Hofstede Design + Development closes its doors

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Published:  June 2, 2015
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Yesterday, celebrated Melbourne design studio Hofstede Design + Development shut its doors after 19 years of operation. Studio head Dominic Hofstede announced the closure in a newsletter circulated to subscribers last Wednesday in a typically succinct message.

 

 

 

Hofstede Design was known for creating branding and printed work with enormous attention to detail and a keen eye for beauty. There is never so much as a stray apostrophe — the studio has for its duration stood for a rare level of quality and perfection (though one notes, wryly, that the studio’s first decade is absent from the site’s archives). Nevertheless, the studio’s output never feels overdone or stilted. It has a certain easy elegance, and an approachable lack of pretence. It is a visual attitude that served the studio well, earning them 16 design awards locally and internationally over the past 10 years.

Though Hofstede Design was synonymous with Dominic Hofstede, he is quick to thank other members of the studio, many of whom have gone on to found their own studios, such as Monoprint’s Liz Cox, or Principle Design’s Sash Fernando. Others, like Monash lecturer Wendy Ellerton, Silicon Valley designer Ben Jennings and Alpine cover designer (and keyboardist) Tim Royall have pursued independent paths, making their marks all over the world. While it’s sad to see Hofstede Design + Development close up shop, it’s good to know that the people who’ve passed through its doors are still making meaningful contributions to the design community today — not the least Hofstede himself, in his new role as design director at Büro North.

As they say: Hofstede is gone; long live Hofstede.

Dominic Hofstede, Wendy Ellerton

Dominic Hofstede, Wendy Ellerton

Dominic Hofstede, Wendy Ellerton

Dominic Hofstede, Wendy Ellerton

Dominic Hofstede, Tom Sabbatucci, Paul Mylecharane

Dominic Hofstede, Tom Sabbatucci, Paul Mylecharane

Dominic Hofstede, Tom Sabbatucci, Paul Mylecharane

Dominic Hofstede, Tom Sabbatucci, Paul Mylecharane

Hofstede, Paul Mylecharane

Hofstede, Paul Mylecharane

Hofstede Design + Development (archive)

One Response

  1. Harry Williamson

    Dominic, always held in the highest regard in and outside design circles, (including rectangles, triangles, straight lines, curves – you name it) best wishes for your new and continuing adventure.
    Harry

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