ARK is the acronym of Atelier Roosje Klap, an Amsterdam-based design studio that can adapt to any type of assignment. 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 define 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 the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), Kunsthal Rotterdam, Kunstmuseum Den Haag, Netherlands Film Festival (NFF), KRC Collection, Kröller-Müller Museum, nai010, TAAK, Repair Café, De Zwarte Hond and The Istanbul Design Biennial. The work of ARK was exhibited at a.o. International Typography Biennale in Korea, the Graphic Design Biennial in Chaumont, France, the Porto Design Biennial in Portugal, and at the DEMO - Design in Motion Festival in Amsterdam.
ABOUT ROOSJE KLAP Roosje Klap is the founder of Atelier Roosje Klap, also known as ARK. Klap studied Graphic Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and fresh out of school began her own studio, quickly developing an international network. Her interests lie in unconventional, artistic research resulting in playful collaborations. Together with Niels Schrader, she co-heads the Graphic Design (BA) and Non Linear Narrative (MA) departments at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague and worked as design advisor at the Jan Van Eyck Academie. Klap is a sought-after speaker at conferences and academies worldwide and a Ph.D. candidate at the PhDArts at University of Leiden, where she researches the effects and impact of digital co-creation with machines and artificial intelligence on owner- and authorship of the design practice. Klap is Chairman of the Board of Valiz Publishers, Member of the Board of the Wim Crouwel Institute and Supervisory Board Member of De Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.
ARK COLLABORATORSNÓRA BÉKÉS is a typographically obsessed visual storyteller, who is characterized by a focus on design research, typography and interdisciplinary approaches. Her experiments show visual tactics of multi-layered storytelling. Nora graduated from the Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague in 2018.
MEREL 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.’LOUIS BRADDOCK CLARKE moves between researcher and creative practitioner interpreting notions from design, geography, electro-matter, and esoteric philosophies. Via this holistic approach, an experimental inquiry unfolds, blending scientific and conceptual theories to materialize in contemporary mediums. By producing ‘Geo-tools,’ Braddock Clarke measures and records ancient, current, and future surfaces of the ever-shifting Earth.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. They work predominantly with printed matter, exchanging units of cultural information and re-distributing them back into the internet ready for re-consumption.LOES CLAESSENS believes in system focused design and pushes strong typography while embracing the power of editing whose persona is an integral part of the practice as well – part glam-rock, curating radio and making sound, and part high-theory. There’s something unmistakably ‘Brian Eno’-eque about her and her dedicated investment in conceptual pop-culture. In 2019 she received a master’s degree at Werkplaats Typografie.INA HOLLMANN is a collaborator at heart, and has led both group- and theme related exhibitions in Europe and abroad. Her personal interests revolve around culture production at large, in particular how contemporary political discourse, scientific prospects and technology translate into the designed environment.PAULINE LE PAPE is a type designer and art director. Le Pape graduated in 2016 with a master in Type Design at École Estienne in Paris and developed a range of meticulous typefaces and type based identities over the years.NINA VAN TUIKWERD has a playful approach to design to show visual research and engagement to speculative thinking. Extrapolating on possible future scenarios of our planet she raises awareness on our environmental issues by pulling us in a magical world, where nature will always survive, with or without humans. Nina graduated from the Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague in 2019.CURRENT INTERN (JAN-JUNE 2020)SENKA MILUTINOVIC is a designer obsessed with fictional and political storytelling that aims to raise awareness about social issues that are connected to the communities they inhabit. They believe that there is no such thing as apolitical design and use research as the backbone for any hybrid project they start conjuring up. From designing events for the queer community to making exhibitions about the political influence of memes, Senka always tries to find the right medium for the message. They are currently studying and working at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.PREVIOUS INTERNS OF THE ARK Mira 't Jolle Jessica HollinsheadAmanda PunaGuillaume RouxJochem RuaresKatherine WimnettChiara Zarotti
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