This is the true story of Marleen, who grew up hiding something we should know exists. She is one of the 1% population that is intersex.

Today is the 17th of May — the international day to raise awareness of LGBT+ rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT+ rights work…

A Question of Dominance

The Figure/Ground Law in Graphic Narrative and Visual Storytelling

If we see an image, we immediately try to separate the foreground from the background. This can create an exciting dynamic and make the attention shift from front to back and back. …

The Power and Dangers of the Law of Simplicity

Chris Ware, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (2000)

The Law of Simplicity is also known as the Law of Prägnanz. Although ‘Prägnanz’ would be a perfect name for a German scientist real or fictional, it is not (not yet anyway). It is a German term that can be translated as ‘succinctness’ or ‘concisness’. …

Cutting Edge Editing for some Piece of Mind

The Laws of Closure, the Filled Gap and Continuity

Brecht Evens, Wrong Place (2010) Used with kind permission

This Gestalt principle is often divided into 3 laws: the Law of Closure, the Law of the Filled Gap and the Law of Continuity. They derive from one phenomenon: continuous and closed figures or predictable sequences and patterns are seen as a unit. It helps make sense out of complicated…

Digging the Right Grave and the Law of Proximity

Edward Gorey, Ashes in Urn (not dated but somewhere between 1925 and 2000).

Elements that are close to each other are considered a unit. A free standing element is excluded. Something or someone who stands alone stands out.

The situation in Ashes in Urn by Edward Gorey is clear. The mourning ladies and the urn form a whole, the man stands alone. The…

The word ‘detail’ evokes contradictions. Thé Dutch dictionary De Dikke van Dale gives both ‘onnozelheid’ (futility) and ‘finesse’ as synonymous. The words “Less is more” were put in the mouth of the painter Andrea del Sarto by the poet Robert Browning, while trying to catch the soul and essence of…

Gemma Plum

Specialized in graphic communication I combine graphic design, copywriting and illustration. Here you'll find a collection of interests and wonderings…

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