A thesis design with a story


Your defense is in sight and it’s time to think about your thesis design! There will be a real book, in which you put blood, sweat and tears and a lot of your spare time. I’d love to help you with the last piece: the design of your thesis. A PhD is usually a period with challenges, life events and a period of personal growth. Your thesis design therefore, is not only science but also a part of you as a person. I love it when your design reflects both: the science and you. This can be very subtle, only visible to you. By combining your story with your scientific subject we will get an original and personal thesis design, in which you will recognize yourself.

Illustrating for thesis design

Children’s book

At the moment I’m working on a personal project, my first book for children. You might think that that’s something completely different from a thesis design. And yes, it’s difference in the execution, but I feel that the two worlds are actually very much alike. Do you remember how you explored the world as a child? How you were amazed and curious. Sounds like traits of a scientist, doesn’t it? Often it’s about life themes, just as in thesis design. In science we try to understand the world a bit better. Just as you did when you were a child.


With the illustrations for the children’s book I won a prize! I’m one of the three Dutch winners of Lemniscaat’s international Picture This-illustration competition, a competition for new illustration talent. This means my illustrations are going to be a part of a traveling exposition. I can still not believe that this is happening: it’s an amazing encouragement and I’m so excited I get the opportunity to share my illustrations with the world!

Children's book illustration

PhD Workshop


Would you like to make your own thesis cover? But you don’t know how? Then subscribe to one of my workshops! We’ll mainly focus on getting a good idea: which is what you need for a good design. I’ll help you brainstorm and generate ideas. I’ll also explain the basis of a good composition. Be aware: it is not a computer course. You’ll use pencil and paper and you’ll get away from that screen for a whole afternoon.