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Dutch graphic designer Nivard Thoes graduated from the graphic- and typographic design department at the Royal Academy of Art in the Netherlands in 2006, receiving nominations for the ArtOlive—Young Talent Award (Jong Talent 2006) and the Zuid-Hollandse Vormgevingsprijs.

Since 2005 Nivard has been working on a wide variety of projects in China often in collaboration with Guangzhou based Wang Xu and Associates Ltd., one of the pioneering graphic design studios in mainland China. Most notable projects include the volumnious monograph of Japanese designer Hideki Nakajima (2006) and the visual identity for Times Museum in Guangzhou (2008) designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas (OMA). Besides working in China, Nivard also cooperated with Dutch clients including the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Guangzhou, the Municipality of Alkmaar and architecture firm TH-NL.  

His work has been exhibited at the 3rd China Int. Poster Biennial (Hangzhou, 2007), the 20th International Poster and Graphic Design Festival of Chaumont (France, 2009) and more recently at Neville Brody's Anti-Design Festival (London, 2010). In 2011 Nivard's work was exhibited at Central Station in Amsterdam as a part of the Edits project, with artwork created for De Appel Arts Centre.  


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Guangzhou ★ CHINA

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关于Nivard Thoes- 创意总监/平面设计师。荷兰平面设计师Nivard 于2006年在[荷兰]皇家美术学院 (KABK) 的平面和排版设计部门毕业,获 “Art Olive青年人才奖”(Jong Talent 2006)荷兰国年度的奖项提名和 “ZHVP” (南荷兰省的毕业设计奖项) ,为毕业于全国领先的荷兰艺术院校的最有前途的应届毕业生。自2005年以来,Nivard一直工作于各种各样的项目,在中国经常与广州的 "王序设计"(WX Design)合作,王序是中国平面设计的先行者。

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Publications of his projects featured in FPO (For Print Only) by UnderConsideration (USA), Graphic Design Inspirations by German magazine SLANTED & DAAB Publishing (Berlin) and Common Interest: Documents by Index Book Publishers (Barcelona). Acclaimed French design magazine Étapes (#174, Nov. 2009) published an article on Nivard's type-design and commissioned work, titled 'Fibres Typographiques'. In 2011 his work featured in Communication Arts Magazine (Issue March-April, USA) and SLANTED initiative Typodarium 2012 published by Verlag Hermann Schmidt (Germany). Dutch graphic design legend Wim Crouwel selected his work for the Vouwblad Monospace Collection featuring 10 entries by Dutch graphic designers in 2012.

▼ Curriculum Vitae


Graphic- & Typographic Design
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, The Netherlands

— Nominated for the 2006 Art Olive-Young Talent Award (Jong Talent 2006) annual awards for most promising recent graduates from leading Dutch art academies.
— Nominated for Zuid-Hollandse VormgevingsPrijs 2006, awards for graduates from the province of South Holland.

Scholarship / Internship

— Delta Beurs 2006 (DELTA Scholarship Programme)
— Wang Xu & Associates (WX-Design) China, 2005.

Industry Experience

— Co-owner: 250 gramm China / The Netherlands
— Independent Graphic Designer, China (2006–present)
— Freelance Designer, WX-Design, China. (2005–2009)
— Art Director, YU+Co, Hong Kong, China (2009)
— Associate TH–NL Architects (2006–2011)

Exhibitions / Recognitions

— Edits, Central Station Amsterdam, 2011
— Neue ShowUsYourType, La Galería Cosmo
Barcelona - Spain, 2010.
— Anti-Design Festival (London Design Festival) 2010.
— 20th International Poster and Graphic Design Festival of Chaumont - France, 2009. (Festival International de l'Affiche et du Graphisme de Chaumont)
— HongKong Business of Design Week, 2008.
— The 3rd International Poster Biennial, China 2007.

Press & Publications

— 2012 Vouwblad Monospace Collection, curated by Wim Crouwel published by Lenoirschuring.
— Typodarium 2012 by Slanted, Germany 2011.
— Communication Arts Magazine, #March/April, USA 2011.
— Graphic Design 3, by Zeixs, Germany 2011.
— Common Interest, by Index Book, Barcelona 2010.
— Etapes Magazine, Espana, #Dec. Spain 2009.
— Worldwide Graphic Design: Asia, by Zeixs & Feierabend Unique Books, Germany 2009.
— Etapes Magazine #174 France 2009.
— FPO (For Print Only) by UnderConsideration, USA 2009.
— Catalogue: 20th Int. Chaumont Festival 2009.
— Graphic Design Inspirations II, by Slanted Magazine, published by DAAB publishing, Germany 2008.
— Catalogue: The 3rd Int. Poster Biennial, China 2007

Selected Online Resources

Fresh Profile, Communication Arts Magazine
Q & A, Creative Cities Amsterdam Area [Dutch]
FPO (For Print Only): Nakajima Monograph
Company Profile on CCAA Website
Article on Geotypografika.com
Saatchi Gallery Online [collages]

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"Sino-Dutch graphic explorer and contemporary Marco Polo."
"…A true explorer in every sense of the word, Nivard is currently working in Guangzhou after having first founded his ambitious "sweatshop"/studio in Hong Kong in 2006. His work is an inspired blend of Dutch and Chinese influences, encompassing an exhaustive breadth of application both in Holland and in China."
"…A graduate of the venerable Royal Academy of Art in the Netherlands in 2006, Nivard set out on his move to Hong Kong and quickly established himself through an intricate blending of Sino-Dutch formal languages."
"…His example should be an inspiration to students and practitioners who may be considering ways to engage in a greater world of graphic opportunity."

Quote by: Erik Brandt, Geotypografika, AGI Member,
Design educator at MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) 07.2011 • USA

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"Nivard Thoes: A graphic designer who combines type and color to great effect."
"…Operating under unbearably poor conditions with a nocturnal manual work flow, daylight and sleep deprived, surrounded by loud, bombastic music, consuming moonshine and nicotine, instant noodles and unlimited fresh strong coffee. Preferably once a year, Nivard’s nomadic "Graphic Design Sweatshop" relocates to the (even more secluded) Mediterranean island of Kythira in southern Greece to work on self-initiated projects."

Quote by: Communication Arts Magazine, Issue March/April • USA

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"This front-to-back, back-to-front monograph for Japanese designer Hideki Nakajima is a behemoth in both size and production values. I can’t even imagine what the process it must have taken to bind 1,400-plus pages and what’s even greater is that it still achieves a sense of softness and delicacy that in perfect-bound or Smythe sewn form would have probably looked like a boring encyclopedia. Designer Nivard Thoes explains: "The bilingual book is divided into ten categories and can be read from back to front and vice versa - the book has no front or back." By looking at just the images you don’t get to see the transparent pages right away, but once it’s pointed out the effect is subtle. Nice to see a collaboration between two designers (Nakajima and Thoes) work out so well."

Quote by: Armin Vit, FPO (For Print Only) by Underconsideration. 04.2009 • USA

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"Nivard Thoes & Ma Yan Jun - Apple Polisher Sweatshop (inspired by de Appel)

Approximately 260,000 travelers pass through the Central Station of Amsterdam on a daily basis. Now imagine this; your artwork on display at one of the busiest locations in the city… It becomes reality for 8 talented designers during the exhibition Edits. For one year their work will be displayed around the Central Station."

Quote by: EDITS / BLEND Magazine. 05.2011 • THE NETHERLANDS

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"Fibres Typographiques"; En coopération avec THNL Architectes, le graphiste Nivard Thoes contribue à la rénovation de l'hôtel de ville d'Alkmaar, ville des Pays-Bas. La tonalité dégagée à travers la famille typographique Highfibre Polygon et la série de motifs recouvrant le tapis de la chambre des conseils réactualise l'histoire du lieu et trouve son équilibre entre épure des formes contemporaines et graphies élaborées du Moyen Âge. L'alphabet, et ses multiples versions, emprunte à la diversité stylistique des blackletter et introduit la forme polygonale, pont graphique entre le trace anguleux de la gothique et une géométrie moderne. Nivard Thoes a travaille à partir du manuscrit de la charte communale, écrit au XIVe siècle, dont les 62 "commandements" sont destinés à êtres inscrits en Highfibre Polygon sur le murs du bâtiment rénové."

Quote by: Caroline Bouige Étapes Magazine: Design et Culture Visuelle #174. NOV.01.2009 • FRANCE

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"Based in China, Dutch graphic designer Nivard Thoes has an absolutely incredible body of work on his site. This site makes me light-headed with joy. Yes, joy."

Quote by: Michael Lassiter / Labor and Curse.com Design blog by Michael Lassiter. MAY.14.2009 • North Carolina USA


其中最引人注目的项目包括:日本设计师中岛英树-Hideki Nakajima (2006年) 的长篇专著、地下的“北京酷儿影展” (2007年) 和广州 (2008年) “时代博物馆”的视觉识别,是由荷兰建筑师雷姆·库哈斯 (Rem Koolhaas, OMA) 设计的专著 。除了在中国工作,Nivard合作的荷兰客户包括“荷兰驻广州总领事馆”,Alkmaar的市政府和"TH-NL"建筑公司。

他的作品已在各展览会中展出,如2007年在杭州举办的 “第三届中国国际海报双年展”,2008年香港设计营商周 (BoDW),2009年法国的“第二十届法国肖蒙国际海报节作品” ,最近期的是2010年伦敦Neville Brody奈维尔·布罗迪)的 "反设计节 (1st Anti Design Festival)" 。2011年,Nivard的作品是在阿姆斯特丹火车站为De Appel艺术中心创建艺术广告牌,是 “EDITS” 项目的一部分。

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他的项目刊登于几本设计书和杂志中,主要包括:2009年的法国平面设计杂志《Etapes-艺态》上面发表了一篇文章讲述Nivard的设计类型和他创作的作品。2011美国杂志《Com Arts沟通艺术杂志)》上刊登了他的作品。由Index Book出版的《Common Interest》(西班牙),德国视觉杂志 Slanted 倾斜 《Typodarium 2012》。 2012年,由荷兰著名平面设计师 Wim Crouwel策划及制作的《Monospace Collection》(海报集合),此海报集合共展示了10位荷兰设计师的海报作品,Nivard是其中的一位.

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• 2006获"Art Olive青年人才奖" 的提名,是荷兰顶级艺术院校最有前途应届毕业生的年度奖。
• "ZH Vormgevings Prijs", 南荷兰省的毕业设计奖项。

• 2006年Delta奖学金计划
• 王序&合作伙伴(王序设计WX-Design)中国, 2005。

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• 合作伙伴: 二五〇克 (250克)
• 2006年至今,在中国为独立的平面设计师。
• 2005 至 2009年,在中国
“王序设计” 中担任自由设计师。
• 2009年,于 “YU+Co” 担任艺术总监 - 中国香港
• 2006–2011,辅助 “TH–NL“

• 2011年,“Edits” - 阿姆斯特丹中央车站, 荷兰
• 2010年,“Show Us Your Type”, 西班牙的巴塞罗那
• 2010年,“反设计节”
(伦敦设计节), 英国
• 2009年,“第20届肖蒙国际海报与平面设计节” (法文名: Festival de l'affiche & du graphisme) , 法国
• 2008年,“香港业务的设计周”(BoDW), 香港。
• 2007年,第三届国际海报双年展 ,中国。

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• 2012年. 《Vouwblad Mono- space Collection》 (海报集合), 由荷兰著名平面设计师 Wim Crouwel 策划。
• 2011年,德国视觉杂志 SLANTED 倾斜《Typodarium 2012》 , 德国。
• 2011年,《美国 ComArts交流艺术杂志 》, # 3月/4月, 美国。
• 2011年,《Graphic Design 3》,由Zeixs策划出版, 德国。
• 2010年,《Common Interest》, 由 Index Book Publishers, 西班牙。
• 2009年,法国平面杂志《Etapes Magazine -艺态》西班牙版本, #12月。
• 2009年,《Worldwide Graphic Design ASIA 世界平面设计- 亚洲元素》,由 Zeixs Germany 策划出版。
• 法国平面杂志《ETAPES-艺态》# 174法国2009。
• 2009年,美国网上在线平面设计杂志《FPO-只打印》,由Under Consideration LLC 策划制作, 美国。
• 2009年,年书《第二十届法国肖蒙国际海报节作品》, 法国。
• 2008年,《Graphic Design Inspirations 2》图形设计启示II杂志,发表的斜 DAAB Publishers 出版, 德国。
• 2007年,年书《第三届中国国际海报双年展》, 中国。

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FPO (只打印): 其中提及了Nivard 为日本设计师中岛英树- Nakajima 所制作的长篇专著
公司简介在 CCAA (创意城市阿姆斯特丹区)