Zak Group is a London-based office with an international reputation for creating design and art direction for cultural institutions and private companies.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux
Center for Contemporary Art, Estonia
Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
Centre for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu
Swiss Architecture Museum
University of Southern California
Victoria and Albert Museum
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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