Thesis design for Neeltje Blankenstein - isontwerp.nl

Risky business?

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Risky Business?

Behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying risky decision-making in adolescents

By Neeltje Blankenstein

Cover, inner pages, invitations & propositions:
Concept, illustration, book design & layout

Background information:
The illustration is about a choice; jump the ravine? Or the ‘safer’ options further away on the horizon? Neeltje Blankenstein asked me to illustrate the theme of her research for her thesis cover. She also provided me with some lovely inspirational images. This resulted in the choice of colortheme and illustration style. The interior pages of the book are printed on Biotop paper, 90 grams. This paper has a nice natural look, and gives a little extra dilution. Of course, we wanted to have that natural appearance also for the cover illustration. But Biotop paper had too much influence on the colors of the illustration, it was a bit too yellow. As a result, we chose the standard coated cardboard, but without laminate finishing. Coated paper provides a nice color intensity, and without laminating we still kept the ‘natural paper-feel’.

PhD defense day: Thursday, 14-02-2019
@ University of Leiden

Supervisor: Prof. dr. Dr. Evelien. A. Crone
Co-supervisor: A.C.K. van Duijvenvoorde

Printing: Ipskamp Printing Enschede

Poster: 50×70 cm
Print: Wihabo, Geffen
Paper: 250 grams Tinteretto Gesso

“I am very happy with the result and I only get positive reactions! The book really has come together as a whole, and it’s completely to my liking. Very cool as well: Ilse has converted my cover to a poster. Now I can place this beautiful illustration in my office. I really recommend her designs!”

Some of the responses received:
– “It is without a doubt the most beautiful thesis I have seen so far. – E.C.
– “What a FAN-TAS-TIc booklet !!!! The illustrations, the cover, and sooooo big!!!”
thesis design for Marjolein Mijnders - isontwerp.nl

Unraveling the puzzle of CFTR

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Unraveling the puzzle of CFTR

domain folding and assembly

By Marjolein Mijnders

Cover, inner pages, invitations & propositions:
Concept, illustration, book design & layout

Background information:
The cover illustration is based on an important figure in the thesis of Marjolein; the puzzle that represents the protein CFTR. The wire ‘binds’ the parts together in the right way, but due to a ‘mistake’ some parts do not fit. The thread runs through the entire thesis, and is also incorporated in the navigation – each chapter has its own ‘thread’. All figures in this 312-page thesis have been converted to the layout choices and where possible use has been made of the theme colors. The interior is printed on 100 gsm G-print paper, and the cover on 270 gsm double-sided coated sulphate cardboard, finished with a scratch-resistant mat laminate.

PhD promotion day: Monday, 11-02-2019
@ Utrecht University

Printing: Gildeprint

“I’ve got it!! Very beautiful 😀 and FAT :O -I would like to thank you very much for the great result and your hard work! I am really happy with it.”
thesis design for Sigrid Dupan - isontwerp.nl

From Man to Machine

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From Man to Machine

Neural control of fine hand movements

By Sigrid Dupan

Thesis design package
Cover, inner pages, invitations & propositions:
Concept, illustration, book design & layout

Background information:
Research into the ‘communication from the brain to the protese’ and in particular the fine movements of the fingers and hands. Based on personal preferences of Sigrid Dupan abstractly illustrated on the cover

PhD promotiedag: Monday, 14-12-2018
@ Radboud universiteit.

Printing: Gildeprint

“The book is very beautiful. There was also a lot of praise from the committee. Thank you!”
illustrative design - annual report for KVGO - inkspiration award winner - 2018 - isontwerp.nl

2017 in a nutshell

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2017 in a nutshell

Annual report

The KVGO Annual Report 2017 (Royal Association of Graphic Entrepreneurs)

Illustrative book design
Cover, inner pages, online PDF with timeline, + matching greeting cards
concept, illustration, book design and layout

Background information

The publication of WOW VET in 2017, as a lead, KVGO asked isontwerp.nl and Wihabo to develop their annual report.

About the client

KVGO is an organization that works for graphic entrepreneurs (printers). They do this mostly in the background, by lobbying, etc., and are therefore often unable to express possible positive developments. Also, they have recently moved to a location near Schiphol.

About the situation

The figures in the graphical sector are not super good yet, but there is hope.

The question from KVGO:

Make a design for the annual report that feels ‘personal’, a book that people would like to look into. It must have a hopeful appearance, and show that KVGO works very hard in the background for the printing industry. The book should not be too big either (resulting in an online attachment for the background information of the timeline in the book.)

My intention:

To make the receiver enthusiastic when holding the book, so that they (almost) would not realize that it was an annual report and would open the book out of curiosity anyway. This is
established by, for example, omitting the word ‘annual report’ on the book cover.

About the design:

Metaphors: A walnut tree in bloom: KVGO as an old giant on the cover, widely rooted, has always given fruits, and will bear fruit in the future. If you look closely, the branches are shaped like a walnut / a brain. This is, in combination with the walnuts that the tree gives, the link to ‘knowledge sharing’, the core of KVGO. These walnut-illustrations also appear in other parts of the report, and are used in various ways. On the title pages, the letters KVGO are combined with other words, such as: Strength of Good Research (lost in translation…). In the background, you see a plane and the new building, they refer directly to the new location. A rising sun in silver foil gives us hope for a radiant new day.

Print production

Here too, a nice collaboration with Wihabo arose, in which again the newest possibilities on the HP Indigo were used. The fresh young green color is printed in the (then still beta) ink Fluorescent Green in combination with Full Color printing. We chose Mohawk Eggshell White paper, from Antalis, in 148 grams for the interiour and 270 grams for the cover. Sizewise, the smaller-than-usual-size 15,5 x 19 cm is comfortable to hold. New digital techniques were used for the finishing touch; the booklet is digitally enhanced with silver foil. And the envelopes are even personalized with this digital silver foil finishing. Because the booklet is Singer-bound, the back was provided with the title by Edgeprinting. In combination with a percentage of Increased Spot UV varnish, this book is a wonderful sample of the latest digital printing possibilities.

 

Issued: 17-05-2018 – during the General Members Meeting
Presented: 24-10-2018 – @ Print Pakt Live, during the Dutch Design Week 2018; at the presentation with Wihabo ‘New combinations bring inspiration’ – where also the free set of giftcards, inspired by this design, was handed out.

 

“This is soooo beautiful… great teamwork that I am extremely proud of. I’m still enjoying it – Wolfgang Gielissen

 

The Local and the Global HP Inkspiration Award 2018 has been awarded to the KVGO annual report, in the Direct Mail category. The prize is a recognition for the special design and the graphic / technical execution.

 

© photography: Photography Dani, commissioned by Wihabo
book cover design illustration and layout for Wakan - Paul Pama - isontwerp.nl

Wakan

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Wakan

Novel

By Paul Pama

Illustrative book design
Cover and layout

Background information

Paul Pama asked me to design the cover of his second novel as well as doing the layout. I loved the storyline, and was inspired by one of the important characters in the story. That’s why this cover illustration continues to tell this story, instead of summing up the contents. The layout is based on the design of his previous book, but the typography of the titles is based on this cover design. After sending in the book design to Brave New Books, I also made the social media posts for the promotion of the book.

About the book

How far would you go if your child is abducted?
Real estate investor Floyd Koudewater is a guy on solid ground, until a mysterious stranger kidnaps his daughter. Helped by a disowned shaman, he is forced to chase her into a world in which he doesn’t believe.
In his second novel, Paul Pama (1971) is testing the limits of the ratio, and coaxes the reader a few steps into an alternative reality.
Earlier (2014) work is the politically tinged novel ‘Tegen wil en dank’ (‘For better or worse’).

(source: Bol.com)

Issued: april 2018
Publisher: Brave New Books

Wow… this (illustration) is exactly what I was talking about!
Proefschrift ontwerp voor Mike Keesman - isontwerp.nl

Observing the mind instead of Acting on it

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Observing the mind instead of Acting on it

How mindfulness empowers people to live healthily

Thesis design for Mike Keesman

Thesis design package
Cover, inner pages, invitations & propositions:
Concept, illustration, book design & layout

Background information:
This cover illustration for the PhD thesis of Mike Keesman is filled with metaphors. ‘Observing’: The big eye that sees everything … The waves in the background depict the transition / the experience of the mindfulness process – from stressful to calm. A wave is also processed as a line drawing in the navigation bar in the layout, and on the chapter pages. On the cover, the text is set in the shape of the eye by means of hand lettering. The text ‘the mind’ provides the ‘iris colors’ in the eye, and the letters fold around the pupil (wrapping your mind around it). This eye can also be seen as a surfboard, matching the suggested quote on the last page of the book.

PhD thesis defense: 18-03-2018
@ Radboud university

Printing: Gildeprint

“Wow! I am very enthusiastic about it!”
thesis design for Sandra van Brunschot - isontwerp.nl

Severe Acute Pencreatitis

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Severe Acute Pancreatitis

Improving Outcome

By Sandra van Brunschot

Cover, inner pages, invitations & propositions:
Concept, illustration, book design & layout

About the thesis:

Of patients suffering from acute pancreatitis (pancreatitis), 20% develop severe pancreatitis. This may result in organ failure or necrosis (cell death) of the pancreas. In the Pancreatitis Workgroup Netherlands (PWN) specialists and centers bring their knowledge and experiences together. The aim is to gain more insight into the clinical picture of acute pancreatitis and thus to improve diagnostics and treatment and to prevent complications. In her research, Sandra van Brunschot charts eight years of intensive clinical scientific research within the PWN.

About the design and development:

During our meeting. Sandra indicated that she wanted to do something special with her big thesis. Eight years of research deserved a beautiful design. Therefore, we have gone all-out – in a subtle way. Sandra is a surgeon, which is why we chose to work with laser cutting technique. The title is formed – by handlettering – into the shape of the pancreas with an abscess, and printed in black and white ink on ‘kraft paper’ (chosen because of the matching color). A pattern runs across the entire cover in ‘slippery’ thickened UV-spot varnish. This is based on the look of the outside of a pancreas.
Another link to her reseach is the drill hole – a way to operate simply and less invasively, where the patient is helped and experiences much less pain / burden. This hole, starting in the ‘top of the abscess’ runs through the whole book – precisely through a grey circle (technical craftsmanship of Wihabo) on the outside of the pages. At each ‘Part’ of the dissertation, the circle gets a bit darker.
The cover consists of 2 parts; the first ‘cut’ part of thicker paper, and the second part of less heavy paper, on which the title is printed. That paper also comes back as chapter pages (inserts) in the book – the text is printed in white.

Printing: Wihabo
Paper types: Cover – Muscat 290 / Chapter pages – Muscat 140 / Inner pages – Biotop 90 grams
Ink: Black + White (digital printing)

PhD defense: Friday 16-03-2018
@ UvA (University of Amsterdam)

Promotors:
Prof. dr. Dr. P. Fockens
Prof. dr. H.G. Gooszen
Copromotor: Dr. H.C. from Santvoort

“Beautiful creative design of my thesis! The result is unique, with an eye for detail and especially suitable for me and my research. I am super excited!”

With the research in this thesis, Sandra van Brunschot won the prestigious Kenneth Warren Annual Research Award in 2017.

Photo’s book & details: © Fotografie Dani, commissioned by Wihabo

Proefschrift omslag ontwerp Eelco Moerman - inburgeren in de opsporing - isontwerp.nl

Inburgeren in de Opsporing

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Inburgeren in de Opsporing

Integration in Investigation

(Thesis in Dutch)
By Eelco Moerman

Cover Design Package
Cover & proposal for title pages;
Concept, illustration & design

Background information:
You see Eelco’s hands, which represent a police hand and a civilian hand. Together they form the shadow of a detection dog: the police and the citizen work together in the investigation

PhD defense: 18-11-2017
@ Erasmus University Rotterdam

Printing: Gildeprint
Layout inner pages: Nicole Nijhuis (Gildeprint)

“It looks so amazing, super cool, I love it !!! During my PhD thesis defense, I received compliments bout the illustration on the cover, so I gladly pass them on.
I’m very happy with it! Thank you very very much.
thesis cover design for ingrid Fakkert - isontwerp.nl

Beyond Risk-Reducing Salpingo-Oophorectomy

Beyond Risk-Reducing Salpingo-Oophorectomy

On breast cancer risk and bone health.

By Ingrid E. Fakkert

Thesis Cover Design
Cover, bookmarker, cover typography, illustration & layout proposal for titlepages

Achtergrond informatie:
An ovary / glass bulb; the road to the future is not easy but not impossible either.

PhD defense: Woensdag 08 – 11 – 2017
@ University Groningen

Printing: Gildeprint

“Hoi Ilse, Ik vind de omslag met die letters heel mooi geworden! Groetjes, Ingrid”
Portfolio boek - WOW VET - Boek ontwerp voor isontwerp.nl en Wihabo i HP Inkspiration Award Winner 2018

WOW VET

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WOW VET

Portfolio book

Jubilee book design for isontwerp.nl & Wihabo

Book design
Book covers, inner pages, design book box
concept, illustration, book design and layoutprinting: Wihabo

Background information:

For the 5-year anniversary of isontwerp.nl, I wanted to create a special book of my work. Wihabo had this idea to create a portfolio book, in which they could show their beautiful techniques. We found each other in our passion for print on one of Wihabo’s ‘open office days’, and from there, the project took off.

About the book

The result is WOW VET: a limited edition bookbox consisting of 4 books: C,M,Y,’Key’ in a Black Box. Each color book has its own subject, showing Whiabo’s (HP Print equipment’s) possibilities. Cyan booklet: CMYK + LCLM (light cyan & light magenta) / Magenta booklet: Fluor / Yellow booklet: Color on Color / Purple booklet (Key): PMS Matching.

Almost all my illustrations and designs from the past years have been converted into a new design that suits the printing technique in question.
The booklets are bound in 4 different ways and are bundled in a black box, which is laser numbered individually (personalized ‘punching’).

Then, the books were sent to customers, and on special request to interested parties, in their own personalized shipping box.
During the Dutch Design Week 2017, the book bundle was presented at Print Pakt Live, in the Yksy ‘Black Box’. There, we also gave away a matching set of greeting cards.

Presentation: 27 -10 – 2017
@ Dutch Design Week 2017, Print Pakt Live

“A far out, super-rad, one hundred times WOW publication. Completely amazed, I am enjoying all booklets, paper types, visual violence and subtlety. A striking and crazy collaboration between two professionals where really nothing is too insane.”- Koen Geurts – Creative Director

“A smashing sample of the latest digital printing techniques: special paper, punching laser techniqes, fluorescent inks, a hacked printing press: experimental and powerful.” – KVGO Print Pakt online magazine

WOW VET has won the HP Inkspriation Award for ‘Self-Promotion’ 2017, and has also been nominated for the Global HP Inkspiration Awards 2017 in Vienna

© photography: Photography Dani, commissioned by Wihabo
thesis design for Helga Ising - early detection - isontwerp.nl

Early detection, stage-dependent profiling and proactive intervention

Early detection, stage-dependent profiling and proactive intervention

in patients at ultra-high risk for psychosis.

By Helga Ising

Thesis design package
Thesis, invitations & propositions:
Cover illustration, book design & layout

Thesis defense; 07- 07 – 2017
@ VU Amsterdam
Printing: Gildeprint
Special paper cover: Papyrus Savanna Structure

I am very happy with it! It is so beautiful! Thank you for being professional with my feedback. Your mission to create a design that fits perfectly with me is really successful. The thesis really reflects my personality! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
Thesis design for Luuk Seelen - isontwerp.nl

Granular Discrete Element Modelling

Granular Discrete Element Modelling

Packing of Non-Spherical Granular Particles

By Luuk Seelen

Cover Design Package
Cover illustration, bookmarker, slide for presentation

Background information:
Luuk had a very clear vision and idea about the design (he loved the old-school Pelican book covers), so I transformed his story about his study into an illustration that matched this style.

PhD defense: Monday, 3-07- 2017
@ TU/e – Technical University Eindhoven

Drukwerk: Gildeprint
I am very happy with the final result! I am also very happy with the bookmarker, and I’ll try to persuade my immediate colleagues to hire you.
Illustration design for Zandbeek. Pioniers in contentmarketing - commissioned by ABN Amro MeesPierson - isontwerp.nl -

De Norm – Vermogensmonitor 2017

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De Norm

De Vermogengsmonitor 2017

Illustration design for Zandbeek. Pioniers in contentmarketing The agency for engagement, commissioned by ABN Amro MeesPierson

Illustration design
cover illustration, illustrations book interiour, website banner illustration, website link illustration, concept development

Background information

De Vermogensmonitor (The Asset Monitor) is an initiative of ABN AMRO MeesPierson. In 2017, Zandbeek asked me to illustrate a magazine. ABN Amro MeesPierson had conducted a survey* among the wealthy target group. The results were translated in an audience-friendly way. My task was to make the illustrative translation for that target group, and to take part in the concept development. The illustrations were ultimately used for the online expressions: on devermogensmonitor.nl (2017), at ATMs, etc.

*The survey was carried out in May 2017 by GfK among nearly 500 people. In the Netherlands, the target group ‘the wealthy’ contains Dutch people with at least 500,000 euros of free capital

Publisher: ABN AMRO MeesPierson
Concept & realization: Zandbeek. The agency for engagement
Print coordination: Sumis Printmanagement

“This booklet is the most beautiful thing we have made in a long time”
– Willem van Zandbeek (1952 – 2017)

This campaign has won no fewer than3 awards:
The ‘Best PR input within content marketing’award & the ‘Best distribution’ award at the Grand Prix Content Marketing 2017.
Next, we won an European Excellence Award in the category ‘External Publication’.(source: zandbeek.com)
Also, the case was a finalist at the prestigious American Content Marketing Awards 2018, in the category Content Marketing Launch of the Year
Thesis design package - cover illustration for Stella van Rijn - isontwerp.nl

Transformative Governance for the Knowledge Democracy

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Transformative Governance for the Knowledge Democracy

By Stella van Rijn

Thesis design package
Thesis, invitations, propositions & presentation slide
Cover illustration, book design & layout

Background information:
Stella van Rijn is (in 2017) Secretary-General at Department of General Affairs and Foreign Relations at Government of Curacao. For her thesis at the Nyenroode Business University, she wanted a clear and original design, that would tell a story. The illustration of a face and (and its brain) looking ahead, does just that. The colors are also used for navigating through the thesis.

Thesis defense: 26 – 06 – 2017
@ Nyenroode Business University

Printing: Ipskamp Printing
Special finishing: Cover is embossed

“VERY beautyful. Amazing!”
thesis cover design and cover illustration for Jesper Verhoef - isontwerp.nl

Opzien tegen modernisering

Opzien tegen modernisering

By Jesper Verhoef

Dreading Modernization
Ideas about America and Dutch identity in the public debate about media, 1919-1989 (In Dutch)

Background information:
Jesper Verhoef asked me to work with the old image of Uncle Sam and a Dutch woman in old fashioned clothing. Inspired by ‘Het Melkmeisje’, a painting by Vermeer, I drew a new, more resilient woman, fighting her own ‘shadow’ in the shape of Uncle Sam. The colors are based on the typically Dutch colors: Blue, white, red and orange. The clock shows it’s five to 12. The Dutch saying ‘5 minutes to 12, has the meaning that the situation is on the verge of disaster; it’s time for change, before it’s too late.

PhD Defense; Woensdag, 23-06-2017
@ Utrecht UniversityPublished by Eburon

“Hey Ilse, about the clock telling us it’s  5-to-12 … What a good idea! Not to say genius* Currently, the printing proof is front of me. Looks great in real life, the cover has become really beautiful! Kind regards, Jesper “

For sale at the bookshop

Interview with Jesper in the Volkskrant (Dutch)
thesis cover design for Marline Harmsen - isontwerp.nl

Salpingectomy with Delayed Oophorectomy in BRCA1/2 mutation carriers

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Salpingectomy with Delayed Oophorectomy in BRCA1/2 mutation carriers

By Marline Harmsen

Thesis Cover Design

Cover, typography & illustration, design proposal for titlepages, bookmarker

PhD defense: Thursday, 22-06-2017
@ Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre

Printed at Gildeprint

Thanks Ilse !!! It has become super beautiful. I am going to enjoy your design for a long time :).

LinkedIn:
It is very special how Ilse can deliver a number of sketches so quickly, that make you think “Wow!”.
[…] I would recommend Ilse to everyone!
Proefschrift omslag ontwerp voor Nicoline Otterman - isontwerp.nl

Factors influencing the use of evidence in physical therapy

Factors influencing the use of evidence in physical therapy

A multilevel exploration in the context of multidisciplinary rehabilition for patients suffering from diabetes or stroke

By Nicoline Otterman

Thesis Cover Design
Cover, bookmarker, cover typography, illustration & layout proposal for titlepages

Background information:
Nicoline asked for a typographic cover design, but also really wanted it to have a ‘human’ look. The hand-made ink drops & ink strokes, the special paper for the cover + a quote from Socrates ensure this. The flaps give the dissertation a real ‘book feeling’. Her love for indigo blue helped in choosing the color.

PhD defense: Tuesday 20-06 2017
@ Academic Medical Center Amsterdam

Printing: Gildeprint
Cover paper: Papyrus Gmund Savanna Structuros Bianco (260 grams)

“Ilse has created a beautiful, powerful typographic design and illustrations for my thesis.
I definitely recommend her! Now I have a book that makes me very happy and that I receive many compliments for.”
Thesis cover design for Ramona Bouwman - isontwerp.nl

Quality assurance in modern X-Ray breast imaging

Quality assurance in modern X-Ray breast imaging

By Ramona Bouwman

Cover, design proposal for title pages, bookmarker, slide for projection during defense;
Illustration, design & typography

Background information:
Different ‘breast shapes’ (of X-Ray photos of different amounts of radiation) create a rolling landscape. Image & typography together show the ‘difference in quality’.

PhD defense: Tuesday, May 23 2017
@ Academic Medical Center Amsterdam

Printing: Gildeprint

Hi Ilse, Yesterday I received the proof and it looks amazing. It is very nice to see the print, especially the transitions of difference in ‘quality’.
Super, thank you for the great cooperation!
Proefschrift ontwerp voor Annette van Maanen - isontwerp.nl

Melatonin treatment and light therapy for chronic sleep onset insomnia

Melatonin treatment and light therapy for chronic sleep onset insomnia in children

Effects on sleep, cognition, health and psychosocial functioning

by Annette van Maanen

Thesis, invitations, propositions and presentation slide
Typography, illustration, book design & layout

Background information:
The research Annette van Maanen did, was about the treatment of insomnia in children and its effects. The cover illustration of the “night owl” and the choice of paper for the book suit both the style of Annette and the theme; a soft, friendly yet serious appearance.

Thesis defense: 29 – 03 – 2017
UvA (University of Amsterdam)

Printing: Ipskamp Printing
Special paper: Cyclus Print

“I received my books today. They have become SUPER-AMAZING! The paper is also very nice, it just fits so well together.
I get compliments from colleagues, but they are actually meant for you!”
Thesis cover design package for Shamir R Jacobino -isontwerp.nl

Antibody-mediated immunity against viral respiratory infections

Antibody-mediated immunity against viral respiratory infections

By Shamir R. Jacobino

Thesis Cover Design
Cover, bookmarker, & layout proposal for titlepages:
Cover design and illustration & typography

 

Background information:

Shamir (from Curaçao) wanted his thesis cover to radiate a hopeful future. The cover illustration shows you an rising sun above the Caribbean waters, as well as an encapsulated virus, above the lungs in the sea. The lungs are showing little signs of degradation, but so is the virus. The paint & color choices were based on Shamirs style and personality.

PhD Thesis defense: Tuesday 20-12-2016
@ Utrecht University

Printing: Proefschriftmaken.nl

“Wowwwwwww! It looks amazing! And thanks for the [layout] tips (all of them)! I am very happy with the result!
I received compliments from literally everyone about my cover. A massive thank you!”
Thesis cover design for Lisette I. Z. Kunz - isontwerp.nl

Effects of Inhaled Corticosteroids on Clinical and Pathological Outcomes in COPD

Effects of Inhaled Corticosteroids on Clinical and Pathological Outcomes in COPD

Inights from the GLUCOLD Study

By Lisette I.Z. Kunz

Cover design package
Cover, invitations & proposal title pages;
concept, illustration & design

Background information:

Cover illustration of the silhouette (with asphalt texture) of a middle-aged woman smoking. The illustrations were drawn by hand and then merged into a striking metaphor.

PhD Thesis defense: 12-12-2016
@ University Leiden

Printing: Gildeprint

It looks good! I think you have delivered beautiful work. Thank you for all your efforts!
Greetings Lisette”
Proefschrift ontwerp voor Emmie Vossen - isontwerp.nl

Uncovering the micro foundations of the activation paradigm

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Uncovering the micro foundations of the activation paradigm

A translation perspective on sickness absence practices in Dutch and Danish hospitals

By Emmie Vossen

complete thesis, invitations and propositions;
Concept, illustration, book design & layout

Background information:
Main colors are red white & blue (the Netherlands & Denmark). Theme words that form the basis for this concept: finding your way, scandinavia, colors of the countries, nature, silence, hope, thinking ahead. If you look at the levels mentioned in the research, there are 3 ‘ways’ in the dissertation: macro – meso – micro. These research themes are visualized in a 1 main road, branching off in 3 different roads. The roads run across the thesis like ‘a yellow brick road’. You find them on every chapter page and they help navigate through the thesis as the chapter markings. There are 6 different signs at the start of every chapter, that let you know what it is about: 1 = intro, 2 = macro level, 3 = meso & micro level, 4 & 5 = micro level, 6 = all levels come together.

Promotiedag: 19 – 09 – 2016
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

Printing: Ipskamp Printing

“It alll looks very lovely. Thank you!”
Thesis cover design for Sten Zelle - isontwerp.nl

Breast cancer control in low and middle income countries

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Breast cancer control in low and middle income countries

cost-effectiveness and other considerations

By sten Zelle

Cover, bookmarker invitation & proposal title pages:
Concept, illustrations, design & layout

Background information:
Newton’s cradle as a symbol of the effects. It includes the world, and a coin behind lock and key; the symbols on the coin are all related to the research.

PhD Thesis defense: Friday 18-09-2017
@ Radboud University Nijmegen

Printing: Ipskamp printing
Layout: Marike Jaegers

“I am very happy with the result! Excellent work”

 

Thesis design for Han Leeferink - isontwerp.nl

Future teachers learn from and at the workplace

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Future teachers learn from and at the workplace

By Han Leeferink (thesis in Dutch)

Cover, inner pages, invitations & propositions:
Concept, illustration, book design & layout

Background information:
Han has a very ‘zen’ personality, this is something that is visualized in the illustration. The thesis is based on personal experiences of students, who tell their stories. Hence the ‘quotation mark’shaped floating bubbles, also referring to the temporaryness of things. The waves showing the ‘turbulent waters of learning’.

PhD Thesis defense: 15 – 09 – 2016
@ TU/e, Technical University Eindhoven

Printing: Ipskamp printing
Paper: Biotop

“Yesterday I received the theses. They look magnificent!”
thesis design for Lean Beulen -isontwerp.nl

Non-invasive prenatal testing

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Non-invasive prenatal testing

a multifaceted assessment

By Lean Beulen

Cover, inner pages, invitations & propositions:
Concept, illustration, book design & layout

Background information:
The title of the study was converted by handlettering into a cover illustration of a baby in the womb. The vector illustration of the shape of the belly, and the inverted version of it, is used for the title pages in the layout. The text is placed in the belly shape at the beginning of a chapter. The line used in the name of the cover is also used in the lay-out of this dissertation, at the navigation at the top of the page. Lean Beulen, like me, considers the environment important, and wanted to make something special out of her thesis. That is why this book uses 2-color (Pantone 320 + black) water-free offset printing, which is better for the environment. Both cover and interior are printed on FSC recycled Cyclus Offset paper. A special foil technique was also used for the cover. The image for the Hot Foil (Luxor 308) is inverted, which is more complicated with the cropping of the book. Moreover, the foil has been placed first, and then scratch-resistant mat laminate has been placed over it, which creates a particularly attractive, soft effect.

PhD promotion day: Tuesday 05-07-2016
@ Radboud University Nijmegen

Printing: Drukkerij Kempers BV

Paper: Cyclus Offset
Finishing: Hot Foil

“I’m curious about the reactions of others, but we (lennart and me) are very proud! …”
Thesis design for Judith Cluitmans - isontwerp.nl

Red Blood Cell Homeostasis

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Red Blood Cell Homeostasis

Molecular mechanisms regulating morphology and function

Door Judith Cluitmans

Cover, inner pages, invitations & propositions:
Concept, illustration, book design & layout

Background information:
Judith Cluitmans & Arno Janssen both had their PhD defense on the same day and ordered their thesis designs at isontwerp. The goal was to create 2 different designs, whilst it would be evident that they belonged together, if seen next to each other. This was established by using similar background textures for the illustration, as well as a special textured paper for the cover.

Promotiedag: 02 – 06 – 2016
@ Radboud umc Nijmegen

Printing: Gildeprint
Special paper cover: Papyrus Savanna Structure

“Thank you for all your work! It was very nice to work with you and am very satisfied with the result.
One of the opponents was quite ‘sorry’ about the beautiful design, because all the PhDs in his lab suddenly wanted to have their thesis just as beautifully designed as well. But it was the most beautiful thesis he had ever seen.”
Thesis design for Arno Janssen - isontwerp.nl

Transcranial magnetic stimulation

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Measuring and Modelling in Health and Disease

By Arno Janssen

Thesis design package
Cover, inner pages, invitations & propositions:
Concept, illustration, book design & layout

 

Background information:

Arno Janssen and Judith Cluitmans (a couple) both had their PhD defense on the same day and ordered their thesis designs at isontwerp. The goal was to create 2 different designs, whilst it would be evident that they also belonged together, if seen next to each other. This was established by using similar background textures in the illustrations, and printing the cover on a textured paper.

Thesis defense; 02 – 06 – 2016
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre

Printing: Gildeprint
Special paper cover: Papyrus Savanna Structure

 

Thanks Ilse! I got many comments on the beautiful cover and layout of my thesis.
Thesis cover design for Vincent J. C. Lempers - isontwerp.nl

Building a clinical pharmacology framework for the safe and effective use of antifungal agents

Building a clinical pharmacology framework for the safe and effective use of antifungal agents

By Vincent J. C. Lempers

Cover, bookmarker, titlepages, image for engraving;
Concept, illustration and design

 

Background information:

This cover visualises the network of certain fungi, and the beautiful ‘flowers’ that they have.

PhD defense: Tuesday May 10 2016.
@ Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre

Print: Ipskamp printing
Layout: Paula Berkemeyer

I think it’s cool how the spores run through the white area! It looks amazing Ilse. Well done!

 

Whiskey carafe ordered and engraved by Klaas Smit, Ksb Cristal
Thesis design for Merel van Gilst - isontwerp.nl

Sleep benefit in Parkinson’s disease

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Sleep benefit in Parkinson’s disease

By Merel van Gilst

Thesis, invitations & propositions:
Cover illustration, book design & layout

Background information:
This dissertation by Merel van Gilst is part of a research of Prof. dr. Sebastiaan Overeem. The flying birds and the rising sun symbolize the feeling of ‘freedom (in motion)’ that many people with Parkinson’s disease say they experience after good night sleep. The silver rays give the illustration an extra ‘sparkle’.

PhD Thesis defense: 13 – 04 – 2016
@ Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre

Printing
Book: Ipskamp Printing, Offset with Spot color, special finishing with Hot Foil Silver
Invitation: flyeralarm, 70 grams paper, so that it could be folded into a bird

“The final result is amazing! The cover is also very beautiful! Thank you! I am very happy with it.”
Thesis design for Marian Smeulers - isontwerp.nl

Evidence Based Quality Improvement

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Evidence Based Quality Improvement

A recipe for improving medication safety and handover of care

By Marian Smeulers

Thesis, invitations, propositions & A3 poster:
Cover illustration, book design & layout

Background information:
Marian Smeulers told me she liked to have a cover that contained a symbolisation of ‘growth’. Out of the sketches, she choose the image of the ‘paper-cut’ tree, growing the letters that make the title. This tree ‘grows’ troughout the thesis; that’s why the chapter markers go from bottom to top in this book. Full color print gave me the oppertunity to give each part it’s own color to use for the figures & tables, giving the book a unique appearance.

PhD Thesis defense: 14 – 01 – 2016
@ UvA (University of Amsterdam)

Printing: Ipskamp

“I just received the printed theses. It all turned out very beautiful and I am very happy with the result! Thank you for the lovely cooperation :-).”
Thesis design for Inge Pool - isontwerp.nl

Continuing professional development across the nursing career

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Continuing professional development across the nursing career

A lifespan perspective on CPD motives and learning activities

By Inge A. Pool

Thesis design package
Cover, inner pages, invitations and propositions;
Concept, illustration, book design and layout

Background information:
With Continuity as the starting point, the ‘focus’ is being developed further and further. The cover illustration continues in the lay-out of the thesis. On the title pages the focus turns into the chapter mark.

Thesis defense: 17 – 11 – 2015
@ Utrecht University

Printing: Ipskamp Drukkers

“The thesis has become very beautiful. I received very enthusiastic responses about the looks of the book. Thank you for the beautiful design and the pleasant cooperation!”

In December 2015, Inge received the Rho Chi-Award ‘Friend of Nursing’ for her research in the field of nursing.
Thesis design for Noor Tromp - isontwerp.nl

Priority Setting in HIV/AIDS Control

Priority Setting in HIV/AIDS Control

The use of multi criteria decision analysis in Indonesia and South Africa

By Noor Tromp

Thesis, invitations, propositions, policy brief & poster;
concept, illustration, book design and layout

Background information:
This thesis aims to improve the priority setting process by making use of scientific evidence, and by bringing the various stakeholders (the hands creating ‘shelter’) together to decide on these priorities. The cover design with handmade letters has the appearance of a (protest) poster, referring to publicity measures that governments should take to make their decisions public. White and red are the colors of the Indonesian flag, where most of the research took place. Each chapter has its own color for titles, figures and tables.

PhD Thesis defense; 03 – 11 – 2015
@ Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre

Printing: Gildeprint

“Thank you so much for the design of the cover and the total end result. I am very happy with it and I have had a lot of nice reactions from people around me too! Thanks for everything!!”
Thesis design for Diana Papazova - isontwerp.nl

Interactions between the kidney and its environment

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Interactions between the kidney and its environment

chronic intervention studies

By Diana Papazova

Thesis design package
Omslag, binnenwerk, uitnodigingen, stellingen en poster;
concept, illustratie, boek ontwerp en lay-out

Background information:
Diana Papazova is from Sofia, Bulgaria. During our first conversation she told me that in the vicinity of her hometown, there was a lake called ‘Kidney Lake’. She would love this to be integrated somehow, and sent me a picture of it. Instead of using the photo itself, I used it as a source of inspiration for an illustration, merging the anatomy of a kidney – as a ‘Delta Plan’ – into it as well, keeping with the theme as well as a reference to Diana’s new (Dutch) environment. Because the research was about the effects on the heart too, I added a ‘Heart-Lake’ on the back of the cover. The vector illustration of the new ‘Kidney-Lake’ has been used for the title pages of the book.

Thesis defense: 16 – 10 – 2015
@ Utrecht University

Printing: Gildeprint

“The books are beautiful! Super nice! A true piece of art :). Everybody is impressed and the poster is very nice as well!. Greetings, Diana
Thesis cover design for Gerda Noordmans - isontwerp.nl

Novel Genes in Renal Aging

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Novel Genes in Renal Aging

By Gerda Noordmans

Cover, inner pages, bookmark, extra invitation, propositions;
Concept, illustration, book design & layout

Background information:
Gerda Noordmans told me she loved illustrations where something ‘real’ was transformed into a ‘symbolic visualization’. This research was about renal aging; the process of kidneys growing old. The roots of the tree in the cover illustration have the shape of a healthy kidney, the branches at the top are shaped in a ‘degrated kidkney’. A young and old bird symbolising life, the falling leafs illustrating the aging process. Every chapter has it’s own unique ‘tree’ on the chapterpage. Drawing the leafs one by one was a very pleasant thing to do, resulting in an attractive book illustration.

Thesis defense; 25 – 09 – 2014
@ Radboud University Nijmegen

Printing: Gildeprint

“The defense went very well, it was a really lovely day. Have also received many compliments on cover and layout!
Thanks for the pleasant cooperation! I’ll follow you on twitter;). Greetings, Gerda”
Thesis design for Nicole Mastenbroek - isontwerp.nl

The art of staying engaged

The art of staying engaged

The role of personal resources in mental well-being of young veterinary professionals

By Nicole Mastenbroek

Thesis design package
Cover, inner pages, invitations & propositions:
Concept, illustration, book design & layout

Background information:
There are verious Dutch translations for the word ‘engaged’, one of them is something like ‘inspired’. It refers to ‘flying, and this meaning was the inspiration for this cover design concept. Also, Nicole told me about the statue of two birds in her garden. I have merged the exact shape of this statue of these birds into a prominent spot on the cover.

PhD thesis defense; 30 – 10 – 2014
@ Utrecht University

Printing: Gildeprint

“Hey Ilse, I get a lot of compliments about the thesis. Thanks! Greetings, Nicole”

Nicole Mastenbroek received the Gift of Honor 2015 of the KNMvD for her research
Thesis design for Jari Kempers - isontwerp.nl

Economic analysis of Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs

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Economic analysis of Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs

A Multi-Country Study

By Jari Kempers

Thesis design package
Cover, book interiour, bookmark invitation and propositions
Concept, illustration, book design and layout

Background information:
In this full color book each ‘part’ has its own color palette, matching the cover design. The dice are used as navigation in the book; the color of each part can be found at the top right of the page.

Thesis defense: 14 – 09 – 2016
@ Radboud University NijmegenPrinting: Ipskamp printing

“You made it look amazing, thank you!”
Thesis design for Laura Berger - isontwerp.nl

Working the Net

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Working the Net

A critical study on networking practices in university industry collaborations

By Laura Berger

Cover, inner pages, bookmarker invitation and propositions
Concept, illustration, book design and layout

Background information:
The title on the cover is created out of the different network points. This network is used throughout the dissertation; in the table of contents with navigates and on title pages.

PhD Thesis defense: 03 – 09 – 2015
Radboud University Nijmegen

Printing: Ipskamp

“I get solely very positive reactions to the design of the book :). Thank you!”
thesis cover design for Noortje Maaijwee Stroke in young adults - isontwerp.nl

Stroke in young adults

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Long term neuropsycological and social consequences after Stroke in young adults

By Noortje Maaijwee

Thesis design package (+)
cover, inner pages, bookmarker, proposition and powerpoint slide
Concept, illustration, book design and layout

Background information:

Soft colors in the background, a surreal brain as a storm cloud in clear skies, above a peaceful view over ‘the life path’. The underlying idea, of course, is that a stroke appears ‘like a bolt out of the blue’, with a long way to go because it concerns young people. Font of STROKE: AT Concise. Matching the subject; parts of the letters are gone, but it remains legible.

Design according to the terms of Donders Institute

PhD Thesis defense: 12 – 06 – 2016
@ Radboud University Nijmegen
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour; centre for cognitive neuroimaging

Printing: Ipskamp

“I have had a lot of nice comments on my book, everyone really loves it! Thank you for all your help and the great cooperation!”
Thesis cover design for Nienke de Vries - isontwerp.nl

Managing the Decline

Managing the Decline

Physical therapy in frail elderly

By Nienke de Vries

Cover, bookmarker, cover typography, illustration & layout proposal for titlepages

Background information:
Nienke asked me for a ‘clean design’. Her dissertation deals with the obstacles encountered by older people and ways to help these elderly people. The Staircase is a metaphor for the ‘obstacles’ for the elderly, but also for ascending, a choice (up or down) and finally the door that opens to the outside world. In this abstract illustration, the circles behind the image symbolize the ‘protection of the safety net’, like the connecting dots in the pink circle symbolize all external help.

Thesis defense; 09 – 06 – 2015
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical CentrePrinting: Gildeprint

I am so happy with the cover! I have also received many compliments. A good friend thought the cover to be ‘really Nienke’. I think that’s a great compliment to the work you have done! Thanks again! Greetings, Nienke”

Nienke won theWCF Dissertation Award during the Science Days of the KNGF & WCF.
Thesis design for Rebecca Astill - isontwerp.nl

Don’t let the bedbugs bite

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Don’t let the bedbugs bite

Sleep’s beneficial effects on childhood cognitive development

By Rebecca Astill

Cover, inner pages, bookmark, propositions, PowerPoint slide.
Concept, illustration, typography, book design and layout.

Background information:
Rebecca wanted her book to have a look that matched the title, like “a children’s book.” With pleasure I illustrated the sleeping young animals and their ‘annoying bed bugs’. Each chapter has its own sleeping creature, and one extra bed bug. The special paper for the cover completes the soft look.

Thesis defense: 22 – 04 – 2015
@ VU University Amsterdam

Printing: Ipskamp Drukkers
Special paper cover: Natural Evolution White

“To get Ilse involved in Rebecca’s thesis was a great tip-off. It’s the most beautiful thesis I ever saw!
– Prof. Eus JW van Someren, Netherlands Institue for Neuroscience”
Thesis cover design for Monica de Boer - isontwerp.nl

Pharmaceutical care in surgical patients

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Pharmaceutical care in surgical patients

Tools for measurement and intervention.

By Monica de Boer

Thesis cover, bookmarker & chapter page layout:
concept, illustration, design

Background information:
Monica de Boer asked me for a ‘clean’ design. The center image is a pharmaceutical pill, ‘connected’ out of the big network representing all the caregivers involved. The UV varnish makes the image complete.

PhD thesis defense: Friday, 06-03-2015
@ University of Amsterdam

layout: Monica de Boer
Print & layout: Ipskamp printing

I am very satisfied with this beautiful result, the UV spot worked out nicely and the colors really POP! I Have already had many positive comments, so thanks again for your design! … I will definitely recommend you to my colleagues!
Thesis design for Catharina van Oostveen - isontwerp.nl

Modeling and Managing the patients’ need for clinical care

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Modeling and Managing the patients’ need for clinical care

Enhancing evidencebased practice and management

By Catharina van Oostveen

Thesis design package
cover, inner pages, propositions, powerpoint slides.
Concept, illustration, book design and layout

Background information:
Catharina really loved a Leigh Viner illustration she purchased especially for her thesis, and asked me to work with it in the design. This is why I started working with ‘watercolor’ as the style-basics. The pallette and magazine-style design of this thesis were all based on the personal style of Catharina. Working with typography was fun, and gave the book an unique touch.

PhD thesis defense; 20 – 02 – 2015
@ Amsterdam University (UvA)

Printing: Gildeprint

“The thesis is beautiful. I get a lot of compliments about it. It’s really something else, and the layout is very neat. Thank you very much! Regards, Catharina”
Thesis design for Maartje Louter - isontwerp.nl

Sleep in Parkinson’s disease

Sleep in Parkinson’s disease: a focus on nocturnal movements

By Maartje Louter

Thesis design package
Cover, inner pages, invitations & propositions:
Concept, illustration, book design & layout

Background information:
This thesis is part of one line of research that focuses on Sleep and Parkinsson’s disease, under the direction of Prof. dr. S. Overeem. The theme of ‘sleep’ is represented by a very deep blue with a silver starry sky. The blue is used as Pantone spot color for the interior. The title in silver Hot-Foil finishing on the matt cover completes it.

Thesis defense; 13 – 02 – 2015
@ Radboud University Nijmegen

Printing: Ipskamp Drukkers
Offset, Pantone Spot color
Special finishing: Silver Hot Foil

“Like I told you before; they are absolutely stunning!”
Thesis design for Leonie Heres - isontwerp.nl

One Style Fits All?

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One Style Fits All?

The Content, Origins, and Effect of Follower Expectations of Ethical Leadership

By Leonie Heres

Thesis design package
Cover, inner pages, invitations & propositions:
Concept, illustration, book design & layout

 

Background information:
This research is about (ethical) management styles, might just not be ‘one size fits all’. Leonie Heres wanted a book design that ‘one could find in a bookstore’. The research subject has been visualized by a ‘royal bird’ and its subjects, spread across the cover and through the book.

PhD thesis defense; 04 – 12 – 2014
@ VU University Amsterdam

Printing: Ipskamp Printing

 

“I am absolutely very happy with the result! I (and therefore actually you ..) get a lot of nice compliments about the design. During the defense, the layout of the book is extensively discussed in the many compliments of the Doctorate Committee. One of the members even started his opposition with a question about the nice, well-thought-out layout (just to indicate that they were very impressed). Thanks again for all your efforts & the great cooperation! Greetings, Leonie”

 

Leonie received the G.A. v. Poelje Award for Best dissertation of the Year 2014