The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) is a research institute founded in 1961 whose mission is to produce high quality, topical information on international relations and the EU. The Institute realizes its aims by conducting research as well as by organising domestic and international seminars and publishing reports on its research and current international issues. In 2007 the formerly independent organisation became a research institute for the Finnish government.
As part of the rebirth of the institute as a government organ in 2007 we were commissioned to design a new visual identity. We jumped on the possibility to create something unique. Instead of joining the army of government organisations with their coats of arms and acronyms we took an artistic route. We created a sculpture that deeply reflects the connection between cultures and nations. In three variations it reflects distance and proximity, connecting and staying connected. The sculpture-as-logo is supported by a politically neutral yet highly recognisable colour.
During our long relationship with FIIA we have handled the adaptation of the visual identity to everything from communication and publications to interior design. We have also designed, developed and maintained the extensive website of the institute.