YES DITSEN

Hello! My name is Yes. I'm a Dutch graphic designer and illustrator. You can take a look at my works down below. (:



Identity, website and instagramfeed for IT software start-up, in collaboration with the company. 2019.
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Based on The Ancient Myth of Sisyphus and the philosophical essay by Albert Camus written in 1942. Sisyphus was punished by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill only for it to roll down when it nears the top, repeating this action for eternity. Nowadays, in a society where tools and processes have been simplified in such a way that they can offer us instant gratification, we lack discipline and perseverance. We are fuelled by instant feedback from our devices, and social media gives us instant access to upload videos, photos and status updates. We have the ability to make things happen without having to wait. Basically, we have a hard-wired desire for doing minimal effort with maximum results, and have found more creative ways to outwit this struggle. However, it is precisely the struggle, time, pain and effort that has an immense influence on the satisfaction that is experienced after reaching a goal. Inspired by the greek tragedy of Sisyphus, this project and thesis aims to trigger a switch between the standard of living we yearningly desire, and the necessary physical and emotional labour that comes in return.
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The current Dutch constitutional law was written in 1814 and revised by Thorbecke in 1848. Even though the constitution was revised many times, after that, the current procedure for altering the Dutch constitution is extremely lengthy and intensive. What appears to us as basic rights, like equality of homosexuals or people suffering from a handicap are still not supported in the constitution. This process has already been taking years, and is not going any faster. To stress the urgency of this procedure and slow law amendment making, Yes Ditsen and Kiki Coster have sketched scenarios that are consequences of this slow decision-making. What could have happened in the meantime? What will happen if the amendment will be disapproved by the government? In what way is the lengthy process of revising the constituion stopping proggressive developments? The designers like to show the procedure as an organic and interactive medium that makes viewers aware of realtime politics in a storytelling manner.


I am a big fan of working with analog equipment. These posters are graphic experiments I did by using images mostly found in library books and scanning, cutting, and distorting them to create a harmony.

Inspired by the somewhat romantic book “Piloot van Goed en Kwaad” written by Joost Conijn. Conijn decided to built his own ultralight aircraft to make a journey through Africa, and then wrote about his experiences. The book he has written about this journey is awfully romantic, but doesn’t mention so much about difficulties, international borders or foreign aircraft regulations. I wanted to give the book another dimension by disrupting the somewhat romantic story with some cold, hard facts. Traveling through Africa is not an easy thing, especially not when flying in an illegally build plane. What borders and regulations can await you, while doing this and how much danger are you putting yourself into?

The experimental typographic project vertical, horizontal, half circle is inspired by the observation of differences between communication to humans and to computers. While the instructions given to computers should be precisely defined and give an expectable and constant result, instructions to humans are personal, built on anticipation of knowledge and its correctness is barely questioned. Therefore we will always get an output on our instruction given to a person, but often not what we imagined. We gave formalized instructions to people describing the letters of the alphabet. Since people all understood the instructions in a different way, they created several alphabets. Example: for the letter N: “Draw two vertical lines with a distance in between. Attach them with a diagonal line.” Project in collaboration with Nora Bekes, Elizaveta Glukhova and Jungeun Lee.

Tierra Heleda, the name used for the mountain layer that just lies under the snowy tops of the Andes Mountains, is a place of rough weather conditions and extreme poverty. At 3600 meters above sea level lies an isolated island where people are managing to survive the unbearable conditions that are due to the severe climate of mountains. The people that still live in these mountains are indigenous Quechua people that have been living in this climate for centuries and therefore adapted to the lack of oxygen in the air. The spectator of this work can observe the mountain range per layer, therefore making our area tangible and easier to comprehend. This raises all kinds of questions: how can we classify space by entirely refusing political borders? Can we rather explore environmental territories, social boundaries, technological reach and mental limits? A fictive guide about building tunnels throught the Andes was written and illustrated in order to give the population of indigenous town Huancavelica a solution for their infrastructural problems. In collaboration with Lou Top.