Working as an independent designer, my key activities are graphic design, illustration and visual research. What motivates me is a personal contact with my clients, the exchange and broadening of ideas, personal initiative and a result-oriented working method. My work for a variety of cultural and corporate clients extends from editorial projects to corporate identities, high quality printed publications and 3d typographic solutions for the public space.

 

As part of my design practice, I've shared al lot of knowledge and experience with a dedicated group of designers, photographers, printers, industrial craftsmen, city historians and other colleague professionals, which has resulted in many inspiring projects. Besides my studio I also enjoy teaching graphic design.

I'm personally involved in the entire design process: from the initial drafts and editing to a close watch on the printing or construction at the end. Visual identities as much as designs for the public space should last at least for a few years, but incorporate the possibility to adapt them to changing demands or environments.


 

Facing Spaces
is a mobile research and design studio, run by myself, Steffen Maas (NL, 1973) and Maarten Verweij (NL, 1976). We offer international workshop programmes for students and design professionals. Exploring the role of graphic design in the public domain is key.


We reveal the true (hidden) identity of an urban area and its people (by visual research and clear graphic design products):
- Focus on design process
- Unique design and workshop method
- Bottom Up strategy (instead of Top Down by government or market)
- Local storytelling instead of global branding

Collaborations:
CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Art) Beijing [CN] 
Zhejiang Sci-Tech University Hangzhou [CN] 
Fine Arts School of Hangzhou Normal University [CN] 
ShanXi Academy TaiYuen [CN]
 
Faculdade de Belas Artes da Univesidade de Lisboa [PT]