Frank Tjepkema is a Dutch designer based in Amsterdam. After visiting the Technical University of Delft for two years, he graduated (cum laude) in 1996 from the Design Academy in Eindhoven. Following this he obtained a MA degree from the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam in 1998. Several of FT’s product and furniture design’s have been selected for the Droog Design collection. FT developed a strong interest in brand related design issues which lead him to working on a variety of projects for well known brands such as Heineken, Diesel, Oilily, Ben, Levis, Issey Myake, Do. FT is continuously striving to find the best combination between functional design aspects, and strategy aspects regarding marketing and communication issues. His way of working attracted clients such as the notorious advertisement agency: KesselsKramer. In 2000 he worked for Philips Design as strategic consultant. In Januari 2001 FT initiated a new design agency and designers platform in Amsterdam called OPEN (please visite www.openlink.nl for more information). Studio Frank Tjepkema functions as bases for projects, productions and personal initiatives. Other activities include teaching at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and the Rietveld Akademie in Amsterdam and writing a column in Vormberichten. Since February 2002 FT is head of the design department at the Rietveld Akademie in Amsterdam.