watch the project featured on the news. Photo by Ernst Tobisc.
A fiery soul is celebrated
Last week, Funen Art Museum and the Carl Nielsen Museum opened two separate exhibitions that celebrate Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen's artistic works. Both exhibitions mark her 150th anniversary and shed light on her ever-passionate approach to both sculpturing, portraits and sketches. We are behind the visual identity and the design of the communications material for the celebratory exhibitions. Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen was a female pioneer within sculpturing in Denmark and became a role model for her generation – partly as a result of her position as one of the only female professors at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Read more about the exhibitions here here.
A race through history
This Friday Danish children and their families can literally take a run through history when the experience race ‘Jagten’ (The Hunt) mixes history and sport. We have been responsible for Jagten's visual identity and designed all communication materials, including banners and signs that now decorate our streets and squares. The race takes both children and childish souls to castles, forests and hidden bunkers in twelve different places in Copenhagen and suburbs. Read more about the race here.
We are the champions
Yesterday, thousands of dedicated F.C. Copenhagen fans celebrated winning their 10th Danish Superliga championship. At the match it was announced that a special F.C. Copenhagen championship beer would be handed out after the game - free of charge. Brewed by Carlsberg – designed by Kontrapunkt. During the game this movie also made by us was screened several times. Also have a look at these photos, where fans celebrate their team.
(Kontrapunkt has also been in charge of the SuperLiga logo. But that’s a completely other story).
A tribute to Kierkegaard on his 200th anniversary
The renowned Danish thinker and birthday boy Søren Kierkegaard is celebrated throughout the month of May because of his 200th anniversary. We joined the tribute and designed the visual identity for KIERKEGAARD 2013. As part of the design we created posters that quote Kierkegaard’s existential thinking. The posters now decorate the walls and streets of Denmark and call on us to think about our self, our time, our conformity and our choices. Heavy stuff. Read more or join the celebratory activities here.
Ltk.dk up and running
From today the municipality of Lyngby-Taarbæk never sleeps. This morning they launched their new website that makes it possible for the citizens of Lyngby-Taarbæk to handle their municipal affairs whenever it suits them – day or night. We created and designed the new website. The aim has been to create logical and easy accessible self-service solutions, fast search functions and user-friendly digital communication. Have a closer look at the new website here. Also, to launch the new website, we created a media campaign that literally puts the writing on the wall - in this picture the walls of the town hall.
Celebrating Tuborg's 140th birthday
Today Tuborg celebrates their 140th birthday. Congratulations! On this special occasion we walked down memory lane with Tuborg and created a special celebratory design. We reawakened the iconic Rød Tuborg bottle, Henningsen’s thirsty man, the tramps of Storm P and “Den Gyldne Dame” (The Golden Lady). Read more about the design and campaign here. And watch the old characters come to life here.
Winner of three Creative Circle Awards
d’Angleterre reopens after grand renovation
We have developed a new visual identity for the prestigious old lady as part of the renovation. It embraces the idea of pleasure and indulgence, the pulse of Copenhagen and the exquisite experience of privacy that d’Angleterre represents. The new identity contains a revitalized logo and a customized typeface. Also, d’Angleterre now only goes by its surname. ”Hotel” has been erased as part of the name emphasizing that d’Angleterre is so much more than a hotel.
Have a closer look here or read how Politiken rates the return of d’Angleterre.
FAB award nomination for Andersen Bakery
We are proud to announce that Kontrapunkt’s renewed brand identity for Andersen Bakery is nominated for a FAB award. Just fabulous. The design arises from mixing customs and design ingredients from both Denmark and Japan. The result is a unique and balanced visual narrative – a fusion of Danish tradition and Japanese precision. We now await the final verdict that falls in London by the end of May. Read more about the award here: www.fabawards.com
FAB Awards received more than 3000 entries from 60 countries. Kontrapunkt is the only danish bureau that is nominated for an award.
FMCG expert to the Kontrapunkt board
We are proud to announce that Fie Hansen-Hoeck will be joining the Kontrapunkt board. She will help strengthening the strategic focus on our growing business within retail and FMCG.
Fie Hansen-Hoeck has more than 25 years experience in retail. She is former CEO of ISO Supermarket and as Vice President of Netto for 12 years she has played a central role in developing the largest supermarket chain in Denmark. Currently Fie joins 10 boards within retail and food, and in addition to her work as a professional board member she manages the company Retail Network.
New politeness trend emerges
Our Creative Director, Mads Quistgaard identifies a new politeness trend when he - once again - participated in Meningsmaskinen. Mads and three other opinion formers debated the tone, language and quality of the reviews in the Danish media.
Today there are several examples of companies and projects that advocates a more friendly and polite tone and manner. For example the Danish mobile company 'Call me' that encourages us to speak in a proper tone, the TV program 'Høflighed på 100 dage' that examines the danes politeness, and the book ‘Fucking Flink’ inciting us to be more friendly. Mads sees this as a backlash on a hard tone and brutish reviews.
Watch the program here.
Designers win Young Creative Circle Award
Congratulations! Our designers, Peter Urban and Nilas Andersen, have just won Creative Circle’s YCCA Design category with the project “Autisme I Øjenhøjde” (Autism made approachable). Well done. We are proud of you. Have a look here.
Typography dumped in the ocean
Blue is the new black. Northern Europe’s largest aquarium, Den Blå Planet, just opened. We helped them develop their visual identity, including brand platform, web and communications concept. The visual identity is implemented on promotional materials, posters and web. Our idea is simple, yet impactful: The typography has been dumped into the ocean and floats through whirls of water creating a quirky, playful and flexible expression.
Novo Nordisk Conference is about to set sails
Our event team is right now preparing for the Novo Nordisk Global Medical Affairs Meeting (GMAM) that takes off in Copenhagen March 21st - 22nd.
We have made the creative concept and are responsible for the design development, implementation as well as production and handling on site. We can’t wait to see our design in action the next two days.
In spring 2012 we did the creative concept for the Novo Nordisk Global Sales, Marketing and Medical Meeting (GSMM) – a three-day event in London.
Welcome to our new website
We are proud to present our new website. It has been a long time coming and we are proud to reveal it to the public, our customers and friends.
The coming weeks and months we will continuously add new features, content and cases. So stay tuned for more.
Mads Quistgaard, our Design Director, comments on the launch: “We design brands and make them thrive. For us a brand is the melody, the tune, the core idea that holds it all together - creating a strong, appealing and dynamic universe. We express and explore that universe in design, words, digitally and even in branded space. That’s what we trying to show with our new site.”
The most shortlisted design agency
We are the most shortlisted design agency in the Creative Circle Award 2013 - nominated in the following categories:
Type design, corporate identity, packaging and YCCA.
Paul Barnes and Trine Rask at Kontrapunkt
More than 70 teachers, experts and students visited Kontrapunkt for a rewarding session on some of the most original typeface design. Kontrapunkt hosted Danish Faces’ post-workday session and proudly presented the internationally acknowledged typeface expert Paul Barnes and the talented Danish typeface designer Trine Rask. Paul Barnes is an excellent storyteller and in his own engaging and inspiring way he presented a selection of his amazing type work. Among other projects he showed his 'Marian'-project where he has created a completely new series of close interpretations of the 21st century type classics from original source material.
Trine Rask introduced a selection of her work and elaborated on her type project ‘Rum’. ‘Rum’ is Danish for space or room and refers to the design process as the typeface is designed from the inside out, said Trine.
Thanks to everyone who participated – we look forward to seeing you again.
12 new logos for DR
The Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) - an independent, licence-financed public service organisation - marks the launch of new television programs and channels with an updated visual identity. Kontrapunkt is behind the design of 12 of the 14 new logos for the new TV and radio channels. The graphic design profile has been tightened up and is now ready to put DR in the global, digital reality. The ambition has been to develop a more simple and functional line inspired by DR’s logo history and the Danish design tradition.
"We still love DSB"
Yesterday, our Head of Brand Strategy, Svante Lindeburg, visited Go’ aften Danmark (TV2) and commented on DSB's current PR crisis. However, DSB still has a lot of goodwill among the public, agues Svante. Watch the clip here.
A toast to our founder, Bo Linnemann!
Today one of our founders, Bo Linnemann, turns 60!
Bo is recognized at home and abroad for his artistic achievements and long-time contributions to graphic design. In particular Bo is known for his unique ability to design special typographies that express a company’s position and values.
In 1985 Bo founded our agency with his friend and cousin, Kim Meyer Andersen. Today we bridge a number of disciplines, including strategy, communication, architecture, digital design, and have grown from a small graphic studio to one of the Nordic countries’ biggest agencies within design and branding.
Bo has received more than 16 national and international design awards – including the IG prize, The Danish Design Award, Danish Design Council Award and the honorary prize of the Danish National Bank – which prove his impact on the field of graphic design.
Kontrapunkt on Meningsmaskinen
Should we skip the corporate Christmas party or are companies responsible for supporting Danish traditions? This is one theme among many when Mads Quistgaard, our Creative Director, once again is part of the cultural panel on TV2 Lorry’s Meningsmaskinen. Watch the clip
Svante Lindeburg discusses death, crime and murder on Smagsdommerne
Yesterday Svante Lindeburg, Head of Brand Strategy, participated in DR2's debate programme 'Smagsdommerne' where death was a recurring theme.
They discussed Christopher Hitchens' book Mortality, the new thriller movie The Hypnotist and the popular computer game Assassins Creed 3.
Watch the programme here.
Bo Linnemann talks at BODW in Hong Kong
On December 8th our creative director and founding partner will give a lecture on typography and design challenges in modern brands at BODW.
BODW – Business of Design Week – is Asia’s leading event on design, innovation and brands. Through forums, seminars and exhibitions BODW frames discussions between designers, business leaders and educators on present design challenges. Each year, BODW partners with a country that contributes to the content of the event. This year Denmark is the partner country. Bo was invited to talk at the event, because of his impressive experience in creating cross-media brand identities for companies worldwide.
Helping architects with PR and PQ
Communication is an important factor in the strategic and practical preparatory work when applying for prequalifications. Architects often give a low priority to communication as it steals time and energy from the drawing board. Our brand strategist, Beate Bernhoft, and architect, Jennifer Dahm Petersen, have developed the course “PQ and PR – Communications in architecture firms”, helping architects and architectural companies improve their communication work. The course takes place twice a year at the Danish Architects’ Association in Copenhagen. Next course is the 7th and 8th of May 2013 in Aarhus.
Find more information here.
Critics: Architecture worth spreading
“The New Wave in Danish Architecture” receives good reviews and is discussed on several blogs.
The last couple of days the book has attracted considerable interest. Fastcodesign.com runs a feature on the book and archdaily.com (the world’s most visited architecture website) mentions the publication. The publicity has been very positive and is now spreading to blogs.
Also Danish media including - Weekendavisen, Politiken, Information, Berlingske and Bo Bedre - have reviewed or mentioned the publication.
Kontrapunkt on Meningsmaskinen
Should we encourage more people to visit museums and theatres? Design Director Mads Quistgaard claims it’s an outdated question overtaken by reality. Watch the clip.
Graphic design for Yvette Brackmans first monograph
Systems and Scenarios is the first monograph about the Copenhagen based American artist Yvette Brackman’s work. Her complex and evocative work takes many forms such as installations, sculptures, performances, videos and text.
Our graphic designers, Peter Folkmar and Lars Bjørnstad, have made the graphic design of the book (published November 14th).
The book contains a series of interviews with Brackman, conducted over several months in the fall of 2011 by the independent curator and writer Helle Lundby Petersen, and a comprehensive essay by Heike Munder, director of the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich.
Kontrapunkt wins competition for visual design of Aarhus Light Rail
Aarhus invests extensively in public transportation. This means that Denmark’s first light rail network will open in 2018 and that Kontrapunkt will create the visual identity based on user needs, accessibility and regional values.
"Based on the visions of the light rail and the values of the city we will - in close cooperation with Aarhus Letbane - create the visual identity, while Peter Skaarup Landskab and Knud Holscher Design are responsible for the landscape design, architecture and element design. The challenge is to develop a design that symbolize the everyday lives of the inhabitants and the light rail as an integral part of the region.” says Lars Larson, senior project manager at Kontrapunkt.
Kontrapunkt will draw from their experiences with similar projects within visual identity, infrastructure and passenger information, like Billund Airport and Bergen Light Rail.
SuperGros chooses Kontrapunkt as design partner
Over the last decade we have built up a distinct line of business focusing on consumer brands. This area constitutes half of our total business. Handling 3.000-6.000 products a year, we are one of the country’s largest agencies within packaging design.
SuperGros has chosen a combination of two agencies consisting of the advertising agency Sunrise and Kontrapunkt. “We look forward to cooperating with both SuperGros and Sunrise. The tendency is that private labels to a greater extent set the agenda across categories. Together with SuperGross and Sunrise we have great ambitions to strengthen the position for Dagrofa Group’s private labels”, says Managing Director Thomas Gamst.
Space branding for Saudi-Arabia's new financial center
Kontrapunkt proposes new strategy and visual identity for King Abdullah Financial District. The identity marks the position of the district as the new financial hub in the Middle East.
The strategy is founded on the tagline 'Grow with us' followed by a graphic and spatial concept that highlights the visions of economic and cultural growth, as well as personal fulfillment in the new district. Through a flexible system of triangular shapes and soft colors the design adapts to different communication platforms. It all compliments the master plan of Henning Larsen Architects.
New website breathes life into old cemetery
Assistens cultural centre launches a new project that brings the cemetery into the digital era. Twenty-five videos tell visitors about the area and its forever resting inhabitants as well as the life that exists there today. A vital part of this project is a new website and mobile site.
The new sites are designed to communicate Assistens as a cultural institution with events, exhibitions and knowledge-sharing activities. They allow visitors to view maps of the graves, plan sightseeing routes, get location-based information and watch storytelling videos. Kontrapunkt updated the visual identity, created the information architecture as well as the design for the two sites www.assistens.dk.
Red Cross Christmas decorations available now
Seven Danish Red Cross ambassadors have designed their own cut-out Christmas ornaments. The sales will generate a total of 500.000 DKK for the organization's humanitarian work. Kontrapunkt has again contributed with the layout and design of the eight cut-out sheets and assisted the seven ambassadors in the design process. The seven ambassadors are Niels Olsen, Lotte Heise, Master Fatman, Christian Bitz, Annette Heick, Uffe Buchard and Alberte Winding. The cut-outs can be purchased in Kvickly, SuperBrugsen, and online at Red Cross' website, and consists of seven designer sheets + one template for your own artistic expression to make a total of 48 different ornaments.
Japanese high school students study Kontrapunkt's work
A new book for art students in Japanese high schools presents Kontrapunkt's redesign of the Danish Crown. The crown was redesigned for ministries, railways and cultural institutions, each crown having its own unique trait.
The book is published by the Japanese Ministry of Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and describes the different movements in art and design history. Kontrapunkt's work has been used to illustrate an outstanding example of icons that are easy to interpret, as well as how the use of iconography can become an important element in a country's identity.
New ammuntion for the digital division
Kontrapunkt is proud to announce of Morten Gade as new Head of Digital. Morten comes out of a position as Digital Director of FDB, the biggest democratic membership organizations in Denmark. Before FDB, he was Head of Communications at Bysted. He will now lead Kontrapunkt’s digital team and focus on the development of digital concepts that help build brands through innovative end-user involvement.
The recruitment of Morten is part of the company’s growing commitment to the design of digital services. Other newcomers are the two highly skilled digital designers: Halei Liu and Peter Urban, specializing in programming and digital visual identities.
New roles in Kontrapunkt management
After three years as managing director, Jasmi Bonnén passes on the baton to senior partner Thomas Gamst. Jasmi will continue as senior partner and director, and will focus on business development and on advising clients on brand strategy.
Thomas Gamst has held various management positions in Kontrapunkt since 2006. His latest role has been as director of Kontrapunkt’s implementation business area. Thomas assumes his new position as of today.
As part of this management re-shuffle creative director Mads Quistgaard joins Kontrapunkt’s executive management team, which also include Thomas Gamst and founding partner Bo Linnemann.
Mads Quistgaard features in new design encyclopedia
'One by one' by Hesign Publishing and Design is an encyclopedia of exemplary design work from all over the world, starting with 'A' for Argentina and ending with 'V' for Venezuela. Kontrapunkt's Design Director Mads Quistgaard is one of the few designers representing Denmark.
Editor Jianping He explains how each designer was handpicked for their contribution to the industry: "These designers are writing history, establishing self-esteem for the profession and career they love".
Every designer in the book has one page dedicated to describe their approach and showcase selected projects. Mads' approach is "informed by the tension between research and practice" and his goal is to help clients "create their own future through the strategic use of design"
What does it take to be among the top ten best global brands?
Managing Director Jasmi Bonnén visits the Danish TV-show “Go' Aften Danmark” to discuss Interbrand's 2012 report on the Best Global Brands. What does it take to be number one, thirteen years in a row? Jasmi explains that for Coca Cola it is that perfect blend of tradition and renewal. Other brands, like runner-up Apple, creates best-selling products and services, and still others like sixth-best brand General Electric operates in an abundance of industries making them incredibly well-known.
The one-hundred brand report looks at the ongoing investment and management of brands as business assets. The report is based on the economic performance of the brand, the brand's effect on consumers' buying decisions, as well as the ability to ensure consumer loyalty.
Watch the full analysis here, and read the report here.
Design Director Mads Quistgaard designs award-winning book
Every year the Danish Association for Book Craft (Foreningen for Boghåndværk) awards a handful of books from the past year for excellent craftsmanship. This year the book "Absolut Avantgarde - Franciska Clausen 1921-1931" was awarded among the best in the Catalogue category. Design Director at Kontrapunkt Mads Quistgaard is behind the book design. The book was chosen for its compelling presentation of visual references to Francisca Clausen's era, the use of bold Futura typography, the black horizontal and vertical lines in the pictures, as well as for greatly executed design ideas.
The committee seeks to raise awareness about the design, technical quality and aesthetics of books produced in Denmark by honoring the talented practitioners who design and create them. Each year the committee chooses the best bookwork within 12 different categories. This year a total of 30 books were highlighted for their exceptional design quality.
Read more about the choice at the committee's website.
New responsive website for Faurschou Foundation
The concept of a third art space, located on a digital platform yet capable of offering the visitor a close-to-real art experience that is both engaging and immersive – that is the ambition for Faurschou Foundation’s new website. Kontrapunkt was asked to develop a communication strategy and website for the foundation, to mark it’s transition from an exclusive backstreet gallery to an art foundation that is open to the public.
Faurschou Foundation possesses an international world-class art collection and owns exhibition spaces in Bejiing and Copenhagen. In Copenhagen Faurschou used to be known as a small gallery located in the inner city area. Today the foundation has manifested its power and involvement on the international art scene by opening a 4000m2 exhibition space in an old warehouse at the waterfront in Copenhagen.
Visit the Faurschou website here.
Boys don't cry - Svante Lindeburg on this week's Smagsdommerne
Svante Lindeburg, Head of Brand Strategy, once again visited the Danish debate programme "Smagsdommerne". This week's subjects included the new romantic comedy by Oscar recipient Susanne Bier starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm, and the largest exhibition ever by the american sculptor and artist Tony Martelli. Was it all it was blown up to be or did it fall completely flat?
Book launch: The New Wave in Danish Architecture
“They were celebrated as architectural superstars before they had turned 30. Words like hip, funky and other terms from the 00s were thrown at them and the media devoted as much attention to their dress style as they did to their projects…”
Svante Lindeburg, Head of Brand Strategy contributes to a new book on Danish architecture. In his essay “The BIG bang” he examines the BIG-generation (PLOT, EFFEKT, TRANSFORM, COBE etc.) and analyses what this group of talented architects will be remembered for. The book is edited by Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss and Kjeld Vindum and has just been published. The book is available for order through Arkfo.dk.
Time to Design talent award goes to
Time to Design is an award given to young talents within the field of design. The award was founded in 2008 and is a collaboration between The Danish Art Workshops, Normann Copenhagen, Dansk Dynamit, Danish Association of Wood and Furniture Industries (TA) and OeO. This year, British textile designer Catherine Aitken was the happy recipient of the award which includes residency at The Danish Art Workshops, coaching by OeO, exhibition of designs at the Normann Copenhagen Flagship Store, and 50.000 DKK to cover material costs. Design Director Mads Quistgaard represented Kontrapunkt in the jury.
Visual identity for India Today
India Today is a project that aims to link the people of India and Denmark by fostering an exchange of culture, science and trade. It is the biggest project to date focusing on Indian music, films and the arts as well as design, trade and politics.
Kontrapunkt was asked to create a visual identity that conveys the atmosphere of the project. The design had to embody the collision of cultural, corporate and scientific India with the Danish equivalent. The identity also had to be easy for all partners to incorporate in their own unique communication about the project.
The solution is a warm and welcoming identity across all platforms, from the India Today website to printed media such as postcards, calendars, and street posters. Kontrapunkt has also been in charge of PR and facilitated workshops and lectures connected to the project.
Kontrapunkt on Copenhagen's brand
How do we attract more tourists to Copenhagen? What is Copenhagen’s brand? Kontrapunkt’s Design Director Mads Quistgaard participates in panel discussion on qualities and challenges connected to Copenhagen’s cultural brand. Watch the clip.
5th best website in the world in online investment promotion
In a new report made by World Bank Group on best practices in Global Investment Promotion Invest in Denmark’s online platform is ranked as the 5th best website in online investment promotion. The site, designed by Kontrapunkt’s digital team, is highlighted as a source of inspiration for the industry and evaluated on best practice features such as design quality, technical strength and supply of information needed by investors.
In the assessment Investindk.com stands out as one of the sites that most efficiently provide potential investors with relevant information. Out of the many qualities the report highlights in particular the benchmarking tool allowing users to compare the Danish economic landscape with other locations. In addition to the English version, the website is also translated into Chinese - targeting the growing number of Chinese investors looking for business opportunities in Denmark.
Carlsbergfondet Årsskrift 2012
The world’s first commercial foundation ”Carlsbergfondet” has published its annual ”Carlsbergfondet Årsskrift 2012”. This 171-paged book represents a new and open communication strategy symbolizing a foundation that is more accommodating.
Kontrapunkt is behind the comprehensive book design including custom made typography, “Carlsbergfonten”, that builds on the original drawings from the first Carlsberg logo made by Thorvald Bindesbøll in 1904. Design Director and typography specialist at Kontrapunkt, Bo Linnemann, claims that this typeface originates from the hop plant and not an elephant as first assumed.
The annual shows Carlsbergfondet’s new visually distinctive yet elegant profile and contains several scientific papers displaying the foundation’s value of scientific social responsibility (SSR).
Our Design Director, Mads Quistgaard on Go'morgen Danmark
Mads Quistgaard, Kontrapunkt’s Design Director, discusses the new products and features introduced at the WWDC 2012 Keynote, Apple’s worldwide developers conference. Among others the new feature Maps which seems to be a spectacular rethink of Google maps, in an Apple version. Furthermore, Mads discusses the world of Mac without Steve Jobs and how Apple is changing from revolutionary to market leader.
Watch the program here.
Kontrapunkt recognized for its customer focus
The European Business Awards announced today that Kontrapunkt has been selected as one of 20 Danish finalists in the 2012/2013-award program. The EBA is an independent awards program designed to recognize and reward organisations that promote excellence, best practice and innovation across the EU and the wider European Business community.
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards says, “Over the past six years we’ve received an incredibly high standard of entries from organisations that are passionate about their business. However, very few get the chance to fly the flag for their country and compete across Europe to be recognised as one of Europe’s leading companies. It really is an exceptional accolade to be picked as a National Finalist, and together with our sponsors and supporters we’re looking forward to seeing Kontrapunkt in the next round.”
Kontrapunkt on Danish morning television
In times when competitors such as Spanair and Cimber Sterling files for bankruptcy no-frills airline Ryanair reports an all time annual profit. Kontrapunkt’s Head of Brand Strategy, Svante Lindeburg was up with the early birds to discuss Ryanair's success and their controversial CEO, Michael O’Leary on Go’morgen Danmark, the Danish morning television.
Watch the clip here.
Copenhagen Capacity invests in digital design
In competition with three other agencies Kontrapunkt has been selected to develop a new digital platform for Copenhagen Capacity, the Danish Capital Region’s inward investment agency.
The new platform, designed in collaboration with our technical partner Twins, shall realize Copenhagen Capacity’s ambition to re-define the digital dialogue with their target groups and optimize lead processes as well as ensure that daily routines are handled more efficiently.
"Kontrapunkt is focused on understanding our organization and our digital needs. The concept- and design proposal is visionary, creative and competent. We are therefore confident that Kontrapunkt delivers a digital platform that creates value for both our customers and Copenhagen Capacity," says Development Director, Kim Bek.
Responsive website for Lassen Ricard
Kontrapunkt has been the design-partner of the prestigious Danish law firm, Lassen Ricard, for almost two decades. Throughout the years Kontrapunkt has created solutions such as brand strategy and visual identity, which has been folded out on all their communication platforms. Now time has come to re-vitalize their digital platform. The task included the concept development and re-design of a new website with responsive design as the main ingredient.
“We consider our website as the company's business card and together with Kontrapunkt, we’ve created a modern but simple and aesthetic result entirely consistent with our values” says Anna Cherie Ternvig, Administrative Manager, at Lassen Ricard.
Check out the new design here.
Dressing up Mobilpenge
Mobilpenge (Mobile Money) is a new revolutionizing payment system developed by Nets (previous PBS) and leading Danish payment institutions. As a new solution on the market it is important that Mobilpenge is established as a serious, but user-friendly payment system. Nets turned to Kontrapunkt for help with the design of a clear identity
The new, strong identity includes logo, color scheme, pattern and typography and clearly differentiates Mobilpenge from other solutions. Secure and user-friendly – that sums up the design of this modern alternative to having money in your pocket.
Lars Bjørnstad, designer at Kontrapunkt, explains; "The blue-green color in the logo gives Mobilpenge a certain solidity. The zig-zag pattern signals transaction and at the same time illustrates that it is a fragment of a larger system".
Goal = Beer
Kontrapunkt has developed a new creative communication concept for Carlsberg in Parken (Denmark’s national stadium). The concept is rolled out on pillars, staircases, walls, banners and signage all over the stadium encouraging the audience to cheer. The communication concept combines football language and beer category that plainly is strongly connected to the sport.
Re-design of Red Cross charity shops
Kontrapunkt‘s new visual identity for Red Cross has already been rolled out on everything from outdoor-banners, campaigns and web to all printed material. Now the charity shops are ready for a facelift and the first 30 out of a total of 217 shops are already in line. The new design is being implemented on facades and signage to enhance the organization’s character and emphasize the connection between the shops.
Erik Hove, manager of Red Cross’ charity shops, says: “The Red Cross' charity shops needed a facelift, since the facades had become slightly fossilized. Furthermore the shops did not look homogeneous, and this inconsistency contributed to a diluted identity compared to other charity shops around the country”.
The challenge for Kontrapunkt was to design a look that is not too flamboyant for a non-profit organization where every penny counts. The solution lies in small design adjustments with great results.
Marking the celebration of a great philosophical thinker
On the 5th of May 2013 it is the 200th birthday of Søren Kierkegaard, one of the greatest philosophical thinkers in Europe. Denmark celebrates the anniversary by a long row of cultural activities during all of 2013.
To mark this event Kontrapunkt has designed a logo inspired by ancient writing methods represented by a seal consisting of symbol, name and description. The historical references in the logo are incorporated in today’s modern context matching the ambition of presenting a historical character in a way that is relevant today.
The design award "Vakre Vegers pris 2012" goes to Bergen Bybane
Bergen Bybane receives "Vakre Vegers pris 2012", which is the design award for infrastructure in Norway. Last time someone was given the award was in 2008. Kontrapunkt is behind all design elements from overall branding to visual identity, and the winning design functionally supports the new and brilliant transportation system.
The jury applauds the design for its aesthetic qualities and the fact that it levers the experience of the light rail.
Kontrapunkt on GO'morgen Danmark
Our Creative Director Mads Quistgaard, discusses the subject of provoking commercials. Among other commercials he comments on the billboards for Mad Men season 5 and why these have generated huge debate in USA. Watch the clip
Danish and Chinese collaboration
For two weeks Kontrapunkt has had the pleasure of housing a team from the design agency Kan & Lau in Hong Kong.
Kontrapunkt and Kan & Lau join forces on the project of PMQ, which are two buildings in Hong Kong facing a future as South East Asia’s new and largest creative design hub. The PMQ buildings were previously used to house married policemen, which explains the name “PMQ” (Police Married Quarters). The ambition is for PMQ to become an incubator where young and upcoming talents within design, architecture, fashion, art etc. can develop their creativity.
Together with Kan & Lau, Kontrapunkt is behind a new visual identity creating the right surroundings and atmosphere for the PMQ.
Kontrapunkt on Smagsdommerne
Svante Lindeburg, Kontrapunkts Head of Brand Strategy, debuts on the debate programme “Smagsdommerne” on Danish Television, where he will be part of a panel of cultural personalities commenting on literature, art, theater and films. In this programme Svante applauds Julian Barnes “The Sense of an Ending” for its philosophical, existentialistic and entertaining narrative and loathes the new Sean Penn movie “This Must Be the Place”. And “Oops!” – did he mention the cartoon crisis?
Matas in new stripes
Kontrapunkt has redesigned the well-known Danish brand’s most famous trademark “The Matas stripes” to fit into a modern and contemporary context. Besides re-designing the iconic stripes of Matas’ product line of vitamins and minerals, Kontrapunkt has updated Matas’ typeface, colours and general packaging on these products as well.
The new design resembles a step towards high quality and knowledge, meeting the needs of the demanding consumer of today’s Denmark. The design also shows an intention of Matas moving towards a field of expertise within health, but at the same time maintaining some functional qualities of a supermarket.
Kontrapunkt releases its second public typeface for download free of charge. The new typeface Bob is now ready to travel the world. Kontrapunkt’s previous typeface has been downloaded over 200.000 times and spotted all over the world. Kontrapunkt releases typefaces for free use and download to give everyone a chance to choose from a diverse range of high-quality fonts, and through these fonts illuminate identities. Please feel free to download the typeface yourself at kontrapunkt.com/type and share your experiences via Twitter #kptype.
New bank on the block
Kontrapunkt is behind BankNordik’s visual identity, signage and new façades.
The Faroese bank BankNordik took over Amagerbanken in the summer of 2011. Today the bank’s new visual identity lights up the streets of Copenhagen.
Through an extremely smooth and compressed process Kontrapunkt designed and implemented signage and façades for 12 affiliates in Copenhagen within 3 months. The Faroe Islands’ largest ad agency Sendistovan led the marketing campaign and Lysiplex, Denmark’s largest signage manufacturer, produced the signage. On street-level the transformation from Amagerbanken to BankNordik happened overnight.
B for Bo
Bo Linnemann receives Denmark’s National Bank’s Anniversary Foundation’s Grant of Honour and opens exhibition in the National Bank’s lobby.
We are proud to announce that our colleague, architect, graphic designer, founding partner and creative director Bo Linnemann is honoured with a prestigious prize, Denmark’s National Bank’s Anniversary Foundation’s Grant of Honour.
Member of the foundation’s board, architect and former recipient Lene Tranberg presented the prize, which Bo receives for his artistic achievements and longstanding efforts to develop the graphic design tradition – in Denmark and abroad. The exhibition takes place from October 27 to November 25, 2011.
Powered by design
Invest in Denmark asked Kontrapunkt to conceptualize and design a booklet to promote Denmark as one of the top creative hot spots in the world. Packed in an enticing red design and filled with strong, bold headliners the message is manifested: Copenhagen is the hottest design cluster in the world. Why? Great design heritage, most prestigious design award (Index), best test market, international innovators are setting up their businesses here, one of the most liveable cities and the happiest people in the world – to name a few from the long list of reasons.
New unified look and logic for public transportation in Copenhagen
Kontrapunkt designs new unified look and logic for public transportation in Copenhagen. The new design system helps travelers navigate transportation hubs and facilitates services across transportation providers.
Users of public transportation have been demanding better information on how to plan their travels across multiple services such as bus, train and metro. This demand has been accommodated by a close cooperation between Movia, Metro, DSB, DSB S-tog, Danish Rail, Rejseplanen, Danish Transport Authority and The Danish Road Directorate.
Bergen Bybane is named Light Rail Project of the year 2011 by Global Light Rail Awards
Bergen Light Rail completed its first light rail line in 2010 and has already established itself as the backbone of the public transport system in Bergen.
Despite keen competition from light rail projects in Europe, Australia and the US, Light Rail Transit Association named Bergen Light Rail the Worldwide Project of the Year 2011.
As part of the design and architectural team Kontrapunkt has been responsible for the overall architecture and managing the design as well as the development of the graphic profile, the platform equipment design and the comprehensive design handbook for Bybanen - Bergen Light Rail.
The rationale behind the jury’s choice is: "Effective design and planning meant the Light Railway was realized in two years, within the deadline and budget. And the passenger numbers have already surpassed all forecasts. But even more important: Bergen Light Rail has become a landmark for the region."
Kontrapunkt congratulates Bergen!
New design director at Kontrapunkt
Kontrapunkt is happy to announce that architect and graphic designer Mads Quistgaard will join Kontrapunkt as new Design Director and senior partner.
Mads is founder and owner of the design agency PLEKS, which for the last 7 years has created admirable design for DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation), Bang & Olufsen, Banedanmark (Danish railway enterprise), Tate Modern and Frieze Magazine in London, to name a few. All activities in PLEKS continue in Kontrapunkt.
The four companies in the Kontrapunkt Group will be merged into one company
The 4 companies in the Kontrapunkt Group will be merged into one company as of June 21. This is done in order to offer a more seamless service to our larger accounts and to optimize the utilization of resources and skills across the organization - to the benefit of all of our clients. The merger will have no consequences for any of our ongoing projects or contractual agreements.
New brand strategy and visual design for Tuborg
Kontrapunkt has developed a new visual identity for the Danish national beer Tuborg Green. Almost every element has been redesigned including the Tuborg logo and the characteristic label shape. Right now the new identity is being rolled out onto all elements, from dice cups to taxis.
The design for Tuborg Green is created specifically to the Danish market but in a way, so that other Tuborg brands such as Red, Classic, Easter and Christmas can adopt the same graphical logic over time.
Design agency of the year
Creative Circle Award 2011 turned out to be nothing less than amazing for Kontrapunkt. One year of uncompromised focus on creativity was rewarded, when Kontrapunkt won the honourable title 'Design Agency of the Year'.
Knowing that Creative Circle Awards is the most prestigious award in Denmark honouring outstanding work within advertising, design, and digital communication, we are truly flattered by the result of this year,
Silver and bronze for Noma and Tasaki
For the second year in a row at the Creative Circle Award, Kontrapunkt has won the type design category. This year for the typeface created for the world's best restaurant, Noma. A typeface which once again proves the high standard of Kontrapunkt's team of typeface aficionados headed by creative director Bo Linnemann.
Furthermore Kontrapunkt conquered new land from traditional advertisment agencies when we took home a bronze award for the packaging design created for the Japanese jewellery company Tasaki.
Creative award for display typeface
For the second year in a row Kontrapunkt has won a Creative Circle Award for one of our customized typefaces. Creative Circle Award is the most prestigious award in Denmark given to creative standards and outstanding work within advertising, design and digital communication. We got a silver award – the highest price that was awarded in the category Type Design - for 'Movia Display', a digital typeface designed for the public transport company Movia.
Creative circle gold award
Kontrapunkt wins gold for Carlsberg typeface at Creative Circle Award 2009. The story behind the typeface named Carlsberg Sans is a real fairytale with elephants, artistic heritage and a happy ending. The Creative Circle Award jury gives gold to 'a piece of work demonstrating courage and will to break conventions and to set new standards'.
"We are extremely proud to be awarded gold for this comprehensive typography for one of Denmark's oldest and most well-known international brands. It's a typeface that will last the next 100 years," says Kontrapunkt creative director, Martin Lasthein Hansen.
Carlsberg Sans was stylistically created to sit comfortably alongside the Carlsberg logo, something that no other typeface had managed before. Text written in Carlsberg Sans will inherently complement the logo, rather than distract from it. And the two lived happily ever after.