Niels Schrader (left) and Bert Kommerij (right) introducing the concept of iYou™ in De Balie, Amsterdam. – Photo by Edwin Deen

Niels Schrader

Niels Schrader is a concept-driven information designer with a fascination for numbers and data. He is founder of the Amsterdam-based design studio Mind Design, member of the AGI – Alliance Graphique Internationale and member of the advisory panel for the Creative Industries Fund. Schrader graduated in communication design at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf and further completed his academic studies in the master programme Design at the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam. Next to his design practice he has been lecturing at the Delft University of Technology, ArtEZ – Academy of Art & Design in Arnhem and Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam. Since 2013 he is together with Roosje Klap head of the Graphic Design department at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

Before setting up his own studio in Amsterdam in 2005, Schrader had worked as a freelance designer for Uwe Loesch and Irma Boom. His portfolio of clients includes i.a. MOTI – Museum of the Image, Museum De Paviljoens, Bureau Europa, Goethe-Institut Niederlande, Mondriaan Foundation, Royal Academy of Visual Arts (Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten), DasArts – Master of Theatre, Berlage Institute, VU University Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology, KCAP Architects & Planners, PostNL, Jap Sam Books, Maven Publishing, Onomatopee, nai010 Publishers and Slewe Gallery in Amsterdam.

In his work, Schrader plays the role of both a mediator and a designer. He considers communication to be an interactive process that requires participation through questioning. Schrader’s projects frequently challenge the audience to experience the very means of communication by providing insights into the complex methods of information exchange.

Past interns and fellows of Mind Design include: Gilles de Brock, Amir Houieh, Edgar Savisaar, Pascal Schilp, Miriam Thijssen, Fernando van der Vlist and Roger van der Zwan. Thank you guys for a great time!

TextCompass on display at AKI Academy of Art & Design, Enschede.

Presentations and workshops

18 September 2017, Borders – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
AGI Open, Paris

20 July 2017
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

24 June 2017, Post-truth fiction #1 Conference
ArtEZ, Arnhem

7 March 2017, Processing Workshop
Institute of Design, Lahti

11 November 2016, Open Data for Education Hackathon
Scholengemeenschap UniC, Utrecht

4 November 2016, How to Measure Data Relevance
Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam

26 October 2016, Creative Paper Conference
Alte Kongresshalle, Munich

26 May 2016, Political Patterns
Academy of Media Arts Cologne

12 May 2016, How we made…
Museum Meermanno, The Hague

7 March 2016, Scarcity
Central Saint Martins, London

7 January 2016, Between Animals or Beyond Being Human
Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem

5 December 2015, Pop Up! Sarajevo
Kriterion Cinema, Sarajevo

25 June 2015, 33pt Next Page
Köln International School of Design, Cologne

21 May 2015
Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem

15 May 2015, De digitale stad
Shine Festival, ’s-Hertogenbosch

19 January 2015, Against the Template Culture in Design
University of Applied Arts, Vienna

4 December 2014, Inloop + speciale gast
De Monsterkamer, Amsterdam

21 November 2014, Dag van de Theorie
Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague

4 September 2014, Grip op publieke projecten
Delft University

18 June 2014, The Speculative Manifesto, International Biennial of Graphic Design
Moravian Gallery, Brno

4 May 2014, Super Book Sunday
Onomatopee, Eindhoven

18 April 2014, Grafist 18
Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Istanbul

6 March 2014, Digital natives and digital immigrants
HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht

27 January 2014, Big, Open & Beautiful #4 – We love data
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

9 December 2013
Merz Akademie, Stuttgart

 

15 March 2013, Interpassivity as the mediating pretext in the networked society
Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague

15 November 2012, Unravel the Web, Studium Generale
Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague

4 October 2012
Xiamen University Art College

12 September 2012, Nieuwe manieren van publiceren over kunst en cultuur
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

30 May 2012, Beamlab-Special: Nederland van Boven
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

27 March 2012
Carnegie Mellon University (School of Design), Pittsburgh

10 March 2012, Gerrit Noordzij Seminar
Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague

26 November 2011, What You Can Learn From Hidden Mobile Phone Data
Quantified Self Conference, Amsterdam

16 November 2011, Emzin seminar on visual communication
City Museum of Ljubljana

6 October 2011, What. How. Why.
AGI Congress, Barcelona

24 September 2011, Developing Digital Content
London Art Book Fair, White Chapel Gallery

1 September 2011, Items Live – Wim Crouwel
Temporary Stedelijk, Amsterdam

4 July 2011, Zukunft der Schrift
University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf

21 April 2011, AGI ‘Home & Abroad’
Temporary Stedelijk, Amsterdam

14 April 2011, Data-driven Exploration of Dynamical Networks
IMéRA, Marseille

7 April 2011, Zefir7 / Optical Interventions
Theater Zeebelt, The Hague

31 March 2011, Data als ‘beautiful evidence’
Waag Society, Amsterdam

12 March 2011, Pixelache — Festival of Electronic Art
Camp Pixelache, Helsinki

11 Juni 2010
Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Hamburg

12 May 2010, Follow the Money
De Balie, Amsterdam

21 November 2009, Mit Design über Design forschen
University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf

6 May 2009, Print / Pixel
Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam

23 April 2009
Burg Giebichenstein – University of Art and Design, Halle

13 October 2008
Dutch Art Institute, Enschede

30 August 2006, Beeld & Geluid
Museum De Paviljoens, Almere

 

29 January 2004, Stifo@Sandberg
Rotterdamse Schouwburg

Lecture at Monsterkamer, Amsterdam. – Photo by Justina Nekrašaitė Audience deeply immersed into the Mondriaan report. – Photo by Justina Nekrašaitė

Selected exhibitions and screenings

17 – 18 May 2017, A Grin Without a Cat – Annual National Deleuze Conference
AKI Academy of Art & Design, Enschede

23 April – 15 May 2017, China TDC
Nanshan Museum, Shenzhen

16 December 2015, Die Großmarkthalle von Martin Elsaesser
European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main

3 October 2015 – 13 March 2016, Planet Hype
Museum of the Image, Breda

17 June – 3 July 2014, Sarajevo100
Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo

14 April – 18 May 2014, Grafist 18
Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Istanbul

28 September 2013 – 1 June 2014, MOTI Hotel
Museum of the Image, Breda

29 April – 2 September 2012, Rollercoaster
Museum of the Image, Breda

12 – 13 March 2011, Pixelache 2011
Festival of Electronic Art and Subcultures, Helsinki

15 January – 29 May 2011, Connecting the Past and the Future
Graphic Design Museum, Breda

15 January – 29 May 2009, 1st Graphic Design Biennale Germany China
Deutsch-Chinesischer Kulturaustausch, Düsseldorf

27 June 2009 – 31 January 2010, Dutch Design Database
Graphic Design Museum, Breda

3 – 4 April 2008, The Next Web Conference
Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

7 November 2007, The Int’l Fest of Cinema and Technology
Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles

23 September 2007, Milano Film Festival
Festival dal mondo, Milan

12 May – 22 October 2007, Twee en twintig duizend vijf honderd: De Collectie Almere
Museum De Paviljoens, Almere

23 June 2006, The Biggest Visual Power Show
Zeche Zollverein, Essen

22 October 2006, backup_festival
Bauhaus-University, Weimar

6 – 8 October 2006, Amsterdam Film eXperience
Het Ketelhuis, Amsterdam

1 April – 22 October 2006, The Urban Condition
Museum De Paviljoens, Almere

Exhibition at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Turkey. Exhibition detail.

Selected bibliography

2017: ‘Exploring growth patterns’ in Novum issue July 2017 (Munich: Stiebner Verlag); ‘The Netherlands 2016 Year of the Book Sheetlet’, in: Philateli-Graphics, issue April 2017 (Sunnyvale, California: Graphics Philately Association); Niels Schrader over papier (Amsterdam: Monsterkamer); ‘Typographic storytelling’ in Novum issue April 2017 (Munich: Stiebner Verlag)

2016: Budget Dreams (The Hague: Royal Academy of Arts); ‘Digihypes en internetexhibitionisme’, in: Dude, issue winter 2015 / 2016 (Amsterdam: Beroepsorganisatie Nederlandse Ontwerpers); Even bellen met…, in: nrc.next, issue 289 (Amsterdam: NRC Media); ‘Fluid borders’ in Novum issue October 2016 (Munich: Stiebner Verlag); Grote Nederlandse Kunstkalender 2017 (Trichis Publishing: Rotterdam); ‘Information Ecology’, in: Slow Reader (Amsterdam: Valiz); International Yearbook Communication Design 2016 / 2017 (Essen: Red Dot Edition); Nederland in ideeën (Amsterdam: Dutch Design Daily); Op Zaal, in: Museumvisie, issue March 2016 (Amsterdam: Frame Publishers); Roosje Klap & Niels Schrader (Utrecht: Fontanel); Year of the Book honoured with book landscape on postage stamps (The Hague: National Library of the Netherlands)

2015: boom + (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij de Buitenkant); Die Motivation ist, etwas Bedeutungsvolles zu tun (Potsdam: Fachhochschule Potsdam); First Choice: Fourth Edition (Victoria: Images Publishing Group); In Graphics, Volume 8 (Berlin: Golden Section Graphics); International Yearbook Communication Design 2015 / 2016 (Essen: Red Dot Edition); New visual identity Robstolk (Amsterdam: Dutch Design Daily); ‘Open!’, in: Form, issue July / August 2015 (Frankfurt am Main: Verlag Form); ‘Sensatie! En hup, naar een nieuwe hype’, in: Trouw, issue 21752 (Amsterdam: De Persgroep Nederland); Tokyo TDC, Volume 25 (Tokyo: Azur Corporation)

2014: The Best Dutch Book Designs 2013 (Amsterdam: Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken); Grafist 18 – 18th Istanbul Graphic Design Week (Istanbul: Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts)

2014 (continues): Grote Amsterdamse Kunstkalender 2014 (Trichis Publishing: Rotterdam); International Yearbook Communication Design 2014 / 2015 (Essen: Red Dot Edition); Roosje Klap & Niels Schrader (Brno: International Biennial of Graphic Design); Supernew Supergraphics (London: Unit Editions); What’s Inside the Koffer? (The Hague: Royal Academy of Arts)

2013: Solidarity or Solo – A Collection of Alternative Atlases of the European Union (Amsterdam: Open! Platform for Art, Culture and the Public Domain); Alumni Design – Aus Lehre und Forschung (Düsseldorf: Fachhochschule Düsseldorf); Attention Radar: How Political Trends Develop over Time (Leuven: Information Aesthetics Weblog); The Best Dutch Book Designs 2012 (Amsterdam: Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken); ‘Browsen statt lesen’, in: PAGE, issue January 2013 (Ulm: Ebner Verlag); Dieter Fuder – Der Funke der Semantik (Bramsche: Rasch-Verlag); Hyperbody – First Decade of Interactive Architecture (Amsterdam: Monsterkamer); ‘Graphic Design’, in: This is the school and the school is many things (The Hague: Royal Academy of Art); This is what we are / Is this what we are? (The Hague: Royal Academy of Art)

2012: ‘Flugbewegungen’, in: PAGE, issue August 2012 (Ulm: Ebner Verlag); International Yearbook Communication Design 2011 / 2012 (Essen: Red Dot Edition); One by One (Berlin: Hesign Publishing); ‘One is a fact, two is a story’, in: PAGE, issue February 2012 (Ulm: Ebner Verlag); Out of Ink (Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures)

2011: AGI – Alliance Graphique Internationale: German Members 1954 – 2011 (Berlin: Hesign Publishing); ‘The Stutter in Reading (Call for a New Quality of Reading)’, in: I Read Where I Am (Amsterdam: Valiz); International Yearbook Communication Design 2010 / 2011 (Essen: Red Dot Edition); iYou: Revealing the iPhone’s Hidden Usage Data Logs (Leuven: Information Aesthetics Weblog); ‘TextCompass’, Landfall – Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen (Heijningen: Jap Sam Books)

 

2011 (continues): ‘Je eigen zwarte doos’, in: Vrij Nederland (Amsterdam: Weekbladpers Tijdschriften)

2010: ‘Heartbeat Iran’, in: Items issue #3 (Amsterdam: Stichting Design Items); ‘Mind Design – Dutch Design Database’, in: Dutch Design Yearbook 2010 (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers); I Don’t Know Where I’m Going But I Want to Be There (Amsterdam: BIS Publishers); I Love Futura (Hong Kong: Viction:ary); Graphis 100 Best Annual Reports (New York: Graphis); Graphis Poster Annual 2010 (New York: Graphis); International Yearbook Communication Design 2009 / 2010 (Essen: Red Dot Edition); ‘Heartbeat Iran’ in Novum issue November 2010 (Munich: Stiebner Verlag); ‘Fusion of skills’, in: PAGE, issue November 2010 (Ulm: Ebner Verlag); ‘Iran neu lesen’, in: PAGE, issue April 2010 (Ulm: Ebner Verlag); ‘Mediale Aggregatzustände’, in: PAGE, issue January 2010 (Ulm: Ebner Verlag); ‘Data voor data’, in: Vrij Nederland, issue #24, (Amsterdam: Weekbladpers Tijdschriften)

2009: ‘Dutch Design Database by Niels Schrader and Erik Boldt’, in: Frame, issue November / December 2009 (Amsterdam: Frame Publishers); Tokyo TDC, Volume 20 (Tokyo: Azur Corporation)

2008: Chaumont International Poster and Graphic Design Festival (Paris: Pyramyd Éditions); ‘Niels Schrader by Aaf van Essen’, in: Masters of Rietveld (Amsterdam: All Media Foundation); Typography 29 (New York: HarperCollins Publishers)

2007: ‘<Anarchiv/>’, in: Na(ar) het theater – After theatre? (Amsterdam: Amsterdam School of the Arts); Annual Multimedia (Berlin: Walhalla Fachverlag)

2006: Graphis Poster Annual 2006 (New York: Graphis); Typography 27 (New York: HarperCollins Publishers)

2004: Hinterm Mond (Düsseldorf: University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf); iF yearbook communication 2004 (Basel: Birkhäuser); ‘Ästhetische Ader’, in: PAGE, issue October 2004 (Munich: Redted Publishing); Uwe Loesch & Students (Beijing: China Youth Press)

Workshop with Tanja Keilen at Museum De Paviljoens, Almere in August 2006.