The Rodina (Tereza and Vit Ruller) is a post-critical design studio with an experimental practice drenched in strategies of performance art, play and subversion. Both in commissioned work and in autonomous practice, they activate and re-imagine a dazzling range of layered meanings across, below and beyond the surface of design.

The Rodina invents ways in which experience, knowledge and relations are produced and preserved.

In their work, Tereza and Vit often explore the spatial and interactive possibilities of virtual environments as a space for new thoughts and aesthetics that come forward from between culture and technology

The studio specialises in video, user experience, installations, and visual identities. This cross-media approach allows examining communication as thousands of small interactions which leads to actions.

In 2015, The Rodina researched performativity within graphic design and coined term “performative design” (in the field of visual communication) which is further described in Action to Surface publication.

“The Rodina treat design as an agent for activity, for evoking restless responses, confusion, and continual conversation.” ━ Eye on Design, AIGA

“In their brilliant publication Action to Surface, the duo sets a new order for the political urgency of surface-led visual culture…” ━ There and back again: an art history of memes in the post-truth era; Alice Bucknell for Artsy

The Rodina is available for lectures, workshops, studio visits and consulting. For more information contact



Tereza Ruller
+31(0) 646 814 126

Vit Ruller

Frans de Wollantstraat 58,
1018 SC, Amsterdam,
The Netherlands



Tereza is an educator at the Design Academy Eindhoven (since 2017).

Vit taught Coding class at the Graphic Design department of The Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague (2017-2018).

Both run workshops and give lectures internationally, including CalArts (USA), Cooper Union (USA) a ZHDK (CH).



Harvard GSD, USA
Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, USA
Sonic Acts Festival, NL
FACT Liverpool, UK
Stroom Den Haag, NL
Tunica Magazine, USA
Plat Journal, USA
Fotograf, CZ
Open Set, NL



From Stone to Stone, performative lecture, Coded Matters, Amsterdam, NL, 2018

Designer as Environment, Swiss Interactive Media Days, St. Gallen, CH, 2018

8 Stages of Performing Designer, MICA, Baltimore, USA, 2018

On Performative Design, Weltformat, Lucerne, CH, 2018

The Chamber of Transformation – On Performative Design, Nautilus Expobar, NL, 2018

7 Stages of Performing Designer, MCAD, Minneapolis, USA, 2018

UIC Public Seminar Series: Through the Glass Darkly, Chicago, USA, 2018

Post-Reality Symposium, talk and panel discussion on The Future of Design, Bezalel, Jerusalem, IL, 2017

Action to Surface, CalArts, LA, USA, 2017

Escaping the Flatlands, OTIS, LA, USA, 2017

Action to Surface, The Book Society, Seoul, KR, 2016

Border (dis)Order, Luca School of Art, Gent, BE, 2016

Gamification class, Willem de Kooning Academy, NL, 2016

AKV|St.Joost MA Graphic Design, Breda, NL, 2016

Non-linear Talk, Hackers and Designers, Amsterdam, NL, 2016

Action to Surface, École supérieure d’art de Cambrai, FR, 2015

Graphic Design Festival Scotland –  talk and panel discussion, Glasgow, UK, 2015

The good. The bad. The ugly, KABK, NL, 2015

Cutting the Territories, 24th Poster Biennial, Warszaw, PL, 2014

Bauhaus Universitat Weimar, DE, 2014

Neo New York: Visual Thinking, New York, USA, 2014

After School Club II, Offenbach, DE, 2013



We are not looking for any interns.

Milana Kasianova, RU, 2019
Nicolai Schmelling, DK, 2019
Marianne Noordzij, NL, 2017
Jonathan Castro, PE, 2016
Anežka Minaříková, CZ, 2016
Adam Švejda, CZ, 2015
Cyanne van den Houten, NL, 2014
Constant Fernandez, FR, 2014
Jules Vaulont, FR, 2013



Dutch Design Awards Nominee, NL

The Chamber of Transformation, Weltformat, CH, 2018

Inform Award for Conceptual Design, Nominee, DE, 2018

Unionize, CHART, Copenhagen, DK, 2018

The Chamber of Transformation, Palace of Typographic Masonry, NL, 2018

Celestial Services, De School, NL, 2018

My Practice My Politics, Salone del Mobile, Milan, IT, 2018

De Dignen, Stroom Den Haag, NL, 2018

Unfair18, Full Screen, NL, 2018

Acting Bodies, Hyundai Design Card Gallery, Seoul, KR, 2017

Typojanchi MOHM: 5th International Typography Biennale, Seoul Culture Station, KR, 2017

Biennial of Graphic Design Chaumont, International Poster Competition Exhibition, Chaumont, FR, 2017

Part of the winning MTV International team –Wood Pencil in Branding– MTV Visual Ident, award by D&AD, 2016

BYOB, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL, 2016

Graphic Design Festival Scotland, Glasgow, UK, 2016

Abstract Portrait of the Crowd: At the End I became a Painter, Tique, Antwerpen, BE, 2016

1st Prize Dutch Education: Budget Cuts, awarded by Dutch Ministry of Finance,  Den Haag, NL, 2014

Keep Smile, Banská Stanica Contemporary, SK, 2014

International Poster Festival Chaumont, FR, 2013

3rd prize The Most Beautiful Czech Book 2012, for book Mox Nox: H. Herzberger, awarded by Ministry of Culture, Prague, CZ, 2013


on action, graphic design and critical thinking

Recording Bodies, Weltklasse Weltformat, Lucerne, CH, 2018

The Fair of Situations, MICA, Baltimore, 2018

Depatriarchalizing Pixel Lands, Die Angewandte – University of Applied Arts Vienna, AT, 2018

Design & Conquer, Royal Academy of Arts, Den Haag, NL, 2017

Mapping the Opportunities, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, IL, 2017

The Settlers: Designing a Storytelling Tool, icw Julia C. Aguiar, Prague College, CZ, 2017

Abstract Portrait of 20 Young People in Canton Zürich, Fubu, ZhDK, Zürich, CH, 2017

Borderlands: Towards the new territories, CalArts, LA, USA, 2017

Designing the Leadership, OTIS, LA, USA, 2017

The Chronicles, icw Julia C. Aguiar, Luca School of Art, Gent, BE, 2016

Designer’s Future Stack, AKV|St.Joost, Breda, NL, 2016

The Scene of Politics: Rethinking the Pilars of Democracy, icw Julia C. Aguiar, RCA @ Sandberg Instiuut, NL, 2016

Graphic Design Festival Scotland – Error Opportunity talk and panel discussion, Glasgow, UK, 2015

Cutting the Territories, 24th Poster Biennial, Warszaw, PL, 2014

Training for Future Criminals, Projektil, Bauhaus Universitat Weimar, DE, 2014

Democratic Design, NYA Skolan: After School, Stockholm, SE, 2013

After School Club II,The God of Internet: Founder’s Scrolls, Offenbach, DE, 2013