Daan Jesper Kars is a Dutch graphic designer, typographer & type designer currently operating from Vienna, Austria. From the age of 14, he has developed his vision on the field of graphic design by studying the profession for more than eight years. Driven by the provocative aspect of punk-rock culture, DIY & PMA, Daan Jesper Kars is keen on providing his works with humour and revolutionary purposes. With typography being his bright companion he shares inner thoughts on nowadays society by using various media such as printed matter, moving images & interactive websites. He recently graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design from The Royal Academy Of Art The Hague, the Netherlands.

As a multidisciplinary designer I work on commissioned and self-initiated projects ranging from the creation of logos, typefaces, identities, branding, campaigns, websites, books, catalogues, publications, posters, flyers, (music) videos, illustrations and exhibitions. I have experienced commissioned projects for both analogue and digital in different industries such as political, education, sports, arts & music.

I am available for new projects and collaborations. For inquiries please send an email to info@daankars.com



Education

2006–2010 VMBO
Saenredamcollege (Graduated)
VMBO-4 Diploma
Zaandijk, The Netherlands


2010–2014 MBO
Mediacollege Amsterdam (Graduated)
MBO-4 / Graphic Design
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


2014–2018 Bachelor
The Royal Academy of Art (Graduated)
Bachelor of Art / Graphic Design
The Hague, The Netherlands



Experience

2014–2014 LEMZ
Graphic Designer
Part-time, 36 hours a week
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


2018–Today Freelancer
Graphic Designer
Full-time, 40+ hours a week
Global, based in Vienna, Austria


Internships

2010–2010 Mezzaluna
Graphic Designer
Duration of 3 weeks
Zaandam, The Netherlands


2012–2013 Skybox
Graphic Designer
Duration of 6 months
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


2013–2013 LEMZ
Graphic Designer
Duration of 6 months
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


2017–2017 ATTAK • Powergestaltung
Graphic Designer
Duration of 5 months
’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands



Mikki Wood — January Poster
Created in 2019


Poster for the first two shows of 2020 by the Amsterdam based garage-punk band Mikki Wood.

Follow Mikki Wood here: mikkiwood.com

Mikki Wood — Yaya Mind
Created in 2019


Artwork for the single Yaya Mind by the Amsterdam based garage-punk band Mikki Wood.

Follow Mikki Wood here: mikkiwood.com

Mikki Wood — We Are The People
Created in 2019


Artwork for the single We Are The People by the Amsterdam based garage-punk band Mikki Wood.

Follow Mikki Wood here: mikkiwood.com

Grondwetstrijd
Created in 2019


Educational project in collaboration with ProDemos, The Hague. Coming soon!

Camp High Gain — Blue Blood
Created in 2019


Music video for the Dutch Punk-Rock band Camp High Gain. Blue Blood is the first release from their upcoming full-length.

Follow Camp High Gain here: camphighgain.com

Food Realities
Created in 2019


A visual identity for the exhibition about food and supermarket products at DesignForum Wien. An image series based on the road from the origin of a product to the market & beyond was created for the identity. The series portrait the people who ‘work behind the scenes’ as workers/producers of the food and products which we come across daily.

Identity created for Nofrontiere
Exhibition held at DesignForum Wien

AT Violent Youth
Created in 2019


The font AT Violent Youth was designed over the course of 6 months during my internship at ATTAK. Its distinctive glyphs are designed with the most suitable curves and shapes. To extend display qualities the AT Violent Youth features 65 ligatures. The remarkable shapes result in a razor sharp typographic palette combining the dark ages with brighter modern times.

Check the online type specimen here: attak.co/atviolentyouth

Mikki Wood EP
Created in 2019


First EP of the Amsterdam based garage-punk band Mikki Wood. The artwork represents the people who fuel on other peoples misery.

Follow Mikki Wood here: mikkiwood.com

AT Violent Youth Typespecimen
Created in 2019


The font AT Violent Youth was designed over the course of 6 months during my internship at ATTAK. Its distinctive glyphs are designed with the most suitable curves and shapes. To extend display qualities the AT Violent Youth features 65 ligatures. The remarkable shapes result in a razor sharp typographic palette combining the dark ages with brighter modern times.

Check the online type specimen here: attak.co/atviolentyouth

Mikki Wood — A Johnny is A-Comin'
Created in 2019


A Johnny is A-Comin' is about people who do not seem to notice the weirdness of their behaviour, or are they doing it on purpose?

Follow Mikki Wood here: mikkiwood.com

Mikki Wood — Babylon View
Created in 2018


Babylon View is the first online single written and performed by Mikki Wood.

Follow Mikki Wood here: mikkiwood.com

Ace Martial Arts
Created in 2018


ACE Martial Arts is a Martial Arts studio based in Rotterdam. For their new name, a visual identity was developed ranging from logos to signage. The logos were inspired by old traditional stamps and spirit animals. For the posters a more expressionist visual language was created to drag the attention of the public. The illustrative layers on top of the images suggest the impact of martial arts.

In collaboration with ATTAK

I Hereby Pledge My Allegiance (Graduation Project)
Created in 2018


The 2017 election programs of the Dutch political parties contain 41 statements which are in direct violation of constitutional articles. I Hereby Pledge My Allegiance is a dynamic installation which portrays the impact and consequences for Dutch citizens or politicians ignoring the constitution. Presented as a game the installation invites the visitors to act as politicians and experience how their choices can either weaken or strengthen the constitution.

Trias Politica
Created in 2018


The Trias Politica Family consists of 3 weights: Sans-Serif, Slab-Serif and Monospace. Originally created as part of my graduation project 'I Hereby Pledge My Allegiance'.

Download the Trias Politica Family here: DJK_TriasPolitica

Best Dutch Book Designs 2016
Created in 2018


The design of the catalogue is a reflection on the selection made by the student jury. Looking at the selected books, a certain pattern appears: a book is not just a source of information, but a an object. With it’s image-based editorial approach, tactility, choice of paper, typography and final presentation, the selection of 2016 is telling a lot about how our perception of printed matter is being influenced by the electronic media. The catalogue was displayed at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam amongst other books as part of the Best Dutch Book Designs 2016.

In collaboration with Taisiia Reshetnik & Daniel Hernández Chacón

Logofolio
2015–2019


A small selection of logos created between 2015–2019.

Loneliness and the City
Created in 2017


In collaboration with the National Council for Health and Society (Raad voor Volksgezondheid en Samenleving, RVS), students from different departments investigated the issue of loneliness within the Dutch urban context during a Research Lab called Loneliness and the City.

Kunstnacht Den Bosch 2017
Created in 2017


Kunstnacht Den Bosch is an art/exhibition/performance night in Den Bosch. The theme of 2018: Cheating. Artworks, collections, theatre and/or music from one gallery, museum or podium were presented in another gallery, museum or podium in the city. The illustrations represent the 3 key elements of cheating: Hear nothing, see nothing & say nothing. Illustrations, posters, flyers and social media banners were made for the visual identity. This project was created during my internship at ATTAK

Police. Support. Control.
Created in 2017


This typographic reader combines three texts from open-source pages and shuffles the order of the pages. By doing so the reader has three different approaches to read the publication. The first text is about the border police, the second about support from the government and the third text is about control within a government. The publication is made to shine light upon police officers who see themselves as governing power instead of being equal to others as this is more and more happening in Western countries.

Effect Festival 2018
Created in 2017


Effect Festival is a festival based on the principles of sustainability. A visual identity was created in the form of illustrations, posters and a website. This project was created during my internship at ATTAK

Camp High Gain — No Dead Ends
Created in 2017


A music video made during my internship at ATTAK • Powergestaltung for the Dutch punk-rock band Camp High Gain. It is a video collage of riots, protests and cartoons to express the core of the band’s mission: To create anti-shit music.

Follow Camp High Gain here: camphighgain.com

Une Saison Graphique
Created in 2017


Special flags were made with a neutral background consisting of shapes on national flags from all over the world. During the workshop the flags would be personalised by the visitors of the workshop/installation by spray painting their initials on the flags. A special 3-layered stencil typeface was created to express the diversity of every individual. The end result was a parliament of colourful flags created by us and the visitors.

Exhibited at Une Saison Graphique, Le Havre.
In collaboration with Nina van Tuikwerd, Dóra Kerekes, Lin Ven, Marika Seo, Natalia Vishnevskaia & Rik Laging.

Taliyoon
Created in 2016


A geographic landscape called Taliyoon (meaning Trade Route Gone) which visualises Senegal as it is connected to contemporary trade dependencies in Europe and the United States. Its shape and topology equals frighteningly similar locations of historical trade routes of the 18th century. Taliyoon shows that since then not much progress has been achieved, and the only logical next step is for the group develop a cynical manual that reveals the seemingly impossible task of gaining autonomy from imperialism.

Exhibited at Waag Society, Amsterdam.
In collaboration with Amélie Vancoppenolle & Niels van der Donk

What's In It For Me?
Created in 2016


What's In It For Me? is a critical reflection on the inequality between first and third world countries. With a series of social experiments resulting in multimedia works accompanied by intriguing imagery Daan explores the social environment we live in as well as questioning his own behaviour and thoughts within an interdisciplinary working and researching process. With putting his personal observations into relation with the reactions of his environment on the questions he initially raised, Daan’s final work is reflecting critically on the issues of effort and affect.

Text by Carina Schwed

Tegula
Created in 2016


Tegula is a monospaced typeface that consists of two fonts, text and display. The display font consists only of capitals with high contrast characters. The text font is made for smaller set type. Inspired by squared tiles used in architecture, mostly at facades a system of square boxes had been developed. The white space is in ratio the same as the letterforms by using optical tricks such as flat terminals and pointy endings of the letter shapes. Tegula can be categorised as an industrial or architectural type.

Download Tegula here: DJK_Tegula.zip

Temporary Assembly of Borderless States
Created in 2016


For the identity, the aesthetics were inspired by pressure maps and line height maps since the main subject was rethinking the concept of borders. The coats of arms are based on a system that work for all the 24 projects. They are black and white, they all show their GPS coordinate and they have one of the three background patterns that were based on the surroundings of the given location: on water, on land or in the air (such as satellites).

Exhibition photos by: Jeroen van Amelsvoort.
Held at Waag Society, Amsterdam.
In collaboration with Dóra Kerekes

Pencillo
Created in 2016


Pencillo is a font that is based on the writing with a brush pen. The higher the pressure on the pen, the thicker the line. All the beaks, on the glyphs that contain them, are different to keep the hand painted brush-stroke alive. Based on those principles I created Pencillo.

Download Pencillo here: DJK_Pencillo.zip

Mean Free City
Created in 2016


The inhabitants of a modern city provide more freedom of movement in an environment they can shape themselves. A modern city where the buildings can move freely to create space for new settings. By that, the city is constantly moving and its form will be dynamic. The buildings move around like molecules, each surrounding is looking for its own free path in order to not collide with other buildings, environments or places.

Exhibited at Fokker Terminal, The Hague.
In collaboration with Kay Pisarowitz

The Royal Chess Club 16
Created in 2016


To accelerate the way we conceptualize and execute design, we share our interests, knowledge and experience through short 10' min talks. Each edition there are few carefully selected students, who held a talk. The Royal Chess Club is a platform to share ideas, reflect upon stuff and being critical + have fun!

Tapey
Created in 2015


This is Tapey; A tape made font. After creating all the characters with tape manually, I scanned them, traced them and created a digital font. Its characteristic forms lay at ripped pieces in combination with calligraphic strokes.

Download Tapey here: DJK_Tapey.zip

Rise and Fall
Created in 2015


Money, a thing we nowadays all desire and helps us to open certain doors. Nevertheless it can also be destructive. For example: Greece in 2015. This poster shows how money is more and more needed (in the eyes of governments) and how it can easily destroys one. This poster was designed for a poster competition called My Fantastic Enemy. Among a few other posters, this poster won and was displayed at the 3sec. Gallery in Breda and at De Affiche Galerij in The Hague.
Mikki Wood
January Poster
Artwork
Music
Print
Mikki Wood
Yaya Mind
Artwork
Music
Digital
Mikki Wood
We Are The People
Artwork
Music
Digital
Grondwetstrijd
Installation
Game
Interactive
Camp High Gain
Blue Blood
Music Video
Animation
Digital
Food Realities
Identity
Artwork
Print
AT Violent Youth
Type Design
Typeface
Font
Mikki Wood
EP
Artwork
Music
Print
Food Realities
Posters
Identity
Artwork
Print
AT Violent Youth
Typespecimen
Typography
Editorial
Print
Mikki Wood
A Johnny is A-Comin'
Music Video
Animation
Digital
AT Violent Youth
Poster
Typography
Artwork
Silkscreen
Mikki Wood
Babylon View Single
Artwork
Music
Digital
Ace Martial Arts
Identity
Branding
Illustration
I Hereby Pledge My Allegiance
Installation
Game
Digital
Trias Politica
Type Design
Typeface
Font
Ace Martial Arts
Posters
Typography
Illustration
Print
Best Dutch Book Designs 2016
Catalogue
Editorial
Offset
Logofolio
Typography
Logos
Illustration
Loneliness and the City
Poster
Typography
Identity
Silkscreen
Kunstnacht Den Bosch
Identity
Branding
Illustration
Police. Support. Control.
Reader
Typography
RISO/Print
Effect Festival 2018
Posters
Illustration
Identity
Print
Camp High Gain
No Dead Ends
Music Video
Animation
Digital
Une Saison Graphique
Installation
Type Design
Spraypaint
Effect Festival 2018
Identity
Branding
Illustration
Kunstnacht Den Bosch
Posters
Illustration
Identity
Print
Loneliness And The City
Exhibition
Identity
Print
Taliyoon
Map
Video
Digital Screenprint
What's In It For Me?
Publication
Typography
Print
Tegula
Poster
Typography
Type Design
Print
Temporary Assembly of Borderless States
Exhibition
Illustration
Flags
Pencillo
Type Design
Typeface
Font
Mean Free City
Installation
Game
Typography
Tegula
Type Design
Typeface
Font
Pencillo
Poster
Typography
Type Design
Print
The Royal Chess Club 16
Poster
Collage
Lecture
Silkscreen
What's In It For Me?
Poster
Collage
Calligraphy
Monoprint
Tapey
Type Design
Typeface
Font
Rise and Fall
Poster
Typography
Illustration
Print