Rik Bas Backer, France

AGI member since 2010

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Born in Amsterdam in 1967, Rik Bas Backer studied in the Netherlands at the Art Academy of Arnhem. In 1989 Bas Backer completed his internship at Grapus (under Pierre Bernard). After starting his own practice in Paris as a freelancer, Rik meets José Albergaria and founds together with him Change is good in 2003.

Bas Backer developed the graphic identity of fashion brand A.P.C. creating a strong mix of minimalism and experimentation. Together with José Albergaria he re-created the playful graphic identity of Belgian beer brand Vedett.

Avoiding any particular style every new project is approached in it’s proper way, exploring visuel expression and graphic identity. Presently Bas Backer is designing books, identity projects, way finding systems, posters, record covers, websites, giving lectures and organising workshops. Clients include Cahiers du Cinéma, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Magnum photo, Phaidon, Centre Pompidou, Cartier, Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil, Picasso museum Malaga, Palais de Tokyo.

Bas Backer has teached at la Faculté d’arts of the University of Amiens and at the Amiens Art School and is frequently invited as jury member and lecturer around the globe.

Design work by Rik Bas Backer


    Rik Bas Backer, France (2010)

    Born in Amsterdam in 1967, Rik Bas Backer studied in the Netherlands at the Art Academy of Arnhem. In 1989 Bas Backer completed his internship at Grapus (under Pierre Bernard). After starting...

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    Rik Bas Backer, France (2010)

      Born in Amsterdam in 1967, Rik Bas Backer studied in the Netherlands at the Art Academy of Arnhem. In 1989 Bas Backer completed his internship at Grapus (under Pierre Bernard). After starting his own practice in Paris as a freelancer, Rik meets José Albergaria and founds together with him Change is good in 2003.

      Bas Backer developed the graphic identity of fashion brand A.P.C. creating a strong mix of minimalism and experimentation. Together with José Albergaria he re-created the playful graphic identity of Belgian beer brand Vedett.

      Avoiding any particular style every new project is approached in it’s proper way, exploring visuel expression and graphic identity. Presently Bas Backer is designing books, identity projects, way finding systems, posters, record covers, websites, giving lectures and organising workshops. Clients include Cahiers du Cinéma, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Magnum photo, Phaidon, Centre Pompidou, Cartier, Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil, Picasso museum Malaga, Palais de Tokyo.

      Bas Backer has teached at la Faculté d’arts of the University of Amiens and at the Amiens Art School and is frequently invited as jury member and lecturer around the globe.

      Education

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      teacher in graphic design

      • Undergraduate

      2010 – 2014

      • ESAD, École supérieure d'art et de design, Amiens (France)

      Agencies

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      Awards

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      • 2009

      Les plus beaux livres français
      • 2013

      Silver at 6th Biennial Poster Festival, Hangzhou, Chnia

      Other Professional Activities

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      • disk jockey

        2006 – present