Daniel van der Velden

Daniel van der Velden is a graphic designer and writer. Together with Vinca Kruk he founded Metahaven, a studio for design and research.

Metahaven’s work—both commissioned and self-directed—reflects political and social issues in provocative graphic design objects. Metahaven authored Uncorporate Identity, a book on politics and visual identity, published by Lars Müller in 2010. Solo exhibitions include Affiche Frontière (CAPC musée d’art contemporaine Bordeaux, 2008) and Stadtstaat (Künstlerhaus Stuttgart/Casco, 2009). Group exhibitions include Forms of Inquiry (AA London, 2007), Manifesta8 (Murcia, 2010), the Gwangju Design Biennale 2011 (Gwangju, Korea), the Athens Biennial (Athens, 2011) and Graphic Design: Now In Production (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2011).

Daniel is a Senior Critic in the Graphic Design MFA program at Yale University. He is a tutor at the design department of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam and lectured at the University of Amsterdam School of Media Studies. In 2011, Metahaven was selected by Rolling Stone Italia as one of the world’s 20 most promising design studios.

Metahaven’s forthcoming book is Black Transparency, scheduled for release with Actar in Spring 2012.