Red Dot Design Award
Anniversary Box

Koenig & Bauer – Menschen, Maschinen, Ideen

Koenig & Bauer – Menschen, Maschinen, Ideen | Red Dot Design Award

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For its 200th anniversary, the printing press company KBA returned to its founders’ names, Koenig & Bauer, the inventors of the modern printing press, and it was given a consistent brand identity built on humanity and innovation. For this, a modern corporate typeface has been developed that is both relatable to people and reflecting the company’s innovative engineering. Based on the Rational font family, the Koenig & Bauer typeface combines friendly, humanistic shapes with geometric forms and engineering precision. Its approachable style emphasises clarity in communication, which is essential for any corporation of such a kind. That typography can shape a brand’s appearance is also demonstrated by the anniversary box that consists of the two books “Menschen” (People) and “Ideen” (Ideas) as well as the poster set “Maschinen” (Machines). While the latter exhibits the fascination of print history, the books highlight the personalities seminal in the company’s turning points and illuminate the significance of the print industry, intertwining it with other sectors. The clear and straight typography thus manages to reflect the values and the reasons for the company’s success in an impressive manner.

Statement by the Jury

This anniversary box captivates with its outstandingly executed and well-thought-out design. Its specifically developed typeface is not only an essential component of the new brand identity characterised by an excellent readability, it also stands for the company’s authenticity, humanity and clarity with regard to corporate social responsibility and business activities.

Red Dot Design Award

  • Client:
    Koenig & Bauer AG, Würzburg, Germany
  • Design:
    MUTABOR, Hamburg, Germany
  • Lead / Concept / Idea:
    MUTABOR / Grauel Publishing
  • Creative Direction:
    Steffen Granz Sven Ritterhoff
  • Head of Strategy:
    Marle-Maria Janßen
  • Text / Editorial Work:
    Ralf Grauel Michael Matthiass Carsten Jasner Klaus Vogt Michael Prellberg Kai Schächtele
  • Client Service Management:
    Nina Schack
  • Editor-in-Chief:
    Ralf Grauel
  • Design Team:
    Marta Fromme Lara Resch Marina Nienhaus Marco Ivers Daniel Yaqub Maximilian Nertinger
  • Editorial Design:
    Carolin Rauen
  • Illustration:
    Jindrich Novotny
  • Picture Editor:
    Anika Fregin Silke Lauenstein
  • DTP:
    Susanne Weber Steffi Tomasek
  • Production:
    Susanne Weber
Koenig & Bauer – Menschen, Maschinen, Ideen | Red Dot Design Award
Koenig & Bauer – Menschen, Maschinen, Ideen | Red Dot Design Award
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