Studio Trapped in Suburbia
We work from Amsterdam, Haarlem, Dordrecht
+31 (0)20 2200165
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Designduo Trapped in Suburbia works across a variety of design disciplines to transform design into experiences. From experience design comes involvement, from involvement comes real understanding and a true connection with your audience.

Tell me and I forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.

Trapped in Suburbia blend the fields of graphic, branding, spatial and interactive design and originality is always their starting point. Their thinking goes beyond the expected with exploding posters, oven baked books, foggy exhibitions and walls covered with sand paper. They embrace a witty playfulness and a willingness to experiment. Their niche then is letting it all hang out, pursuing their curiosity in a refreshing positive manner. They live up to their nickname, The Harry Potters of design.

From their main studio based in Amsterdam, Cuby Gerards and Karin Langeveld work together on commissioned and self initiated projects.

Press, publications

The Harry Potters of graphic design, Trapped in Suburbia’s posters, sing and blow smoke -Aiga Eye on Design
Their mix of design, communication and events makes their work a tactile and thrilling experience — one that will not go unnoticed -Something Good
These design promises to engage you, as the designers don’t design for you, they design involving you -Arch20
This is Experience Design, by Trapped in Suburbia -Coltraine & Dixon publishers
The designs of Trapped in Suburbia have been published in more than 80 books. Curious? View the longlist here

Awards and recognitions

Over the years the studio has won 6 golden awards, 17 silver, 11 bronze and more than 16 other awards and honours for our branding, books, exhibitions and other various projects. We are also proud te be appointed Creative Ambassadors of the City of The Hague. Curious? View the longlist here


Ahold Delhaize
BIS Publishers
Design Museum
Droog Design
Europees Keramisch Werkcentrum
Graphic Design Festival Breda
Hogeschool van Amsterdam
Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid
Magnum Unilever
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
Museum Catharijneconvent
Museum van Communicatie
Museum het Rembrandthuis
Museum Rijswijk
Nai 101 publishers
Nationaal Archief
Rijksmuseum Boerhaave
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
The Upside Down Amsterdam
University of Amsterdam
Uitgeverij TerraLannoo
Zaans Museum


AdfoLive | NL
Agrafa | Katowice PO
Beyunderground Hasselt BE
Creative Circus ADCN | NL
DE.SIGN Prague | CZ
Don’t believe the type | Shanghai CN
European Design Festival | TU
FESPA Conference | GE
FinalExhibition2020 | DE
Graduation festival NT University | UK
Graphic Design Festival | NL
Graphic Talk Shanghai | CH
Istanbul Design Week| TU
Manchester Design week | UK
Out the Box | DE
Open Set | NL
PechaKucha | Amsterdam,The Hague, Breda NL
PrintFarm St Petersburg | RU
Plug:Conference | IT
Something Good | Bristol UK
Torino Graphic Days | IT
What’s Up Amsterdam | NL
Zeefir7 | BNO The Hague NL


3Sec. gallery
Academy Gallery Utrecht | NL
Baetulona | ES
Beyunderground festival Hasselt BE
Brasilia Dice | BR
Cité du design | FR
Elektricity festival Reims | FR
Evolution/Revolution Detroit | US
Film festival Cine Prive | BE
Gallery Opperclaes Amsterdam | NL
Graphic Design Festival | NL
Graphic Happiness | CN
Greytones 10 | NL
KIKK digital arts festival | BE
Maison & Objet | FR
Museum of the Image | NL
Pick Me Up | Londen | UK
Poetry International Festival | NL
Red Dot Design Museum | DE
Royal Academy of Art | NL
Shanghai World Expo CH
Something Good | Bristol UK


Nanjing University | CH
Nottingham Trent University | UK
Design Institute Shanghai | CN
School of Visual Communication Haderslev | DE
SummerSet Dutch Designschool | NL
Taiga Institute StPetersburg | RU
Torino Graphic Days | Turin IT
University of Aix en Provence | FR
University of Augsburg | GEE
University College Falmouth | UK
University of Istanbul | TU
University of Manchester | UK
University of Vienna | OS
Utrecht School of the Arts | NL


Trapped in Suburbia has founded several initiatives and organisations;
Sound Posters | research
Ship of Fools | art gallery
Flags of Peace | travelling exhibition
Don’t believe the type | festival
Analog Fest | festival

Jobs & internships

At the moment there are no jobs or internships available. Please do not send any open applications since we usually are already drowning in email and can’t find the time to fully answer all applications as they deserve. Thanks!