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City of tomorrow
(2015_0808) Populations pull to and from the city. In recent years, several groups move back toward the city. The city is popular again with young adults, young families, educated and creative people. What effects do these demographic trends have on the spatial and economic development of cities?
S+RO 2015/2: Inner city
2015_0601) What is the function of the town center in the city of tomorrow? Is there such a thing as a program of requirements for a well-functioning city? The inner city is becoming an experience. A meeting spacenwith urban events, festivals, restaurants, cultural hotspots and (inter) national visitors.
(2015_0318) The Netherlands does not really have big cities. To participate internationally, we can choose: let either one city grow even greater or let medium-sized cities connect with each other stronger so that they jointly can offer more agglomeration strength and function as one city. Cover art: Max Kisman
S+RO 2014/5: Airport City
(2014_1201) Due to lack of space and inconvenience of air and rail stations and airports were built on the edges of cities. The growth of the city on the one hand and the appeal of the transport interchanges on the other stations and airports become increasingly intertwined in urban structures. Cover art: Max Kisman
S+RO 2014/4: The crisis past
(2013_1001) Who makes the city, must make the city and how should it be addressed? All this against the background of not only between different roles of the parties, as well an urban condition that senses the consequences of the crisis, yet deals with a certain renaissance, strong population growth, a new economy. Cover art: Max Kisman
S+RO 2014/3: Young city
(2013_0620) After the Grey City, the Young City. There are increasingly more children in the cities. Young families remain 'stuck' in their home town because they can’t fund a house in the suburbs, but many choose deliberately to raise their children in the city. Cover art: Max Kisman
S+RO 2014/2: Rotterdam
(2013_0620) Contemporary issues of the most 'modern city' of the Netherlands. The direct influence of local politics on urban development is often overestimated. That has been stronger in the past, and certainly in Rotterdam. Cover art: Max Kisman. platform31.nl
S+RO 2014/1: Grey city
(2013_0620) Over the past half century, life expectancy has increased by an average of 2.5 years per decade. That is an increase of six hours per day. When reading this magazine with an average reading speed of two hours, your life expectancy increases with half an hour! Cover art: Max Kisman. platform31.nl
S+RO 2013/6: Blue Economy
(2013_1215) Sustainability changes its colors. Green into blue. It is smarter using locally available materials, resources, energy, labor and natural techniques. Cover art: Max Kisman. platform31.nl
S+RO 2013/5: Smart Cities
(2013_1102) Smart people make smart cities. Cover art by Max Kisman.
More info: www.s-ro.nl
S+RO 2013/4: City Streets
(2013_1102) September issue of S+RO on decline and rice of the city street. Coverart by Max Kisman. More info: www.s-ro.nl
S+RO 2013/3: TOD
(2013_0705) If we look at the spatial patterns in The Netherlands, we see polycentric urban regions. Looking at thetransport networks there is an under-utilization and they could function much better. Coverart by Kismanstudio. More info: www.s-ro.nl
S+RO 2013/2: New Towns
(2013_0401) Newtowns in the Netherlands. Cover art by Lust. More info: www.s-ro.nl
S+RO 2013/1: City 2033
(2013_0201) How cities will evolve in the future. Cover art by Frederique Ruys, Vizualism. More info: www.s-ro.nl
S+RO 2012/6: Metropolitan region Amsterdam
(2012_1223) The economic strength, an attractive investment climate, the quality of life and international air connections score high on lists of metropolitan values. Where does the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area stand in this competitive field of metropolises? Cover art by Niels Schrader/Mind Design. More info: www.s-ro.nl
S+RO 2012/5: Water
(2012_1024) S+RO 5 October 2012 issue: Water Netherlands and the water, it's an interesting history. What does the future hold for the Netherlands? Cover art by Joost Grootens Studio. More info: www.s-ro.nl
S+RO 2012/4: Cities by numbers
(2012_0822) S+RO 4 August 2012 issue. The summer issue of S+RO covers urbanism in figures. Numbers play an increasingly important role in urban planning and research based on statistics and about parametric urban design. Cover art by Catalog Tree. More info: www.s-ro.nl
S+RO 2012/3: Bicycle
(2012_0620) S+RO 3 June 2012 issue. The explosive use of bicycles in cities and towns demand for better planning and flexible policies for infrastructure and the cyclists themselves. Cover art by Kismanstudio. More info: www.s-ro.nl
S+RO 2012/2: In between
(2012_0430) S+RO 2 April 2012 issue. Improvised experiments in between marginal urban development and institutional city planning. Cover art by Kismanstudio. More info: www.s-ro.nl
S+RO 2012/1: Olympic Cities
(2012_0430) S+RO 1 February 2012 issue. Pains and pleasures of sports and economics. Why cities want the Olympics so bad. Cover art by Kismanstudio. More info: www.s-ro.nl
S+RO 2011/5: SVIR
(2011_1130) S+RO 5 DECEMBER 2011 issue: BRSAINPORT EINDHOVEN. Eindhoven is booming! In a radius of forty kilometers around the city are most prolific Dutch companies and institutes of technology and knowledge. Cover art by Kismanstudio. More info: www.s-ro.nl
S+RO 2011/5: SVIR
(2011_1021) S+RO 5 October 2011 issue: Excitement in the professional world. After the National Planning Department is now the Ministry of Housing lifted and there is a Structural Design and Infrastructure Area (SVIR) that breaks with the familiar, famous Dutch spatial planning around a Randstad and Green Heart. Cover art by Kismanstudio. More info: www.s-ro.nl
S+RO 2011/4: Scary City
(2011_0824) S+RO 4 September 2011 issue. Strategies on safety and securuty in urban planning, infrastucture and spacial structures. Cover art by Kismanstudio. More info: www.s-ro.nl
S+RO 2011/3: Buxelles
(2011_0702) S+RO 3 Juli 2011 issue on the urban development of Buruxelles. Cover art by Kismanstudio. More info: www.s-ro.nl
S+RO 2011/2: Europe
(2010_0702) S+RO 2 April 2011 issue on European infrastructures and collaborations. Cover art by Kismanstudio.
S+RO 2011/1: Crisis
(2010_0224) S+RO 1 Februari 2011 issue covers the current effect of the crisis on future urban planning and development with a variety of studies and info graphics Cover art by Kismanstudio.
S+RO 6: Future of planning
(2010_1210) S+RO 6 December Christmas issue: Silver on black and white. Nocturnal city lights of north west Europe, birds view. The future of Spatial planning in the Eurodelta.
S+RO 5: Food
(2010_1009) S+RO 5 November issue. Food. Urban agriculture. How do we feed cities? Cover art by Kismanstudio.
S+RO 4: Economy & Space
(2010_0809) S+RO 4. Economics and space. Economical growth has always been the financial force behind many urban and environmental developments. Cover art by Kismanstudio.
S+RO 3: We City
(2010_0610) S+RO 3. Urban planning should be bottom up, social groups are more than participation and lobby clubs, acting effectively as principals in area development. Cover art by Kismanstudio.
S+RO 2: Megacities
(2010_0411)S+RO 2. The impact of mega cities world wide.Cover art by Kismanstudio.
S+RO 1: Trends
(2010_0210) Joost Verhaak and I restyled Dutch S+RO magazine on city planning and urban development as KismanVerhaak. The new design uses Typemafia's Actium and the custom designed City Wire, brightly coloured infographics and great photography. Launched in March 2010. Cover art by Joost Verhaak.
|Kisman in Miffy Art Parade
(2015_0308) Miffy Hug is Kisman's contribution to the 60th anniversary of nijntje (Miffy). Dick Bruna's special creature celebrates her 60th birthday. 60 artists have decorated a life size nijntje. Each day in March and April a new statue will be released on www.miffyartparade.com
Creating visual headlines
(2014) Max Kisman: Creating visual headlines from Design Indaba on Vimeo.
What was up with...
kismanstudio.nl, maxkisman.com and hollandfonts.com
(2015_0118) Finally the migration of the domains have been completed, including this one. Still need to update the coms...
(2014_07207) Due to server migraition of the US provider maxkisman.com and hollandfonts.com have been off-line for quite some time. A provider switch re-established their accesibility, but they need some updating still.
Font Aid VII: The Philippines
(2013_1221) Over 275 designers from 46 countries contributed glyphs to the project with the goal of creating a typeface consisting of images based on the eight-rayed sun from the Philippine flag.
Font Aid is a charitable endeavor. We wish to ensure that we provide the maximum support possible to the people and organization that need it. Any work submitted to a Font Aid project will be deemed a charitable gift and a work made for hire. Whenever possible, we are happy to credit the creativity of the participating designers.
PostNL Sinterklaas stamps
(2013_1102) The annual Dutch celebration of Saint Nicholas stands for joy and expectation. The Sinterklaas sheet of stamps expresses exactly that atmosphere. The five illustrations and designs by Max Kisman in ten stamps are based on the classic Saint Nicholas story. More info at PostNL.nl and Postzegeblog.nl (Dutch).
A beautiful summer throws
a soft shadow
(2013_0621) This is the third card in a series of six that I will make during 2013 for Jubels printers in Amsterdam, NL
Cover image April issue Onze Taal
(2013_0430) The language of our new king and queen in Onze Taal magazine (Dutch).
11eleven typeface selected Vouwblad Monospace Collection
(2012_0902) 11eleven is a new Holland Fonts typeface with only eleven base glyphs. By rotation and mirroring all twentysix letters and ten figures can be formed. With ten out of twentytwo entries it was selected by a jury including Wim Crouwel for the Lenoir-Schuring Monospace Collection, to be published on 27 September. Poem by Wim Brands: Every fallen leaf – is an idea. For more info go to www.vouwblad.com
Cover image September issue Onze Taal
(2012_0902) Last month I made this cover image on writing and adressing seniors with a specific ligual approach. Words that give wings. Onze Taal magazine (Dutch).
Bits to Pieces
(2011_0911) Now updated with interviews on digital archiving with Piet Schreuders and Max Kisman. www.bits-to-pieces.org
(2011_1004) The Bits to Pieces project of Dutch art historian Karin van der Heiden investigates the rise of the digital revolution, the experiences of the early adapters in digital graphic design and the digital heritage of the 80s. The process of preserving digital records begins with their creation. We need pragmatic strategies that enable us to preserve digital born material. Kismanstudio logo and website design.
(2011_0901) I am currently designing the Dutch version of Save as.... This concise guide to digital archiving is wriiten by art and historian and design heritage expert Karin van der Heiden. In a 16 page leporello you get essential guidelines in sustainable digital preservation of your digital work. Soon to be published in the Netherlands. The English version is being prepared.
(2011_0901)Digital archiving is not the same as making a back up! Selection is necessary. Not everything is important and need to be preserved eternity.
Broken Language image on november issue Onze Taal
(2010_1101) Aphasia is the theme of the November issue of Onze Taal magazine (Dutch).
Gold Award for design City One Minutes website
(2010_0601) The City One Minutes website has won A gold European Design Award at the European Design Festival in De Doelen in Rotterdam. The design of the website is by graphic designer Max Kisman and implemented by design agency Fabrique and Studio Stomp. The annual awards are given to European designers that have made exceptional designs in the field of communications.
On www.cityoneminutes.org artists have recorded life in more than one hundred cities across the world from hour to hour movies in one minute. C.O.M. is a project of Holland Doc 24/VPRO in collaboration with The One Minutes Foundation.
Holland Doc 24 identity
Holland Doc 24's new identity was launched Thursday 12 November 2009 on their website and on the digital channel Holland Doc 24
Kisman T-shirt for Dutch Illustration Biannual
(2010_0605) Limited edition T-shirt with a special design I made for the Illustration Biannual. This is a new Dutch event that aims to show the power and variety of illustration in a versatile program, full of visual elements. Saturday June 5, Toneelschuur, Haarlem.
Illustrations and texts for the Amsterdam Dutchionary in the 2007 AGI conference guide are nowpublished on the AGI website.
We Love Your (Free) Fonts!
(2010_0824) Holland Fonts (my font foundry) features in the second volume of Free Font Index 2 with 9 free fonts, including the compilations "Dutch Doubles" (2004, 37 Dutch designers), "Frisco-Remix" (2003, 34 Bay area designers), "MaxMix One" (1990, Typ magazine), "We Love Your" (1986-2003, found objects, Typ magazine) and Metropole. The book contains over 500 fonts by type foundries and designers, like Donald Beekman, Jakob Fisher, Ray Larabie, Ellen Lupton, Martin Majoor and Svetoslav Simov.
My type workshop to design and produce your own font "Do You Read Me?" has been updated especially for this publication in collaboration with Typemafia's Gerben Dollen. Free Fonts Index is edited and designed by Hans Lijklema and published in June 2010 by the Pepin Press.
(2010_0912) I have posted a few animations:
First Serve (2007)
Your President (2008)
Met het oog op morgen (2009)
Holland Doc 24 design (2007)
(2010_1101) KismanVerhaak designed the identity and interaction plan and graphic design of the portal Gebiedsontwikkeling.nu. GO is an independent platform and (knowledge) network for anyone professionally involved with city planning and urban development. The platform provides news and updates about area development, an agenda of events, meetings and conferences etc. background information and views on urban and of land development. Language used is Dutch. Technical realisation is by Creative Dutchmen
Slash Art: against the cuts
(2010_11_01) I’d rather do it myself. Fare well (luckily it’s a wooden dagger). Applause…. The Dutch national budget for art and culture is one of the lowest in Europe. The new government of has decided to cut art subsidies in half. Slash Art is a platform of ideas and response, building an artful image bank.
Fête de Graphisme 2015
By Jan de Bruin and Ans Kanen. Featuring: Max Kisman (NL), Naji El Mir (Lebanon/F), Hisham Youssef (Egypt/UAE), Rene Knip (NL), Khajag (KJ) Apelian (Lebanon/NL), Jeroen van Erp (NL), Reza Abedini (Iran/NL), Erik van Blokland (NL), Pascal Zoghbi (Lebanon),Joumana Al Jabri (Saudi Arabia/Syria/UAE), Artur Schmal, Wael Morcos (Lebanon), Richard Wagner (D/UAE), Melle Hammer (NL), Yara Khoury (Lebanon), Stealth: Ana Dzokic (Serbia) & Marc Neelen (NL)
typographic matchmaking in the city embedded from from Ans Kanen on Vimeo.
(2011_0901)Now in the stands! This month I appear in Publish magazine (issue 4, september 201) in Typtekens (Type signs), an interview by Henk Gianotten, with above illustration on my Pacific font, other illustrations and type designs.
Crouwel Print now available in Stedelijk Museum store and Nijhof & Lee.
(2011_0329>0902) Bill Crawl: “Oh they say”. This print is dedicated to the modernist Dutch graphic designer Wim Crouwel. The impressive exhibition Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssee on his life time work opened on 30 March in the the Design Museum in London. The limited edition A3 Risograph is printed by Ditto Press Ltd. at the Pick Me Up graphic arts fair in Somerset House, and is for sale for £20 in the Design Museum shop or can be picked up for €15 at the Stedlijk Museum store, Nijhof & Lee or KismanStudio in Amsterdam.
Kisman Kitchen: graphic identity and stage design
(2012_0902) For the NTR / IKON / VPRO TV program ‘Gesprek op 2’ (Talk on 2) I designed the graphics, the tune and the stage for the upcoming season. This 'less is more' stage consists oftwo rows of curtains (typographic print) a red carpet and back-to-basics furniture of my own design. Elements of the stage return in the title sequence. ‘Gesprek op 2’ conversations of Daphne Bunskoek, Paul Rosenmöller and Chris Krijne with Dutch and foreign guests link up with current affairs. The stage is still under construction; the first broadcast will be for the late nighters on Sunday 9 September at 23:30 hrs. Or watch later on-line at programma.vpro.nl/gesprekop2/
1:50 model of the design and stage preps:
Schretlen magazine wins gold at Grand Prix 2010 Corporate magazines
(2010_0415) After winning best cover at the Media Facts Awards in 2009, Schretlen & Co Client Magazine is gold winner of the Grand Prix Corporate magazines 2010 award for the best corporate magazine in the Netherlands, in the category external
Cover design Schretlen magazine wins award for best cover
The illustration on a coverdesign for Schretlen magazine by Jacob Mulder of Amsterdam based Scripta Media is awarde for the Media Facts Award in the catagory client magazines.
Small Dictionary about Time
Illustrations turn into typeface
TIJD (Time) alphabet is extracted from 26 illustrations I made for Vouwblad 7: Klein Woordenboek over Tijd (Folder 7: Small Dictionairy about Time), issued in fall 2009 by Lenoirschuring Printers in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. The font and poster PDF are free available from Holland Fonts
Tcho artist-series with
(2010_0210) My graphics feature on Tcho's 2010 holiday chocolate boxes with bright vibrant colors, iconographic imagery, and special typography. Valentine's day, Easter, MothersDay, Haloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visit Tcho.com in San Francisco, California.
WORLD SERIES CHAMPION
(2010_1102) SF Giants play Texas Rangers competing in the World Series and have won in a 4-1 victory. Tcho gift box sleeve.Go Giants Go!
Flowers flourish in Benson, Arizona
(2010_0712) Arnold's Flowers is a small flowershop on 4th Street (Busines I-10) in Benson, Arizona, for which I created a simple light box design and identity.Now the shop is painted in the same bright colors it stands out in the bland strip architecture of Benson's 4th Street.
Painting the word FLOWERS in 7 feet tall letters of my font Pacific Standard Bold makes it even more standing out and visible from a larger distance.