Zak Group is a London-based office with an international reputation for creating design and art direction for cultural and commercial institutions who value the power of design. Through our work with arts organisations, museums, businesses and leaders from various fields, Zak Group has emerged as one of the most progressive studios practicing today. Recent commissions include the art direction of the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, ongoing collaboration with the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, book design for Sternberg Press and the art direction of the museum Fridericianum

 

Directed by Zak Kyes and Grégory Ambos, the office was formed in 2005 as a collaborative practice to explore the possibilities for design in the production of culture. We work internationally and locally with individuals and institutions on projects varying in scale and complexity. The scope of our work often includes a consultancy to establish intelligent forms of design that range from art direction, visual identity and signage to website and exhibition design.

 

Zak Group is increasingly sought out by museum directors, curators, architects and artists as a committed collaborative partner. Our approach is invested in a deep understanding of our client, the objectives behind a commission and clear dialogue, which often results in long-term relationships. Clients and partners value our work for its contribution towards the design-thinking behind a project, and our ideas have played a role in more broadly defining a strategic vision.

 

The studio’s work has been awarded the German Design Award, Red Dot Award, prizes for the Most Beautiful Swiss Books and the INFORM Award for Conceptual Design.

Office Timeline

Active since 2005, Zak Group has been fortunate to receive a number of commissions, awards, publications, exhibitions, teaching positions and lecture invitations. These recognitions can be seen alongside other studio activites and milestones on our office timeline, available for download below. Highlights include the Inform Award for Conceptual Design, the New Visual Arts Award, the Most Beautiful Swiss Books Prize, and positions at Architectural Association and Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL).

Areas of Activity

Art Direction

Visual Identity

Book Design

Exhibition Design

Web Design

Print

eBook Design

App Design

Signage

Wayfinding

Zak Kyes, Partner

Zak Kyes is a London-based graphic designer and art director. He founded Zak Group in 2005, and since 2006 has been the Art Director of the Architectural Association (AA), London, where, in 2008, he cofounded the publishing imprint Bedford Press. In 2010, he received the Inform Award for Conceptual Design from the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, initiating the traveling exhibition Zak Kyes Working With… (2011–13).

 

Through collaborations, curatorial projects and publications, Kyes has developed a unique practice that expands collaborative form from a pragmatic structure of working together to the joint development of content.

 

His design projects include the art direction of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (with Juan A. Gaitán), art direction of the Taipei Biennial at Taipei Museum of Fine Arts (with Anselm Franke); the graphic identity of Barkow Leibinger, Berlin; the Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon, London (with Hans Ulrich Obrist, 2008); and the Sternberg Press Solution series (with Ingo Niermann, since 2008).

 

He has curated the touring exhibition Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design (2007–09) and The Information Economy as part of the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, New York (2010). He has edited publications including Iaspis Forum on Design and Critical Practice: The Reader (Sternberg Press, 2009), Exhibition Prosthetics (Bedford Press, 2010) and Space Is the Time You Need to Go to Someone Else (CCA, 2012).

 

Kyes has lectured and participated in numerous international conferences on design related subjects and has taught at various universities including the Architectural Association School of Architecture (2007–11) and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) where he has been a Visiting Professor. Kyes is frequent jury member in design competitions worldwide.

 

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Grégory Ambos, Partner

Grégory Ambos is a French graphic designer based in London. He became a partner at Zak Group in 2012. His work focuses on publication design, exhibition design and visual identities for cultural institutions.

 

Design projects include the book FORENSIS: The Architecture of Public Truth with the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London; the Phaidon reference book Aalto, shortlisted for the British Book Design and Production Award; Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon, awarded the prize for the Most Beautiful Swiss Books; Cybermohalla Hub, an exhibition and publication presented at the Louisiana Museum; and the exhibition design of No Soul for Sale?—?A Festival of Independents, presented on the occasion of Tate Modern’s 10th anniversary curated by Cecilia Alemani, Massimiliano Gioni and artist Maurizio Cattelan.

 

Through projects such as Are You Ready For TV? at MACBA, Barcelona and the Lisbon Architectural Triennale, he has begun applied research on the relationship of exhibition design
and publishing.

 

In 2011, he was an invited Art Director at Colors Magazine, a quarterly cultural magazine based at Fabrica in Treviso, Italy.

Jobs

We are not currently hiring but we are always keen to have potential collaborators in mind. To submit your work, send a CV and portfolio of work as separate PDFs to work@zakgroup.co.uk. We appreciate your submission and will keep your materials on file for up to three months. Please watch our website and social media pages for any updates regarding vacancies.

Internships

Three month internships are available at Zak Group for students and recent graduates in the field of graphic design. All internships are paid, either at UK national minimum wage or through an independent scholarship obtained by the intern. If no independent scholarship or funding is obtained, the applicant must be EU work eligible. Placements are full-time for twelve weeks, with a probationary period in the initial four weeks. Internships are available during the following periods: January – March, April – June, July – September and October – December.

 

To apply please submit a covering letter, CV, portfolio of work in PDF format to work@zakgroup.co.uk and indicate the period you are applying for, any funding you have received for an internship, and your eligibility to work in the EU. Please name files with your name (i.e. “Jane_Doe_intern.pdf”). We are unable to return original work.

LONDON — We have been commissioned as the designers for a new publication series by Barbican and Ridinghouse that focuses on The Curve, a contemporary art exhibition space at the heart of the Barbican Centre. The series’ design has been developed with collectibility in mind, demonstrated through bold typography and thoughtful consideration of format and materials. The inaugural edition accompanies Slow Movement, an exhibition by Roman Signer now on view through 31 May 2015.

 

Order Roman Signer: Slow Movement at Group Object
Visit Roman Signer: Slow Movement at the Barbican


BORDEAUX — We’ve began working with the CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux on a new identity under the directorship of María Inés Rodríguez, who joined the museum in 2014. Founded in 1973 by Jean-Louis Froment, CAPC has since established itself as a landmark in the French and international art scene and is housed in the Entrepôt Lainé, a 19th-century warehouse. Now under development, our new identity aims to channel the museum’s history while reinventing its visual language following CAPC’s 40th anniversary.

 

Visit the CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux website


FRANKFURT AM MAIN — Our art direction of the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art has won the prestigious German Design Award. The German Design Award is the international prize from the German Design Council awarded to high-quality projects for their pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape. The goal of the German Design Award is to discover, present and award prizes for exceptional design trends. Our work on the 8th Berlin Biennale received a Gold award for Campaign and Advertising in Excellent Communications Design, a special title awarded only once in each category.

 

Read more about our art direction of the 8th Berlin Biennale

See the 8th Berlin Biennale on the German Design Award website


OSLO — We have designed the identity and accompanying print and promotional materials for the exhibition Europe, Europe at the Astrup Fearnley Museet. The design refers to the multiplicity of identities that exist within Europe. Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thomas Boutoux and Gunnar B. Kvaran, the exhibition brings together over 30 young artists from eight European cities: Berlin, Brussels, Paris, London, Zurich, Prague, Lisbon and Oslo.

 

Read more on the Astrup Fearnley website


ESSEN — Our art direction of the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art has won the prestigious 2014 Red Dot Award in Communication Design. An international jury selected the project out of 7,096 projects in the category. The Red Dot Design Award began in 1954 and is now one of the world's largest design competitions recognising achievements in Communication Design.

 

Read more about our art direction of the 8th Berlin Biennale

See the 8th Berlin Biennale on the Red Dot Award website


 

Zak Group

19 Britton Street, Third Floor

London EC1M 5NZ

United Kingdom

 

Email info@zakgroup.co.uk

Telephone +44 20 7253 3870

 

General inquiries:

Karly Wildenhaus, Studio Manager

karly@zakgroup.co.uk

 

Press inquiries:

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Employment:

work@zakgroup.co.uk

 

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Credits

Programming: Studio Scasascia

Photography: Brotherton—Lock

 

Zak Studio Ltd. is a company registered in England and Wales.

Company No. 07788097. Zak Group is a trading division of Zak Studio Ltd.

Registered office: 51 Clarkegrove Road, Sheffield, S10 2NH

VAT Reg. Number: GB 939363880

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