Roosje Klap (1973, NL) researches the experimental boundaries of custom fit design, singular yet collaborative, through close collaborations with artists, curators, architects, (type) designers and writers. Her research-based interdisciplinary approach is reflective of a generation of graphic designers that define their own assignments alongside commissions.
In 2014, Klap initiated the collective Design Displacement Group, which focuses on the current discourse of graphic design in the rapid changing (media) landscape and its’ trans-disciplinary development towards other disciplines. DDG consists of fifteen designers and a social scientist that collaborate on mostly self-initiated projects in changing compositions — a methodology that the group coined as ‘post-signature’.
Together with Niels Schrader, Klap is head of both the Graphic Design (BA) and the Non Linear Narrative (MA) departments at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. Between 2011 and 2019, Klap was one of the core advising researchers at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Roosje Klap is a sought-after speaker at conferences, institutes and art- and design academies around the world and has been member and advisor for several committees and funds. She is chairman of Valiz Publishers, the Dutch Design Awards, and is part of the board of the Wim Crouwel Institute.