Kummer & Herrman

Kummer & Herrman is a graphic design studio based in Utrecht. It was founded in 1998 by Jeroen Kummer and Arthur Herrman. They design for a wide range of clients in media as diverse as books, magazines, corporate identities, annual reports, campaigns, exhibitions and websites. Dialogue takes a central position in their work. Not only in the design process, but also in the design itself.

 Designs originate from the dialogue with the client and aim for an exchange with the audience. They try to challenge to new perspectives, conversations and relations. Kummer & Herrman believe that a successful design is like a good conversation where image, typography or other means articulate the content. Therefore thoroughness and transparency are important elements in our work, just like a powerful and contemporary visual language. Clients originate from areas as different as business, the arts, government or semi-governmental organisations.
They’ve designed for various photographers such as Rob Hornstra (The Sochi project), Hans van der Meer (The Netherlands – off the shelf) Wassinklundgren (Empty bottles) Sipke Visser (Return to Sender).
Photo books / publications
2009: ‘Kummer & Herrman & B.A.S.’, Identity Matters; 2008: ‘Los Logos 4’, Die Gestalten Verlag, ISBN 978-3-89955-222-5 (D); 2008: ‘2008 Graphic Design Top 50’, Grafik, Issue 169 (UK); 2008: ‘Graphic Design Holland’, MaoMao Publications, 978-84-96774-95-7 (ES); 2007: ‘Kelvin - Colour today’, Die Gestalten Verlag, ISBN 978-3-89955-196-9 (D); 2007: ‘Gup, International Photography Magazine’, Issue 10; 2007: ‘Print, European Design Annual’, ISBN 0032-8510; 2006 (USA): ‘Tres Logos’, Die Gestalten Verlag, ISBN 978-3-89955-158-7 (D); 2006: ‘Nice To Meet You’, Victionary Publishers, ISBN 988-9228-4-9 (CN); 2006: ‘Serialize, Family Faces and Variety in Graphic Design’, Die Gestalten Verlag, ISBN: 3-89955-087-0 (D); 2005: ‘Introducing, Designs for Making a First Impression’, Die Gestalten Verlag, ISBN: 3-89955-087-0 (D); 2002: ‘Kummer & Herrman’ Helder en Duidelijk, een Utrechtse School; 2002: ‘Kummer & Herrman’, D-C-2, Rijswijk; 2001: ‘Sightseeing’, Petit Glam, ‘Future Interior Issue’, Tokyo (JP).
Personal comments and quotes
“We believe that a successful design is a good conversation, where the content is translated into image, typography, color etc. To carry out this dialogue we pay great attention to detail and transparency, and we use a powerful, contemporary idiom.

This design vision ensures that our field of work is not limited to a specific discipline. Our clients come from fields as diverse as business, the arts, government or semi-government. Their agreement is the willingness to openly work with us to convey a message and to initiate new ones.”



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