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

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

My designers creed in the form of J.G. Ballard's 'What I Believe':

I believe in concept. I believe in statement. I believe in boldness and in character. I believe in humour. I believe in honesty. I believe in the black sheep rather than the herd.


Education

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


2010–2014 MBO
Mediacollege Amsterdam
(Graduated)
MBO-4 Diploma
Amsterdam, NL


2014–2018 BA
The Royal Academy of Art
(Graduated)
Bachelor of Art
The Hague, NL



Experience

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


2015–Today Freelance Designer
Graphic Designer
Full-time, 40+ hours a week
Global, HQ in Vienna, AT




Internships

2009–2009 Mezzaluna
Graphic Designer
Duration of 3 weeks
Zaandam, NL


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


2013–2013 LEMZ
Graphic Designer
Duration of 6 months
Amsterdam, NL


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



YOUKIzine

In collaboration with
Carina Stella and NAKE Magazin

How can digital worlds be made physically palpable? The YOUKI Festival 2020 had to take place solely online due to the pandemic. It was essential to translate this digital space in the annual print edition and make it physically palpable. An immersive large scale zone was created – an analogue correspondent to the online festival, in which there are possibilities to get lost during reading and thus find new paths and spaces.

www.youki.at

DJK Photo House South

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Photo House South

Website developed by
Kay Pisarowitz

Empowerment Starts with Representation — Photo House South is a creatives’ guide focusing on visual journalists from Africa and the Diaspora. Celebrating creative excellence in visual storytelling whilst embracing the talent and skill that has manifested on the Continent. Elevating the space by sharing free educational and informative material is our mission to offer and maintain accessibility in the realm of visual content creation and its industry.

www.photohousesouth.com

NAKE Magazine No. 2

In collaboration with
Carina Stella for NAKE Magazin

The second edition of NAKE Magazin is focussed on the topic of 'power'. The word 'power' is often connected with terms such as authority, influence, strength and even violence. NAKE however, wants to disconnect from the negative terms, and shine a new light upon the topic. This is why the second edition is more focussed on the questions such as: What is power? What power does the fashion industry have on nowadays society? What role does power have in martial arts? What can you learn about relationships, communication and trust through BDSM?

Baggaman – Record Covers

Grondwetstrijd

Commissioned by
ProDemos

The constitutional articles together form the pilar of democracy. For every article, a statement was written to which students agree or disagree. Based on their opinion they have to take or remove a block from the pilar. By playing, the students learn about the importance of the Dutch contitution. When you ignore/remove too many articles, the pilar will be damaged or even fall. This doesn't mean however, that the constition is unchangeable.

AT Violent Youth

To download visit:
attak.co/atviolentyouth
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AT Violent Youth Specimen

Internship project at
ATTAK

The font AT Violent Youth (previously known as AT Black Rain) 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 Black Rain features 65 ligatures. The remarkable shapes result in a razor sharp typographic palette combining the dark ages with brighter modern times. Printed with black and silver ink on black paper.

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

Mikki Wood – Record Covers

DJK Mikki Wood

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Mikki Wood – 7 Inch

First EP of the Amsterdam based garage-punk band Mikki Wood. The artwork represents the 1% who fuel on other peoples misery.

www.mikkiwood.com

Mikki Wood – A Johnny is A-Comin'

In collaboration with
Au Revoir

Logofolio

A selection of logos created between 2015 and present day.

Food Realities

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.

Camp High Gain – Blue Blood

I Hereby Pledge My Allegiance

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.

DJK Trias Politica

Exsequi | Judicium | Legis

Free Download: DJK_TriasPolitica.zip

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ACE Martial Arts

In collaboration with
ATTAK

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.

Innsbruck Memorial

Commissioned by
Ronald van Tienhoven

A project to analyse and interpret the typography on the Innsbruck memorial. The original typeface was typical of the Art Deco period, but there is always a world to win to look deeper into the typeface's history and essence. For the 'appendix memorial' Ronald van Tienhoven was planning to develop, an optimised revival typeface was created.

Posters (2016–Present)

Best Dutch Book Designs 2016 (SE)

In collaboration with
Taya Reshetnik & Daniel Hernández

Looking at the selected books, a certain pattern appears: a book is not just a source of information, but 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.

Camp High Gain – No Dead Ends

Internship project at
ATTAK

Police. Support. Control.

A typographic reader which contains three shuffled, open-source texts. The reader has three different approaches to read the publication. The first text is about the police, the second text about governmental support 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.

Temporary Assembly of Borderless States

In collaboration with
Dóra Kerekes

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.

Mean Free City

In collaboration with
Kay Pisarowitz

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.

DJK Tapey

Free Download: DJK_Tapey.zip

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