Thursday, 8 June 2017
Flags MMCA Seoul
During the first week of our residency at MMCA Seoul, we were commissioned to make flags for the MMCA Changdong entrance. We made a design reacting to the residency atmosphere and based on a bedcloth we previously made. The flags were produced with Korean efficiency, and finished before we knew it.
flag seriesphotos by MMCA / Koen Taselaar commissioned by MMCA Seoul
Thursday, 4 May 2017 – ongoing
From 2016 we’re working on the visual identity of TENT, a platform for contemporary art in Rotterdam housed in a previously squatted monumental school building in the Witte de Withstraat. This year, we’re treating TENT's entrance wall as an indoor billboard, where we can show various information about the current activities of TENT in- and outside its exhibition space. By pasting layers of posters on top of each other and cutting out peek holes, traces of former activities will be shown over time.
visual identityphotos by Aad Hoogendoorn commissioned by TENT Rotterdam
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Diptych of lyrical poems and sonnets by Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay; two well-known American poets. The poems are for the first time translated in Dutch by a female translator, Ans Bouter, who compiled and published the book herself. The book is divided in two halves and has two spines – if placed the other way around on a bookshelf, this one book appears to be two different books. Each poet has her own part, printed in one color. All mutual information is printed with a mix of those two colors.
poetry bookavailable herecommissioned by Ans Bouter & Benjamin GroothuyseSelected for Best Dutch Book Designs 2016Bronze Medal Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt 2017
Thursday, 16 February 2017 – ongoing
Disclosed poster series
Every six weeks one of the members of Het Wilde Weten, an artist space in the center of Rotterdam, hosts a public event deriving directly from their artistic practice, under the name of Disclosed.The design of this riso-printed poster series is loosely based on emails we like to send to each other and friends: designing them as expressive as possible using the design merits of an email program. In addition to this, we use no more than 3 layers, take no longer than 2 hours for the design and we don’t show the posters to Het Wilde Weten until after they’re printed. All combined, this makes it a very pleasant series to work on.
posterscommissioned by Het Wilde Weten
Thursday, 9 February 2017
Dolf Henkes Prijs
Once every two years, platform for contemporary art TENT Rotterdam hosts the Dolf Henkes Award: an award granted by the Dolf Henkes Foundation to an iconic Rotterdam artist. For the 2016 edition we designed a big pamphlet announcing the selected artists Daan Botlek, Rana Hamadeh, Rory Pilgrim and Katarina Zdjelar. The front wall of the exhibition was adjusted during the announcement of the winner: a big WINNER streamer was stuck on the wall.
visual identity photos by Aad Hoogendoorn, Fleur Beerthuiscommissioned by TENT Rotterdam
Thursday, 2 February 2017 – ongoing
Prospects & Concepts
Ongoing from 2012 we design the visual identity for the annual exhibition Prospects & Concepts, organized by the Mondriaan Fonds and taking place during Art Rotterdam. The exhibition includes work of all artists who received a starter stipend in the previous year. We've designed a lettering system that is adapted in a different manner every year. The identity consists of invitations, exhibition guides, animated type, signage and a catalogue for every edition.
visual identityexhibition design Tom Postma Designvideo teaser in collaboration with Alice Saeycommissioned by het Mondriaan Fonds
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Help, we zijn populair!
This book contains an anthology of new and older articles from online magazine Vers Beton about the changes and upturn of the city of Rotterdam through the past five years. The revival of the city is approached from a number of themes, supplemented with contributions of Rotterdam photographers and illustrators. Starting point for the design was the collection of photos we took over the years of stickers in public space, leaving marks and ‘labeling’ the city.
bookphotos book launch by Victor Wollaertcommissioned by Vers Beton, nai010publishersavailable here
Thursday, 26 May 2016
Cracking the Frame
Cracking the Frame festival hosts film screenings, artist talks and special events entirely dedicated to art documentaries and artists’ films. Together with Alice Saey we designed the identity, consisting among other things of one printed sheet that both functions as a poster and (cut out and folded) as a program booklet.
visual identityin collaboration with Alice Saeycommissioned by Cracking the Frame
Thursday, 7 April 2016
House Crying Yellow Tears
House Crying Yellow Tears is a collaboration of theatre artists Suze Milius and Stefan Jakiela. Under one roof – based in Brussels – they join forces to work on theatre productions; together and individually, with people from different fields of art. Their identity consists of a flexible framework that functions as a container for all kinds of productions and can appear in a variety of media. In that way the identity evolves with every newly made item.
visual identitycommissioned by House Crying Yellow Tears
Thursday, 14 January 2016
Moving Futures 2015
Moving Futures is a traveling dance festival through 7 Dutch cities showing work of contemporary choreographers. Like the first edition of the festival, we designed a template poster with the information of all cities on it. This time, contrasting with the highlight-markers of last year, we censored the information that was not applicable to the particular city. During a drawing workshop in an empty dance studio, we manually manipulated all 2000 posters with black markers.
visual identitythanks to drawing assistants Koen, Sander, Alice, Tijs and Twancommissioned by Dansmakers Amsterdam
Thursday, 12 November 2015
Typojanchi bed wrap
South Korean typography biennale Typojanchi invited us for the Small House Big Door project. We were asked to design an object that could be presented in a hotel room. This bedcover also functions as a tent and has some hidden typography in it.
bedcovercommissioned by Typojanchi Biennale Seoul
Thursday, 28 May 2015
Granfalloon is the title of 2015s degree show of the Masters Art & Science, Fine Art and Photography of Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts in London. This word, introduced by Kurt Vonnegut, means "a proud and meaningless association of human beings". The catalogue shows the work of all graduating students of these three sections. We underlined the title by using one sheet of paper per student, and designed the whole catalogue in alphabetical order. Thereafter, we threw the whole stack of pages in the air, deciding the order of the book by how we picked them up. Therefore all pages are mixed and bound together again in random order. The perforations that came out of the binding were used as confetti at the degree show opening itself.
exhibition cataloguephoto exhibition by Dennis Vanderbroeckcommissioned by Central Saint Martins London
Thursday, 7 January 2016
This tablecloth was originally made as an extension of the KWARTET II card game by Marijke Appelman & Koen Taselaar. It’s the ideal backdrop for an evening with friends, food and card games. The tablecloth is made of 100% cotton and silkscreened by hand. It’s available for purchase through us. For more information, drop an email here.
tableclothphotos by Alexandre Furtado available here
Thursday, 9 April 2015
Het Nieuwe Instituut organised an exhibition about the material plastic and its future; 3D-printing. The exhibition (or: docubition, as it was called, a combination between exhibition and documentary) focusses on the political and economic industry around plastic and poses questions about the critical point in time where plastic is at right now: is the future of plastic in our own hands or in the hands of big powerful cooperations? The design reflects the subjective tone of the docubition. Inspired by punchlines of American documentaries, we designed a selection of slogans, extracted from the narration, posing questions about plastic.
visual identityin collaboration with Tal Erez, Submarine, Daphna Laurenscommissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Moving Futures 2014
Moving Futures is a traveling dance festival through 7 Dutch cities showing work of contemporary choreographers. We translated the dynamic mentality of the festival by making a template tourposter with the information of all participating cities and the whole festival printed on it. On the posters we manually highlighted the information appropriate for the specific city, with a big red marker. We organized a workshop drawing week that resulted in a series of 2000 different posters.
visual identitycommissioned by Dansmakers Amsterdamthanks to drawing assistants Bas, Ing, Koen and Thomas
Thursday, 11 December 2014
Publication for the Walls project of artist Thomas Trum. Folded A2 blueback posters compiled into a booklet with a silkscreened cover.
bookcommissioned by Thomas Trum
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Kwartet is a Dutch card game using the simple premise of collecting a complete family/set of four cards (a so-called kwartet) per given category. In this version, initiated by Marijke Appelman and Koen Taselaar, the fourteen families are formed by artworks grouped by their underlying subject matter or the formal principles used, like Doors In Doors, Over The Edge, Used To Skate and Watermelon. We designed a dazzle pattern for the cards, package, and a little pin brooche for the winner. To play the game in full effect, we made a matching silkscreened tablecloth.
card gamecommissioned by Marijke Appelman and Koen Taselaaravailable here
Thursday, 12 December 2013
This Is A Takeover
Artists Marije Vermeulen, Marieke Coppens, Annegret Kellner and Cindy Moorman each took over the space of gallery Outline in Amsterdam for one weekend with a solo exhibition. To take-over Amsterdams public space, we designed silkscreened stickers that were spread all over the city by the artists and their friends.
flyercommissioned by Marieke Coppens
Thursday, 11 July 2013
I Like To Watch Too
I Like To Watch Too is a contemporary dance and performance festival that turned Paradiso into a one weekend dance temple with performances not only on stage but in the hallway, on the stairs, and even in the toilets. We made a dazzle camouflage pattern for this ‘dance performance expedition’, based on movements of the body. Our workspace turned into a photo studio for several weeks – we shot a lot of images of moving body parts, dressed in graphic patterns and stripy fabrics.
visual identitycommissioned by Paradiso Amsterdam
Thursday, 13 June 2013
Otis LA Design Week
We were invited to teach a one-week-workshop at Otis, College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. Together with a group of students we designed the visual identity for the symposium at the end of the week, where all workshop groups presented their work and each guest teacher gave a lecture. In the beginning of the week we placed a big billboard on the courtyard, functioning as an ongoing announcement of the symposium. Every hour and every day the announcement would look different. Next to that, our group designed the catalogue, silkscreened 200 bags and even invented special coffee ice-cream. We had a superb week with great Otis team spirit!
workshopcommissioned by Otis college of Art & Design, Los Angelesthanks to Kali Nikitas
Thursday, 19 September 2012
Graphic Design Festival Breda asked us to design an A0-poster for their Poster Project throughout the city of Breda. We took paper, scissors and some glue to make a manual composition and silkscreened the poster (which was pretty hard work during a hot summer day and using such a heavy machine). The quote ‘Count money till my fingers get the papercuts’ comes from a hiphop track by SL Jones and refers to the given theme: Greed is in, empathy is out.
postersilkscreened at Amsterdam Grafisch Ateliercommissioned by Graphic Design Festival Breda
Thursday, 10 March 2012
Video Vortex is a series of talks and workshops about online video in Trouw, Amsterdam. Geert Lovink writes in the Video Vortex reader: “We no longer watch movies, we watch databases.” Based on a filing and labeling system, we created a scanned and photocopied identity on scale 1:1, as a reference to the growing amateur YouTube culture.
visual identitycommissioned by Institute of Network Cultures
Thursday, 11 November 2011
To All Tomorrows Parties
The exhibition To All Tomorrows Parties in TENT Rotterdam consisted of mainly performances and no static work, with the aim to put people in motion. The title was a reaction to the crisis and the financial cuts in the cultural field: Not only think, but act! The design shows a physical, festive demonstration as an identity: a manifesto as an invitation, pasted posters on the outside wall and portable wooden demonstration boards as signage inside the gallery.
visual identityphotos by Aad Hoogendoorncommissioned by TENT Rotterdam
Thursday, 3 November 2011
The Great Indoors Award
The Great Indoors Award is an international interior design award. The edition of 2011 with the theme IN BETWEEN wants to reflect on the importance of temporal solutions in a period of growing vacancy and the need for durable solutions. This temporality is reflected in the design by the use of solely paper in the exhibition design. One kilometer of paper was designed and used in the interior, as a reference to wallpaper and the constant change in identity. The action of tearing the paper comes back in the interior as well as in the award show itself. Instead of opening a golden envelope to announce the winners, we made five upscaled block calendars where pages could be torn off, eventually revealing the winner.
visual identityinterior design in collaboration with EventArchitectuurphotos by Bert Janssencommissioned by FRAME Magazine, Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture and NAiM/Bureau Europa
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