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 — a full service multinational team working on all creative aspects of brand design and brand experience 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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It's Nice That
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.
Typeface by Bold Decisions.
Graduation project entitled Folded, stapled and unpublished.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.
RE:RA. is a serie of podcasts recorded together with sjondebaron used as a research method. A platform for open dialoge and critical reflection to our self-initiated projects. This platform allows us to test and evaluate our ideas and archive our conversations as audio files for later reflection.
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.
In-house designs for BAK Basis Actuele Kunst Utrecht. BAK, basis voor actuele kunst 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 Milano.
Paperback 12x19cm 204 pages.Redesign of Crista Drenschers’ Publication The Bigger Picture about video art in the public domain.
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.
Project done during my internship and under guidance of Marco Balesteros. Design and art direction Marco Balesteros (Letra)
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