On Nov. 14, 2020, Henk gave a talk to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts / L'Académie royale des arts du Canada (RCA /ARC) in Ottawa. The presentation gave an overview of the role graphic design played in supporting resistance efforts during the occupation of the Netherlands in WWII, and how subsequent events and key figures helped build the groundwork that would lead to he “Golden Age” of Dutch graphic design in the 1980–90s — a subject dear to his heart! Her Excellency, Ines Coppoolse, Ambassador at the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands to Canada, was kind enough to provide an illuminating introduction.
We enjoyed working with Petra Barth and Sarah Leen to design Anderswo / Elsewhere, a collection of stark and beautiful photographs about memory and small moments of observation. It was the 2020 recipient of the PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris Bronze award.
On Sunday, Oct 25, we had our kick-off meeting for the MindState 2020–21 Ideation Sprint. We’ll be working together again with Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Jacobs Institute at Cornell Tech and Technion. It was a great start with over 60 students taking part and many more participants from the hospital and designers from Monday.com and WIX.com.
We are proud to share African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other is shortlisted for the 2020 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award. The winners are set to be announced in November later this year. Congratulations to the Fotofest team including Steven Evans, Max Fields, and Mark Sealy; to Schilt Publishing; and all the incredible artists whose work made this book and the Fotofest Biennial of 2020 possible. Photograph by Daniel Salemi for Aperature
“Riffs & Relations,” a book we designed for Rizzoli Publishing, received the fifth Annual James A. Porter & David C. Driskell Book Award from the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland. Roger Tucker III, a good friend of HvAD and principal of Tucker Contemporary Art, shared images with us of photographer Frank Stewart, whose work is included in the book, on a visit reviewing the book.
April marks the opening of the new museum at Oklahoma Contemporary, designed by Rand Elliott Architects. We developed collateral and environmental graphics for its two inaugural exhibitions, “Bright Golden Haze” and “Shadow on the Glare”, and are currently working on the accompanying publication. Henk visited the new space while under construction and met up with curator, Jennifer Scanlan, and curatorial fellow, Pablo Berrara, while planning the environmental graphics.
The FotoFest 2020 Biennial held it's opening night on March 7th at the Silver Street Studios in Houston, TX. Although many of the planned events for the following months were postponed, canceled, or adapted for remote participation due to the pandemic, the opening night celebration had a great turnout. This year's biennial, African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other, examines the complex relationships between contemporary life in Africa, the African diaspora, and global histories of colonialism, photography, and rights and representation. Photos documenting the night are from the Fotofest Instagram account.
Henk's collaboration with Tamar Many of Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and Art; on the platform MindState continues to develop and connect students of different cultural backgrounds and disciplines through intensive sprints. Together with the Sourasky Medical Center and the WHO (World Health Organization); MindState developed the sprint, Time to Care, exploring the future of healthcare. Thirteen teams made up of students from Cornell Tech, Technion, together with design professionals (Facebook, Monday, Wix etc.) from Tel Aviv and medical staff from Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital). Teams were invited to consider how the use of data, technology, design, and business strategy could be used to help imagine and attempt to influence a better patient experience.
We celebrated the opening of “Subversion & the Art of Slavery Abolition” at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in January. The exhibition explores how abolitionists used visual means, like posters, letters, and maps, to advocate for enslaved peoples’ rights and equality. It is on view in the Latimer gallery through July 31st.
In November we celebrated the New York Public Library's 125th anniversary (founded in 1895) with the opening of the Made at NYPL. This exhibition showcases original works produced using the Library’s resources including those by fellows of the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, which commemorates its 20th anniversary this year.
Henk was honored to serve as juror alongside chairperson Jessica Helfand, and designers Daphne Geismar and Lucinda Hitchock for the AIGA + Design Observer's 50 Books | 50 Covers Competition. From over 700 submissions, they selected the best current work in book and cover designs published in 2018. Checkout Design Observer's piece about on this year's results including the complete list of cover and book selections. You can learn more about the annual competition and evolution of book and cover design in this digital age from an interview with Jessica Helfand, Design Observer co-founder and jury chairman, at The Monocle Weekly.
In collaboration with Tamar Many of Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and Art; Henk has been developing a platform to facilitate global change by uniting students of different cultural backgrounds and disciplines in short intensive sprints. One of the apps developed in their sprint last January was recognized by TimeOut Isreal as part Isreal's National Cleanup Day on April 2nd.
We are excited to announce that Home—So Different, So Appealing, received several awards and honors at the "20th International Latino Book Awards," this September in Los Angeles. The ceremony was a celebration of greatness in books, by and for Latinos through 93 different categories. HvAD was a finalist in 5 out of 8 design categories and is honored to be awarded those listed below: Best Cover Design: First Place Best Cover Photo: First Place Best Latino Focused Book Design: Second Place Best Interior Design: Second Place Best Use of Photos Inside the Book: Honorable Mention
From June 1-15, Henk was invited to be a guest lecturer at 4 VO/ART offices In China: Beijing, Qingdao, Chengdu, and Shenzhen. VO/ART is an organization which prepares art students for study abroad both at under- and graduate levels. Lectures and workshops on “Verbal-Visual Synergy” were given at the local VO/ART studios but also at an International School in Qingdao and the A4 Art Museum in Chengdu.
Workshop for University of the Arts, Philadelphia from March 15th–18th, 2018. The students designed a series of posters that were put on display at the conclusion of the workshop. To commemorate our time together, they also performed a surprise “Goodbye” rap, directed by faculty member Chris Myers.
Workshop for Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA, in collaboration with Catherine Yeckel from the School Public Health and Jullian Bittener from the School of Art at Yale. The workshop accompanied an exhibition of poster projects, created by Yale students from the School of Public Health and the School of Art.
Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin, cofounders of FotoFest Inc., Houston, are being interviewed about their latest book “View From The Inside” [designed by HvAD] in Amsterdam. For the second half of the evening, the artist Sadik Alfraji joined the conversation. The event was organized by Schilt Publishing.
Henk was invited by two of his former art students who run an organization called: 14 x 48 (the size of a billboard in feet). The concept behind their initiative was to use empty billboard space for positive messages designed by artists and designers. Henk's billboard encouraged people to pay respect to the diversity of cultures we share.