The first in our series of featured designers is Daan Rietbergen. Previously of Rotterdam based Studio Dumbar, Rietbergen has crossed the paths of football and graphic design on a number of occasions. Back in 2015 when working for studio Dumbar, Rietbergen was part of an amazing collective that created work for a project called ‘Commentary. The project was set up by Manchester School of Art, National Football Museum and Spiel Magazine. It was research project about the relationship between football and design. Rietbergen designed a large football flag by starting off with fabric, scissors, paint and ended up with a clear message.
In more recent years Daan has created poster designs inspired by his beloved Ajax. The graphically strong posters depict an up and coming fixture that the club is set to play in. The geometric shapes present in the designs take influence from the clubs said fixture. These exquisite poster designs were undoubtably influenced by the designers time at studio dumber whilst working on their brilliant poster series collaboration with the Amsterdam sinfonietta.
Founded in 1988 the Amsterdam sinfonietta has an international reputation with a rich and varied repertoire. Dumbar created a new identity for the music ensemble in 2018 and additionally its predecessor so the collaboration between the two organisations has spanned over a decade. The most exciting part of the collaboration is this ever evolving poster series which Daan took part in last year.
Although not football related these brilliant poster designs created by the dutchman deserve a mention due to their electric, bold typographic approach that we feel anyone could appreciate. To see more great work from Daan, follow his instagram @Daan_Rietbergen. Additionally, to keep up with the amazing work his previous employers produce at Studio Dumbar give them a follow also @studiodumbar.