Mark Schalken (1967) is a graphic designer and visual artist. With Albert Hennipman he founded Studio de Ruimte Ontwerpers in 1998. They specialize in communication design with a focus on society, culture and education. Design is in their eyes particularly about dialogue and imagination.
Schalken studied industrial design in Eindhoven, graphic design in Breda, and cultural studies at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in the 1990s. Since then, he has worked in Amsterdam where he lives with his husband, singer-translator Ron Mesland. He has also taught theory and history of graphic design at St. Joost Art Academy in