Ziga Testen Studio

702 37 Swanston St. 3000 VIC Melbourne
inquiries (at) testen.studio
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Ziga Testen Studio is a graphic design studio based in Melbourne, Australia but operates internationally. Typically the focus of the practice is contemporary art and culture and we prioritise work in close collaboration with artists, curators and cultural organisations. Rather than an aesthetic or style, a context and project specific solution is sought out for each individual commission.

For inquries and new commissions get in touch at inquiries (at) testen.studio

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Collaborators
Stuart Geddes, graphic design
Jake Bonin, web developement
Kim Mumm Hansen, graphic design
Tom Ross, photography

Ziga Testen is the founder and creative director of the studio. Testen is born in Slovenia and has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Ljubljana, holds a masters in curating at Konstfack University and has been a participant at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Since 2013 he has been living in Melbourne, Australia. He regularly contributes to the academic discourse as a critic and lecturer for academic institutions in Australia and overseas. He is currently running a studio at the Masters of Visual Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne. He also writes on and about graphic design and design history and has curated exhibitions and edited publications in the field.

Clients include (alphabetically)

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, AU
Damiano Bertoli, AU
Discipline Magazine, AU
Institute for Contemporary Art, AT
Institute of Modern Art, AU
Jan van Eyck Academie, NL
Katarina Zdjelar, NL
Milica Tomic, SRB
MUMA, AU
Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana
Nicholas Mangan, Melbourne
Nicholas Tammens/1856, Melbourne
Perimeter Books, Melbourne
Revolver Publishing, Berlin
RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne
Schwartz Media, Melbourne
Spector Books, Leipzig
Sternberg Press, Berlin
Surpllus Press, Melbourne
Tara McDowell, Melbourne
The Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana
Tom Nicholson, Melbourne
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne
Willem de Rooij, Berlin
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam

Exhibitions

2020

Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition
Melbourne Design Week, ‘Which Mirror Do You Want to Lick’

2016

27th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno, ‘Which Mirror Do You Want to Lick?’
Beijing Design Week, ‘The Best Dutch Book Designs’
Russian National Book Festival, ‘Zhar-Kniga’
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, ‘The Best Dutch Book Designs’

2013

Toppan Printing Museum Tokyo, ‘World Book Design 2012–13’
Frankfurt Book Fair, ‘Book Art International’
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, ‘The Best Dutch Book Designs’

2010

24th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno

2009

Typopass, ‘Critical Design and Conceptual Typography’
Lungomare Bolzano, ‘Atti Democratici’

2008

23rd International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno

Awards

2022

70th Australian Book Design Awards
Best Design Awards 2021
AGDA Awards 2021

2021

69th Australian Book Design Awards
Stiftung Buchkunst (Finalist)
Best Design Awards 2020
AGDA Awards 2020

2020

68th Australian Book Design Awards
Best Design Awards 2019
Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing
Museums Australasia Publication Design Awards

2019

Best Design Awards
AGDA Awards

2018

Museums Australasia Publication Design Awards
AAANZ Book Prize
AGDA Awards
Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing

2017

Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing
AAANZ Book Prize

2015

De Best Verzorgde Boeken

2013

De Best Verzorgde Boeken

Lectures and presentations (selection)

2020

ICDHS (International Committee for Design History and Design Studies) 12, ‘Lessons to Learn? Past Design Experiences And Contemporary Design Practices
Melbourne Design Week, ‘Which Mirror Do You Want to Lick’

2018

The Anatomy of the Book Conference

2017

REDO International Graphic Design Conference

2016

The School of Design and Architecture, Nagoya City University
Melbourne Art Book Fair International Symposium
RMIT School of Media and Communication Melbourne

2015

Typography Summer School, RMIT University Melbourne

2014

Monash Art Design & Architecture Speaker Series

2011

The International Conference ‘Designer: Author or Universal Soldier - Historical Battles’, The Cultural Centre of Belgrade
‘Agency : Assembly’, WIELS Brussels

2010

‘Weak signals, wild cards’, De Appel Amsterdam

2008

Add Comment: ‘Designing Critique in Public Forums’, Casco Projects Utrecht

Selected writing

2020

The Master Approving of His Own Work

2020

Jan Tschichold — A portrait: The Master approving
of his own work

2018

‘So what you are really asking is...' The right answers
to the wrong questions

2013

Our Group Wourk

Exhibitions, Projects, Conferences (curated, organised)

2011

‘Inflation of Radical Phrases as Opposed to a Lack of Radical Action’, The Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Belgrade, RS

2010

‘Practice Praxis with Jan van Toorn, Ken Garland and Richard Hollis’, Jan van Eyck Academie, NL
‘Surfing the Black. Yugoslavian Black Wave Cinema.’, Jan van Eyck Academie, NL
‘Inflation of Radical Phrases as Opposed to a Lack of
Radical Action’, Jan van Eyck Academie, NL

2009

‘North by Northeast. (And South)’ with Daniel van der
Velden, Jan van Eyck Academie, NL

Programmed by Sam Morgan
Melbourne, Australia, 2022