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Michael Wuerges works as a brand and communication strategist with a passion for human behavioural patterns and the influence of technology in creating connections between people and brands, especially in the cultural sector.

After completing his degree in design strategy, Wuerges worked as an art consultant before pursuing a career as a strategist with Springer & Jacoby and Jung von Matt in Hamburg, two of Germany’s most creative agencies, where he worked with some of the world’s most loved brands such as Coca-Cola, Bonaqa or ebay.

The space where the arts, branding, creativity, design and education meet has always exerted a strong fascination on him. With his arrival in Vienna he therefore took the opportunity to work as Brand Manager and, shortly after, as Head of Strategy and Marketing at the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna’s contemporary arts space, where he was occupied with aligning the institution’s strategy and its offer with the visitor behaviour and needs.

His work as Head of Strategy and Marketing involved leading through disruptive approaches such as the introduction of a completely flexible award-winning identity for the Kunsthalle Wien, designed by belgian designer Boy Vereecken, which was until then unheard of in the cultural sector.

Frequently working in collaboration with other strategists, creatives and institutions, the intention is to create fresh, forward looking, unknown experiences for customers, students and visitors.

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Kunsthalle Wien Taxis

 

Along the introduction of the new identity of the Kunsthalle Wien in May 2013 a launch campaign was designed to create public impact, all within certain budget constraints. In addition to a conventional PR and poster campaign putting forward the new brand identity, we entered into a cooperation with local taxi company Taxi 40100 for increased visibility in the streets of Vienna.

 

For this purpose, ten cabs had been redesigned and transformed into so-called art taxis.

 

Boy Vereecken, who had created the new identity for the Kunsthalle Wien, “dressed” the taxis as larger-than-life eagles, of course referring to the new design of the institution.

 

As an additional initiative, Liam Gillick converted some of the taxis into minimalist, moving measuring instruments, using scales along the surface of the cars’ chassis, with the intention to measure the beauty and uniqueness of the City of Vienna.

 

With nearly 150,000 daily brand contacts per taxi the initiative exceeded all expectations. Kunsthalle Wien “taxi-spotting” was introduced to the 20.000 Facebook friends and drove traffic for the various digital media Kunsthalle Wien is present in.

 

It was a perfect starting-point for the new identity and its corporate design, which besides won the German Design Prize a few months after its introduction.

 

Even today, nearly one and a half years later and long after our official cooperation with Taxi 40100 had ended, the art taxis continue to cruise the streets of Vienna, causing astonished faces in Vienna's cityscape. 

 

Project-Coordination: Martina Piber

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