The Theatre of Operations | 1996-2016

The Theatre of Operations was a graphic design studio I managed between 1996 and 2016. I’m a self-taught graphic designer. My first steps in the world of computers were at the end of the 1980s, when I learned coding with Apple/MacSE’s Hypercard. I founded The Theatre of Operations in 1996, based in Brussels from 2007 and dedicated to the art of printed book. My clients have included international museums and galleries (the Centre Pompidou, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Fresnoy in Lille, Erasmus House in Brussels) as well as publishers (Kargo, Musica Falsa, Presses universitaires de France, Atheneum, Les Presses du réel, Editions de l’Eclat, Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance, Brepols, Zones sensibles, Le Souffle…). I offered my clients the services of a wide range of talented collaborators (in art work, copy preparation, prepress, photo-engraving, printing, and binding) that complement my own skills in graphic design and editing. From idea to finished product, every stage in the design of a book receives thoughtful and imaginative consideration and is executed with rigorous attention to detail.

I’m also a book publisher: I have managed my own review, Nomad’s land (1997-1999), then my own book company, Editions Kargo (2000-2008). I founded two book series after that: Terra cognita (Editions de l’Eclat, 2009-2011) and Fabula (Les Presses du réel, 2009-2012). Then I moved in Brussels and founded a new book company in 2011, Zones sensibles, and a book series at Les Belles Lettres, Graphê, in 2013; I am also the co-founder of Vies parallèles, a recent Belgian book company dedicated to modern literatures and creative non-fiction. I have published more than 80 books and 150 authors since 1997. I also teach graphic design at the Higher School of Art of Cambrai – where I manage the Master diploma and I’m involved in academic researches on graphic design, orality, typography and computing. In 2013-2014 I wrote my first book, 6/5, on high-frequency trading and the rise of algorithmic trading, which enjoyed an unexpected success (more than 6,000 copies sold in France, translations may appear in English, Dutch, German, Spanish and Turkish). Now I intend to start a Ph.D on “The Nature of Exchanges. Quantification in the Western world markets”, that would go from medieval Scholasticism to 21th century electronic market structure. Sometimes I write on this blog.

For many reasons I decided to shut down The Theatre of Operations in August 2016, meaning that I don’t take on new customers anymore. It was time to move on. The only client I work for now as a graphic designer is… myself, as a book publisher.

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