Dutch Design Awards honours the best Dutch design of the preceding year. We do this in eight categories, each with its own professional jury. Who is in the jury and who is going to judge your work? And who is their representative in the main jury? In the coming weeks, we will announce the faces behind each category. We would like to introduce to you the experts for Young Designer!
Evelien Reich is the editor-in-chief of ELLE Decoration in The Netherlands, a job she describes as the best in the world, as it combines her passion for design and interior with her experience in the field of publishing. Her current position follows a 20-year long career in which she worked both a stylist with a penchant for innovative editorial features and an editor writing about design.
Aynouk Tan is a (fashion) journalist, curator, lecturer and activist specialised in the relationship between appearance and identity politics. By observing appearance from an anthropological point of view she aims to deconstruct colonial, neoliberal and heteronormative narratives. In other words: queering identity. Her clients include Radio 1, Tropenmuseum, Mama Cash Foundation, Stedelijk Museum, the Cobra Museum and Linda TV. Aynouk is also an advisor at the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and chair of the board at the political party Amsterdam BIJ1.
Jeroen Junte (1967) is a freelance journalist, curator and researcher in design and architecture. He is chief editor of the online and offline platform Designdigger.nl and works for de Volkskrant and Bouwwereld. He curated several exhibitions, including Slow Tech, about the fusion of craft and high-tech production with 3D printers and robots. His most recent exhibition was Luxe? in design museum Cube, in which new forms of luxury are explored, such as privacy, time and nature. He has also taught at institutions such as the Rietveld Academy, the Sandberg Institute and Design Academy Eindhoven.
Tamar Shafrir is a writer, lecturer, and teacher in the extended field of design (including architecture, visual culture, technology, fashion, and music). Her research applies to a broad spectrum of topics, from cave paintings and object taxonomies to Missy Elliott videos and machine learning. As a teacher she is a thesis advisor at Gerrit Rietveld Academie and a mentor at Design Academy Eindhoven. Outside of the Netherlands, she works as a theory lecturer at London College of Communication. Tamar received her BSc in architecture at the University of Virginia and a MA in contextual design at Design Academy Eindhoven.
Thomas Clever is co-founder of CLEVER°FRANKE, a leading data design and technology consultancy based in Utrecht (NL) and Chicago (US). After graduating in Graphic Design (BA) and Data Visualisation (MA) at Utrecht School of the Arts, he founded CLEVER°FRANKE together with Gert Franke. As creative and strategic director, Thomas leads projects for clients Google, Warner Music Group, Cisco Systems, Wired, and Globalance Bank.
As a cultural entrepreneur and as initiator of several international art and design fairs (COLLECTIBLE, POPPOSITIONS, A Performance Affair), Liv Vaisberg combines her expertise. In 2017, she founded her own consultancy; Liv Vaisberg – Office for Art & Design. She has, since then, been advising various clients on their art and design strategies and network enhancement, including Art Rotterdam and UNSEEN.