Specht Studio is Stephanie Specht (°82), a freelance graphic designer from Antwerp (Belgium). The word Studio stands for the collaborations she has on a frequent level with Lisa Stubbe (design) and Levi Lanser (Concept and Visual Research).
After graduating from the Royal Academy for Fine Arts in Antwerp (Graphic Design - 2000-04), Stephanie started freelancing with a focus on brand identity, illustration and book designs. Having lived and worked pretty much everywhere in her 12-year career (Cape Town, Brussels, Princeton, New York, Antwerp), every single one of these experiences shaped her as a creative person.
Her style is best described as design that touches both the rational and organic field. The rational field is the knowledge that her education (Royal Academy for Fine Arts in Antwerp) provided her. The organic and spiritual field is the luggage that life gave her. When those two fields overlap each other in a design, it creates a special visual balance. For a client she feels graphic design is about communication, while the self initiated designs are about expression and impulses. The search for integration of intuition and spirituality in her work is one which has become increasingly significant to Stephanie in recent years. One will miss the essence when it’s characterized as a search. For like certain other uniquely human experiences, it doesn’t appear on demand, it can’t be quantified or defined exactly, and it isn’t provided as the reward for will.
Named in the Top 3 List of Promising Designers, Flanders Style in Monocle’s The Forecast (2016).
"A Bold Minimalist" I Love Belgium
In 2011 she published her first book called These 5 Years. This is a booklet for a 5 year plan/diary. In these times of the digital, the throw-away, the instant, it feels like we are missing out on permanence. Five years on paper has weight, a slowness and simplicity. This first edition is available at McNally Jackson (New York, US). The second edition was published in 2012 by BAi and is available in most bookshops in Belgium.
Awards / Prices
Named in the Top 3 List of Promising Designers, Flanders Style in Monocle’s The Forecast (2016)
Honored with 13 awards from Design and Design, Paris (between 2007 and 2013)
3rd place for Best Artwork category for the identity developed for All Eyes On Hip Hop, Red Bull Electropedia Awards (2017)
3rd place for Best Artwork category for the identity developed for All Eyes On Hip Hop, Red Bull Electropedia Awards (2018)
Tictail (all sorts)
Print Club Ltd (prints)
Picture Room (prints)
McNally Jackson (first edition of These 5 Years)
117 Atlantic Avenue – New York, NY 11201, USA
Matters of Space
5005 York Blvd – Los Angeles, CA 90042, USA
• 2018: guest teacher at LUCA, Ghent, Belgium
• 2019: guest teacher at LUCA, Ghent, Belgium
2019 Ink Village, Archive Bomm, Seoul, South Korea
2017 Omdat wij vrienden zijn, Darmstadt, DE
2017 Nrmal Festival, Mexico City, MEX
2015 Paradise is out there, Picture Room, New York, USA
2012 Talent Gallery, Stockholm, SE
2012 Barnini, Antwerpen, BE
2012 The Bries Space, Antwerpen, BE
2011 Talent Gallery, Stockholm, SE
2010 Designcenter Winkelhaak, Antwerpen, BE
2004 Gallery Buza, Antwerpen, BE
2003 Gallery 3K, Antwerpen, BE
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2019 – Talk at Otis College of Art and Design, July, Los Angeles, USA
2018 – Talk at Dutch Design Week for Neon Moiré at MU Artspace, October, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2018 – Talk at Design Week at Otis College of Art and Design, July, Los Angeles, USA
2018 – Talk at Typo Berlin, May, Berlin, Germany
2018 – Talk at Let's Talk Design, January, Brussels, Belgium
2017 – Talk at LUCA School of Arts, December, Ghent, belgium
2017 – Talk at Design Week at Otis College of Art and Design, July, Los Angeles, USA
2016 – Talk at Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool, January, Antwerp, Belgium
2016 – Talk at Us by Night, September, Antwerp, Belgium