Welcome to the colourful universe of Studio AIRPORT. By skillfully juggling design, art and the digital world we create meaningful stories for diverse national and international clients and their audiences.
Who we are
Studio AIRPORT is a young Dutch design agency. From the get-go we’ve wanted to create work that matters and stays etched in the mind of the viewer. Whether we’re cracking down on a visual identity, video or website we make sure that it will turn heads. In fact, we put a little bit of our soul in each design we create. Free of any one particular style or perspective, our communal vision is something you can feel in our work.
Our small team consists of graphic designers, developers, photographers, UX-designers and motion designers. We like to get personal with the people we work with. You’ll also find out soon enough that we’re pretty upright guys who work hard and are easy to get along with. We’ll keep you involved through each stage of the project. Our communication lines are short and we’re always willing to climb that bit higher. Except for those occasional Mondays after getting loose at a festival. Don’t worry – we’ll still be nice to you.
Interested in creating a beautiful project with us? We’re top-notch listeners, so feel free to drop us a line. By hearing your story we can understand you, and by understanding you we can sense how best to approach your assignment. Maybe this means reformulating the assignment together with you. Whatever the approach, you can count on us to achieve your goal, that’s for sure. And if you’re looking to give your audience a wonderful new experience, heck… that’s when we’re at our best.
Meet our team
We’re happy to present our growing team of youngsters. We use everything within our reach to keep each other focused and motivated. These guys below are our creative explorers.
Creative Director & Founder
Maurits is a skilled designer and the conceptual mind behind bold and bright ideas. He has an eye for the smallest detail which defines his work. Maurits can reflect and analyse work like nobody else and never lets the bigger picture escape from sight. Sometimes he says – Let’s do it all over again! To avoid sitting behind his screen all day, he races through the city as a bike messenger or practices Zen Buddhism.
Strategy Director & Founder
Bram is the man with the overview of all projects and also known as a strategist. He knows the studio’s happenings inside and out. He’s probably the one sitting across the table at your first meeting with us to tell you in crystal clear vocabulary about our work. In his free time he’s a fanatic sportsmen and former board member of the cultural ‘Kapitaal’ foundation.
Koen is responsible for all the technical coding behind our websites. He takes on every challenge and you’ll be surprised how much he can do within a day. With a lot of demanding designers around him who often put him on edge, he’s always able to find the right solution for their ideas. He’s one step ahead when it comes to the latest technical developments as well as being a trained ping-pong player.
Valeriu joined our team in 2014 and has already made himself an essential member. Whether it’s animation, video editing or 3D-graphics – what he does with moving images is pure magic. He’s a strong conceptual thinker, knows a lot about movies and you better watch out for his mind tricks before he fools you with one.
Marleen is our main photographer. As a freelancer she works on almost all our campaign and branding projects. Her personal approach during photoshoots makes everybody feel comfortable when they stand in front of her camera. With her sharp eye for the right image she always makes sure the best photo is chosen.
Martijn van de Zuidwind
After completing his graduation-project at our studio in the summer of 2015, Martijn joined our team as an interaction designer. He truly is our “quiet influence”. He sets high standards while researching, even the little details get attention, until he knows exactly what the real job to be done is. The user is the central focus for this humble analyst. He also has a great frame of reference in technology and design which assigns to the whole team.
Joost started out as an intern when he was studying at the the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Since the autumn of 2015 he started out as an exploring graphic designer with an allround approach. He is a real creative inspirator who always brings new references to the table. Bold idea’s and a wide skill-set makes him the perfect designer for Studio AIRPORT. Joost always brings a ray of sunshine to our studio with his jokes, funny video’s and laughs.
We feel pretty blessed that each day we can do what we love most. And that’s exactly the vibe we maintain within our studio – a place with unconditional space for creativity, expression, reflection and having a good time.
1. Work process
When starting a new project we begin with a blank sheet, because we think in potentials rather than restrictions. We’ll do more than our best to get to the essence of the subject so we can develop strong concepts and intelligent solutions. We hit the books, do our research and collect relevant examples. Together with you, we choose the right direction. Once the idea is waterproof, we start with the visual design.
2. Media & techniques
Over the years we’ve assembled a toolbox of cool techniques and talents. Each project asks for the right set of skills. By mixing digital design with craftsmanship we allow ourselves to explore undiscovered areas, enabling new things to happen. The results are always different, but if you need to put a label on it… well, words like contemporary, minimalism and directness define our work pretty well.
Next to coffee, music is our most essential fuel. Each day you will witness new tunes bouncing through our studio. We’re real music heads so it’s in our DNA that we enjoy working for and with the music industry. We collaborate with rappers, music festivals and bands. We initiated our own music projects like the ‘Key Figures’ clothing. No wonder our last office trip was a visit to the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Our clients about us
We are very impressed by Studio Airport’s fresh, bold concepts, their professional team, and most of all, their big hearts. Bram and Maurits and their team helped shape our Beyond Prison multimedia project into an experience that far exceeded our own imagination and expectations. The modern and original aesthetic has made these seven stories from inside prison come alive. They are true artists. We would work with them again in a heartbeat.
Executive Director, Kalliopeia Foundation
Driven, primarily driven. Professional. Skilled. A strong partner in debate, convinced and convincing. But never rigid. Young. Ambitious. Daredevils. Socially very involved. The world must and can be different! Craftsmen with ears and eyes for the client. Listeners and talkers. Humorous. Serious. Reliable in agreements and deadlines. Hard workers. Excellent price quality ratio. Studio AIRPORT: the perfect take off and landingstrip. Highly recommended.
Managing Director Xenias.nl.
Studio AIRPORT helped us to brand our nonprofit mission and arrive at a creative solution for interactive engagement. They gave more than 100% with many revisions and a drive to perfection. New York City will gain a new park with mobile access and storytelling through our Traveling Cloud Museum developed by Studio AIRPORT.
President, The Hart Island Project NY
Studio AIRPORT designed with great devotion our corporate identity and came up with the concept for our new name. During this process of co-creation they had an open approach and asked the right questions. This culminated in an inspiring expedition with a perfect result. Studio AIRPORT does not just design beautiful typographic designs, they define the vision of your company to-the-point.
Roderik van der Meulen en Joep Windhausen
Founders Nieuwe Architecten
Studio AIRPORT was just founded when we did business for the first time. Three young creative minds full of new ideas working from an old hamam. Since that time 4 years ago, they have made enormous steps as a studio, but the young and fresh attitude is still there. Studio AIRPORT designed our full corporate identity and website, I would hire them any day again!
Managing Director, China Inroads
What we like most about Studio AIRPORT is that they are very serious about their artistic process. Working with them, we are always sure to embark on a visual exploration that matches our musical travels.
We know that when we finish an album, after months of hard work, Studio AIRPORT will closely listen to and understand our music, and take it as a starting point for their own meticulous process. The great thing is that after we tell the guys our wishes and expectations, they always come up with something that is surprising and different. Most often it’s not what we asked for, but it’s exactly what we wanted nevertheless.
Awards & Publications
When you’re always aiming for the highest, it just so happens you get recognised every now and then.
- European Design Awards, GOLDBeyond Prison
- European Design Awards, SILVERBeyond Prison
- European Design Awards BRONZEUtrecht Down Under
- European Design Awards, BRONZEStudio AIRPORT
- Webby Awards, Nominee 'Activism'Beyond Prison
- Awwwards (ES), Honorable MentionBeyond Prison
- CSS Design Award (US), Website of the DayBeyond Prison
- Awwwards (ES), Honorable MentionTom Heerschop
- European Design Awards, GOLDKapitaal Poster series
- European Design Awards SILVERHart Island Project
- European Design Awards, FINALISTNieuwe Architecten
- Webby Awards, Honorable MentionHart Island Project
- CSS AWARDS (US)Hart Island Project
- FWA award (UK)Hart Island Project
- Awwwards (ES)Hart Island Project
- European Design Awards, BRONZEPoema
- European Design Awards, FINALISTKapok - CD-Artwork
- Awwwards (ES), Honorable MentionMaxidny.com
- TheBestDesigns Award (US)kapitaalutrecht.nl
- Awwwards (ES)95 Most Inspiring Web Design Agencies
- TheBestDesigns Award (US)Iernest.com
- Best of Webdesign 2012, WLD (US)StudioAirport.nl
- Best Hiphop Artwork 2012, State MagazineShogunz Cd-box
- Vitra x Fontanel (NL)Creative Office Photo
- Awwwards (ES), Site of the DayDesignBlvd.nl
- Awwwards (ES), Honorable MentionStudioAirport.nl
- TheBestDesigns Award (US)DesignBlvd.nl
- TheBestDesigns Award (US)StudioAirport.nl
- Dutch Design DailyLecture: Beyond Prison
- It's Nice ThatTom Heerschop Website
- ÉtapesProject Case: Utrecht Down Under
- Fonk MagazineInterview Beyond Prison
- Novum MagazineStudio article & interview
- CommartsTom Heerschop Website
- Adformatie MagazineCase: Hart Island Project
- Awwwards [ES]Interview
- FWA [UK]Interview
- Dutch Designers Magazine [NL]Hart Island Project
- VICE Magazine [NL]Hart Island Project
- NRC next [NL]Hart Island Project
- Sedpint (CH)Creative Business Card
- Scene 360 Magazine (UK)Poema Posters
- LogoDesigner.co (US)Vocal Arts Academy
- We And The Color (DE)Poema Posters
- Publish Magazine (NL)Portfolio Spread
- Featured on Motiongrapher (US)EE Intro Titles
- CollabCubed (US)Tempting Typography
- Items Magazine, no.4 (NL)Studentwork