The design studio (run by designer Kim van Es) creates and designs a broad variety of graphic work; from prints and pattern design, to signage and corporate identities. The studio also produces interior design, street art, illustrations and mix-media collages. You can find a selection of these designs in our store, or have us design them specifically to meet your needs. We work closely with our clients, creative companies and businesses.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information about how we work or what we make. Are you interested in outsourcing a design project? Looking for one-of-a-kind print? Do you have something special in mind that we can realize for you? Then by all means come and visit us! At Graphic Playground our door is always open for a strong cup of coffee and a good chat.
Kim van Es (19.10.89)
Graphic . Interior Designer
. black and white
. strong coffee
. minimalistic shapes
. my friends and family
. my dog
I am a graphic designer in the broadest sense of the word. I design all kinds of graphic work: prints, patterns, signage and corporate identities, from concept to realization.
I also produce interior design and create illustrations and mix-media collages. In addition to my design studio, I run a design store called Graphic Playground in the Arnhem Modekwartier design district.
There I collect and sell the work of various designers in the fields of graphic design, product design, street art and illustration.
My design style is best characterized as experimental, minimalistic, handcrafted and a little bit naive. In my design process I follow my own set of rules, allowing me to work within the frame of my own creation. Within this framework I push the borders of possibilities; my design becomes more like a game, a process where I use my design skills along with the materials that I have found or that have been handed to me.
This is reflected in the final designs; appealing and unexpected combinations of geometric and minimalistic shapes.
Everything. As long as I get the feeling, I can create something out of it. I like to look at things in unusual ways and to share this view with others. For example, visualizing things in other combinations or changing shapes into geometric forms and lines. I think that inspiration can grow in even the tiniest and most unexpected places.
Since I was a kid I’ve had a really precise idea of what I want to create, I’ve always seen things in many different ways. Next to that I have always dreamt of having a store where I could sell these amazing products. Of course I didn’t expect that I would have my own design studio and a store at such a young age, but I did it!
When I was young I started drawing and creating stuff from nothing, turning it into something. And of course colouring in colouring books, something that still inspires me! After finishing high school, I attended the ArtEZ Academy of the Arts in Arnhem. I graduated there as graphic designer in 2011 and started my own design studio that same year. Three years later, I opened the design store and moved my design studio over to the same location. I’ve found the right combination between the two that I always wanted.
I keep going and I keep learning. My curiosity is something that has taken me far, so I will keep using that.
I design and create, and so I play. That is my game. I consider everything as an experiment and feed my creativity with it.
A strong cup of coffee before I start my day.
I have my sketchbook and a pen with me at all times. This gives me the opportunity to draw or write down whatever I see or want to design. They are my first ideas, put on paper.
I really like the artistic duo Herakut and enjoy looking at their work. The way that they find the right combination of colours, shapes, illustrations and composition in their amazing (street) artwork inspires me. Two design styles coming together in one work in such a beautiful way; a collaboration like theirs is something I dream of. Why didn’t I choose a graphic designer? It’s not that I don’t like the work of other graphic designers, but rather that I prefer to find my inspiration in other design disciplines or in unexpected objects.
The store has changed several times. Not only in terms of look and feel, but also the collection. A pure search for the right products, that fit the concept and fit with the target audience.
After remodeling the store a new collection was introduced, one more suited to the new concept. In my opinion it is the perfect combination of graphic, typographic and street art prints, printed textiles and great interior products.
I am currently producing work for various clients, next to working on my own collection and running the new store concept. All of this falls under the name of ‘Graphic Playground’.
Working on my new collection remains a wonderful and exciting adventure, bringing many opportunities for personal development. Next to that I have a number of big design projects scheduled for the upcoming period, working together with some great creative companies.
That I can continue to make great designs for all kinds of people and companies, as well as putting more time into Graphic Playground’s own collection. I also dream that one day you will find my work and products in other stores and/or museums.
Come and visit! Whether it’s for a great product from the store, to outsource a design project, or just because you are in the neighborhood… Everyone is welcome.