September 1 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Some of Norfolk’s most familiar museums have new branding, thanks to the creative efforts of students from the Norwich University of the Arts.
The project, which commissioned through NUA’s commercial department ideasfactory@NUA, has seen Norfolk Museums Service (NMS) overhaul its brand as part of a five-year strategy to open the doors of its sites to wider commercial use.
The sites include Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, the Elizabethan House Museum in Great Yarmouth, Ancient House in Thetford and the Norwich Castle Museum.
The brief was to make the core brand more commercial and sit appropriately within a competitive sector.
Sarah Steed, business director of ideasfactory@NUA, said: “Our aim was to develop a logo which reflects the expert status of the work the museum service carries out in a modern, motivating way.
“The students began by conducting a research visit to view the NMS operations at Norwich Castle before delivering seven different creative routes for review with the client. The selected arch logo is simple, distinctive and could only belong to Norfolk.”
The students designed a logo echoing the shape of the ‘Bigod’ arch, a piece of Norman architecture on the first floor of the Castle keep.
Using a simple, easy to read typeface, the ten segments of the arch represent the ten very different sites the service brings together, as well as the varied work the museum service carries out.
Jo Warr, programme manager at NMS, said: “The whole redesign process ran smoothly and the students were very professional throughout.”
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