Marit Jansen - graphic designer & illustrator
Notebooks, journals, the corners of high school textbooks – they were always filled with small illustrations throughout elementary and high school. I’ve always known that I wanted to study something with art and creating. Graphic design was appealing to me, because I wanted to learn how to digitalise the art I made in my sketchbooks.
Being able to digitalise my art, and to create designs using all sorts of programs, opened an entire new world for me. I’m always up to learning new skills and improving them. Aside from creating interesting designs, having fun is still an important part of my work to me. On study breaks, I like to draw quick 1-5 minute illustrations, and the corners of notebooks are still filled with illustrations. If I’m on the train home and I’ve finished my book, I’ll take out my iPad and illustrate whatever is on my mind at the time.
Aside from graphic design and art, I enjoy going to concerts and festivals, bringing my bright yellow camera with me to take photos of the artists and my friends. I also love acting, reading and poetry. I’m currently working on publishing my own (Dutch) poetry bundle.
In August 2022 I started my fourth and last year at Grafisch Lyceum Utrecht. After I graduate from GLU, my dream is to study Illustration.
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Education and work experience
Kandinsky college, HAVO
With extra French and English lessons. Certificates achieved
Grafisch Lyceum Utrecht, graphic design
With extra subjects Package Design and Illustration.
Het Bureau, graphic design
Initiative from Grafisch Lyceum Utrecht. Design agencies consisting of up to four students, who work with clients. Het Bureau was created as a way to introduce students to working on external projects. During this period of time, the design agency I was in, MADM Design, worked for Sam’s Choice (Corporate identity, website, cards, business card, snack book, cheque, flyer), Onderwijs OMT (Corporal identity, website, writing paper set), Balans Nieuwegein (Local newspaper).
Doorrood, graphic design intern
(January 31st – July 1st 2022)
My first internship was at Doorrood, an advertising agency in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. During my time here as a graphic design intern, I worked on website design, posters, flyers, informative folders, branding, package design, logo design, product sheets, social media posts.
Doorrood, graphic designer (parttime)
(July 1st – August 3rd 2022)
After my internship, I started a short summer job as a graphic designer. Tasks include the same as during my internship.
Lindenholt Leeft, graphic designer
(July 1st 2022 – present)
Lindenholt Leeft is an informational magazine of my neighbourhood. It is used to spread news and information about activities in the neighbourhood.
Doorrood, graphic design intern
(August 22nd 2022 – January 27th 2023)
At the end of August, I started my next internship at Doorrood. Tasks include working on branding, posters, flyers, social media posts, app design, website design, package design, corporative identity design.
Skills: programs and languages
The majority of the programs I work with are Adobe programs. The ones I use the most are Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe XD and ProCreate.
Aside from those programs, I am learning to work with Adobe Animate, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Dimensions.
I speak Dutch and English fluently, and a little German. I’m an optimistic person and like to think in solutions instead of problems. I am quick to think “outside the box”, and I like to explore all kinds of possibilities so I can create a unique design.