Richard van der Laken and Pepijn Zurburg run the Dutch graphic design studio Designpolitie and organise the What Design Can Do conference in Amsterdam. They tell us how they came together in Designpolitie, about their minimalist design approach, and how a design style can also be limiting. Their roles in the studio have changed over the years, but they still do their best work together.
As design disciplines nowadays merge and cross-over more and more, they felt this was missing in conferences in The Netherlands. So they decided to organize the What Design Can Do conference. We asked them if their personal (political) opinions are important in their work. And they elaborate on the next conference. And no, they don’t wear the suits to the studio everyday. Recorded at Integrated 2011, Antwerp, Belgium.