Richard Niessen graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1996.
He has mostly worked alone, but from 1999 to 2002 he worked with designer Harmen Liemburg under the name ‘GoldenMasters’. Niessen is also a musician, and designed the He chose the name Typographic Masonry (TM) in 2002, after hearing the term used
to describe the work of one of his major influences, Dutch designer and architect Hendrik Th. Wijdeveld. Richard Niessen’s work is systematic, grid-like, readable
and usable, as much as it is rich in form, shape and colour. Niessen gives projects a distinct language, a secret vocabulary that makes each piece stand out. His consistent oeuvre echoes the seamless integration of typography, calligraphy, imagery and text found in Byzantine and Medieval illuminated manuscripts. Where functionalist design ends, Niessen begins. He has designed the building blocks and the system; but his work comes to life when Niessen starts building with the modular elements.