Sean van den Steenhoven is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His practice has an editorial approach and is always driven by dialogue and awareness of the given context, resulting in mixed media outcomes with a strong typographic character. He is motivated to translate extensive research into concepts that stay visually true to their essence; seeing design as a medium for storytelling, research, poetry, exploration, creation, and serendipity.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Arts Utrecht, he studied at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and worked as an intern with Marco Balesteros (Letra) in Lisbon, Portugal and Córdova Canillas in Barcelona, Spain. In the fall of 2018 he worked with designers collective New Studio in Brooklyn, New York.
In addition he is responsible for the in-house design for BAK, basis voor actuele kunst. BAK is a base for art, knowledge, and the political. BAK is committed to the notion of art as a public sphere and a political space, and provides a critical platform for aesthetico- political experiments with and through art.
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Propositions for Non Fascist Living: Tentative and Urgent; the first reader in BAK’s BASICS series; Propositions for Non-Fascist Living: Tentative and Urgent. Published by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and MIT Press, 2019.Propositions for Non-Fascist Living: Tentative and Urgent begins from an urgent need to outline the contours of what living in non-fascist ways could mean in uncertain times, when the resurgence of fascism violates the infrastructures and very foundations of a liveable live.Edited by Maria Hlavajova and Wietske Maas, includes contributions by Rosi Braidotti; Denise Ferreira da Silva, Jota Mombaça, and Thiago de Paula Souza; Stefano Harney and Fred Moten; Patricia Kaersenhout and Lukáš Likavčan; Sven Lütticken; Jumana Manna; Dan McQuillan; Shela Sheikh; Eyal Weizman and Forensic Architecture; and Mick Wilson. Design in collaboration with Leftloft. Printed and bound in Belgium by die Keure.
TOON MAGAZINE - Frans Hals Museum. no5, 2019
TOON Magazine is an annual magazine commissioned by the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem. ICW sjondebaron
Graphic system en website for the Pride Photo Award 2019. icw sjondebaron
With work by: Anja Matthes, Blake Little, Carloman Macidiano Céspedes Riojas, Chiara Luxardo, Corinne Mariaud, Hotli Simanjuntak, Keiji Fujimoto, Koen Suidgeest, Marc Ohrem-Leclef, Micha Serraf, Mickey Aloisio, Nelson Morales, Seungwook YANG, Ugo Woatzi, and Vaughan Larsen.
Jonna Bruinsma – Dragone, un attimo senza tempo
19 x 28 cm, 120p, indigo print
A publication designed for photographer Jonna Bruinsma.
I was introduced to Miky Dragone and his family. Due to the strong Italian accent of the family, we initially struggled with a language barrier. However, this ended up enabling a new form of communication between us. I gave the three young boys of the family my camera and asked them to take their own photographs. Where our communication was stopped by means of language, the images took over. In Strada Tancredi, the street where the family lives and works, it seemed as though time was standing still.
In-house designs for BAK, basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht. BAK, basis voor actuele kunst. BAK is a base for art, knowledge, and the political. BAK is committed to the notion of art as a public sphere and a political space, and provides a critical platform for aesthetico- political experiments with and through art. Visual Identity created by Leftloft.
In-house designs for BAK, basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht. BAK, basis voor actuele kunst. BAK is a base for art, knowledge, and the political. BAK is committed to the notion of art as a public sphere and a political space, and provides a critical platform for aesthetico- political experiments with and through art. Visual Identity created by Left Loft.
Graduation catalogue for the University of the Arts Utrecht classes of 2018. A publication designed to fit all the diverse content of all six departments graduating from the University of the arts Utrecht (HKU). A strict but open and flexible grid allows the content to move freely over the pages and makes for a catalogue that never gets too repetitive. A self-initiated publication by graduates of the HKU.
Graduation project entitled Folded, stapled and unpublished. Located somewhere between X, Y & Z and maybe then replaced again. A fiction reality cross-over essay exploring the written word in a three dimensional space. Can you see the big capital X, Y and Z I’ve positioned in this space? Right there. These anchor points will help us navigating and give some clearance on where we are. Since we are going to talk a lot about positioning and transition I thought these anchor points might come in handy.
Exhibit during the I am sure you know what I am talking about 2018 graduation show of the University of the Arts Utrecht.
ON INEXHAUSTIBILITY (2018) 14x22cm, 88 pagesA collection of fragments and small essays, together forming an artistic and personal examination of ways to cope with a continuous stream of information and stimuli. It explores different methods of categorization of spatial systems and contemporary external stimuli and translates this to a patchwork of text.
Commissioned and written by Jan-Pieter ‘t Hart icw sjondebaron.
Art work and publication for Amsterdam based rapper/philosopher Benjamin Fro. Behave is Benjamin Fro’s second album following the more philosophical Praten over Leven. Behave has a more critical tone to todays society and upcoming right winged movements.
21x32cm, 354 pagesA couple of spreads designed for Connecting Spaces Hong Kong - Zurich. WITH is a publication cataloguing three years of projects at Connecting Spaces. The graphic system of this “book- zine” allowed for a design that changed drastically in parts, with seemingly chaotic design being broken up by slower paced sections. This allowed for a clear distinction between types of content. Featured on It’s Nice That
Done during my internship at Córdova Canillas. Design and art direction by Córdova Canillas.
Visual identity for Eric Baudelaire’s first big solo exhibition The Music of Ramón Raquello and his Orchestra at Tabakalera San Sebastián (Spain). – The exhibition draws its title from a fictional conductor whose radio performance was continuously disrupted by newsflash broadcasts heralding an alien invasion in Orson Welles’ rendition of the War of the Worlds, aired in 1938. Spanning a decade of artistic production including installation, print, photography and film, the exhibition follows Baudelaire’s sustained attempts to find a form that accommodates the catastrophic complexity of contemporary life, interweaving fiction with considerations on fear, the media and the power of words and images. – Tabakalera.
Project done during my internship and under guidance of Marco Balesteros. Design and art direction Marco Balesteros (Letra)
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