Stephanie Specht (°82) is 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.
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 10-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.
"A Bold Minimalist" I Love Belgium
Awards / prices
Big Cartel (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
Selection of past and current clients
• Architecture – Engineering
Architecture Workroom Brussels, Osar Architects, Plusoffice Architects, Petillon-Ceuppens Architects, Esther Jacobs, Princeton Form Finding Lab, Sigrid Adriaenssens, Matters of Space, Ugly Belgian Houses, ...
• Fashion – Music
Baloji, Jefferson Hack, Newmoon, All Eyes on Hip Hop,
Bruno Pieters, S Magazine, Alexandra Verschueren, ...
• Culture – Art – Design
Artlead, Tommy Simoens Gallery, Canvas, Lernert & Sander,
Leon Vranken, Pier Stockholm, Middelheim Museum, ...
• Photography – Film
Mads Teglers, Britt Guns, Lise Van Trijp, Mindbox Production,
White Russian, ...
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Photo by Mads Teglers
Talks and residencies
2018 – Designer in Residence 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 – Designer in Residence at Otis College of Art and Design, July, Los Angeles, USA
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