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 designer and editor I try to 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.
Alliance Graphique Internationale
Laurence King Publishing
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