Call for applications: Summer Design Academy

Call for applications: Summer Design Academy

Jan van Eyck Academie

Charles Nypels Lab. Photo: Van Eyck Academie.

May 23, 2014
Call for applications: Summer Design Academy

17–24 August 2014

Application deadline: 23 June

Van Eyck – Multiform institute for fine art, design and reflection
Academieplein 1
6211 KM Maastricht
The Netherlands

What is a designer,


17 August–24 August
Van Eyck, Maastricht (NL)

For whom
Professional (graphic) designers with Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or equivalent training and experience

How much
720 euro, including VAT (595 euro, excluding VAT). This includes a fixed budget for materials, a welcome dinner, daily lunches, a concluding dinner and drink + publication and exhibition.

How to apply 
An application consists of:
– the online application form
– a PDF file containing the following parts:
a motivation letter including a starting statement (maximum 500 words)
documentation of recent work (dating back no longer than five years, maximum 20 works)
your resume (maximum two pages)

Learn more here.

The Summer Design Academy will only proceed if there is enough interest. Applicants will be notified by the end of June

Roosje Klap (b. 1973, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) owns a studio for visual communication, mainly graphic design and typography, which she set up after her Graphic Design studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. The studio 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. Solving the mystery of an unanswered question is what drives Roosje Klap.

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.

She recently designed two stamp series for PostNL as well as the new two-euro coin for the Netherlands. For her design of the Encyclopedia of Fictional Artists and for her Rijksakademie Annual Report 2011 she received a European Design Award. She also works as an Advising Researcher at the post-academic institute Van Eyck in Maastricht (NL), as well as head of the Graphic Design department (together with Niels Schrader) at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (NL), where she implements what she calls ‘affective design.’


Our Polite Society is a graphic design studio based in Amsterdam and Stockholm, formed in 2008 by Jens Schildt (SE) and Matthias Kreutzer (D). In close collaboration with their clients and with a passionate interest in typography, structure, and method, they design (typo)graphic identities, books, magazines, posters, exhibitions, record sleeves, (dingbat) fonts, and websites. Jens is currently teaching at Konstfack University, Nyckelviksskolan and Grafikskolan in Stockholm; Matthias is teaching in the foundation year of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam.



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