After 4 long years it’s time to print out your PhD thesis and prepare for the defense! All your hard work, blood, sweat and tears wrapped up in a beautiful book (with your name on it!), for your proud family and friends to display and show off to anyone and everyone forever and ever. What an incredible achievement!
Taking care of the design of your PhD thesis can be a daunting task, either because maybe design isn’t really your forte, or because you have too much on your mind at the moment, finishing up all sorts of things or preparing for the next stage of your life.
If you can relate to all this, you’ll be happy to know you don’t have to go through it alone.
I can make your dream PhD Thesis Design come true, while you have the time to focus on the things you do best! I will help you create a concept for the cover that will make your book look like the coolest kid on the block and most importantly will resonate with you and the topic of your work. We will discuss the timelines in advance to make sure you receive all the files in time and in the right format to send to print when the time comes.
Life in changing environments
A PhD thesis about the metabolism and adaptation mechanisms of phosphate-accumulating bacteria under the fluctuating environmental conditions of wastewater treatment processes. Leonor wanted a minimalistic design that was still colourful and relatable to the topic of her thesis. In the design I depict a semi-abstract representation of water treatment in different stages and conditions. Each chapter design was personalized with a different illustration representing the phase of the bacterial cycle discussed.
3D printing pea protein structures
Simha asked me to design something with a very minimalistic style and a sober colour palete for his PhD thesis. cover. The textured hexagonal network on the background resembles the 3D structures that were created with pea protein under certain conditions. On top of it an abstract representation of peas falling off a pea pod under different conditions.
Milk protein glycosylation
Inge studied milk protein glycosylation. When she asked me to design her PhD thesis cover, she had a clear idea of what she wanted the cover concept to be like. Having cultural roots from Hungary, she re-imagined glycoproteins as Matyó Hungarian embroidery. It was so much fun to research this type of embroidery and draw my interpretation of it. Each chapter title page was designed to resemble a different glycoprotein.
AI screening of retinal diseases
In this PhD thesis, about the use of AI for screening of retinal diseases and its validation in terms of safety within the society, I have created a series of electrical circuits that connect the different moving parts of the study: computer science, ophtalmology, AI, safety, etc. Each chapter title page was illustrated as a different city formed by connected circuits. When you open it you will travel through Madrid, Nijmegen, Utrecht and Amsterdam, in Cris’ favourite colours.
A PhD thesis where bioinformatics meets genetics and cancer treatment applications. The cover is designed to look like a microchip where the circuit lines entangle to form DNA strands.
This is one of the few thesis where I was able to design the whole book. Jose asked me to use a colour pallete that was visible to colour blind people and this was the result.
CRISPRs and microalgae genome editing
In this PhD cover design you can see a CRISPR munching on some tasty microalgal DNA, modifying its functionality and properties. The textured finishing of the illustration gives it something of an alchemy feeling.
Neurosciences and social behaviour
During his PhD Ivo studied some pretty cool things in the field where Neurosciences meet Behavioural sciences. From fear learning memory to decision making and social hierarchy prediction models, he spent a lot of time following mice in tunnels wearing tailor-made light sensors on their heads, so it was only fitting that his PhD cover design would be represented by mice on a maze. The maze is not just a translation of the actual tunnels the mice went through, but represent the PhD process of finding one’s way and from a more philosophical point of view – our own brain. When the thesis is laying flat open it almost resembles the right and left part of the brain.