63 minutes w/ dominiek kampman

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Could you introduce yourself?

I am Dominiek Kampman, 22 years old, I live in Arnhem. After de HAVO I immediately started Graphic Design in Arnhem.

How is the whole graduation experience doing it for you?

I like it very much that I was able to make my own planning and therefore I was able to plan the talks whenever I was ready for it. That meant that one week I was experimenting and the other week I was talking about the work I had done the before with the teachers.

Could you tell us something about your research project?

My research started from a fascination for numbers and figures. It might sound a little vague, but I count things, not compulsive though. From this fascination arose a research to classification systems/planning systems/taxonomies. One of those classification systems which particularly fascinates me is the Dewey Decimal System, a system which is used by about 200,000 libraries in over 135 countries. According to the system, all the knowledge can be divided into the numbers 000 and 999. Every numher has it’s own design. Another classification system is the ISBN–number system, in which every book has it’s own registration number. This system consists of 13 figures which are divided into 5 elemnts. You could say that this system is more based on the external of a book. With reference to these two planning systems I have developed a designmethod which can be used to design books/bookcovers.

What were some important influences for the creation of your project the way it’s constructed currently?

The book ‘The Library of Babel’ by Jorge Luis Borges has been very important to me, a lot of seign choices were made based on this book. Also, the article ‘Anti–Encyclopedia: Fom Poetic Disorder to Political Anti–order (and back again) from Metropolis M. And I found a lot of inspiration in the works of Sol Lewitt, George Widener, On Kawara, Hanne Darboven and Channa Horwitz as they all seem to have the seem fascinatin for systematics, but also an obsession for numbers/figures.

Does your research project, to you, feel as like it’s your Mona Lisa of your work so far?

There are always some projects which you are more content about than others, this is certainly one of the porjects which I have had a lot of fun with while doing it and in which I could totally do my own thing. I hope that my Mona Lisa of my work is yet to be made or could be further developed in the future! I don’t feel like I’m already done with this project, so to say, and once you experience making your Mona Lisa, I think that project should be outdone.

Could you tell us something about your thesis?

The title of my thesis is ‘Between Provocation and Engagement’. In three chapters; the scandal artist, the discussion designer and the political activist, I discuss different types of artists and I determine the dividing line between these concepts.

Has your thesis had a certain influence on deciding on the subject of the research assignment?

Not, the projects are not connected at all.

To what sense would you like your project, and it’s methodology, to correspond to your practice after graduation?

I work very systematically (which comes forward in my research project). I want to continue to use rules or methods to come to a certain design. Besides that, I hope to continue to have fun in designing, this is probably my biggest incentive I think.

Where did you do your internship?

Mainstudio in Amsterdam. I liked it very much that you can finally practice what you’ve been taught over the last years. And I feel like ArtEZ has prepared us well for that. Mainstudio works in several design disciplines. For instance, I have worked on an architectural book, a publication for an artist, but also on an identity for a fashion designer. Edwin van Gelder (my attendant) has done a lot of book designs, which he has taught me a lot about.

In what way has the experience of doing an internship changed you of your (design) beliefs or (work)habits?

It taught me to talk more about your designs during the process. At school I was very much focust which caused me to stall sometimes. While talking about it with others you get new ideas or views which is a faster working method. You learn from someone elske and the way someone else looks at your work.

Did they serve avocado during lunch?

Oh yes they did! Yummy!

Could you inform us on your partner, client and type of assignment for the practical assignment?

I got the assignment to design a publication with the content that the IABR gave us. I worked on it together with Rianne Hulshof. We had barely talked to each other before we got to work on this but I think the collaboration went really well actually.

5 years from now, you’ll be doing what?

Hopefully I will have completed a master, and for the rest of that; all the options are open.

Any tips or advice for upcoming graduate or new students?

Have fun, plan well, get some sleep, stand behind your work.