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?â€, which discusses the social dimension of design projects. Among other projects, they are the designers behind the review column â€˜Gorillaâ€™ in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant and weekly magazine Groene Amsterdammer.