Art Direction, Theory and Design
Roosje Klap researches the experimental boundaries of custom fit design, peculiar yet collaborative.
‘With Roosje Klap a typeface can be unreadable, a book can turn out to be a sculpture and a stamp can become a drawing-by-numbers-drawing: she has a strong affection for unorthodox type design. Many of her projects involve close collaboration with specialists from different cultural backgrounds, such as artists, curators, architects, type designers and writers. The research-based interdisciplinary design approach enables Roosje Klap to challenge the boundaries of graphic design and create new forms of communication. Roosje Klap represents a new generation of graphic designers that not only works on private or public commissions, but also defines their own assignments.’
Taken from: ‘Dutch Profiles’ about Roosje
Under the acronym ARK (short for Atelier Roosje Klap) she set up a small studio in the centre of Amsterdam with a group of designers that functions as an open place, which welcomes all collaborations in the art and design community. Many of ARK’s projects involve close collaboration with specialists from different backgrounds, such as artists, curators, architects, type designers and writers. The research-based interdisciplinary design approach enables ARK to challenge the boundaries of graphic design and create new forms of communication. ARK represents a new generation of graphic designers that not only works on private or public commissions, but also defines their own assignments, creating a new global design membrane.
Together with Niels Schrader, Klap is head of Graphic Design (BA) and the Non Linear Narrative (MA) at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague, where the two implement both innovative and research-based design classes with a strong focus on crafts in artistic research, typography and coding.
Roosje is a sought-after speaker on diverse topics revolving around gender, activism, serendipity, artistic research and experimental practices of design. She teaches workshops in institutes and art- and design academies around the world. In the past years, she has been committee-member and advisor for several committees, like Fonds BKVB, AFK and the Mondrian Foundation. She is chairman of the jury for the Dutch Design Awards, chairman of the board for Valiz Publishers and boardmember of the Wim Crouwel Institute. Recently, Roosje embarked with the Academy of Creative and Preforming Arts/University of Leiden on her PhD research called ‘Post-Signature’.
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