Daniel van der Velden is a graphic designer and writer. Together with Vinca Kruk he founded Metahaven, a studio for design and research.
Metahaven's work - both commissioned and self-directed - reflects political and social issues in provocative graphic design objects. Solo exhibitions include Affiche Frontière (CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, 2008) and Stadtstaat (Künstlerhaus Stuttgart/Casco, 2009). Group exhibitions include Forms of Inquiry (AA London, 2007), Manifesta 8 (Murcia, 2010), the Gwangju Design Biennale 2011 (Gwangju, Korea), the Athens Biennial (Athens, 2011) and Graphic Design: Now In Production (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2011). Metahaven authored 'Uncorporate Identity', a book on politics and visual identity, published by Lars Müller in 2010. Van der Velden has published projects in the context of “totalitarian” architecture in Bucharest and Pyongyang, the Sealand anarchist base in the North Sea, and Quaero’a European search engine driven by cross-Atlantic antagonism. Van der Velden worked on innovative identity concepts for the art space ROOM, the architectural magazine Archis and the annual Holland Festival’s identity, posters, and publications, for which the duo received various awards. Van der Velden is a Senior Critic in the Graphic Design MFA program at Yale University. He is tutor at the design department of the Sandberg Institute and has lectured at the University of Amsterdam School of Media Studies and serves as an advising researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie . In 2011, Metahaven was selected by Rolling Stone Italia as one of the world's 20 most promising design studios.