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WELCOME

Rob van Leijsen is a multidisciplinary graphic designer based in Geneva, Switzerland. His design practice mainly aims at commissioned and research projects in the cultural field, notably editorial design. He currently runs his own design studio and teaches at the visual communication department of HEAD – Genève. In 2012 he finished his Master in Design Spaces & Communication at HEAD – Genève with “Art Handling in Oblivion”, a catalogue that assembles five art collections that have been stolen during wartime. “Art Handling in Oblivion” was subsequently published by edition fink in 2014, and selected – as part of the fink twice series –, as one of “The Most Beautiful Swiss Books” of 2014. The book also received an Honorary Appreciation at the “Best Book Design from all over the World” competition in Leipzig in 2015.

In June 2013 he obtains a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) from the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) for a research about methods of appropriation in contemporary artists’ books. In 2014 the project receives a grant from the Research Institute of HEAD – Geneva (IRAD), and is then published in the Journal for Artistic Research (Issue 13, spring 2017) titled “Copy, Tweak, Paste: Methods of Appropriation in Re-enacted Artists’ Books”.

In 2016 he founds “Dabook”—a publishing house based in Lausanne with a focus on Swiss design practice—together with Demian Conrad. “Famous Ordinary Things” is the first book published.



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EDUCATION

2012–2013
ZHdK Zürich
Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS)
Artistic Research

2010–2012
Head Genève
Master Design Spaces and Communication (MA)

2003-2008
AKV | St. Joost, Breda)
Graphic Design (BA)

WORK EXPERIENCE

2015 (Sept) – present
Full-time independent designer

2015 (Sept) – present
Guest teacher, Head Genève
visual communication department

2012 (Sept) – 2015 (Sept)
Assistant teacher, Head Genève
visual communication department

2009 (Nov) – present
Co-founder of Holy Grey

2011 (July)
Intégral Philippe Délis, Casablanca
Employed

2008 (Oct) – 2010 (Aug)
Buro Petr van Blokland + Claudia Mens, Delft
Employed

NOMINATIONS/AWARDS

2015
Selection for the 'Most Beautiful Swiss Books of the year 2014'
'Art Handling in Oblivion' (fink twice)

Honorary Appreciation at the 'Best Book Design
from all over the World' competition, Leipzig
'Art Handling in Oblivion' (fink twice)

2014
'Bourse Déliees' grant
Fonds Cantonal d’Art Contemporain Geneva (FCAC)

Research grant
IRAD department Head – Genève

2012
Prix AHEAD
Fondation AHEAD

2010
Bronze ED-award for 'Generous Gesture'
Buro Petr van Blokland + Claudia Mens

2008
3rd prize Dutch student award

Nomination Best Annual Report 2007
'VPRO presenteert'

PUBLICATIONS

2015
Art Handler Magazine
IDPURE #37
Catalogue of 'The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2014'
Mister Motley

2013
l'Empathie ou l'expérience de l'autre, Design Biennial St-Étienne
Hochparterre Themenhefte: ECAL & HEAD
Étapes #211 (Holy Grey)

2012
Étapes #210
Slanted #20

2011
Slanted #15

EXHIBITIONS

2015
The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2014
Helmhaus Zürich

2014
'Bourses de la ville de Genève'
Center for Contemporary Art (CAC) Geneva

26th International Biennial of Graphic Design
Brno (Czech Republic)

2013
Design Days Genève
part of the exhibition ‘Nouvelle Génération’
HEAD – Genève

Design Biennial St-Étienne
part of the exhibition ‘Dream Team’
curated by Alexandra Midal

Art Genève
part of the exhibition ‘Suspence’
HEAD – Genève

2012
RosaBrux
Solo show

Graphic Design Festival Breda
(with Holy Grey)

2011
Black&White are not colors
Ship of Fools gallery
The Hague

Chaumont Poster Festival
(with Holy Grey)

Salone del Mobile 2011 Milan
Exhibition Dip in Space
Head Genève with matali crasset

The Fliproom
Printroom Rotterdam
(with Holy Grey)

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