For a while we have been waiting on the arrival of the book “notamuse – A New Perspective on Women Graphic Designer in Europe” and finally it has arrived! 416 pages exposing the work of 54 women designers working in Europe along with 22 stimulating interviews on graphic design, work life and feminism. It is an honor to be included in this great project along with some dear friends and colleagues.
This book is an attempt to rewrite the current narrative of role models in the graphic design scene by emphasizing the work of exceptional female graphic designers. It is not about discovering something inherently “female” and defining “feminine” design, but to counter the male-dominated discourse of the sector. The carefully selected graphic works stand on their own and range from commissioned assignments via free artistic projects to the area of design research. They open new perspectives on how diverse contemporary graphic design can be.
Get your copy and snuggle up the beautiful work in this book! Published by Niggli Verlag and made by Silva Baum, Claudia Scheer, Lea Sievertsen.
Lauren Grusenmeyer works among other things as a researcher within the platform The Hybrid Designer where she did a study called Workout for 4 years. As part of this process she made collages with material from her paper bin for 4 years. “As a designer, I have always felt the need to support my work with a free space for investigative play. That in itself is a contradiction because the profession of the designer is by definition a service to a client. But I have always felt an impetus towards an autonomous practice where making itself is central and is freely investigated. A place where I enter into an intimate relationship with the elements that I use every day. ”
Thursday, March 21, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the library of Sint Lucas Antwerp, Van Schoonbekestraat 143, 2018 Antwerp. Organized by the research platform 'The Hybrid Designer'
For a good four years I have worked on a collage series called Accidental Paper Scraps for which I set myself the task of making a weekly paper scrap collages using materials from my paper bin. I did not use any tools to change the shapes of the scraps or make them look better. My intention was to simply make something simple out of torn pieces of paper. I combined them in compositions and concepts, in a search to find meaning in forms.
As part of my research project at Sint Lucas Antwerpen I am now publishing a book on this series. See some images of the spreads here. You can find it soon in the book stores! If you can't wait, email me for a copy!
On the 13th of March I will be speaking on some of my latest projects on the very first edition of the Antwerp Poster Festival - a poster festival organised by Dennis Janssens and Tom Tiepermann, Studio SSNN. APF is an event aimed at promoting graphic design and creative thinking in Antwerp. With its international appeal, APF strives to showcase a broad spectrum of styles and visions in the field of graphic design. The lecture night features only female designer among which Notamuse (DE), Studio Specht (BE) and Charlotte Rohde (DEU). Get your tickets asap!
Do you sometimes wonder how to set up a good price estimation? Setting prices can be a daunting task as an independent designer. Not only is price setting a detailed and complicated task, one also needs to set up a contract with further agreements that will both guide the process and leave enough space for irregularities. 'Money Matters' is a lecture I recently gave at Flanders DC for Design on this topic. I was invited to talk about price setting and how to correctly set up quotations as part of Design Lab: briefing & quotations for graphic design on the 14th of November 2018 at Het Bos with Tom Hautekiet and Odin Saillé.
"A strong pitch, customer follow-up, transparent invoices: they all contribute to how, as a graphic designer, you can bring an assignment to a good end. In this Lab we will talk about the first contact with your client, how to set up your portfolio, how to handle pitches and how to set up a clear quotation. A must for every graphic designer who wants to make better and more efficient agreements with his customers and in this way wants to raise his services to a higher level."
The lecture was live streamed on facebook and you can rewatch it here. On the 8th of March I will give the lecture again at PXL Mad Hasselt as part of a lecture series on creative entrepreneurship. Come and hop by!
Together with a group of Belgian artists and designer I have taken upon The Kippenberger Challenge – an open invitation to equal Martin Kippenberger's average annual printed output of 7.45 books. The project is set up by Alex Farrar and Jacqueline Bebb and is an open invitation to anyone who would like to investigate book production in relation to one's work. Together with Dieter Durinck, Elke Van Kerckvoorde, Tim Onderbeke, Maud Vandeveire, Laura Bergans, Leontien Allemeersch, Buren - Oshin Albrecht & Melissa Mabesoone, Chloé D’Hauwe, and Anne De Boeck I have taken upon this challenge starting the 1st of August 2018. Keep an eye out for next year as we will be showing our work all together!