In a well-lit studio in the centre of The Hague, adorned with objects expressing a seemingly eclectic field of interest, Buro Derk Dumbar has its home. Here the blend of two generations of Dumbar comes to full bloom: understanding of ‘old’ media richly feeds the design of the ‘new’. Tradition meets rebellion. A common disdain of ‘trends’ expresses itself in a no-nonsense approach.
What do we do? Anything concerning visual communication and corporate branding.
Our group of clients consists of governmental and non-governmental organisations, profit and non-profit corporations, centres for arts and culture, science and education. National and international. Great and small.
What don’t we do? You tell us.
We are crazy and creative enough to consider anything.
We like to think before you act.
In the ‘70s and ‘80s the Dutch government and its organisations decided it was time for a more friendly, more transparent image. This new, toned down representation of authority found its architect in Gert Dumbar. As a result, many pillars of Dutch everyday life were designed by him. Mr Dumbar’s previous work includes the visual identities of the National post service PTT (now: POSTNL), the national telephone company KPN, the Dutch railway service NS, the Dutch automobile association ANWB, the Dutch police force – and the list goes on. His passion for durable design has made a lasting impression on Dutch culture. Abroad, Gert is also known for his clear and insightful design. He designed the visual identities of the postal services of both Danmark and the Czech Republic. Gert Dumbar has won several design awards, has a couple of chairs at various universities and lectures all over the world. He still hasn’t lost his contagious sense of humour. After having worked with his own design studio Studio Dumbar for more than 30 years, Gert now joins forces with his son Derk. Together they form a unique team and face the challenges of contemporary design – with its complex requirements – head on. Gert hopes to enjoy his son’s company – in both senses of the word, for a long time to come.