In 2007 Em. Prof. Dr. Johan Swinnen gave me my very first book project. He showed interest in my creativity from day one I met him. I consider him as a very important person in my career as a graphic designer.
He’s an academic, art critic and writer who studied photography and cultural sciences and graduated in the art sciences. He’s also the founder and former director of the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) in Belgium, emeritus professor at the School of Arts of the AP Hogeschool Antwerpen and used to teach at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université Sorbonne. During his 40 years of international academic experience as professor of photography sciences he’s written many books where I was able to design a few of them.
In May his first novel 'Happening' will appear. The book tells the story of the fire at Innovation in Brussels, built by the great Art Nouveau architect, Victor Horta in 1901. The Innovation department store was destroyed by a fire in 1967 in which 325 people were killed in less than half an hour. At the time there was an American promotion running. The tragedy led to new safety regulations and a new architecture for public buildings. It is said that it was to wipe out the memory of this disaster that the company remarketed itself as "Inno".
I realize how important this book is to him and I am very happy and honored he asked me to design the cover.