Welcome to my portfolio website!
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I'm Nienke Kersten, a 23-year old Graphic Designer. I recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the Hague, the Netherlands. I have a particular interest in making books/booklets, as you can also see on this website. For questions and nice job-offers you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out my final exam-project at the Fontanel Finals 2012!
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With this booklet I made an attempt to re-design 'Hoofdlijn', a Dutch magazine for amateur Draught-players. I wanted to make the subject of draughts look more exciting and appealing. And a good excuse to make a square booklet! 15 x 15 cm, made in 2011.
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For a fictive exhibition in The Hague I designed these program-booklets made with Ascii-Art, of which I am a great fan. I also made the map of The Hague in Ascii, it's on the spread in the middle of the booklet. 13,5 x 19,5 cm, made in 2011.
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This booklet is called Parallel Paces. It's about the beauty of nature, and about changing your pace, which can help you see nature's wonders more easily and more clearly. 11 x 6 cm, made in 2011.
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This was a - handdrawn - sketch for the Parallel Paces booklet you see on the left. I myself love the drawing of the stem of the platanus-tree (n˚ 5). 18 x 10 cm, made in 2011.
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I did my internship at the Amsterdam-based graphic designer Hansje van Halem. She has a particular interest in making booklets, as do I. I had a great time there and learned a lot about the world of graphic design. This booklet is my internship report. 16x10 cm, made in 2011.
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This typeface I designed to be used as start-capitals. For the design I was inspired by glass marbles. Made in 2011.
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Here you see all the characters of the font one by one. The font is called 'Knikkerkapitalen', by the way, because 'knikker' is the Dutch word for glass marble.
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This is a sample-booklet I made to promote my new type-design. It's a funny little booklet in which I also used the elements of the font to make decorations in the booklet. 13,5 x 19,5 cm, made in 2011.
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'The Book of Floaters' is a book I made for my final exam-project. It's about floaters: small protein-structures that float around in one's eye fluid. 17 x 24 cm, made in 2012.
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Floaters look like semi-transparent threads and/or spots that track your sight with a slight delay. They mostly become visible when you stare at the blue sky.
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This is a movie I made as a study for my final exam-project. Filmed in HD, made in 2012.
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This is a movie about a poem written by Jan Arends. Filmed in HD, made in 2010.
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These are some envelopes I designed for an art history-project. It's not conceptual, it's just something I really wanted to do, which is making patterns.
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These are all the envelopes together.
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2008-2012: Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague. Graduated in 2012.
2010-2012: 'Practicum Musicae': a course in vocal jazz, taken at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
2011: (january-march) Internship at Hansje van Halem, in Amsterdam.
2010: 'Marketing Management Binnen de Kunsten', a course (in Dutch) about marketing in the arts.
2007-2008: Worked 1 year at BrandReality, a consumer-related marketing agency in Amsterdam.
2001-2007: St. Ignatiusgymnasium in Amsterdam. Graduated in 2007.
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