Rene Knip studied at the Academy of Visual Arts St.Joost, Breda. Rene initially planned to become a painter, but an important teacher, type designer and calligrapher Chris Brand, stimulated his fascination for lettering, calligraphy and typography. For this reason Knip switched to the applied arts. He graduated with distinction in 1990. After an intensive training of three years as the assistant designer to Anthon Beeke, he started his own atelier in 1992. Atelier Rene Knip focuses on graphic design at the dividing line between flat and three-dimensional works. Knip calls it the ‘2-1/2 dimension’. In his opinion this is a fallow land, a largely unexplored field. Other typical ARK interests are the autonomic possibilities of the applied graphic art; the independency of material and colour; and type design and calligraphy as visual tools. The fonts of the typeface collection ARKTYPE, which Knip designed together with typographic-designer. Atelier Rene Knip is a one man studio, but for years he functions with a solid team of mostly self trained freelancers around him. Rene Knip teaches and lectures all around the world. He is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale since 2005. After ten years in a Frysian farmhouse in the north of the Netherlands, Knip moved back to the Amsterdam region with his family. He is married to filmmaker Jorien van Nes and father of Yuna Rosa (2008) and Finn Tije (2011).