Graphic designer Nynke Tynagel has launched her own practice after working alongside Job Smeets as joint owner of art and design collective Studio Job for over 20 years.
Tynagel joined Studio Job, which was established by Smeets in 1998, in 2000 and has been at the studio for the past 20 years.
She has now left the company and announced today she is launching an independent graphics studio under her own name – Nynke Tynagel.
Tynagel led Studio Job’s signature graphics for more than two decades. One of the last projects she worked on saw her apply her signature aesthetic to a series of playful images titled Summer Disaster, which were created for Dutch variety store-chain Hema.
Cartoon animations of stinging jellyfish and melting ice lollies are printed across products such as t-shirts, flip flops and beach balls.
Born in the Netherlands, Tynagel studied graphic art at the Dutch institute Design Academy Eindhoven and became joint owner of Studio Job after graduating. Tynagel is currently based in Amsterdam.
Her bold work has been applied across a variety of mediums, including stained-glass, ceramics, textiles and marquetry.
Tynagel recently created her “boldest graphics yet” for Italian brand Seletti in a project titled Blow, which comprises a series of vibrant neon signs in the form of open mouths and roses.
Many examples of her style can be found in Studio Job’s headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium, which it opened in August 2018 after moving from the Netherlands to escape “the suffocating Dutch design scene”.
The building serves as both a studio and a private home for Smeets, featuring spaghetti-print bed sheets and neon wall art set against backdrops of stripped-back concrete or paint-splattered walls.
A gallery space at the centre of the studio displays some of the former duo’s works, including the bronze Pussy Cats sculptures made for Carpenters Workshop Gallery and a trompe l’oeil punching bag called Pump My Wall designed for Italian brand Gufram.
Tynagel is not the only designer to split from their former studio to pursue their own endeavours. Graphic designer Jessica Walsh started her own company in July 2019 after almost a decade of working with Stefan Sagmeister at Sagmeister & Walsh.
Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive also announced his departure from the company in late 2019 to start an independent design company called LoveFrom.