Do you have a story to tell?
Then look no further.
studio Asja Keeman designs and gives advice for stories that inspire, move you, and stay with you. I design for non-profits, research and cultural institutions, and individual creators
Asja Keeman, Portrait by Repko van Husen and Eline Vis
As a Western woman in the graphic design field, I believe that the way we create is just as important as what we create. For me, the creative process is all about collaboration and generating knowledge through working with others. I specialize in developing communications, publications, and exhibition designs that explore global political and social issues, such as displacement, migration, collective trauma, and women’s rights. Over the years, I've been fortunate to work with a range of organizations and individuals, including Humanity House, studio Europa Maastricht, the European Parliament, Next Nature Network, the Dutch embassy in Yemen, and more.
Although I don't consider myself a "social designer" or "social worker," my work is informed by years of experience collaborating with people from different cultural backgrounds and communities, many of whom have faced ‘marginalization’. I've worked with individuals who have been forced to flee their home countries, who have experienced the horrors of war, and who have faced discrimination based on their gender or other factors. These experiences have instilled in me a deep sense of responsibility to help tell their stories and give voice to those who might not otherwise be heard.
As an outsider, I believe it's my responsibility to connect with and validate the creators and allies with whom I work. That's why I use communication techniques such as non-violent communication and active listening in addition to my graphic design skills. My expertise lies primarily in print design, and I'm well-versed in programs such as InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Additionally, I've gained a solid understanding of digital media platforms like social media and podcasts through several projects.
If you have a complex story or issue that needs to be communicated clearly, I'd love to help. My goal is to create designs and communications that support the message without overpowering it, bringing clarity to complex issues and ensuring accessibility to a wide range of audiences. As Thomas King once said, "Want a different ethic? Tell a different story."
If you have a story to tell, I'm here to help.
Get in touch with me today!