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Roosje Klap (1973, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) owns a studio for visual communication, mainly graphic design and typography, which she has set up after her Graphic Design studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie 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. Roosje Klap represents a new generation of graphic designers that not only works on private or public commissions, but also defines their own assignments.

Roosje Klap mainly works in the cultural field: museums, galleries, art publishers and artists. She designed two stampseries for PostNL as well as the new 2 euro coin for the Netherlands. For her designs of the ‘Encyclopedia of Fictional Artists’ and for her ‘Rijksakademie Annual Report 2011’ she received a European Design Award.

Together with Niels Schrader, Klap is head of the Graphic Design Department at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague, where the two implement both innovative and research-based design classes with a strong focus on crafts in typography and coding, which makes this department one of the leading bachelor design educations in Europe.
Under the new policy ‘Mirror Van Eyck’ in 2011, Roosje Klap started as one of the core Advising Researchers at the Jan Van Eyck Academy, the post-academic multiform institute for fine art, design and reflection in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Besides studio visits with all participants she is part of the selection committee and organizes the Van Eyck Summer School and other workshops.

In July 2014, Klap initiated the collective Design Displacement Group, which focuses on the current discourse of graphic design in the rapid changing (media) landscape and its’ trans-disciplinary development towards other disciplines. The Design Displacement Group consists of fifteen designers and one social scientist from various levels, cultures, disciplines and nationalities, collaborating on different, often self-initiated projects in changing compositions. Their design methodology should therefore be understood as collective and post-signature.

Roosje lectures on diverse topics revolving around gender, activism, serendipity and experimental practices of design. She teaches workshops in institutes and art- and design academies around the world.

In the past years, Roosje Klap has been committee-member and advisor for several Fonds BKVB and Mondrian Fund committees. She is chairman of the jury for the Dutch Design Awards since 2016.