Shapeshifters 2009

Lectures in 2009 | Orientation

28 January: Luc Derycke and Kim Hiorthøy

17 February: Tom Andries and Nadine Chahine
12 March: Joshua Blackburn and Randall Casaer
29 April: Kenya Hara

Luc Derycke (BE) | 28 January 2009

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Luc Derycke has an educational background in the arts, and works as a book 
editor and graphic designer. Since 1993, he has concentrated on the design and production of art books, thus establishing his international reputation. His aim is to create a perfect fusion between all aspects involved in the creation of a book: along with content and form, institutional and historical context, the relation to the canons, market, budget, technology and materiality are essential components of his design process. In 2005, he founded mer Paper Kunsthalle to investigate the notion of books as mental exhibition spaces.

www.lucderycke.be

Kim Hiorthøy (NO) | 28 January 2009

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Kim Hiorthøy is a graphic designer and illustrator from Norway. He is perhaps best known for his work for the Rune Grammofon label, for which he has made over 80 covers. Hiorthøy studied fine art at academies in Trondheim and Copenhagen, and studied film briefly in New York before beginning a freelance career, starting out by illustrating many children’s books. In 2000, he began releasing music on Smalltown Supersound, for which he has also designed many sleeves. He has worked for clients such as Drag City, Sony Music, Adidas and MTV. Tree Weekend, a monograph of his design work, was published by Die Gestalten in 2000.

Tom Andries (BE) | 17 February 2009

Tom Andries is a partner at Today Design. He studied graphic design, advertising and typography. He started his career at Marketing Design Brussels and later founded the creative hotshop Vulcan. He became creative director at Redstar Design Antwerp (design department at LDV United, a WPP company) where he created some famous logos and brand identities such as the well-known ‘A’ for the city of Antwerp, as well as those for Veritas, Indi, O’Cool, etc. Tom has 15 years of design experience and has taken full advantage of this time to create a host of logos and corporate identities.

www.todaydesign.be

Nadine Chahine (LB) | 17 February 2009

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Nadine Chahine is an award-winning Lebanese type designer with a special interest in Arabic typography. During her studies at the University of Reading (typeface design), she focused on the relationship between Arabic and Latin scripts and the possibilities of creating a harmonious association between the two. She taught Arabic type design at the American University in Dubai and at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. In 2005, she joined Linotype, Germany, as the Arabic specialist and has been living in Germany since then. She won the Dean’s Award for Creative Achievement from the American University of Beirut in 2000, and an Award for Excellence in Type Design from the Type Directors Club in New York in 2008. Her typefaces include the best-selling Frutiger Arabic, Palatino Arabic, Koufiya, Janna, Badiya and BigVesta Arabic.

www.arabictype.com

www.linotype.com

Joshua Blackburn (UK) | 12 March 2009

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Joshua Blackburn studied crime, consumerism and political philosophy at Cambridge. After working at the design agency Wolff Olins, he became the founder and creative director at Provokateur. Five years later, Provokateur became a leading agency in ethical communications. Its work covers charities, ethical enterprises, campaigns, the arts and education. Its client list includes Greenpeace, Channel 4, English Public Libraries, Oxfam, Crisis, Liberty, Fair Finance, Bob Geldof’s Peace Channel, Action Aid, Global Witness, Gift Aid and many more. Provokateur’s own projects are also developing into ethical enterprises in their own right. The Acme Climate Action Book (Fourth Estate, 2008) and We Want Tap campaign (winner at the 2008 Green Awards) demonstrate Provokateur’s creative philosophy and ambition to break new ground in ethical communications.

www.provokateur.com

Randall Casaer (BE) | 12 March 2009

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Randall. C (Randall Casaer) would love to live like people say he draws comics – unselfconsciously, dashingly, nimbly, poetically, happily and simply, searching for sorcery and full of compassion. His first album Sleepy Heads gathered plaudits and some prestigious awards. His work has been translated into several languages.
www.randall.be

Kenya Hara (JP) | 29 April 2009

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Kenya Hara – graphic designer, professor at Musashino Art Univer-sity and art director of MUJI since 2002 – is interested in designing ‘circumstances’ or ‘conditions’ rather than ‘things’. He has travelled around the world in an attempt to investigate the meaning of ‘design’. These efforts were crystallised in the international touring exhibits ‘re-design’, ‘haptic’ and ‘senseware’, whose titles represent a keyword which embraces the ever-changing value of existence. He incorporated traditional Japanese cultural features in designing the opening and closing ceremonies of the Nagano Winter Olympics, as well as in the promotion of the Aichi expo. He has designed commercial products for many companies, including AGF, JT and KENZO, and was involved in the renewal project of the Ginza branch of Matsuya department store, as well as working on the sign design for Mori building VI and Umeda Hospital. He has received numerous design awards including the Japanese Cultural Design Award. His book, Design of Design (Iwanami Shoten, 2003), received the Suntory Arts and Science Award, and its new revised and expanded English edition, Designing Design (Lars Müller Publishers, Switzerland, 2007), has found readers all over the world.

www.ndc.co.jp/hara/home_e