max kisman

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maxk@ - kijken is stelen | looking is stealing

Max Kisman (NL, 1953) is a graphic designer, illustrator, type designer and animator and a pioneer in digital technology in the 80s, with an internationally acclaimed practice.

Graduated at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 1977, his animation career took off as graphic designer for Dutch VPRO public broadcasting networks in 1997. In 1995 he received the Award of the public in the Design Awards of the City of Rotterdam, and in 1996 he received the prestigious H.M. Werkman Award for graphic Design in Amsterdam, both for his television graphics. 1997 Wired Television in San Francisco hired him as art director. Until the summer of 2005 he was located near San Francisco, California. He works for various clients in the US and Europe. Kisman taught and teaches graphic design, typography, animation and typeface design at various international art institutes. In 2002 he founded Holland Fonts, a foundry for his typeface designs and is involved in various self initiated projects, like TYP/Typographic paper (1986-2006 NL), Building Letters (2004-2006 UK, USA), Spaced Out (2003/2004 USA) and in 2006 Roam Is My Home, in the Centraal Museum Utrecht (NL). Currently he illustrates for the Volkskrant newspaper and teaches at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.

Clients include: VPRO Broadcasting Networks (NL), WIRED Magazine (USA), HotWired (USA), Leo Burnett Technology Group (USA), BBDH (UK), San Francisco Opera (USA), KPN Research (NL), PTT Postal Service (NL), Paradiso (NL), Deen vd Zaken Films (NL), FontShop USA (USA), FontShop International (D), Le Nouveau Salon des Cents (F), MTV Interactive (USA), Advies Consultancy (NL), Museum Overholland (NL), International Film Festival Roterdam (NL), The Wine Country Film Festival (USA), Submarine Interactive (NL), AIGA San Francisco and Los Angeles (USA), Creative Review magazine (UK), Red Herring magazine (USA), SUMO Design (UK), DCA magazine (UK), De Volkskrant magazine (NL), P+ magazine (NL), Metro magazine (USA),
EVD (NL), Dumbar Studio (NL), Chronicle Books (USA), TNT Post (NL).

Max Kisman Studio
The Netherlands
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