Professor Hans van Dijk, a native of The Netherlands, received his undergraduate degree from the Utrecht School for the Graphic Arts. After a number of years of practice in book design and corporate identity design he came to the US in 1969 to further his studies in design. He did post-graduate work at Carnegie-Mellon University and received his Master of Art degree in Visual Communication Design from Ohio State University. From 1973 to 1978 and again from 1991 to the present, Professor van Dijk has been a full-time faculty member in Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design. In the interim period, from 1978 through 1989 van Dijk was a partner in the New York City design group Works. He was head of Graphic Design at SUNY: Purchase from 1978 to 1981.
From 1993 to 2000 van Dijk was Department Head of Graphic Design at RISD. He was active in the establishment of the RISD Research Foundation (1996) of which he was a board member until its resolve in 2009. He chaired the faculty committee creating the new Graduate Department in Digital Media (2000).
Academic Research/Areas of Interest
Professor van Dijk’s expertise is in design methodology and strategy, design theory (semiotics) and typography. His research interest concerns Universal Web Design: Web access for people with visual and cognitive disabilities. In 2002, together with the Institute for Human Centered Design (formerly Adaptive Environments), he organized an international conference on web access titled “Design for Everyone” which was hosted at RISD.
Hans Van Dijk
- MA, Ohio State University, Columbus