Zak Kyes is a Swiss-American creative director and founder of Zak Group. He graduated from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). As a teenager he discovered the work of the Bauhaus-trained designer Herbert Bayer, whose hybrid body of work fused art, graphic design and architecture. This formative model, combined with contemporary culture, has informed Kyes’ collaborative, interdisciplinary practice. At Zak Group he leads a wide range of cultural and commercial projects for Anne Imhof, FACT, Frank Ocean, M+, Nike, Paco Rabanne, Virgil Abloh, vitra and many others.
The office’s work has won numerous international awards. Kyes has served as visiting professor at ECAL and the Architectural Association School of Architecture, where he was also art director. He has curated several exhibitions and edited books on design, including Forms of Inquiry (the AA, 2009) and was the subject of Zak Kyes Working With (Museum for Contemporary Art, Leipzig). In 2019, he was inducted into the Alliance Graphique Internationale. With Asel Tambay, he hosts Zak Group Art School on NTS Radio.