In Limbo Embassy

An embassy for the undocumented

In Limbo Embassy is an embassy for people that are ‘in limbo’; Refugees that cannot stay in the Netherlands, but are also unable to return to their country of origin. In contrast to a real embassy In Limbo Embassy represents a group of people, not a country. These people float between a world they can’t return to and a world that doesn’t seem to want them. All too often direct contact between refugees and society is lacking and that is where this Embassy comes in by offering a neutral meeting space. Refugees take on the role of the embassy’s ambassadors; inviting people for a dialogue, debate and cultural exchanges based on an equal footing.

We created the graphic style for In Limbo Embassy using the ambassador’s handwriting as the voice of the embassy. The general framework and font were inspired by what you would expect to be used by a traditional embassy. The project was nominated for a Dutch Design Award in the category communication.

See the project’s website here.

Communication concept / design: Maartje Slijpen & Merel Witteman
Client: In Limbo Embassy / Manon van Hoeckel
Year: 2015

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