A validated identity for the Cannon network that appeals and unites

In 2017, the Netherlands Open Air Museum has the permanent exhibition: The Canon of the Netherlands opened. However, it is not the case that the Canon of the Netherlands can only be seen in the Open Air Museum. That is why the network of Canon museums has been established. After all, several museums have objects and stories that match one or more windows of the Canon.

The challenge: How do you create unity between museums?

For the benefit of the visibility of this Canon network Branddoctors, together with design agency The Real Work, a new visual identity, a toolbox and presentation options developed for all affiliated museums. What must a common visual identity meet, how does it fit into the existing identity of the various museums, how do you create unity between the museums and how do you make it striking? for visitors?

We tested 'on the spot' with visitors in various museums by means of prototyping. Which materials worked well, which did not? Ultimately, this led to a validated identity and communication materials.

Testing, testing, testing

In a number of pilot museums, we tested the visual identity, means of communication and tone of voice on the spot among visitors by means of prototyping. Did they notice anything? Which materials worked well, which did not? In the meantime we have sharpened and tested these presentation materials in various museums. Ultimately, this led to a validated identity and communication materials.

In addition to a new visual identity, we have also developed a toolbox for all Canon Network participants, containing applications of the logo to bring the Canon of the Netherlands to the attention of visitors. The toolkit includes a Canon network vignette, floor stickers for the objects and accompanying information signs.

The result: A supported visual identity and presentation tools

A visual identity and presentation tools supported by the museums pilot that connect with the current identities of the museums and tell something extra about certain objects in the museum that match the Canon of the Netherlands. And thus unambiguously reinforce each other in bringing the Canon of the Netherlands over the stage.


Want to know more?

Make an appointment with Bianca van Zwol via bianca@branddoctors.com or via Ellen: 030-6026000.

Published on
14 March 2019

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Bianca van Zwol

Senior art director

Lisette van Elst

Padmini Kruitwagen, Project leader Canon network about Fire Doctors:

“A brand that is developed from a network requires a different approach. Branddoctors has succeeded in developing a visual identity for the Canonet network that appeals to and unites all participating organizations. In addition, Branddoctors has effectively translated the visual identity into concrete presentation tools that are used by museums with a variety of presentation forms. ”