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Project: "vorarlberg museum – Signage Design"
Company:Sägenvier DesignKommunikation
Designer(s): Martin Platzgummer, Stefan Amann, Austria
Category: Print, Professional
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Entry Description: The vorarlberg museum is a state museum looking back on 150 years of collecting, researching and presenting archaeology, history, traditions and culture. This museum always hosts five exhibitions simultaneously. Least because of this, the museum requires a flexible signage-design gentle enough to match the atmosphere of the interior spaces but strong enough to hold its own against changing exhibition graphics. We came up with a signage system consisting of light using the surfaces given by the architecture. Additionally room names and small signage are carried out in response to the respective surfaces. The perception of history is ever changing, depending on new findings or shifts in culture and society. The lettering of the museum on the protective roof accommodates this by changing its appearance depending on the incident light and the point of view. It was designed in collaboration with Stefan Sagmeister who created the corporate design of the museum.

About the Designer/Company
Sägenvier, in the town of Dornbirn/Austria, is an agency for design communication run by Sigi Ramoser. »We are professional communication designers with Heart and Mind, positioned somewhere between the small graphic design office and a full-service agency. Sigi Ramoser’s team includes currently eight fellow employees: The graphic designers Martin Platzgummer, Stefan Amann, Lena Seeberger, Barbara Raich, Tina Rhomberg, Denise Kopf, Sophia Ellensohn as a traniee as well as Jasmine Messerle on the administration side. »We see ourselves as a contractor for communication design, and as a result are engaged in all disciplines in that field.« Sagenvier's client portfolio is broadly diversified and extends from industrial concerns, SMEs of all kinds, publishers, local authorities, cultural establishments, social institutions, through to schools and public transport. »Of course we have our favourites, especially when the solutions are developed together with the client and when that collaboration continues over an extended period of time.« One can therefore expect that Sägenvier don’t care a lot of competition presentations. »They are like blind dates in a disco – you know little about the other person, it’s loud and there are bright lights all around.« A lot more appealing for Sägenvier is a task that is as comprehensive as possible, where all diciplines of design communications come into play. The guding principle of Sägenvier »Demanding, but good!« is applied in all their projects. Or as Sigi Ramoser desribes his work and that of Sägenvier: »We don’t take on any old job just to earn money. Apart from the seriousness and profoundness of our work, we want to receive a certain lightness and joy on what we are doing.«