Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus

The corporate design of the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus (2010–2014) operates without a classical logo and corporate colors. In terms of hierarchies, there is no emphasis on the Schauspielhaus. Even though there are two superposed levels, information is not arranged in a hierarchy. The colors do not provide a basis for classification and change with every publication.

In the cityscape the typographically striking posters and banners have an enormous presence—the playful design of the different information layers arouses curiosity.

The covers of the program books are purely typographical on a black or white background: only the name of the piece and the sender, which is highlighted in different colors in each booklet.

The annual programme for the theatre season presents the premieres, the ensemble, and information about services in the coming year. Various types of paper were used for the three-section book, making it interesting to the touch and creating a hierarchy. The design makes for a nice contrast between typographic stringency in a clear grid and the creative scope afforded by the headings and images. At the same time the reduction in the use of colour and lack of refined finishing has cut printing costs. The book has been awarded with the Red Dot Design Award, the German Design Award, the “Certificate of Typographic Excellence”, and nominated for the European Design Award.