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About the Speaker


Erik Kessels (KesselsKramer)

Erik is co-founder and Creative Director of communications agency KesselsKramer. The company believes in finding new ways for brands to tell stories using whatever media is most relevant to their message. Through KesselsKramer Publishing, Erik has designed, edited and published several books of vernacular photography – including the in almost every picture series, The Instant Menand Wonder.

Since 2000, he has been an editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography. KesselsKramer’s award-winning documentary, The Other Final, shows a football game between the world’s two lowest-ranked teams played on the same day as the 2002 World Cup Final. KesselsKramer worked and is working for national and international clients such as Diesel, Absolut Vodka, J&B Whisky, Vitra, Ben and The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, for which it recently finished the book The Worst Hotel in the World.

KK’s collected works can be found in 2 kilo of KesselsKramer and now in a new kilo of KesselsKramer. In 2008, KesselsKramer set up a London office, KK Outlet. Like its parent company, this combined shop, gallery and communications agency prides itself on a very diverse output. Its work includes international clients like Bushmills Whiskey as well as exhibitions by prestigious artists.

Which new ways can brands take to communicate and to be communicated about? Erik knows.

Supported, in part, by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

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Strong ideas allow you to blur

TYPO San Francisco 2013, April 12, 2013, 1:00 pm (Lam Research Theater)

There’s nothing stereotypical about Kessels or the work of his Amsterdam/London-based ad agency KesselsKramer. Rising above the level of consumerist background noise, its witty and irreverent work has been described as ‘anti-advertising’.

Erik will be sharing his experience and insight, as well as personal views and ‘stories’ on his amazing body of work. Being a true renaissance man, Erik will share a mix of the work from KesselsKramer alongside his various experiments, found photography, publishing and various other creative endeavors.