Richard van der Laken (1970) nasceu em Amstelveen, na Holanda. Estudou Design Gráfico na Escola de Arte de Utrecht e não concluiu a sua pós-graduação pelo Amsterdam Sandberg Institute. Desde 1995, após a sua graduação, Richard tem gerido um estúdio de design com o seu parceiro criativo, Pepijn Zurburg, chamado De Designpolitie (A Polícia do Design).

Como De Designpolitie, Richard e Pepijn já ganharam inúmeros prémios de design. Estes incluem Dutch Art Directors Club (ADCN), Best Book Design, Dutch Housestyle Awards, Dutch Design Awards, British D&AD, New York ADC e os European Design Awards (incluindo o Prêmio do Júri). A parceria expôs no Stedelijk Museum, New York MOMA, San Francisco MOMA, Institut Neerlandais Paris, Brno Tsjechia e The Graphic Design Museum, Breda.

De Designpolitie também publicaram trabalhos em inúmeras revistas e livros holandeses, europeus, americanos e japoneses.

Em 2008, a sua monografia “O ABC de De Designpolitie” foi publicada. “Uma coleção surpreendente de imagens e reflexões de um dos estúdios de design mais originais da Holanda. Este livro oferece uma visão sobre as abordagens, processos de trabalho, etc.”

Richard lecionou em vários locais na Holanda, Reino Unido, Noruega, Suécia, Dinamarca, Itália, Espanha, Índia e África do Sul.

Atualmente, ele leciona na Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdã.

Richard van der Laken is the energetic engine behind both What Design Can Do and De Designpolitie, the graphic design agency he started in 1995 with Pepijn Zurburg. Van der Laken and Zurburg have formed a duo for more than 20 years since meeting at HKU University of the Arts in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Van der Laken was an intern at Anthon Beeke’s studio and at the biggest Dutch ad agency FHV/BBDO, before founding the Designpolitie (Dutch for ‘Design Police’) with Zurburg. 

The graphic design agency works in the best traditions of Dutch Design for commercial and non-profit clients in the cultural, media and financial domains. Over the years the studio has received numerous honours, including awards from the Dutch Art Directors Club (ADCN), Dutch Design Awards, British D&AD, New York ADC and the European Design Awards (including the Jury Prize). Van der Laken and Zurburg are members of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI).

The Designpolitie has exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, MoMA New York, MoMA San Francisco, Institut Néerlandais Paris, Brno Tsjechia and Graphic Design Museum, Breda.

In 2010 Van der Laken and Zurburg, together with several fellow creatives, founded What Design Can Do, a two-day international, multidisciplinary conference on the power of design as a factor for societal change. Over five years WDCD grew to become an international platform to showcase the impact of design. As general director and tireless ambassador for WDCD, Van der Laken has travelled from Norway to South Africa, and from Italy to China, to spread the word. The engine never stops.