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 Droog Design, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag/Kunstmuseum, the Chaumont Graphic Design Biennial, The KRC Collection, Kröller-Müller Museum, nai010, TAAK, Repair Café, and Transitional School/The Istanbul Design Biennial.
FORTHCOMINGIn 2020 ARK is working on some exciting assignments for a range of clients, like De Zwarte Hond architects, the project 'Our Brave New World' (together with reseracher Paulien Dresscher and Fontys) and the Repair Café International. We kicked off 2020 by setting up our brand new Rotterdam atelier, especially for our collaboration with the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2020 (IABR) in Rotterdam! Highlights of 2019 included ‘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).
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 Humanities faculty of the 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.
TEAM ARK.AMSTERDAMMerel Boers, Patrice Breuil, Roosje Klap, Pauline Le Pape, Jochem Ruares, Mira van 't Jolle (intern)TEAM ARK.ROTTERDAM Merel Boers, Nora Bekes, Loes Claessens, Ina Hollmann, Roosje Klap, Nina van Tuikwerd—
NÓRA 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.’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.LOES CLAESSENS believes in system focussed 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, Ina 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 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 her initial internship at Atelier Roosje Klap, she joined the team after her graduation.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.
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.MIRA 'T JOLLE is our current intern, and studies at the LUCA School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium. Design to Mira is much more than just creating 'visually pleasing' artwork: she is looking to collaborate with other artistic fields and developing an interest in 3D and artificial intelligence.
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