Lienke Raben – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lienke Raben – Amsterdam, Netherlands

“The local design scene, as opposed to the advertising scene where I worked before, is less about the big brands and more about the freedom and time to create something awesome. Animators and illustrators that I know really have a passion for what they do and my experience is also that they’re all a little bit weird, in a good way.”

Jonas' Design – Jonas Merian – Shanghai, China

Jonas' Design – Jonas Merian – Shanghai, China

Jonas is currently working on various upcycled design projects, where he makes unique, handmade furniture and home accessories out of reclaimed, reused and repurposed materials.

Socio Design – London, UK

Socio Design – London, UK

SocioDesign are an experienced design and strategy agency based in London Bridge, South London. They help transform brands and businesses through carefully crafted design and rigorous strategic thinking.

Maser – Dublin, Ireland

Maser – Dublin, Ireland

“I have a system. I only use 10 colours: five base colours (yellow, white, blue, pink, mint), then five stripe colors (black, navy, red, orange, magenta). From playing around with this palette, I have come up with more than 25 colour combinations that I frequently use.”

Bichos Da Ceda – Porto, Portugal

Bichos Da Ceda – Porto, Portugal

“The best part of doing things like this is working with a lot of people, something that’s important as a way of producing things. You may not use print-making, but new solutions to print mean doing it with other people.”

Anagrama – Monterrey, México

Anagrama – Monterrey, México

“It’s important to decide on a colour palette that can stand through time, it must never feel as if it’s outdated and it must survive through new trends. The colours chosen for a brand identity don’t necessarily have to appear on every piece; it’s important to choose where the colours will be applied.”

The Patternbase – Kristi O’Meara, Audrey Victoria Keiffer – Chicago, USA

The Patternbase – Kristi O’Meara, Audrey Victoria Keiffer – Chicago, USA

“I feel as if what a lot of artists are doing is DIY. Be your own boss – we are really part of that movement. It’s all about finding people that have something to contribute to the bigger picture.”

Marta Gawin – Katowice, Poland

Marta Gawin – Katowice, Poland

“Colour, just like typography, graphic elements, or the right choice of paper, is a means of constructing the impression that the design has to make on the recipient. Colour has a very strong emotional impact, it carries a huge load of energy.”

Studio KDSZ – Chi Hsiao-En – Beijing, China

Studio KDSZ – Chi Hsiao-En – Beijing, China

Studio KDSZ was set up in Beijing, 2010, focusing on furniture, living and interior design.

Thonik Studio –  Nikki Gonnissen and Thomas Widdershoven – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Thonik Studio – Nikki Gonnissen and Thomas Widdershoven – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Thonik's resume spans from cultural institutions such as the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Museum Marta Herford in Germany, the Architecture Biennale Venice, the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, ZKM Karlsruhe, Manifesta 9 and the Holland Festival. Other clients in the public sector include the Dutch Socialist Party and broadcasting company VPRO. And Thonik has held solo exhibitions in Shanghai, Venice, Tokyo, Paris and Kyoto, while its work is featured in the permanent collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.