Michiel designs work that is hard to ignore. He keeps on trying out different shapes, colours and techniques. A process which continuos while he is screen printing his designs himself. According to him, every starting designer should have a client for whom you work for free and who in return gives you the freedom to develop your own style. Michiel studied graphic and typographical design for two years at the Koninklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Den Haag before transferring to the Rietveld Academy. He graduated there in 2002. After his study he worked together with Floor Wesseling in a studio called IXOPUSADA. In 2005 he decided to go solo. Which helped him to focus and develop his own style. Which can be described as: "Highly contrasting colourfull typographical eye-benders"
What made you start as a designer?
I blame Lego, grafitti and skateboarding for it.
What do you like about designing posters?
Posters are the ultimate two dimensional challenge. You have to be a communicator and storyteller and you have only one shot. It is the closest to making a drawing.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Mathematic patterns in nature. How sparrows swarm, how the waves in water are created, how light breaks, colourfull birds and fish. Oh and al my collegues of course.
What makes a poster a good poster?
A poster has to surprise you. It has to stop you from your daily bikeride through the city to explore what's it about. The colours are most important. They have to be aggresive and contrasting to each other and their surrounding. Colours can have the same impact as music.
What is your favourite (series of) posters - done by someone else?
-Rene Knips Concertgebouw orchestra series.
-Paulien Cornelisse poster
-Last years Rietveld posters by Johann Kauth and Jonas Wandeler
-Paradiso posters by Martin Kaye, Max Kisman and Kees Maas,
-Harmen Liemburgs portfolio
-Niessen & de Vries portfolio
-Johann Kauth's posters
-A lot of Experimental Jetset's posters
-Pinar and Viola's portfolio
etc etc etc.
See some of Michiel Schuurman's favourite posters here on Posters in Amsterdam
Which designer do you admire and why?
Paul Rand would be a good example of an artist who would have the courage to play with his own creations en plein public while still being an excellent bussiness-man.
What's the most exciting design project you ever worked on?
Everything I design for de Service Garage artspace.
What design project are you currently working on?
Today I'm gonna start with a poster for a show in Chaumont, France.
This poster project is
an initiative by
He works together with Kim Triesscheijn as
NotJustAnotherTeam . Most of the time they
make communication for brands at Selmore
Besides that they do a lot of other creative stuff.
Like Taaltintels their twitter account. But that is
in Dutch. Check their site.