25 years on, the iconic French film is as relevant as ever.

Written by Craig Berry
Designer & Writer

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Mathieu Kassovitz – La Haine (1995)

The film La Haine was released in 1995; a black and white portrayal of three friends living in a poor neighbourhood in Paris which is populated by immigrants and set out to a night journey in which they get caught by the police, set over a 24 hour period. Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, the film covers themes of poverty, racism, crime, immigration, police brutality, the youth and violence in a very real and honest telling.

“When a young Arab is arrested and beaten unconscious by police, a riot erupts in the notoriously violent suburbs outside of Paris. Three of the victim’s peers, a white Jew, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), an Arab, Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui) and a black man, Hubert (Hubert Koundé), wander aimlessly about their home turf in the aftermath of the violence as they try to come to grips with their outrage over the brutal incident. After one of the men finds a police officer’s discarded weapon, their night seems poised to take a bleak turn.”


Exploring Barcelona’s lively culture.

Written by Craig Berry
Designer & Writer

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Netherlands to Spain and back: a collaborative animation with Joe Faulding

Back in June 2018, my fiancé and I tried something new where we both flew separately to a different city (Paris). Her from London — where she lives — and myself from Amsterdam. This worked out great, so much so that we travelled to Copenhagen later in 2018 and now in November 2019, meeting up together in Barcelona.

Much like our trip to Paris, I had been to Barcelona a few years prior, with my friends. We ended up not doing very much other than drinking beer, chilling on the beach and visiting the Barcelona Nou Camp stadium. It was a great trip but not super cultural. This time, I wanted to do and see more while spending time with my fiancé. …


Paper circles of joy.

Written by Craig Berry
Designer & Writer

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Back in May 2019 I wrote a blog post about the design of record sleeves, featuring some of my favourites across various design mediums. Since then I have carried on buying, looking at and listening to vinyl records; my love for the medium only growing—as too, my collection.

It’s a well known fact that people will buy records just for their sleeve designs and artwork, I’m sure most people know someone who has Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon or Joy Divison – Unknown Pleasures hanging in their living room. …


Introducing my new city to old friends

Written by Craig Berry
Former Creative Intern at VBAT | Superunion
Originally shared Mar 2, 2017

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Inside FOAM Amsterdam

Recently I had 2 friends from the UK come to Amsterdam to visit and I wanted to show them the city I have been living in for the last 5 months and all that is great about it. I could easily have taken them to the bigger tourist attractions such as the Heineken Experience, the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum and so on. …


Exploring Groningen

Written by Craig Berry
Former Creative Intern at VBAT | Superunion
Originally shared Feb 9, 2017

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Groninger Musem

In my on-going ambition to visit as many cities in The Netherlands during my time here I found myself travelling to Groningen over the weekend. Groningen was on my list of places to check out — being the biggest city in the north — although it wasn’t top of the list due to it being over 2 hours away by train also making it an expensive trip. But. …


A feast for the eyes

Written by Craig Berry and Tijs Kramer
Former Creative Interns at VBAT | Superunion
Originally shared Jan 26, 2017

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Amsterdam Light Festival, Blueprint by Reier Pos

Through Craig’s eyes…

Every year the light festival takes place in Amsterdam, 2016 is the fifth edition but myself and Tijs’ first times seeing it properly. I wanted to take the time to go and see what the big deal was about the Festival as everyone said it’s been great over previous years. …


Falling for Rotterdam

Written by Craig Berry
Former Creative Intern at VBAT
Originally shared Jan 12, 2017

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De Rotterdam by Rem Koolhaas/OMA

So far I have been living in Amsterdam for just over 3 months and I am confident enough to navigate my way around the 17th century city fairly well. Beautiful historical buildings line the rivers and canals such as the Oude Kerk, Koninklijk Paleis, De Waag, the Montelbaanstoren and the Rembrandthuis. These are all great pieces of architecture that show the history of Amsterdam which has survived to this day. Although, a city whose historical architecture hasn’t survived and has changed dramatically over time is that of Rotterdam which like many other great European cities was bombed and destroyed during the Second World War. …


A visit to Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Written by Craig Berry
Former Creative Intern at VBAT
Originally shared Dec 20, 2016

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Sandberg, Designer & Director at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

The first week I started my internship at vbat in September 2016 — on a fine late summer evening — us creatives went on a Creative Excursionaround Amsterdam with type designer David Quay where he opened our eyes to some of the many typographic relics across the city. Since then and through seeing the content David posts on Facebook as the ‘type tourist’, I have found myself actively exploring the city and looking for these little type gems myself.

On the 12th of November, the Stedelijk opened a new exhibition featuring the work of graphic designer and former gallery director — Willem Sandberg. Meanwhile, David Quay shared a post — on his Facebook, on the 23rd of November — recommending the exhibition and from then I knew that I had to go check it out for myself as soon as possible. It was also a great excuse to finally visit the Stedelijk and see the permanent collection as well as experiencing the visual identity of the gallery, developed by Mevis & Van Deursen in 2012. …


For the first time in Amsterdam/Zandaam

Written by Craig Berry
Former Creative Intern at VBAT
Originally shared Nov 29, 2016

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Hotel Inntel Zaandam

Last week, thanks to VBAT I was given an entry pass and the opportunity to attend the 2016 Packaging Innovations convention and the Dieline Conference in Zaandam at the Taets Arts & Event Park.

The journey from Amsterdam Centraal to Zaandam was quick and as soon as I stepped out of the station I was in awe of the city’s architecture. Straight away you see the Hotel Inntel Zaandam — which literally looks like a Christmas Disney attraction. Its outer façade is a bunch of traditional Dutch houses in blue and green cladding, piled up on one another for 12 storeys. Reading up more about the design of the building I found out it is by WAM — a Delft based group who say it wasn’t designed to be shocking and they feel that it fits in place in Zaandam because “it uses the architectural language of Zaanstad’. …


When Glow Festival is turning on the lights

Written by Craig Berry
Former Creative Intern at VBAT
Originally shared Nov 16, 2016

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Photonic Modulation of Light and Space — TU/e Students — De Wielen

Back to Eindhoven again, although this time at night for the annual Glow festival where artists, students, creatives, scientists and technicians create and display pieces over the city using artificial light. Before leaving I scoped out the routes and decided I would take the city route which obviously worms through the city as opposed to the other route: the science route.

Upon arriving at the city on a wet and cold Monday evening, as soon as I walked out the station at the Stationsplein there was a large sculpture intriguingly called: ‘Just because you have character, doesn’t make you a character’. …

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