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Over-Booked: Sandra Kassenaar

Sandra Kassenaar (1982, South Africa), lives and works in Amsterdam where she runs a small graphic design studio. She graduated with a BA from ArtEZ in Arnhem in 2003 and an MA from the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem (NL) in 2007. Besides running her own studio she regularly teaches at the graphic design department of the Willem De Kooning […]

Sandra Kassenaar (1982, South Africa), lives and works in Amsterdam where she runs a small graphic design studio. She graduated with a BA from ArtEZ in Arnhem in 2003 and an MA from the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem (NL) in 2007. Besides running her own studio she regularly teaches at the graphic design department of the Willem De Kooning academy in Rotterdam.

Sample of Sandra’s independent & collaborative works.

Pick five books that would/could/should be buddies. 

‘The Island of the Colorblind’ by Oliver Sacks

‘Through the Language Glass – How words Colour Your World’ by Guy Deutscher

‘Interaction of Color’ by Josef Albers

‘The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Egypt – An Illustrated Dictionary’ by Manfred Lurker

I only get to four… All four great books talk about the use, meaning and value of colour in a completely different way.

What is the first book you can remember?
Together with my sister, looking at the baby albums/diaries that my mother made for us. I must have been three or four years old. Thinking back, it’s quite strange how fascinated we were with our own first steps.

What is the last book you read?
‘Through the Language Glass – How words Colour Your World’ by Guy Deutscher. A very interesting book about how language influences the way we think and see or seeing think or thinking see.

Do you agree that a book is the best medium to disperse and accumulate information?
No, not necessarily. In the past fifteen minutes I have cycled past the stock exchange display at the Beurs van Berlage, looked up ‘Happiness Machines’ on Wikipedia and used a public transport time schedule website. I’m glad that I didn’t read this information printed in a book.

In what form would “books” be in the year 2112?
There will be many hybrid mediums, but the printed book – as we know it now – will remain to exist.

Do you have a great idea for a book that didn’t happen?
No, I need a more specific context to reply to, before I can start coming up with ideas at all.

Do you have any current publication projects that you’d like to feature on our site?
Success and Uncertainty / Back Up
is a publication that Bart de Beats and I made to contextualise our poster project. The publication features all 21 English and Arabic posters that form the series Success and Uncertainty. This poster series was the result of a collaborative project during a four-month-residency in Cairo from March until July 2011. The title of this work is an existing headline taken from the 12th of February 2011 front page of The Evansville Courier & Press, a local Indiana newspaper reporting Mubarak’s resignation as the president of Egypt. It was a very challenging but great project. We’re very proud to present this publication with reproductions of those twenty-one twinned posters and gives more detail on how they came together. Success and Uncertainty / Back Up is a magazine of our hard drives, containing four months in Cairo just after the fall of Mubarak’s regime.