Double FILAF Awards 2016
07.06.2016

Imponderable: The Archives of Tony Oursler (JRP|Ringier) has been awarded the best artbook in the photography category by The International Art Book and Film Festival (FILAF). Ludwig Leo: Ausschnitt (AA Publications) art directed by Zak Kyes and designed by Claire McManus has also been awarded the best artbook in the architecture category.

 

Nine awarded books will compete for the Golden FILAF Awards. The winners will be announced at the 6th International Art Book and Film Festival in a ceremony at the Theatre of Perpignan on Saturday, June 25.


Read more: JRP|Ringier and LUMA Foundation

Fridericianum awarded by Core77
01.06.2016

Zak Group’s design and art direction of Fridericianum, Europe's oldest public museum and home to the art festival documenta, has received a Visual Communication Award from Core77. In 2015 Zak Group created the design and art direction of the exhibitions Marcel Broodthaers and Inhuman.

 

Zak Group has worked with the Fridericianum team, including director Susanne Pfeffer, to reconsider the institution's relationship to its two hundred and thirty-four year history by participating in its continued reinvention. The post “F. = Fridericianum” describes the development of Zak Group's new identity for Fridericianum. 

The Core77 award recognizes Zak Group’s work with leading cultural institutions on projects that encompass identity, print and interactive design. Core77 Design Awards, based in New York, NY, recognizes excellence in all areas of design enterprise and celebrates the richness of the design profession and its practitioners.

 

Read more at Core77

Related Project: Marcel Broodthaers, Inhuman

Opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial
29.09.2015

CHICAGO — Opening this week, the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial will present unique architectural projects by over 100 architects and artists at the Chicago Cultural Center and other sites across the city, including Millennium Park, City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, Expo 72 and the Stony Island Arts Bank. As the outcome of a comprehensive cultural plan developed by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the Chicago Architecture Biennial will be North America’s largest international survey of contemporary architecture and provide a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience.

 

We have been working with Co-Artistic Directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda on the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s visual identity encompassing all collateral, website, advertisements, signage and publications. In addition to introducing the biennial in its inaugural edition, the website we designed and developed will also serve as an ongoing presence between editions. Our work for the Biennial has been conceived with a nod to the grid—a visual form emblematic of both the city of Chicago and the practice of architecture itself.

 

The first edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, titled The State of the Art of Architecture, opens to the public this Saturday, 3 October, and remains on view until 3 January 2016.

 

Read more

 

Visit the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Zak Group is a London-based office with an international reputation for creating design and art direction for cultural and commercial clients. Through our work with arts organisations, museums, businesses and leaders from various fields, Zak Group has emerged as one of the most progressive studios practicing today. Recent commissions include the art direction of the Chicago Architecture Biennial and the rebranding of Paco Rabanne; websites for the Royal College of Art, Design Interactions and the Czech Pavillion at the Venice Biennale; ongoing collaboration with the Astrup Fearnley Museet and book design for LUMA Foundation, JRP|Ringier, Sternberg Press and the Barbican Centre.

 

Directed by Zak Kyes and Grégory Ambos, the office was formed in 2005 as a collaborative practice to explore the possibilities for design in the production of culture. We work internationally and locally with individuals and institutions on projects varying in scale and complexity. The scope of our work often includes a consultancy to establish intelligent forms of design that range from art direction, visual identity and signage to website and exhibition design.

 

Zak Group is increasingly sought out by museum directors, curators, architects and artists as a committed collaborative partner. Our approach is invested in a deep understanding of our client, the objectives behind a commission and clear dialogue, which often results in long-term relationships. Clients and partners value our work for its contribution towards the design-thinking behind a project, and our ideas have played a role in more broadly defining a strategic vision.

 

The studio’s work has been awarded by the AIGA, Core77, D&AD, FILAF, German Design Council, Red Dot and has received prizes for the Most Beautiful Swiss Books and the INFORM Award for Conceptual Design.

Office Timeline

Active since 2005, Zak Group has been fortunate to receive a number of commissions, awards, publications, exhibitions, teaching positions and lecture invitations. These recognitions can be seen alongside other studio activites and milestones on our office timeline, available for download below. Highlights include the D&AD Best Book Design Award, the 50 Books/50 Covers award, Core77 Design Award, International Art Book and Film Festival Award (FILAF), Inform Award for Conceptual Design, the Most Beautiful Swiss Books Prize, and teaching positions at Architectural Association and Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL).

Areas of Activity

Art Direction

Book Design

Concept Development

Design System

Environmental Design

Exhibition Design

Identity

Interactive

Print

Signage

User Experience

Wayfinding

Web Development

Zak Kyes, Director

Zak Kyes is a Swiss-American graphic designer and art director. He founded Zak Group in 2005, and since 2006 has been the Art Director of the Architectural Association (AA), London, where, in 2008, he cofounded the publishing imprint Bedford Press. In 2010, he received the Inform Award for Conceptual Design from the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, initiating the traveling exhibition Zak Kyes Working With… (2011–13).

 

Through collaborations, curatorial projects and publications, Kyes has developed a unique practice that expands collaborative form from a pragmatic structure of working together to the joint development of content.

 

His design projects include the art direction of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (with Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima); Paco Rabanne (with Julien Dosenna); Imponderable: The Archives of Tony Oursler (with Beatrix Ruf, Tom Eccles); Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (with Juan A. Gaitán); the Taipei Biennial at Taipei Museum of Fine Arts (with Anselm Franke) and the design of Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon, London (with Hans Ulrich Obrist).

 

His curatorial projects include the touring exhibition Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design (2007–09). He has edited publications including Iaspis Forum on Design and Critical Practice: The Reader (Sternberg Press, 2009), Exhibition Prosthetics (Bedford Press, 2010) and Space Is the Time You Need to Go to Someone Else (CCA, 2012).

 

Kyes has lectured and participated in numerous international
conferences on design related subjects and has taught at various universities including the Architectural Association School of Architecture (2007–11) and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) where he has been a Visiting Professor. Kyes is frequent jury member in design competitions worldwide.

 

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Grégory Ambos, Director

Grégory Ambos is a French graphic designer based in London.
He became a partner at Zak Group in 2012. His work focuses
on publication design, exhibition design and visual identities
for cultural institutions.

 

His design projects include the art direction of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial (with Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima);
the Royal College of Art Design Interactions website (with Tony Dunne); Modern Monsters, Death and Life of Fiction (awarded
50 Books/50 Covers prize and D&AD Best Book Design Award);
the Phaidon reference book Aalto and the Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon (awarded the prize for the Most Beautiful Swiss Books).

 

In 2011, he was an invited Art Director at Colors Magazine,
a quarterly cultural magazine based at Fabrica in Treviso, Italy.

Jobs

We are seeking a highly organised, personable and enthusiastic office administrator and PA with 2–3 years previous administrative experience to join our team.

 

We are seeking a talented developer and graphic designer with 2 to 3 years experience to join a dynamic studio environment and help build the best technology team in the cultural sector.

 

Office Administrator & PA

Location: London

Hours: Full-time

Salary: Details upon application

Deadline for applications: Open until filled
 

No agencies and no calls, please.

 

Zak Group is London-based design studio formed in 2005 as a collaborative practice to explore the possibilities for design in the production of culture. Directed by Grégory Ambos and Zak Kyes we work with leading arts organisations, museums, fashion brands, businesses and leaders from around the world on projects ranging from art direction, visual identity, publications, websites and exhibition design.

 

We are seeking a highly organised, experienced, personable and enthusiastic office administrator and PA with previous administrative experience to join our team.

 

Responsibilities:

• Finances: preparing estimates, drafting contracts, invoicing, paying bills, preparing sales reports, financial forecasting and preparing materials for accountant

• Communication: answering the phone, acting as first point of contact for all enquiries, updating the website and social media channels

• Personal Assistant: PA support for the directors include scheduling and managing diaries, reading and responding to director’s email, booking travel, correspondence, taking minutes

• Office Maintenance: developing internal systems, maintaining office stock levels, archiving file copies, managing online shop by adding items and fulfilling orders

• Scheduling: developing project schedules, monitoring time tracking

• HR: monitoring annual leave, assisting in hiring processes, drafting staff contracts

 

This role has the possibility for future development in due course to include Project Management, Marketing & Press and Business Development.

 

Essential:

• Proficiency in admin software: Basecamp, Toggl, Google Apps, Capsule and social media apps.

• Minimum of 2 to 3 years experience working in an administrative capacity within cultural sector

• Impeccable organisational and time management skills

• Excellent written, editing and presentation skills

• Able to work collaboratively in a fluid environment under pressure and tight deadlines

• Flexible, highly driven, self-motivated and punctual

• Commitment to working well as part of a team

• Valid UK/EEA work permit

 

Desirable:

• Familiarity with an editorial style guide such as the Oxford Style Manual or Chicago Manual of Style

• Overall familiarity with graphic design, editorial processes and design software

• Existing relationships within cultural sector within the fields of contemporary art, design and architecture, including museums and biennials within the UK and abroad

• Knowledge of print and production processes

• Proficiency in current design software: Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator

• Degree in Design Management or similar

• Ability to speak a second language


To apply, please submit a CV, portfolio of work and cover letter as two separate PDFs to work@zakgroup.co.uk. Your cover letter should state clearly why you are interested in working with Zak Group, and what you would bring to this role.

The email should be titled with your full name and the position (“Office Administrator — Firstname Surname”). Please name each file with your name (i.e. “FirstnameSurname_CV.pdf” and “FirstnameSurname_CoverLetter.pdf”). We are unable to return original work.

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Developer / Designer

Location: London

Hours: Full-time

Salary: Dependent upon experience

Start date: TBC

Deadline for applications: Open until filled

 

No agencies and no calls, please.

 

Zak Group is London-based design studio formed in 2005 as a collaborative practice to explore the possibilities for design in the production of culture. Directed by Grégory Ambos and Zak Kyes we work with leading arts organisations, museums, fashion brands, businesses and leaders from around the world on projects ranging from art direction, visual identity, publications, websites and exhibition design.

 

We are seeking a talented developer and graphic designer with 2 to 3 years experience to join a dynamic studio environment and to help build the best technology team in the cultural sector. This combined design and development role will work alongside our Senior Design & Developer.

 

Technology

We use ProcessWire CMS for most websites alongside Composer for server side dependency management. For version control we use Git and GitLab. We also use Yarn or npm to handle dependency management, LESS for CSS preprocessing and Webpack for module bundling and build processes. We are moving towards reactive components using vue.js where necessary.

 

Essential Skills

– Minimum of 2 to 3 years experience as a professional graphic designer and developer (experience in a London based studio beneficial)

– Excellent HTML, CSS and Javascript

– Good understanding of PHP/MySQL

– Ability to write maintainable code and standards compliant markup

– Comfortable with responsive, cross-platform development

– Knowledge of browser and device compatibility and limitations

– Experience working with an *AMP stack

– Basic understanding of git / version control

– Excellent spoken and written English

– Able to work collaboratively in a fluid environment under tight deadlines

– Can take creative lead and follow design directives

– Excellent typographic skills, typesetting abilities and attention to detail

– Impeccable organisational and time management skills

– Flexible, highly driven, self-motivated and punctual

– Commitment to working well as part of a team

– Valid UK/EEA work permit

 

Beneficial Skills

– Comfortable in terminal

– Experience with CSS preprocessors

– Knowledge of BEM concepts

– Strong sense of motion & interactivity

– Interest in creative / generative coding

– Experience using external APIs

– Basic knowledge of node.js

– Experience using package/dependency managers

– Experience with task runners or module bundlers

 

Responsibilities

– Conceptualise, design and develop a wide range of projects including ranging from print to digital

– Meet deadlines and milestones according to project schedules established by lead designers and

studio manager

– Oversee production for quality control through the production and development stages

– Liaise with clients under the supervision of directors, senior staff and studio manager

 

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a CV, portfolio of work and cover letter as three separate PDFs to work@zakgroup.co.uk. Your cover letter should state clearly why you are interested in working with Zak Group, and what you would bring to this role. The email should be titled with your full name and the position (“Developer / Designer — Firstname Surname). Please name each file with your name (i.e. “Firstname Surname_CV.pdf,” “Firstname Surname_Portfolio.pdf” and “Firstname Surname_CoverLetter.pdf”).

 

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To submit your work, send a CV and portfolio of work as separate PDFs to work@zakgroup.co.uk. We appreciate your submission and will keep your materials on file for up to three months. Please watch our website and social media pages for any updates regarding vacancies.

Internships

Three-month internships are available at Zak Group for students and recent graduates in the field of graphic design. All internships are paid, either at UK national minimum wage or through an independent scholarship obtained by the intern. If no independent scholarship or funding is obtained, the applicant must be UK/EEA work eligible. Placements are full-time for twelve weeks, with a probationary period in the initial four weeks. Internships are available during the following periods: January–March, April–June, July–September and October–December.

 

To apply, please submit a CV, portfolio of work and cover letter as three separate PDFs to work@zakgroup.co.uk. The email should be titled with “Internship” and your full name (“Internship — Jane Doe”). Please name each file with your name (i.e. “JaneDoe_CV.pdf,” “JaneDoe_Portfolio.pdf” and “JaneDoe_CoverLetter.pdf”). We are unable to return original work.

We are honoured to receive two Silver Laus Awards in the Art Direction category for our on-going collaboration with the Fridericianum and the design of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

 

The Laus Awards, based in Barcelona, Spain, are organised by the Association of Graphic Designers and Art Directors and have promoted graphic design and visual communication in the cultural and economic sphere over the past 50 years.


Imponderable: The Archives of Tony Oursler (JRP|Ringier) has been awarded the best artbook in the photography category by The International Art Book and Film Festival (FILAF). Ludwig Leo: Ausschnitt (AA Publications) art directed by Zak Kyes and designed by Claire McManus has also been awarded the best artbook in the architecture category.

 

Nine awarded books will compete for the Golden FILAF Awards. The winners will be announced at the 6th International Art Book and Film Festival in a ceremony at the Theatre of Perpignan on Saturday, June 25.


Read more: JRP|Ringier and LUMA Foundation


Zak Group’s design and art direction of Fridericianum, Europe's oldest public museum and home to the art festival documenta, has received a Visual Communication Award from Core77. In 2015 Zak Group created the design and art direction of the exhibitions Marcel Broodthaers and Inhuman.

 

Zak Group has worked with the Fridericianum team, including director Susanne Pfeffer, to reconsider the institution's relationship to its two hundred and thirty-four year history by participating in its continued reinvention. The post “F. = Fridericianum” describes the development of Zak Group's new identity for Fridericianum. 

The Core77 award recognizes Zak Group’s work with leading cultural institutions on projects that encompass identity, print and interactive design. Core77 Design Awards, based in New York, NY, recognizes excellence in all areas of design enterprise and celebrates the richness of the design profession and its practitioners.

 

Read more at Core77

Related Project: Marcel Broodthaers, Inhuman


CHICAGO — Opening this week, the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial will present unique architectural projects by over 100 architects and artists at the Chicago Cultural Center and other sites across the city, including Millennium Park, City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, Expo 72 and the Stony Island Arts Bank. As the outcome of a comprehensive cultural plan developed by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the Chicago Architecture Biennial will be North America’s largest international survey of contemporary architecture and provide a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience.

 

We have been working with Co-Artistic Directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda on the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s visual identity encompassing all collateral, website, advertisements, signage and publications. In addition to introducing the biennial in its inaugural edition, the website we designed and developed will also serve as an ongoing presence between editions. Our work for the Biennial has been conceived with a nod to the grid—a visual form emblematic of both the city of Chicago and the practice of architecture itself.

 

The first edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, titled The State of the Art of Architecture, opens to the public this Saturday, 3 October, and remains on view until 3 January 2016.

 

Read more

 

Visit the Chicago Architecture Biennial


PARIS — A preview of our new identity for French fashion house Paco Rabanne can be seen at 12 rue Cambon in Paris, where the brand’s first shop in ten years will open soon. The full rebrand, initiated by Paco Rabanne’s newly appointed creative director Julien Dossena, will be rolled out in the coming months and includes a redrawing of the original 1970s logo and monogram, a new custom typeface and a comprehensive brand system including packaging, collateral, campaigns and art direction of the forthcoming website.


 

Zak Group

64 Halliford Street

London N1 3HF

United Kingdom

 

Transport Links:

Highbury & Islington Underground Station (Victoria Line)

Angel Underground station (Northern Line)

Essex Road National Rail Station

38, 73 bus from the West End

56 bus from Clerkenwell

 

General enquiries:
Email info@zakgroup.co.uk

Telephone +44 20 7253 3870

 

Studio Manager:

Email info@zakgroup.co.uk

Telephone +44 20 3696 9262


Press inquiries:

press@zakgroup.co.uk

 

Employment:

work@zakgroup.co.uk

 

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Credits

Programming: Studio Scasascia

Photography: Brotherton—Lock

 

Z.A.K. Studio Ltd. is a company registered in England and Wales.

Company No. 07788097. Zak Group is a trading division of Z.A.K. Studio Ltd.

Registered office: 64 Halliford Street, London N1 3HF, United Kingdom

VAT Reg. Number: GB 939363880

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