Ellen Lupton is a designer, writer, curator, and educator.
“I love creating books, courses, and other projects about graphic design. My books include “Thinking with Type,” “Graphic Design Thinking,” “Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers,” and “Health Design Thinking.” I’ve learned a lot about myself and the world during the pandemic and over the course of my career in the design world. Our field has become more open and inclusive yet still struggles with biased ideas about who is a designer and what is good design. I am the Betty Cooke and William O. Steinmetz Design Chair at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). I served for many years as a curator at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.”
Ellen Lupton will be speaking on Thursday 2nd of June.
Vrints-Kolsteren is an Antwerp based design studio founded by Vincent Vrints and Naomi Kolsteren in 2015, working both locally and internationally. The bureau’s forte is developing visual identities with a clear and strong focus on typography. When working on an identity, they usually create a system, a set of rules, which can evolve over time. Additionally, dealing with the organic opposed to rudimentary shapes and straight lines is a recurring narrative within their practice.
Vrints-Kolsteren puts an emphasis on collaboration and likes to work closely with their clients, as well as having a constant presence of at least one intern.They don’t want to view the client as a client, in the strict sense of the word, rather they consider all parties to be equal. V-K expects a certain connection with the client and they want the client to feel the same way. By working with interns, they create a continuously expanding network and appeal for them to collaborate further on specific projects.
Vrints-Kolseren is influenced greatly by the modernist period, with clear references to that time, its designers and artists, which can be seen in their attention for form, linework, and most importantly, the use of grids and rulesets. As designers, you can place V-K with the likes of Wim Crouwel, Ben Bos and Jurriaan Schrofer. Fueled by a further need to create, Vrints Kolsteren gave birth to V-K Editions, a platform for making publications, sprouted from their personal interests and arisen from the question of how they can invest back into their own network, while at the same time give them a free and open playing field for some of their bolder ideas. Therefore, V-K Editions doesn’t limit itself to printed matter per se, a result can also be a multiple or even a piece of furniture. In the end, Vrints-Kolsteren aims to translate any type of design into the tangible atmosphere and position it in your field of view.
Vrints-Kolsteren offers graphic design, development of visual identities and art direction, photography and book design. Their most notable and recent projects include ongoing work for HART magazine, Antwerp Art, the Academy of Mol and iMAL, as well as designing the book containing the current oeuvre of artist Tom Volkaert.
Vincent Vrints and Naomi Kolsteren will be speaking on Thursday 2nd of June.
Wanwai Shum is a graphic designer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, working as a visual designer at Studio Dumbar currently.
Whether it is working on the project at the studio or personal projects, Wanwai adores exploring intricate and rhythmic visuals and pushing her design practice to communicate across cultures and disciplines.
Wanwai Shum will be speaking on Thursday 2nd of June.
Chandan Mahimkar is a multi-disciplinary designer, creative director, typographer, letterer, educator & writer. He has created identities, packaging design and ad campaigns for some of the most noted brands and companies in India. He runs his own design studio in Mumbai, working on Indian & international projects. Chandan was former CCO of L&K Saatchi & Saatchi, India and the founder of its design division.
An accomplished typographer and lettering artist, Chandan’s work has been consistently published in some of the most reputed books in US (Goodtype) and Australia (Typism). His work has been featured by Design Sponge, Design Milk, AIGA, The Washington Post, Iamsterdam, Passion Passport, Paris Je T’aime and Project Van Life.
Chandan teaches typography at Ecole Intuit Lab, Mumbai (a renowned French educational institute of graphic design and visual communication). He has taught and mentored over 450 designers and creatives from India, as well as around the world through his workshops, webinars, lectures and portfolio reviews.
His love for space design has helped him co-create and design some of the most raved bars and restaurants in Mumbai and Pune. He is also a writing contributor at www.travelpurist.com.
Chandan Mahimkar will be speaking on Thursday 2nd of June.
HATO is an international design practice with over a decade of experience shaping contemporary design with clients around the world.
HATO specialises in community-centric design through processes that incorporate play, design thinking and digital innovation.
HATO’s practice strives to create lasting legacies for brands and organisations whether they are looking to redefine their industry, set new trends or refine existing projects or branding.
HATO looks at creating a collaborative relationship with each and every individual, brand and organisation it works with. Using the methodology of Playtotyping we are able to develop and refine projects and deliverables to produce tools, web platforms and visuals that bring a completely new perspective to the table.
Kenjiro Kirton will be speaking on Thursday 2nd of June.