In preparation for writing this piece, I’ve discovered that it can be a challenge to see their much-admired oeuvre online — although their creative output has been prolific. For those who want to delve into the world of Mevis & van Deursen further, their self-edited design monograph Recollected Work: Mevis & van Deursen (Artimo: 2005) is a good place to start. While the book represents merely a fraction of their work, it’s been a staple in our library and at 18 years old, still plays a significant role in our creative thought processes today.
The duo didn’t opt for a traditional format, but instead took a playful, collage approach to layout and presentation. The result is a reimagining of their work and new ways of engaging a reader — making them work a little harder through its style. “The idea,” they write, “is the most important thing.”
Another great reference is a 2009 presentation from the Walker Art Centre which explores more of their work and how they cultivate the ideas for their projects. You can watch it at the video below!
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