Richard van der Laken
Richard van der Laken is an acclaimed Dutch graphic designer, entrepreneur, initiator and on a fierceless mission as an unlikely globetrotting ambassador for the social impact of design.
His work is well known in graphic design circles. His Amsterdam design agency, Design Politie (Design Police) has shaped the cultural scene in Holland and shot to fame in the ‘90’s on a wave of interest in the Dutch design.
Today, he divides his time between designing for clients and running a global project called What Design Can Do. It started as a conference on the impact of design. It rapidly attracted thousands to Amsterdam’s state theatre and to exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum. Earlier this year civic leaders in São Paulo invited What Design Can Do to Brazil. Now Richard is talking to the UN about a design response to the humanitarian crisis.
In his career Richard was honored with many awards and nominations, such as D&AD, Design Museum - Design Of The Year, ADCN (Art Directors Club Netherlands), Dutch Design Awards and more.