Thomas Widdershoven, Netherlands

AGI member since 2012

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Thomas Widdershoven is co-founder and director of thonik (established in 1993). thonik is the Amsterdam based collective of designers with a speciality in visual communication, graphic identity, interaction- and motion design. thonik offers their clients a visual voice that sets apart and differentiates: providing pole position. thonik has its roots firmly planted in society, willing to actively engage in the dialogue of what is right and what is fair. We seek to change the world. One design at a time.

thonik is thoroughly familiar with the power of design and its capacity to transform, to unify, to communicate, to celebrate, to bring joy and provoke thought. Our work embraces those traits.

Thomas is former creative director of Design Academy Eindhoven, curator and guest professor.

Design work by Thomas Widdershoven


    Thomas Widdershoven, Netherlands (2012)

    Thomas Widdershoven is co-founder and director of thonik (established in 1993). thonik is the Amsterdam based collective of designers with a speciality in visual communication, graphic identity, interaction- and motion design....

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    Thomas Widdershoven, Netherlands (2012)

      Thomas Widdershoven is co-founder and director of thonik (established in 1993). thonik is the Amsterdam based collective of designers with a speciality in visual communication, graphic identity, interaction- and motion design. thonik offers their clients a visual voice that sets apart and differentiates: providing pole position. thonik has its roots firmly planted in society, willing to actively engage in the dialogue of what is right and what is fair. We seek to change the world. One design at a time.

      thonik is thoroughly familiar with the power of design and its capacity to transform, to unify, to communicate, to celebrate, to bring joy and provoke thought. Our work embraces those traits.

      Thomas is former creative director of Design Academy Eindhoven, curator and guest professor.

      Publications

      plus

      De Zingende Zaag, literary design magazine (nr. 12 t/m 25)

      (1991)

      • George Moormann

      De Zingende Zaag

      Galerie Anatomie Petit Journal No.6

      (2010)

      • Hugues Boekraad

      Galerie Anatome

      Thonik A in Paris

      (2010)

      • Hugues Boekraad

      Institut Néerlandais

      Thonik en

      (2009)

      • Noriko Kawakami,
      • Thomas Widdershoven,
      • Nikki Gonnissen

      Centre Oshita

      Power thonik design

      (2008)

      • Hugues Boekraad,
      • Marina De Vries

      Art O Centre

      Thonik, New Dutch Graphic Design #1

      (2001)

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

      Bis Publishers

      Exhibitions

      plus

      Broken White

      2016

      Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

      Touch Base, Design Academy Eindhoven presentation at Salone del Mobile, Milan

      2016

      Salone del Mobile, Milan

      Co-curator with Ilse Crawford

      Thing Nothing

      2015

      Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

      Eat Shit, Design Academy Eindhoven presentation at Salone del Mobile, Milan

      2015

      Salone del Mobile , Milan

      co-curator with Marije Vogelzang

      Sense Nonsense

      2014

      Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

      Self-Unself at Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China

      2014

      Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou

      Self-Unself, Design Academy Eindhoven presentation at Salone del Mobile, Milan

      2014

      Salone del Mobile, Milan

      Self-Unself

      2013

      Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

      Thonik posters for Centraal Museum

      2009

      Centre Pompidou, Paris

      City of Interface

      2013

      Power Station of Art, Shanghai

      Thonik in Paris

      2013

      Centre Pompidou, Paris

      Printed works

      2013

      Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam

      Carpets

      2013

      Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

      Thonik Alphabeths

      2012

      Sera, Kyoto

      Graphic Happiness in China

      2012

      Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing

      Printed works

      2012

      Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong

      Connecting Concepts

      2011

      Museu de Arte , Sao Paolo

      Premsela, Amsterdam

      Traveling group exhibition

      Printed works

      2011

      Museum of Modern Art, New York

      Printed works

      2011

      Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai

      Thonik in Paris

      2010

      Galerie Anatome , Paris

      Institut Neerllandais, Paris

      Solo exhibition and installation

      Woordbeeld

      2010

      Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, Amsterdam

      Thonik en

      2009

      Spiral Art Centre, Tokyo

      Solo exhibition

      Carpet Centraal Museum

      2009

      Museum of the Image, Breda

      Thonik: Made in China by You

      2009

      Graphic Design Museum, Breda

      Power

      2008

      Power Station of Art, Shanghai

      Solo exhibition

      Thonik in Venice

      2008

      International Architecture Biennale, Venice

      Solo exhibition

      Festival International de I'affine et du Graphisme

      2008

      De Chaumont Awards, Chaumont

      Awards exhibition

      Printed works

      2009

      Centraal Museum, Utrecht

      Raad van Cultuur / Printed works

      2004

      San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

      Education

      plus

      Guest tutor in Graphic Design and Communication

      • Postgraduate

      1993 – 2006

      • Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
      • University of the Arts, Utrecht (The Netherlands)
      • Merz Akademie, Stuttgart (Germany)
      • University of the Arts, Arnhem (The Netherlands)
      • Design Academy, Eindhoven (The Netherlands)

      Guest professor

      • Doctorate

      2000 – today

      • Nanjing University of the Arts (China)
      • Berlare Instituut, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

      Lectures

      plus

      Dutch Masters #8 meets Dutch Talent

      (2016)

      • Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

      Dutch Masters

      (2016)

      • Nanjing University of the Arts, China

      about Thonik

      (2012)

      • Spera, Kyoto, Japan

      De invloed van marketing en advertisement op de uitslag van de verkiezingen

      (2012)

      • Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

      on design

      (2011)

      • College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning - University of Cincinnati, United States of America

      Revues Parlees

      (2010)

      • Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

      Political campaigns

      (2009)

      • Koninklijke Academie Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag, The Netherlands

      Visual Communication of the SP

      (2006)

      • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam , The Netherlands

      Double Dutch

      (2004)

      • ICAD and IDI, Dublin, Ireland

      Thonik and the Dutch Mentality

      (2001)

      • Actor, Barcelona, Spain

      Awards

      plus
      • 2016

      Tokyo Type Directors Club - Holland Festival
      • 2012

      European Design Award - VPRO
      • 2007 / 2009

      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

      plus
      • Pauwhof Fonds, member of the board

        2015 – current

      • Dutch Design Foundation, supervisory board

        2014 – current

      • Rijks Studio Award, member of the jury

        2016 – 2017

      • Museumprijs, member of the jury

        2016 – 2017

      • Mondriaan Fonds, pilot committee

        2012 – 2016

      • ADCN Awards, member of the jury

        2009 – 2009