I am Carel Fransen, an editorial designer, cartographer and art book publisher based in Breda (NL).
Since graduating in graphic design at AKV St. Joost in 2014, I have had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects, often in collaboration with fellow graphic designer Rob van Hoesel with whom I share a workspace. I am also acting publisher at The Eriskay Connection, an independent publisher of art books at the intersection of photography, research, social issues and science.
The philosophy I base my practice on is modernism. Since design is a tool for communication, I believe function should dictate form, as beautifully and poetically described by architect Louis Sullivan back in 1896: “It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.”
Design should not merely be about making something look nice. The main strength of an editorial designer is their ability to think creatively with an unbiased view, and to look for a correct visual representation for every project. Therefore, by involving an editorial designer in the early stages of a project, they can also become a counselor for the client. Only then a designer’s expertise as trained professional in communication can be fully appreciated.
If you are interested in a collaboration, or want to know more about my work, please do get in touch.