US design student joins Silo for internship

Tasnima Tanzim (20) is currently doing a design traineeship at SILO. Tasnima is a New York based designer born in Jhenidah, Bangladesh. At the age of 10 she and her family relocated to Queens, New York where she spent the rest of her childhood. She is a 4th year Graphic Design student at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she also works as a teacher’s assistant. At SILO she’s involved in, amongst other projects, our work for Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. SILO is an internationally oriented agency and, earlier this year, has won awards in Porto, London and New York. Nevertheless, this is the first time the agency is training an intern from the United States. René Toneman of SILO: “Internationalising our traineeship program is a development we very much welcome at SILO. Both SILO and Tasnima will gain new perspectives from this.” Nice to hear: her professor typed her to apply for a traineeship at SILO.


Tasnima’s interests fall on a broad spectrum of things, but her main focus seems to be in layout and typography for traditional & experimental publications, installations & exhibits dealing with spatial and emotional experiences, and community oriented projects addressing site-specificity.

Alongside her focus on design, she also experiments with traditional art making practices like drawing and photography. She has an impressive collection of experimental sketchbooks, and enjoys working with both analogue and digital photography. 

She began her professional career in the museum world as a digital media and archival intern at the Queens Museum, but moved onto teaching and planning workshops for children and families. While there, she also acted as a mentor to the Queens Teens program. She occasionally goes back to the museum to teach workshops. She has also held positions at the RISD Museum, and more recently at the Museum of Moving Image as a Graphic Design & Exhibit Design Intern. For years, alongside her museum work she has been involved with Studio In a School.

Her work has been used by various institutions and clients such as The Queens Museum, The School Art League, The Advertising Production Club, The Museum of Moving Image, Festival Ballet Providence, and the Providence Parks Department

Tasnima will be receiving the prestigious Beatrice Warde Scholarship presented by the Type Director’s Club, and Monotype Foundry this July.

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