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Designers' talkMetahaven


Thursday 23 February 2012, 6–8pm


Free for Spike Associates
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Metahaven represent a new breed of graphic design practice. Combining commissions with their own research, founders Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden take a critical approach to design and its relationship to power, both political and social. Based in Amsterdam but working internationally, they create provocative design for clients including WikiLeaks, whose new visual identity is the subject of their presentation here.

"Branding Transparency" from The New York Times

ManyStuff interview with Daniel van der Velden

"Smashing Windows with Windows: Transparency, Design, and WikiLeaks" in Fillip


Metahaven is a studio for design and research, founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden and based in Amsterdam. Their work—both commissioned and self-directed—reflects political and social issues in provocative graphic design objects. Metahaven's book on politics and visual identity, Uncorporate Identity, was published by Lars Müller in 2010.

Solo exhibitions include Stadtstaat, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart/Casco (2009) and Affiche Frontière, CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux (2008). Group exhibitions include Graphic Design: Now In Production, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2011), the Athens Biennial (2011), the Gwangju Design Biennale, Korea (2011), Manifesta8, Murcia (2010) and Forms of Inquiry, AA London (2007).

Metahaven teach and lecture widely in Europe and the United States. In 2011, Metahaven was selected by Rolling Stone Italia as one of the world's 20 most promising design studios. Currently they are preparing a new book, Black Transparency, due to be published by Actar in 2012.

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