Initially René Knip planned to become a painter, but an important teacher, Chris Brand, stimulated his fascination for lettering, calligraphy, and typography.
Knip switched to the applied arts, graduating with distinction from the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost in Breda in 1990.
In 1992, after three years of intensive training as the assistant designer to Anthon Beeke, Knip founded Atelier René Knip, which focuses on graphic design at the border between flat and three-dimensional works.
In 2012, Knip launched ARKTYPE.NL, featuring 25 architectural type-related projects designed with Janno Hahn.
A recipient of several design awards, Knip lectures and teaches all over the world. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.
This program is funded, in part, by public funds from the Netherlands Consulate General in New York.