Specht Studio is Stephanie Specht (°82), a freelance graphic designer from Antwerp (Belgium). Her style is best described as intuitive, abstract, typographic and minimalistic, typified by an almost analytical fragmentation of shapes, in combination with an intense color palette, drawing inspiration from architecture and music.
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.
Amongst her international clientèle you’ll find the likes of Jefferson Hack (Nowness, AnOther Magazine), Baloji, Target, S Magazine, Picture Room, Matters of Space, Artlead, Canvas (Off The Record), Bruno Pieters, Alife and Ugly Belgian Houses.
Despite her busy schedule, Stephanie still puts time and effort into various personal projects such as her monthly illustrations and collaborations with other creatives.
Named in the Top 3 List of Promising Designers, Flanders Style in Monocle’s The Forecast (2016).
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.
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Awards / Prices
Named in the Top 3 List of Promising Designers, Flanders Style in Monocle’s The Forecast (2016)
Honored with no less than 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
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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