01 Hack/Play: Let’s Start Playing The Game!

02 Specialized Generalists

03 The fall and rise of Dutch design

04 AIGA's Design Envy features Letterlab

05 little BIG TYPE SAYS MORE, boxed

06 ED Award for Exhibition design!

07 Design in Rotterdam 1988-2013

08 Design’s Social Pledge

09 Blended Published


11 Two Nominations ED Awards 2013!

12 Graduation Show ’12 Up Close Wide Open

13 Digitizing Contemporary Art

14 Sometimes Six is just not enough

15 It’s Design in the Game

16 Curators at Design Academy

17 ED Award for Slow Art!

18 EYE Film Institute + DAE

19 My love is not a joke

20 Goose Hunt in Museum Hilversum

21 It’s art in the game!

22 design platform rotterdam essays

23 New Pocketknife LP Canyon Dancing 2

24 Stereohype B.I.O. Series #10

25 Benguiat Tribute for NWAT design festival

26 the first typonine type specimen

27 Chinese Abstract ‘Slow’ Art published

28 Ed Benguiat record single

29 Lecture for pdp conference, Serbia

30 The Role of Women in Design

31 ED Award for Artistic catalogue

32 VROAAM lecture & portfolio review

33 Lecture for Romeo Delta/BNO

34 Efteling Radio + DAE

35 european design awards x2

36 Fantastische Fotografie

37 world expo 2010 shanghai

38 étapes Magazine features Letterlab

39 Design Walks ED Festival

40 Letterlab Seasonal Poster Series

41 Lecture for BNO Spellbound

42 TDC honor and ADCN nomination

43 Print Magazine Master class

44 Frank Havermans NAI Book Launch

45 design initiatief’s future telling

46 Letterlab Commercial Airs on National TV

47 Letterlab Exhibition on Typography opens

48 Blurrr/TENT.10 ID & exhibition design

49 TDC Numbers Contribution

50 Facing China Catalogue published

51 Custom Typographic Installation in Soho

52 Collaboration with poet Tsead Bruinja

53 1 workshop and 3 lectures in Croatia

54 Platform 21 = Joyriding

55 Tambourine Dream, FF03

56 Visual Rhetoric of the Supreme Being

57 GreyTones spread and exhibition

58 Vive le Papier Electronique poster

59 Tougher than Featherz, FF02

60 Designprijs Rotterdam

61 Made with FontFont Cover & End Pages

62 Tokyo Chat airs on NHK in Japan

63 Ruffle Yo Featherz, FF01

64 BIG TYPE SAYS MORE at Museum Boijmans

65 VIDE workshop web teaser

66 Red Dot Award for LYWH

67 Yesterday, I lost my Helvetica, lecture

68 Real Dutch Design 0607

69 Rotten Cocktails LP by Boy Robot

70 Channel Push Breakin video for Hifana DVD

71 Typographic Tool ‘Punkt’ released

72 2+3D Interview and cover design

73 New workshops, lectures & research

74 VisCom published The New Typographers

75 Little Yellow Writing Hood

76 Guest designers for Items Magazine

77 Strange Attractors ADC Young Guns 4!

78 Dutch Design 2004-2005

79 Brunn Judge’s Choice TDC2 2004

80 Recognition for catalogue design

81 Cranbrook Graduate Catalogue, Transit

82 Cranbrook Masters Catalogue Redesign

83 Cranbrook Video Festival Poster

84 Hey Dutchie! Poster

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below: vitrine details


The Rotterdam School staged photography exhibition + magazine

We were asked by the (Historical) Museum Rotterdam, to design an exhibition about staged photography created in Rotterdam from the late seventies to the end of the eighties.

The Exhibition
The location for the exhibition was already determined: The attic of the only surviving building from the 17th century in the center of Rotterdam called ‘Het Schielandshuis’. On our first visit we immediately decided that we had to bring light into this normally very dark and dense looking space. Large wooden beams supporting the roof dominated the space, as well as permanently placed and almost completely covered vitrines on the corridor of this two level attic. Although the main focus of the exhibition was going to be on the staged photography we were also asked to design the context in which these works of art were created. Illustrious design collective ‘Hard Werken’, New Wave bands like ‘Kiem’, a very young Rem Koolhaas and many others, all were operating from this metropolitan harbor city, manifesting itself in a creative atmosphere unlike anywhere else in Holland. Because the work that had to exhibited was very vibrant and colorful, we decided to create a mostly white and black identity for it. Digging through various ‘Hard Werken’ magazines as well as other publications from that era, we also selected a group of expressive core typefaces to work with. Our graphic vocabulary for the overall design utilizes a series of black and white patterns. Although outspoken in appearance, they act as a contextual wrapper binding the various elements and content together.  The Magazine
Working closely with this content for 10 months, we dove head first into context and modern interpretation. Based around staged photography from Rotterdam from the late seventies until the end of the eighties, the exhibition also focused on the context in which the photographs were created. Rotterdam, during that period, was not only known for its photography, but also for its avant garde approach to art, design and music. The design of ‘Hard Werken’, the New Wave-like sounds of 'Kiem'; all these ingredients formed a furtile soil for and influenced the photography of those days. In order to celebrate this context, and use form to enhance the content, we asked Rick Vermeulen and Willem Kars (former members Hard Werken) for permission to create one last tribute to their magazine ‘Hard Werken’, which during the eighties had been an important platform for everything creative happening in the city. Using the same format, colors, typefaces and even paper, we combined old and new content (such as review of the past by Willem Kars) to create a tangible context for the works in the exhibition. The exhibition photographs are bound with magazine, but on a different paper stock and format, referring to eighties magazine ‘Zien' (which was one of the first to write about the phenomenon that was later called ‘De Rotterdamse School?’), also designed by ‘Hard Werken’. The sticker on the packaging of this catalogue ‘Inclusief Fotoventjes’, means: ‘Including Picture Dude’, a nickname given to the photographers of ‘De Rotterdamse School?’ by Gerard Hadders (another illustrious member of ‘Hard Werken’).


Museum Rotterdam

Rotterdam’s Hard Werken is no more


Doin’ Time

Historisch Museum Rotterdam