Richard van der Laken was born in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, in 1970. He studied graphic design at the School of Arte Utrecht and did a post graduate at the Amsterdam Sandberg Institute.
Since 1995 he has been running a design company with his creative partner Pepijn Zurburg, called De Designpolitie.
Richard also organized the international conference called What design can do?, which discusses the social dimension of design projects. Among other projects, they are the designers behind the review column “Gorilla” in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant and weekly magazine Groene Amsterdammer.