Liza Enebeis is Creative Director and Partner at Studio Dumbar, Rotterdam, a unique design studio that focuses on visual identity and Host and Co-founder of Typeradio, a podcast station on type and design.
She began her education at Parsons School of Design, Paris, and continued with a masters at the Royal College of Art, London, followed up by working at Pentagram, for several years. In the beginning of 2015, Liza has been invited to join the jury of ADCN, Art Directors Club Netherlands, in the category Brand and Communication Design including Photography Craft. The ADCN award is the most prestigious award in the Netherlands for Advertising and Design.
Studio Dumbar’s colourful history began in 1977 when Gert Dumbar founded the company in The Hague. Studio Dumbar is a highly influential Dutch graphic design agency with outposts in China and Korea. Its work has helped shape, not only Dutch, but international design for over three decades.
Studio Dumbar describes its work as ‘visual branding, online branding’, meaning that it creates every visible expression of a brand or organisation — offline and online. Its international scope is reflected in its teams, with an average of seven nationalities in Rotterdam alone.
Fragmented, sometimes complex to the edge of chaos, and layered with complex typography, many Dumbar projects caused consternation among advocates of a more ordered aesthetic. But by the late 1980s many European designers were mimicking Studio Dumbar’s approach, causing Gert Dumbar to place a moratorium on these techniques within his firm.
The studio has a comprehensive range of clients, designing everything from experimental graphics for cultural clients to corporate identity programs and literature. Its portfolio is diverse, encompassing work for a variety of clients both large and small — from business and government to cultural and non–profit. Among the client list one can spot the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Dutch Police, TNT, Shell, Dutch Railways, KPN, Danish Post and the Dutch Government.
The company has won an astounding number of awards. On D&AD’s all time list, Studio Dumbar is the third most awarded design outfit, beaten only by Apple and Pentagram. Some of its most important accolades include: Communication Arts Design Competition - Award of Excellence 2016, European Design Awards - Best of Show 2013; Red Dot - Best of best 2011; Red Dot - Grand Prix 2006; Nederlandse Designprijzen - Grand Prix 2006; D&AD - Gold 1982, 1987.