30 december 2009
When my niece got married they asked me to design the wedding announcement. I had lots of different ideas to show them. This is a selection of the designs I made for them. To yellow and blue one is the one they picked.
29 december 2009
28 december 2009
These paper boxes look almost too beautiful to match their purpose. They're boxes to carry medicine in, pills and powders. So different from the paper bags the pharmacies use nowadays! I googled the pharmacist's name, but I got no results.
24 december 2009
23 december 2009
Last year my father turned 75 and my mother wanted to surprise him with a party. I made the invitiations and used old postcards for the design. My father originates from Breskens, a small town with a fishing port. My father collects old postcards from that town so this design was truly inspired by him!
22 december 2009
About a year ago we visited the Musée du président Jacques Chirac in Sarran, France and I came across this piece of persistence. In Asia, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures and is said to live for a thousand years. The other picture I found on the internet, it shows how The Thousand Origami Cranes has become a symbol of world peace. Great isn't it?
My new year's resolution should be to fold a thousand of these birds...
By the way, the museum is worth a visit if you're ever in the neighbourhood.
21 december 2009
19 december 2009
18 december 2009
16 december 2009
While going through my small vintage graphic design collection I stumbled upon this cirkle. I had forgotten all about it. It looks so well thought out! I don't know how old it is but it looks pretty ancient. I think it children use this in school to learn words. Maybe somebody knows what it is? Enlighten me!
15 december 2009
Once a year we have a houseguest who sleeps over for one or two nights. He is called Flip de Beer and the pre-school children are supposed to take care of him. The parents are expected to make a report of this special occasion.
14 december 2009
12 december 2009
11 december 2009
Of course Mila is a friendcollector as well. I made her a friendbook last year. She started in a new class, with new kids so she 'needed' a new book. It's great to see how enthousiastic the children react!
9 december 2009
This is a great example of early information design. The arrows show how to fold the 'girls'. The girls are part of a collection.
I bought these at a Waterlooplein-fleamarket in Amsterdam. It's always great to discover little gems like these.
8 december 2009
7 december 2009
6 december 2009
5 december 2009
My most favourite design ever is the London Underground map.
I bought this one in a small antiqueshop in St. Ives (Cornwall, UK). This map dates back to 1972, almost as old as I am...
Although the map is updated yearly the design is unbeatable! (the map below is the most recent one, which I downloaded off the website transport for London).
3 december 2009
Pepper gets dressed up a lot. She hates it but she's always noble enough to let us take the pictures. Immediately afterwards she shakes everything off. However, she's always quite taken with the necklace 'cause that's the only item she leaves on. A real lady knows her accessories.
One of my first illustrations I did with a collage. I'm not a very good illustrator so by using the collage-technique I can still make quite nice pictures. I never use Photoshop for my collages, I do them with scissors and glue.
2 december 2009
I've used this collage in my birthdaycalender. It's quite small in the layout so I decided to show it in a post. I'll show the birthdaycalender another time. I'll have to photograph it first.
1 december 2009
New kid on the block needs a book to collect his friends, right?! So I designed this book for Lewis, he's very prood to have his own book. He's a very enthousiastic 'friend-collector'!
30 november 2009
29 november 2009
For the Sinterklaas-celebration at Lewis' school I made this big key. The children use it to open the door to 'the castle'. As could be expected the key broke into two pieces the very first day... Handmade objects are far too fragile for 4 and 5 -year olds.
28 november 2009
27 november 2009
My mother always wanted to fly, so finally, when turned 64 we gave her a flight in a small plane as a present. She enjoyed it very much. She saw her hometown and the region she loves so much from the sky. A really exciting experience for her!