Zak Group is a London-based office with an international reputation for creating design and art direction for cultural and commercial institutions. 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 8th Berlin Biennale and the Taipei Biennial, book design for Sternberg Press, consultancy for the architectural firm Barkow Leibinger, and the website and visual identity for the Lisbon Architecture Triennial. 

 

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, 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. As a result, our ideas have played a role in more broadly defining a strategic vision.

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 Inform Award for Conceptual Design, the New Visual Arts Award, the Most Beautiful Swiss Books Prize, and positions at Architectural Association and Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL).

Areas of Activity

Art Direction

Visual Identity

Book Design

Exhibition Design

Web Design

Print

eBook Design

App Design

Signage

Wayfinding

Zak Kyes, Partner

Zak Kyes is a London-based 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 Taipei Biennial at Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (with Anselm Franke); the graphic identity of Barkow Leibinger Architects, Berlin; the Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon, London (with Hans Ulrich Obrist, 2008); and the Sternberg Press Solution series (with Ingo Niermann, since 2008).

 

He has curated the touring exhibition Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design (2007–09) and The Information Economy as part of the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, New York (2010). 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, Partner

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.

 

Design projects include the Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon, awarded the prize for the Most Beautiful Swiss Books; Cybermohalla Hub, an exhibition and publication presented at the Louisiana Museum; and the exhibition design of No Soul for Sale A Festival of Independents, presented on the occasion of Tate Modern’s 10th anniversary curated by Cecilia Alemani, Massimiliano Gioni and artist Maurizio Cattelan.

 

Through projects such as Are You Ready For TV? at MACBA, Barcelona and the Lisbon Architectural Trienale, he has begun applied research on the relationship of exhibition design and publishing.

 

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

Middleweight Graphic Designer with Digital Expertise

Full-time
Salary: Negotiable based on experience
Commencing October 2014
Deadline for applications: 24 September 2014, 12:00 BST

 

We are seeking a graphic designer with strong knowledge of digital, web, e-book and UI design to join our team full-time beginning fall 2014. This position requires impeccable graphic design and organisational skills as well as a minimum of one to two years experience as a professional graphic designer. The designer would join a small but growing team of passionate individuals committed to maintaining a positive and professional work environment.

 

Responsibilities would include complete design and management of a wide range of projects with an emphasis on websites and electronic media, as well as books, catalogues and identities from initial concept to final production. The ideal candidate would possess the ability to manage several projects simultaneously and successfully and supervise projects through to the development and print stages.

 

Essential skills:

• Minimum of two to three years experience as a professional graphic designer working in digital and print formats (experience in a London-based studio beneficial)

• Significant demonstrable experience with front-end web design and digital platforms

• Fluency in current design software and production/print skills particularly Adobe Creative Suite 6, HTML/CSS, EPUB

• Strong understanding of web usability standards, accessibility, web fonts, typography for web and current trends

• Ability to work closely with outside programmers to supervise development including sitemaps, mockups, wireframes, specifications and debugging

• Excellent typographic skills, typesetting abilities and attention to detail for digital and print formats

• Impeccable organisational and time management skills

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

• Flexible, highly driven, self-motivated and punctual

• Commitment and demonstrated ability to working well as part of a team

• Excellent spoken and written English

• Can take creative lead and follow design directives

 

Beneficial skills:

• Second language

• Front-end development

• User interaction design

 

To apply please submit a CV, portfolio of work and covering letter indicating your eligibility to work in the UK/EEA as separate PDFs to work@zakgroup.co.uk. The email should contain your full name and the title of the position (“Middleweight Graphic Designer with Digital Expertise”). Please name files with your name (i.e. “Jane_Doe_CV.pdf”). We are unable to return original work.

 

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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 EU 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 covering letter, CV, portfolio of work in PDF format to work@zakgroup.co.uk and indicate the period you are applying for, any funding you have received for an internship, and your eligibility to work in the EU. Please name files with your name (i.e. “Jane_Doe_intern.pdf”). We are unable to return original work.

LONDON — We have designed the artist’s book accompanying Ed Atkin’s upcoming solo exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, opening 11 June and on view through 25 August. Known for his work employing High Definition video and sound, Atkins conceived a new text for the book, titled A Seer Reader, accompanied by marginalia-esque line drawings by the artist. In an afterword, Mike Sperlinger described the artist’s writings as “breath[ing] a vocabulary of distension, tumescence, inflation [...] in an immoderate, immodest way.” The format of A Seer Reader references mass-produced pulp-fiction paperbacks from the 1970–90s.

 

Buy A Seer Reader from Walter Koenig

Read more about Ed Atkins at the Serpentine Galleries


BERLIN — Beginning 29 May, the eighth edition of Berlin Biennale will take place throughout the city of Berlin at venues including Haus am Waldsee and Museen Dahlem – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in addition to its home at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art. We were appointed by the curator Juan A. Gaitán as Art Directors a year ago, and we used the opportunity to consider how contemporary art could move away from an economy of images by presenting the Biennale through language and writing. We introduced a simple pair of curved brackets that act as parentheses. When closed, the brackets form an 8 to refer to the Biennale’s eighth edition. When expanded, they contain the contents of the Berlin Biennale and serve as the platform for a series of texts commissioned by the artist Agatha Gothe-Snape. Our art direction of the Berlin Biennale includes the website, guidebook, signage and wayfinding, posters and other print materials. The Biennale will remain on view until 3 August 2014.

 

Read more about the art direction of the Berlin Biennale

Visit the Berlin Biennale website: berlinbiennale.de

Read more in Grafik magazine’s profile of Zak Group


KASSEL — On the occasion of two forthcoming exhibitions at Fridericianum, we have launched a new website for the museum that foregrounds content and showcases Friderick, the typeface developed for the institution’s identity. We have also designed materials for nature after nature, a group exhibition curated by Susanne Pfeffer, and Maha Maamoun: The Night of Counting the Years curated by Nina Tabassomi, both on view from 11 May to 27 July. The second weekend in May will also mark the launch of Fridericianum’s new Bookshop Walther König in a new foyer designed by Zak Group with Dyvik Kahlen Architects.

 

Visit the Fridericianum website
Read more about our identity for Fridericianum


BERLIN — The book FORENSIS: The Architecture of Public Truth will be launched on the occasion of the exhibition Forensis, opening at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin on 14 March 2014. The publication was designed by Zak Group in collaboration with participants of the Forensic Architecture project in the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. FORENSIS serves as a comprehensive resource on the history and present status of forensics and provides a critical examination of the field as it bears upon the production of public truth. Co-published by Sternberg Press and Forensic Architecture, the book presents extensive textual and visual material in one substantial yet accessible volume.

 

Visit FORENSIS: The Architecture of Public Truth on Sternberg Press

Visit the Forensis exhibition website


 

Zak Group

19 Britton Street, Third Floor

London EC1M 5NZ

United Kingdom

 

Email info@zakgroup.co.uk

Telephone +44 20 7253 3870

 

General inquiries:

Karly Wildenhaus, Studio Manager

karly@zakgroup.co.uk

 

Press inquiries:

press@zakgroup.co.uk

 

Employment:

work@zakgroup.co.uk

 

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Credits

Programming: Studio Scasascia

Photography: Brotherton—Lock

 

Zak Studio Ltd. is a company registered in England and Wales.

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

Registered office: 51 Clarkegrove Road, Sheffield, S10 2NH

VAT Reg. Number: GB 939363880

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