sarah schrauwen

Hi there!

My name is Sarah Schrauwen. I am a book designer and editor based in Antwerp, Belgium. I work collaboratively — and often remotely — with publishers, design studios, writers and various other clients.

I believe it’s crucial for designers to be interested in content. Language is a big part of what we do: structuring words and images on a page in order for them to work together. As a trained designer and editor I combine the two and more: for me, structuring the content and curating images is as important (and fun) as creating layouts and setting type. I find the whole process of making a book – from concepts and research down to production and marketing – really fascinating and I love to be involved with all of those aspects.

I always aim to approach projects holistically by providing overarching guidance from the conceptual and research phase, over curation and editing, to design and production. I have a clean and pragmatic sense of aesthetics, and try to adhere to a few principles, such as ‘less is more’ and ‘form follows function’.

After graduating from the University of Antwerp as a linguist, I moved to London in 2011 to get a degree in visual communication from the London College of Communication. Two internships later, I took on a full-time position as editorial coordinator at the independent publisher Unit Editions (founded by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy) – allowing me to combine my two passions and skill sets: language and design.

After two years I decided to start working as an independent book designer and editor: my first solo book design project was Abstract Vaudeville: The Work of Rose English. In the summer of 2014 I moved back to Antwerp, where I established my small studio and work with local clients while continuing my collaborations with London-based publishers such as Laurence King Publishing, GraphicDesign& and Ridinghouse.

You can download my CV here. Check out my Tumblr blogs the designer and the grid and visual/exploration. Or have a look at the analogue photographs I take with an old Kodak Ektralite 400.

Get in touch


Frankrijklei 73
2000 Antwerp

Selected clients

Alliance Graphique Internationale
David Zwirner Books
Laurence King Publishing

Features & awards

Creative Belgium
Designer of the month
January 2016

AIGA / Design Observer
50 Best Books of 2016 Winner
Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun’s habit
Published by GraphicDesign&
Designed as part of LucienneRoberts+

AIGA / Design Observer
50 Best Covers of 2015 Winner
Graphic Designers Surveyed
Published by GraphicDesign&
Designed as part of LucienneRoberts+

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