Design agency D8 moves to Amsterdam
Glasgow design agency D8 has opened a new studio in Amsterdam. The firm’s 50-strong multidisciplinary team offers a range of services, including brand identity, digital, FMCG packaging, print, film & motion, outdoor and experiential. It said it was attracted to the Dutch capital due to its thriving creative industry and connectivity, calling the city “a recognised international hub for big business and outstanding creativity”. The Amsterdam studio is located on Wibautstraat in the De Pijp neighbourhood.
D8’s clients include the BBC, Remy Cointreau, Aldi, and Greenpeace. Adrian Carroll, D8 co-founder and creative director, said: “We love working with clients in the United Kingdom but we also know our portfolio and diverse range of creative services has global appeal; it’s our experience that great design truly transcends borders. We want to explore this wonderful opportunity to get closer to our growing international client base by setting up a studio in Amsterdam.”
The new Dutch studio will be led by Graham Sturt, an award-winning creative director with more than 25 years’ industry experience. Sturt lists of former clients includes some of the biggest Dutch brands, including The Heineken Company, ING, Vodafone Ziggo and The Ocean Cleanup. He said: “We are joining forces to bring a new multidisciplinary design agency offer to the Netherlands. Our combined portfolio is outstanding and our range of services unmatched by many peers in the Dutch market.”
Amsterdam’s thriving creative industry
More than 200,000 people work in the creative industries in the Amsterdam Area. It is home to leading advertising and design agencies, including Wieden + Kennedy, 72andSunny and Design Bridge. The gaming industry is led by EA and Guerrilla, the region’s media and broadcasting sector employs more than 15,000 people and sustainable style is also making a mark in the city’s fashion industry, which is home to more than 100 fashion houses.
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