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!”
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

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 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!”
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!”
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 design for Han Leeferink - isontwerp.nl

Future teachers learn from and at the workplace

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Leren van aanstaande leraren op en van de werkplek

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 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 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 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
Thesis design for Anna de Goede - isontwerp.nl

HIV Immunotherapy

HIV Immunotherapy

host immunity and virus evolution

By Anna de Goede

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

Background information:
The typography on the cover is set to visualise a syringe. On the background the HIV cell is shown as a symbolic maze, with ‘evolution’ at it’s centre.

PhD Thesis defense: 10 – 09 – 2014
@ Erasmus University Rotterdam

Printing: Ipskamp Drukkers
Special finishing: UV Varnish

”Thanks to Ilse’s creativity, flexibility and conceptual thinking, I am now holding a thesis with an incredibly clean and well thought out design. A work that I am proud to show! -Anna”
[Translated recommendation placed on LinkedIn]
Thesis design for Patrick Alan Forbes - isontwerp.nl

Heads Up

Heads Up

Sensorimotor control of the head-neck system

By Patrick Alan Forbes

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

Background information:
Patrick asked me to work with the black & white pencil drawings his sister made – could I perhaps use that in the cover design? To solve the ‘problem’ of not having a top and bottom of the ‘head-illustration’ I created the ‘flag’ wrapped around it, after that I worked with the colors. This flag returns on the ‘part-pages’ of the book interiour. The bold title ‘heads up’ deserved a statement – that’s why we chose for the background as it is.

Neck muscles and vestibular organ illustrations on cover: Kathryn A. Forbes (based on illustrations from “Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body”)

PhD promotiedag: 07 – 03 – 2014
@ Technische Universiteit Delft

Printing: Ridderprint

You delivered a final product that I could never have expected, but that was exactly what I wanted. A book design that represents both my personality and my research.”
Thesis design for Roderik Viergever - isontwerp.nl

Evidence-Based Priority Setting for health research

Evidence-Based Priority Setting for health research

By Roderik Viergever

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

 

Background information:
At this stage, I still had time to visit my clients at home or at work :). When I vistited Roderik Viergever, I noticed his interest in atlases and maps; they were everywhere. This was a big inspiration for this book design: the contents and navigation is based on navigation in the world atlas; with different colors for different parts of the book, and the markers & information in a colored bar at the top of the pages. The cover design symbolises the work done, by ‘connecting the dots’ all over the world.

Thesis defense; 10 – 02 – 2014
@ Radboud umc Nijmegen

Printing: Ipskamp Printing

 

“I am very, very glad that I asked you to design my PhD thesis! The design of the cover, besides looking amazing, is an excellent metaphor for the work that I have done, and also links to my personal interests. The coherence of the complete book is one of the best things about how my thesis was designed. It has been a pleasure to work with you. I’d warmly recommend you to anyone who is in the final stages of their PhD and needs it to look good!

 

CaRe Dissertation Award for Best Thesis of the Year 2015
Proefschrift ontwerp voor Erwin Wiegman - isontwerp.nl

Prediction and prevention of radiation induced lung toxicity

Prediction and prevention of radiation induced lung toxicity

By Erwin Wiegman

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

Background information:
The research by Erwin Wiegman is about damage that is incurred when exposing the lungs to radiation, for example during hospital examinations. This is visualized in a dry and arid environment with the gap in the landscape shaped as lungs. The warning sign contains the title, and emphasizes the seriousness of the subject. The font ‘Din’ is specially designed for signposting. That is why we used this font for the layout of this thesis.

PhD thesis defense: 03 – 02 – 2014
@ Groningen University

Printing: Gildeprint

“It looks great! I am very happy with the result! I have already had many positive comments on the cover design, so compliments to you! Greetings, Erwin “
Thesis design for Hennie Janssen - isontwerp.nl

Vitamin D and muscle function in older people

Vitamin D and muscle function in older people

By Hennie Janssen

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

Background information:
The big sun in the shape of a D shines on the future for the elderly… A clean design, with a very bright Pantone color to suit Hennie Janssens’ personal style.

Thesis defense: 28 – 01 – 2014
@ Utrecht University

Drukwerk: Ipskamp
Offset, PMS 282 & PMS 2291
Special cover paper: Arctic White

I have received a thesis that is more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. Thank you for the pleasant cooperation in a stressful time!
Greetings. Hennie ” [Translated part of recommendation posted on LinkedIn]

“Finally a refreshing, young appearance for a thesis of this time!” – Mrs. De Ruiter, Sleep Medicine Center Kempenhaeghe, Heeze
Thesis design for Saskia Nijmeijer - isontwerp.nl

Pharmacological Characterization of Novel Histamine H4 Receptor Ligands

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Pharmacological Characterization of Novel Histamine H4 Receptor Ligands

By Saskia Nijmeijer

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

Background information:
The illustration & design was based on personal style of Saskia Nijmeier – and her hobbies 🙂 – Her love for butterflies was merged into it, as the research subject cells kind of looked like butterflies (in a very abstract way).

PhD Thesis defense; 06 – 12 – 2013
@ VU (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Printing: Gildeprint
Layout in collaboration with Toet Ontwerp

“Woh this is awesome! 🙂 Pure joy!”

Thesis design for Quirine Fillekes - isontwerp.nl

Joining Forces in the Fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa

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Joining Forces in the Fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa

Clinical Pharmacology Studies in Pregnant Women and Children

By Quirine Fillekes

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

Background information:
The subject of this dissertation concerns the distressing situation in Africa, where mothers have little or no access to HIV / AIDS medication, due to lack of transport (days walking) or a refrigerator (medication needs to be kept cool.) Quirine Fillekes comes with nice (partial)solutions in this thesis. I wanted to capture the warmth, hope and love for Africa that Quirine radiated in a cover illustration. Around the woman, you can see first a close ‘protection’ area made of the African flag, and the second one further away made of the European flag – symbolizing Europe working together with Africa. The soft-touch laminate gives the book an extra soft ‘feel’.

Thesis defense; 27 – 08 – 2013
@ Radboud University Nijmegen

Printing: Ipskamp printing
Special finishing: Soft-touch laminate

Winner of the FIGON – Dutch Medicines Days Dissertation Award 2014
thesis design for Wandana Nanoe-Mahabier - isontwerp.nl

Freezing and falling in Parkinson’s Disease

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Freezing and falling in Parkinson’s Disease

from the laboratory to the clinic

By Wandana Nanoe-Mahabier

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

Background information:
Wandana described her time as a PhD student, and her research as a very intensive ‘journey’. This of course, could be said about a lot of things. But in this case, talking about that was a very prominent part of our first meeting. So one of my sketches was a design based on a ‘travel journal’. I was very happy this was the one she choose – It was a lot of fun to create all the various little details that add to the ‘journal- feel’ of the book. The ‘top of the iceberg’ showing through the window tells the rest of the story.

Thesis defense; 13 – 02 – 2013
@ Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre

Printing: Ipskamp Drukkers

“Ilse has designed my thesis beautifully! I had some idea about what the dissertation should look like and what it should radiate. Thanks to Ilse’s creativity, the final result is more beautiful than I could have ever imagined it.
Thesis cover design for Rob Gons - isontwerp.nl

Vascular Risk Factors in Cerebral Small Vessel Diseas

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Vascular Risk Factors in Cerebral Small Vessel Diseas

a diffusion tensor imaging study

By Rob Gons

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

Design according to the terms of Donders Institute

Background information:
Rob Gons wanted all the important elements from his dissertation to be represented on the cover. That is why in the cover illustration, all the different elements are united. The head- illustration is based on a photo I took myself. A part of the abstract illustration of the brain visualises a human figure lying down.
Rob also likes the colors white, gray and silver, and prefers a ‘clean’ style. That’s why I opted for the abstract illustration style and clean layout for this dissertation design. Also I chose for a UV-varnish that makes the silver-colored ink shine beautifully.

PhD Thesis defense; 12 – 12 – 2012
Radboud University Nijmegen
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour; centre for cognitive neuroimaging

Printing: Ipskamp printing
Special finishing: UV Spot varnish

“Very beautiful, I’m totally happy!! Thanks again!”