Corporate identity for an open city

In 2002, Edenspiekermann and Thonik designed the new corporate identity for the municipality of Amsterdam. The three St. Andrew’s crosses from the city coat of arms became the basis for the logo. This is a clear, understandable symbol that is immediately recognizable to all residents and visitors of the city.

In 2014, after a municipal reorganization, the corporate identity was re-examined and cleaned up. The good elements were retained and a number of new building blocks were added to the identity. The logo still consists of three red Andreas crosses, but these are now always on a fixed position on a white band. This makes the municipality even more visible as a sender, from garbage truck to favicon.

Brand identity
2014-2018

Corporate identity for an open city

In 2002, Edenspiekermann and Thonik designed the new corporate identity for the municipality of Amsterdam. The three St. Andrew’s crosses from the city coat of arms became the basis for the logo. This is a clear, understandable symbol that is immediately recognizable to all residents and visitors of the city.

In 2014, after a municipal reorganization, the corporate identity was re-examined and cleaned up. The good elements were retained and a number of new building blocks were added to the identity. The logo still consists of three red Andreas crosses, but these are now always on a fixed position on a white band. This makes the municipality even more visible as a sender, from garbage truck to favicon.

Brand identity
2014-2018

Images with a wink

We made clear guidelines for layouts, photography and illustrations. The colors were optimized for screen applications and we developed the Adam family, a set of tools to easily create animations and icon illustrations with a wink.

Accessible to all

Amsterdam believes in openness; all corporate identity guidelines, templates and tools are visible to everyone and available for download at amsterdam.nl. A short video introduces the corporate identity.

A work session to experience the style

Getting started yourself is the best way to get to know a new style. We organized an interactive work session with the communications staff of the municipality. We created small groups that worked together on various specially designed mobile workstations. In three short sessions, they worked with some of the building blocks of the new corporate identity. For example, the employees explored the possibilities of Adam by making a stop motion animation with a low-tech version of this new tool.

Shared knowledge

After this session, everyone understands the new style better. And communications staff can manage their designers more efficiently.

Team 2014
Edenspiekermann: Edo van Dijk, Jan Dirk Porsius, Titia Schoenaker, Esther de Meijere, Marieke Griffioen
Thonik: Thomas Widdershoven, Nikki Gonnissen, Milena Spaan

Photography
Work session: Edwin van Eis
Photo sketches: Thomas Schlijper, National Image Bank