November, 2018 – Launch of Hacking Helvetica
You have propably already heard of the hacks 3D-designers gave to some of the products of a big store brand from Sweden. I loved their idea, giving a common basic a twist and a swing, and turn it into something new. In the world of graphic design I was reconizing something simular; designers are making changes in excisting typography. More and more I see they forget boring rules of readability and function, and just 'fuck' with type.
I personally think graphic designers really don't have to study intensely calligraphy first, to make their own typ. Small, weird changes to a basic can make a big gesture in a design. Let's do the same with the famous, neutral and basic evergreen, the Helvetica font.
The new website hackinghelvetica.com gives a stage to all these hacks. Are you joining?
October, 2018 – Anthon Beeke's pick in book Dutch Posters 97-17
Sadly, one of the most famous Dutch graphic designers, Anthon Beeke, died September this year. Just before his death he finished his book 'Dutch Posters 1997-2017, a selection by Anthon Beeke'. I am very honoured to be in the selection with this poster for Museum Rotterdam. The book was presented October 27 at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, together with an exhibition.
July, 2018 – Auteursprijzen
June, 2018 – Bazar of Curiosity
Bazar of Curiosity will be a cross-cultural festival, showing the beautiful sides and richness of the Islamic culture. See more of my design proposals here.
May, 2018 – Exhibition Hotel New York
Ton Hoogerwerf has designed the current exhibition about the building of Hotel New York in Rotterdam at Museum Rotterdam. I have designed the graphic part of it. The 'dream room' in the exhibition we have designed together. A space where floor and walls have no end, a real life 'trompe-l'oeil'.
More picts on my website coming soon.
April, 2018 – Book Philip Akkerman
After one year of working on it, this month the big and heavy new book of Dutch painter Philip Akkerman was launched. See more of the inside (and the spectacular back side) here.
March, 2018 – Festival Analog Patronen
Festival Analog Patterns takes place from May 25 till June 16 at the Grafische Werkplaats Den Haag. The festival takes a look at patterns work inside the fine and graphic arts. I designed a flexible visual identity, based on a steady (pattern-) grid and two colors only. See more of it here.
March, 2018 – Day of The Hague History 2018
The theme for Day of The Hague History 2018 will be 'Vreemde Vogels', which means something like 'Odd Ducks'.
February, 2018 – Poster North Sea Poetry 2018
For the second time, I will make the event style for all visual promotions for this poetry night in May at the dunes near the sea. There will be battles between poets this year, and it inspired me to make this design.
January, 2018 – Website Nederlands Muziek Instituut
Around now the new website of Netherlands Music Institute should be online. An archive website full of news, databases, documentations, classical music and virtual exhibitions.
November, 2017 – Jury member
This month I was invited to be in the jury of Anfachen Poster Award 2017 in Hamburg with Suze Barrett, Mieke Gerritzen, Prof. Yang Liu and Dr. Reinhold Wittig.
October, 2017 – Talk at Zefif7
October 12 I gave a talk about my poster work in specific and my thoughts about working as a graphic designers in general at Stroom Den Haag for Zefir7. Jamie de Rooij made this invitation:
September, 2017 – Graphic Frames at Torch Galery
Five of Philip Akkerman's paintings are framed by me. Graphic Frames we have called them. They are at Torch Galery in Amsterdam during his solo exhibition there. And If you are too curious: they are also on this page of my website. Small though. Real life big is better. Go see till October 14.
August, 2017 – Solo exhibition I'll Stay By Your Side Anyway
From September 11 till November 20 there will be an exhibition of my poster work at De Affiche Galerij in Den Haag. Together with this exhibition a book will appear. 36 pages (29x36cm, so quite large...) of poster fun. If you are interested you can buy it for just 10 euro at Athenaeum Amsterdam, Van Stockum Den Haag or from me. Just email or call me.
June, 2017 – Hokjesgeest
Hokjesgeest is this year's theme for the annual competition for art students to design a poster. I organize this together with De Affiche Galerij and 3sec.gallery. Translating 'hokjesgeest' it gets something like 'compartmentalization': labeling and categorizing people.
The 56 best posters are now exhibited in Den Haag and Breda. This is the poster for both exhibitions. Photography by Jeronimus van Pelt.
May, 2017 – The Map Docs
April, 2017 – Medium Deluxe
My friend + photographer Jeronimus van Pelt is an all-rounder: he works on more than making pictures. Together with Eric Stofmeel and Peter Reijn he is Medium Deluxe and they make creative media products. Their website will come soon but the logo and businesscards are there!
March, 2017 – Day of The Hague History 2017
In two weeks the yearly festival 'Dag van de Haagse Geschiedenis' will be at Plein again. This is the poster that is hanging now in the city.
January, 2017 – Auteursbond
At the beginning of this new year The Dutch Association of Writers and Translators (Vereniging van Schrijvers en Vertalers) got a new name: Auteursbond. This goes with a new visual identity. It is launched with a.o. stationary and a website.
October, 2016 – North Sea Poetry
Poet Arthur Lava (Howard Krol) organizes each year a poetry night called North Sea Poetry. This year I designed the poster for it. Tickets soon available for some 'poetry with a bite'...
September, 2016 – Website Haagse Historie (The Hague History)
Together with web guru Robert Vonk I made www.haagsehistorie.nl as a search engine for all questions about the history of my town The Hague. It is intended to look like the 'sister' of the HIP site. See more here.
July, 2016 – New Pin-up poster
I have been more busy with projects for clients lately, but luckely I found some time to screen print another pin-up: Christopher2. See Christopher1 and the other pin-ups here.
June, 2016 – 9th Graphic Design Student Poster Project
This years theme of the annual student poster competition I organize with De Affiche Galerij and 3sec.gallery is 'Safe Sex in 2016'. The academies from Antwerp, Arnhem, Breda, Den Bosch, Eindhoven and Rotterdam are joining this year.
This is the series of posters I designed to announce both winner exhibitions.
April, 2016 – Event style Day of The Hague History
For the second time I created the event style of the one day festival 'Dag van de Haagse Geschiedenis' (Day of The Hague History).
March, 2016 – EU logo returns due to success
The Dutch government decided that the EU2004 logo is still good enough to use again in 2016! I worked on it 12 years ago at Studio Dumbar and I liked seeing it on a sunny morning in March near the parliament building.
February, 2016 – New website for Dutch artist - designer
I just finished the design for Ton of Hollands new website www.tonofholland.nl. Now online!
January, 2016 – New year, new type
I made a typeface called Knijper Sans in 2015. It is inspired on a clothespin and I made a poster of it and I send it as a new year wish to my friends and family. See more details here.