Rob van Leijsen is a multidisciplinary graphic designer based in Geneva, Switzerland. His design practice mainly aims at commissioned and research projects in the cultural field, notably editorial design. He currently runs his own design studio and teaches at the visual communication department of HEAD – Genève. In 2012 he finished his master in Design Spaces & Communication at HEAD – Genève with “Art Handling in Oblivion”, a catalogue that assembles five art collections that have been stolen during wartime. “Art Handling in Oblivion” was subsequently published by edition fink in 2014, and selected – as part of the fink twice series –, as one of “The Most Beautiful Swiss Books” of 2014. The book also received an Honorary Appreciation at the “Best Book Design from all over the World” competition in Leipzig in 2015.

In June 2013 he obtains a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) from the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) with a research about methods of appropriation in contemporary artists’ books. The research received grant from the Research Institute of HEAD – Geneva (IRAD) in 2014, and is published titled “Copy, Tweak, Paste: Methods of Appropriation in Re-enacted Artists’ Books” in JAR13 (Journal for Artistic Research) in 2017. A bilingual adaptation in book form is forthcoming mid 2020.

His most recent book "The Drone Chronicles", documents the evolution and integration of drones in our society. The editorial diptych is published by the Centre de la photographie Genève and Spector Books in spring 2019.

Between 2016 and 2019, he was in charge of the visual identity and communication of the 2019 edition of Lausanne Jardins, a public festival with over 30 artistic installations exploring the theme of open ground, and delving into the rare urban spaces that have not been tarmacked and that have remained connected to the ground below.

— 2012-2013, ZHdK Zürich, Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS) in Artistic Research
— 2010-2012, HEAD – Genève, Master Design Spaces and Communication (MA with mention excellent)
— 2003-2008, AKV | St. Joost, Breda), Graphic Design (BA)

— 2012 (Sept)-present, Independent graphic designer
— 2015 (Sept)-present, Guest teacher, Head – Genève,
visual communication department
— 2019 (Jan)-present, Member of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Ville de Nyon
— 2012 (Sept)-2015 (Sept), Assistant teacher, HEAD – Genève, visual communication department
— 2011 (July), Intégral Philippe Délis, Casablanca
— 2008 (Oct)-2010 (Aug), Buro Petr van Blokland + Claudia Mens, Delft

— Prix Artistique de la Ville de Nyon, 2018
— Selection for the ‘Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2014’, 2015
— Honorary Appreciation at the ‘Best Book Design from all over the World’ competition, Leipzig, Germany, 2015
— ‘Bourse Déliees’ grant by the Fonds Cantonal d’Art Contemporain Geneva (FCAC), 2014
— Research grant, IRAD department, HEAD – Genève, 2014
— Prix AHEAD, Fondation AHEAD, Geneva, 2012

— Legible – Visible - Between the Film Frame and the Page, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona, 2018
‘Copy, Tweak, Paste: Methods of Appropriation in Re-enacted Artists’ Books’, JAR#13, www.jar-online.net, 2017
— Art Handler Magazine, New York, 2015
— IDPURE #37, 2015
— Catalogue of ‘The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2014’, 2015
— Mister Motley, 2015
— l'Empathie ou l'expérience de l'autre, Design Biennial St-Étienne, 2013
— Hochparterre Themenhefte: ECAL & HEAD, 2013
— Étapes #211, 2013
— Étapes #210, 2012
— Slanted #20, 2012
— Slanted #15, 2011

— The Drone Chronicles (solo), Gallery Eeeeh!, Nyon, 2019
— SKOOB, Gallery One Gee in Fog, Chêne-Bourg, 2017
— ‘Llegible – Visible’, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona, 2017
— ‘Lauréats des Bourses Déliées’, Flux Laboratory,
Geneva and Zurich, 2016
— ‘Swiss Style Now’, The Cooper Union, New York, 2016
— ‘The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2014’, Helmhaus Zürich, 2015
— ‘Bourses de la ville de Genève’, Center for Contemporary Art (CAC) Geneva, 2014
— 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design, Brno, Czech Republic, 2014
— ‘Nouvelle Génération’, HEAD – Genève at Design Days
Geneva, 2013
— ‘Dream Team’, Design Biennial St-Étienne, 2013
— ‘Suspense’, HEAD – Genève at Art Genève, 2013
— ‘Art Handling in Oblivion’ (Solo), RosaBrux, Brussels, 2012
— Graphic Design Festival Breda (with Holy Grey), 2012
— ‘Black&White are not colours’, Ship of Fools gallery,
The Hague, 2011
— Chaumont Poster Festival (with Holy Grey), 2011
— ‘Dip in Space’, Head – Geneva & matali crasset at Salone del Mobile Milano, 2011
— ‘The Fliproom’, Printroom Rotterdam (with Holy Grey), 2011

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