Birthplace: Blerick, The Netherlands (KVDB)/Lørenskog, Norway (AC)
Residence: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Connecting cities: London, UK/Berlin, Germany/Paris, France
Lesley Moore, the graphic design agency founded in 2004 by Karin van den Brandt and Alex Clay, is located in Amsterdam, otherwise known as the "Venice of the north" because of its canals and unique architecture. Their portfolio includes a wide range of projects from the development of visual identities to art direction and design for printed media and exhibitions.
Together with Herman van Bostecen and the Dutch studio De Designpolitie, van den Brandt and Clay are also part of the Gorilla collective, a group which publishes a graphic column on the front page of one of the main Dutch newspapers DeVolkskrant. It involves a critical and scathing visual interpretation of everyday life. These series were honored in 2007 by the Dutch Design Awards, the European Design Awards and Red Dot Design Awards, among others.
In 2009, the studio received the European Design Awards prize for their work on redesigning Mark magazine, a bimonthly publication on architecture, from the same publishing house as Frame magazine.
The name of the studio, Lesley Moore, is a play on words which the designers have created from the Goethe's famous quote "Less is more" – the motto taken by Mies van der Rohe also.