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Ed Annink

Den Haag, Netherlands

Designer (Art Direction)

Member since April 12, 2008

  • Kitchen tools by Dick van Hoff

    Environment, Environmental Design


    Utrecht Manifest, biannual for Social Design published several articles on design and sustainability. We have selected some products and questioned ourselves about what the sustainable factor is.

    One of the most important factors that ought to be taken into account is extraneous to the product: the consumer’s habituation to specific types of products. Take, for example, our addiction to electrical equipment. Since the invention of the electric vacuum cleaner and the electric lemon squeezer, a massive industry has developed with the aim of avoiding as much manual labour as possible in home and kitchen. This has spawned a never-ending stream of products for our comfort and convenience, but these appliances have undesirable side-effects even without their guzzling of energy. In his introduction to the 1981 book, Design ist Unsichtbar (Design is invisible), design historian Lucius Burckhardt tackles böse Objekte – ‘malign objects’ – and uses the example of the electric onion-cutter, which is intended to cut onions swiftly without the user enduring malodorous hands. However, in order to clean the machine it has to be dismantled, thus losing any time gained and leaving the user with smelly fingers all the same. The usual solution devised by designers, who think in terms of objects instead of problems: an onion-cutter cleaning machine. Ad infinitum. Burckhardt was saying that designers should devote more attention to cohesive systems than to autonomous objects that completely ignor...

  • Living and Working together

    Community, Environmental Design


    'Living and Working together' was an exhibition from November 25th 2007 to January 11th. It was organised within the context of Utrecht Manifest, a design biannual for Social Design. Some of the products or ideas can now be seen until May the 12th in the exhibition 'Design and the elastic mind' in the MOMA New York

    Living and Working together showed about twenty inspirational graduation projects from international design courses. A growing social awareness is a characteristic of many young designers. The exhibition presented fresh concepts and products for the international society of the future, sometimes bluntly simplistic and sometimes highly detailed.

    The participating schools were: Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, England Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands Escola Superior de Artes e Design, Portugal Fabrica, Italy Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy George Brown College, Institute without Boundaries, Canada Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU), the Netherlands Izmir University of Economics, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Turkey Royal College of Art, England Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Germany

  • Lovely Language, words divide images unite

    Communication, Communication Design


    Urtrecht Manifest is a biannual focussing on social design. In 2005 was the first edition. In 2007 I was asked to make the program for edition 2007. Within an international context and a small concept driven energetic group of individuals we where able to realise an interesting chain of exhibitions, workshops, documentary screenings and discussions. A one day theory program with lectures of among others Enzo Mari, Braungart, Fiona Raby was sold out.

    The main exhibition Lovely Language in the Centraal Museum Utrecht was vsiited by almost 30.000 visitors. In the 1920s, the Austrian sociologist Otto Neurath (1882–1945) developed an international visual language, for which the German-Dutch graphic artist Gerd Arntz (1900–1988) designed more than 4,000 pictograms. Neurath’s motto – ‘words divide, images unite’ – is the point of departure for the Lovely Language exhibition. Many of the duo’s designs were the forebears of pictograms we now encounter everywhere, such as the man and woman on toilet doors. How tenable is the ‘ISOTYPE’ (International System of Typographic Picture Education) by Neurath and Arntz in the 21st century? Lovely Language presents Neurath and Arntz’s visual language and the way it was employed as the basis for the development of an international visual language. Also on show is recent and inspiring work at the frontiers of word and image by Mieke Gerritzen, Koert van Mensvoort, the British-Finnish artist Charles Sandison and others.


Diversity, curiosity and preciseness

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design