portrait HL studio
Amsterdam studio 2015. Photography Jorrit ‘t Hoen.

Hello, my name is Harmen Liemburg.

I’m a graphic artist/designer currently based in Arnhem.

Usually regarded as one of the applied disciplines, I like to see graphic design as a vehicle for imagination, storytelling and self-expression, regardless if it’s a job or a self-initiated project.

Much of my graphic output is based on collage-techniques. Inspiration often comes from elements that already exist in the physical world.

In addition to a strong interest in graphic techniques, I feel a special fondness for the so called vernacular. I see beauty in everyday traffic signs, logos and packaging designs that most people just take for granted or maybe don’t even notice at all.

The visual buildingblocks that I’m constantly collecting, are typically redrawn in Illustrator and adjusted for the screenprinting process. The separate elements are given a new role and meaning by combining them with others. Together, they’re telling a new story.

Handpainted sign, RV Resort Salmon Harbour, OR

Over the years, my role has shifted from being the proverbial ‘problem solving’ designer, to somebody who’s mostly following his own agenda.

Sharing knowledge and experience, educating, and possibly inspiring others, has become my major business. Contrary to what many people simply assume, I enjoy working for clients as well!

And finally, when the work is done, you can usually find me somewhere outside on a bike, in a kayak, or camping out in the wild…

January 1st, 2011
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