ARK is the acronym of Atelier Roosje Klap, an Amsterdam-based design studio that can adapt to any type of assignment, and headed by co-captains graphic designer Roosje Klap and type designer Pauline Le Pape. ARK works with a festive team of regular collaborators from all over the world. We satisfy design needs, from the monumental to the minuscule. The research-based interdisciplinary design approach enables ARK to challenge the boundaries of graphic design and create new forms of communication.
ARK has many faces. For each new project, we draw on an extensive, international network of artists, designers, architects, curators, historians, conservators, thinkers, makers and doers. Projects are brought to the ARK, but projects are born on the ARK as well: it is an open space, to encourage all manner of design alliances. ARK represents a new generation of graphic designers that not only work on private or public commissions, but also defines their own assignments, creating a new global design membrane.
The ARK spans wide and digs deep. Each project, assigned or independent, is approached as a research adventure. An ARK design is present, powerful, intelligent, refined, historically aware, context-conscious, sometimes cheeky and always fresh. We work with some ridiculously talented people, scattered across the globe. Hence this ARK of ours: a spandex-stretchy design community that can adapt to any type of assignment in our hyperlinked, 24-hour world.
CLIENTSARK has established collaborations with Droog Design, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, the Chaumont Graphic Design Biennial, The KRC Collection, Kröller-Müller Museum, nai010, TAAK, and Transitional School/The Istanbul Design Biennial. FORTHCOMINGIn 2019 ARK is working on some exciting assignments for a range of clients, as well as participating at ‘Post-medium’, a group show at the Graphic Design Biennial in Chaumont, FR (23.05 — 22.09.2019), the ‘Panneaurama’ landscape exhibition in Saint Herblain, FR (28.06 — 28.09.2019), the exhibition 'Post-Millenium Tension' at Porto Design Biennial in Portugal, curated by José Bártolo (19.09 — 08.12.2019), and in November 2019 for the ‘DEMO - Design in Motion Festival’ in Amsterdam (NL).
TEAMROOSJE KLAP is the founder of Atelier Roosje Klap. Klap studied Graphic Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and fresh out of school, began her own studio and developed an international network. Together with Niels Schrader, she co-heads the Graphic Design (BA) and Non Linear Narrative (MA) departments at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and worked as design advisor at the Van Eyck Academie. Klap is a sought-after speaker at conferences and academies worldwide and is a PhD candidate at PhDArts/University of Leiden.
PAULINE LE PAPE is a type boss. Le Pape graduated in 2016 with a master in Type Design at École Estienne in Paris and developed a range of meticulous typefaces over the years. After graduation, she joined Atelier Roosje Klap.
End of 2018, Klap and Le Pape morphed into ARK.
RECENTLY EMBARKED THE ARKMEREL BOERS does not write copy: she teaches people how to write their own. As a professional historian, she knows how to dig deep, and how to tell a compelling story. Schooled in argumentation theory, she knows why some texts stand firmly, and others crumble at the merest touch. Why some texts invite you in, while others refuse entry. Add two decades of journalism and you have a work horse with a pedigree. ‘A good text is not written, it is built.’
PATRICE BREUIL is focused on the effects of a fast digital culture (‘high speed scrolling’) on distribution, copyright and the ‘aura’, particularly content from open source origins. He works predominantly with printed matter, exchanging units of cultural information and re-distributing them back into the internet ready for re-consumption.
JOCHEM RUARUS is fearlessly working with a critical and speculative tone on contemporary culture, social issues, technology and sub-cultures. His approach can be described as ‘in your face’: visually titillating graphic language combined with raw and clear typography. His method is action-oriented, and interdisciplinary collaborative.
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