Ben Bos, Netherlands (1978)
Working as an Ahrend employee 1954-63, Ben Bos started as their copywriter. In 1966 he also became the editor/designer of the staff magazine 'de Gazet'. A few years later he became Ahrend's art director.
Studied at the Amsterdam Graphic College (layout) and at the Rietveld Academy (IVKNO) – evening classes 1956-1961; graduated both times with honours.
Worked at Ahrend publicity dept., 1954-62, as a copywriter, editor and art director. Joined Total Design in 1963 and was active as a creative director 1965-1991, specializing in corporate identity and logo design. Served his most important clients for decades: HVO 1956-1991, Ahrend 1954-2006, Randstad 1967-1996 and Furness 1970-1996.
Started his independent practice in 1993. Is a member of Dutch graphic designers association since 1963, and of AGI since 1978.
Author of numerous articles and many books on ID-design, logos and design history. AGI’s Henry award (2007) for ‘AGI Graphic Design since 1950’ – shared with Elly Bos-Bonsen. World Logotype Award 1998, several international design awards.
Fotografen aan het werk voor Randstad
- Flip Bool,
- Herman Hoeneveld
Randstad Holding, Diemen
A selection of works by several photographers I commissioned to illustrate Randstad publications.
Huisstijl, de kern van de zaak'
A guide to understand and create corporate identies.
'Wie denkt u wel dat ik ben'
Board Dutch Graphic Industries
The title means 'Who do you think I am' and the content is a sequence of stories about special people and organizations.
AGI, Graphic Design since 1950
- Ben Bos,
- Elly Bos-Bonsen
Thames & Hudson, London
The history of AGI and its members from 1950 till 2006, projected in the context of the world's history. Several essays give an insight into design specialisms. This book is also published in Japanese and Italian. The essays are publishes in Korean. Design: Wout de Vringer and Ben Faydherbe, Den Haag, AGI. The designer of the cover of the Italian version is unknown.
Unit Editions, London
The history of the first decade of Total Design, Amsterdam, pioneering as the first continetal design group.
80 20 100
Nijhof & Lee, Amsterdam
Celebrating Wim Crouwel's 80th anniversary and the 20 years of Nijhof & Lee book sellers, this publication brings a sort overview of Crouwel's design career. Design: David Quay
ZOO Producties, Eindhoven
In celebration of Ben's 80th birthday. 12 Short stories about the relationship between client and designer. Also in Dutch. Design: Koos Staal, Haren. Art Direction and Production: Elly Bos Bonsen
Ben Bos: Design of a Lifetime
Museum De Beyerd, Breda
Overview of 50 years design practice.
- GK Design, Tokyo, Japan
- Biennale Graphic Design, Brno, CSSR
Design for postal organizations
- Design for postal organizations, Warsaw, Poland
- AIGA, New York, USA
AGI, Graphic Design since 1950
- Integrated seminar, Anwerp, Belgium
- AGI Congress, Istanbul, Turkey
Experiences of 30 years of AGI membership
- AGI Open, London, UK
Graphic Design in the European Union
- Helsinki, Finland
- Offset, Dublin, Ireland
The importance of seeing
- Konstkack design school, Stockholm, Sweden
- Dekalb Illinois University, USA
1970 and 1986