Nikki Gonnissen, Netherlands

AGI member since 2012

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Nikki Gonnissen is director of studio Thonik, which she co-founded with Thomas Widdershoven in 1993. Thonik made visual identities and develops communication concepts and publicity campaigns for many cultural institutions like the Urbanism\Architecture Bi-city Biennale Shenzhen, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Spiral Art Center in Tokyo, Museum Marta Herford in Germany, the Architecture Biennale Venice, the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, Manifesta 9 in Genk/Belgium and the Holland Festival in Amsterdam.

In the public sector the studio works for the Dutch Central Government, The Amsterdam Public Library, Broadcast Corporation VPRO and a major Dutch political party. With their work for this political party they show how design can enhance political debate and democracy.

As a designer, Nikki belongs to a group of engaged creatives that hold values such as empowerment, democracy, social justice and sovereignty in high regard. She is actively involved in the design debate about these values and initiates projects that touch upon these topics.

Nikki Gonnissen has been the International President of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) from 2015 until 2018.

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    Nikki Gonnissen, Netherlands (2012)

    Nikki Gonnissen is director of studio Thonik, which she co-founded with Thomas Widdershoven in 1993. Thonik made visual identities and develops communication concepts and publicity campaigns for many cultural institutions like...

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    Nikki Gonnissen, Netherlands (2012)

      Nikki Gonnissen is director of studio Thonik, which she co-founded with Thomas Widdershoven in 1993. Thonik made visual identities and develops communication concepts and publicity campaigns for many cultural institutions like the Urbanism\Architecture Bi-city Biennale Shenzhen, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Spiral Art Center in Tokyo, Museum Marta Herford in Germany, the Architecture Biennale Venice, the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, Manifesta 9 in Genk/Belgium and the Holland Festival in Amsterdam.

      In the public sector the studio works for the Dutch Central Government, The Amsterdam Public Library, Broadcast Corporation VPRO and a major Dutch political party. With their work for this political party they show how design can enhance political debate and democracy.

      As a designer, Nikki belongs to a group of engaged creatives that hold values such as empowerment, democracy, social justice and sovereignty in high regard. She is actively involved in the design debate about these values and initiates projects that touch upon these topics.

      Nikki Gonnissen has been the International President of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) from 2015 until 2018.

      Publications

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      Galerie Anatomie Petit Journal No.6

      (2010)

      • Hugues Boekraad

      Uitgave Galerie Anatome

      Thonik A in Paris

      (2010)

      • Hugues Boekraad

      Institut Néerlandais

      Thonik en

      (2009)

      • Noriko Kawakami,
      • Thomas Widdershoven,
      • Nikki Gonnissen

      Kentro Oshita

      POWER thonik design

      (2008)

      • Hugues Boekraad,
      • Marina De Vries,

      O Art Centre

      Thonik, New Dutch Graphic Design #1

      (2001)

      • Ineke Schwartz,
      • Ed Van Hinte,
      • Gert Staal

      Bis Publishers

      Exhibitions

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      Self-Unself

      2013

      Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

      Group exhibition

      City of Interface

      2013

      Power Station of Art, Shanghai

      Group exhibition

      Thonik in Paris

      2013

      Centre Pompidou , Paris

      Part of the collection display

      Printed works

      2013

      Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

      Permanent collection

      Carpets

      2013

      Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

      Permanent collection

      Thonik Alphabets

      2012

      Sera, Kyoto

      Solo exhibition

      Graphic Happiness in China

      2012

      Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing

      Group exhibition

      Printed work

      2012

      Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong

      Permanent collection

      Connecting Concepts

      2011

      Museu de Arte, Sao Paolo

      Premsela, Amsterdam

      Traveling group exhibition

      Printed works

      2011

      Museum of Modern Art, New York City

      Permanent collection

      Printed works

      2011

      Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai

      Permanent collection

      Thonik in Paris

      2010

      Galerie Anatome, Paris

      Institut Néerlandais , Paris

      Solo exhibition and installation

      Woordbeeld

      2010

      Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, Amsterdam

      Solo exhibition

      Thonik en

      2009

      Spiral Art Centre, Tokyo

      Solo exhibition

      Carpet Centraal Museum

      2009

      Museum of the Image, Breda

      Permanent collection

      Thonik: Made in China by You

      2009

      Graphic Design Museum, Breda

      Solo exhibition

      Power

      2008

      Power Station of Art, Shanghai

      Solo exhibition

      Thonik in Venice

      2008

      International Architecture Biennale, Venice

      Solo exhibition

      Festival International de l'affine et du Graphisme

      2008

      de Chaumont Awards , Chaumont

      Awards exhibition

      Printed work

      2009

      Centraal Museum , Utrecht

      Permanent collection

      Raad van Cultuur printed works

      2004

      San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

      Permanent collection

      Education

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      Design tutor

      • Postgraduate

      2011 – 2014

      • Design Academy Eindhoven, masters department (The Netherlands)

      Guest lecturer, workshops, external advisor

      • Postgraduate

      2002 – 2014

      • Hogeschool der Kunsten Utrecht (the Netherlands)
      • Rietveld Academy Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
      • Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam (the Netherlands)
      • St. Joost Academy Breda (the Netherlands)

      Lectures

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      Brand New Conference

      (2016)

      • Brand New Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

      La Parole

      (2016)

      • Centre Pompidou Paris, France

      Graphic Empowerment

      (2016)

      • Grafist 20, Istanbul, Turkey

      DDP Forum Vol.3

      (2016)

      • Dongdaemun Design Plaza Seoul, Korea

      Design for Change

      (2015)

      • Lahe, Rio, Brazil

      AGI Open

      (2014)

      • AGI, Sao Paulo

      Graphic Empowerment

      (2014)

      • Weissraum Innsbruck, Austria

      Collective Conversation

      (2014)

      • Collective Design Fair, New York City, United States of America

      Babel #2, So Social

      (2013)

      • International Type Symposium hfg Offenbach, Germany

      AGI London: Paradise and Protest

      (2013)

      • AGI Congress London, United Kingdom

      Awards

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      • 2016

      Tokyo Type Directors Club - Holland Festival 2015
      • 2012

      European Design Award - VPRO
      • 2007 / 2008

      Winner Ster Gouden Loeki Awards, Winner Rotterdam Design Price, Winner Dutch Design Award - SP
      • 2005

      Red Dot Award - Marta Herford
      • 2003

      D& AD - municipality of Amsterdam
      • 1998 / 1999

      ID Magazine - Eternally Yours Book. Honour: best of category

      Other Professional Activities

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      • International committee Creative Industries Fund

        2012 – currently

      • Committee member Fonds BKVB

        2005 – 2008

      • Committee member Mondriaan Stichting, publications and design

        2003 – 2006