Book illustrations of research on "Boundary Spanners", aimed at professionals working in urban development.
The goal for these illustrations was to catch a professional audience with a couple of humorous summaries of research results. The aim was furthermore to reflect real-world complexity, which tends to get lost in organizational models and theories.
My client discovered how in particular my use of colour managed to hit a range of feelings that the people who the work is about, actually have. Feelings, hat usually are not well recognised or seen as something that you can capitalize on in the process of urban development.
To get more into the content: the book I illustrated presented years of research done by my client and several colleagues on "boundary spanning practices" amongst urban civil servants and consultants. These professionals find themselves needing to cross "domain" boundaries (administrative, legal, and physical organizational, etc.), which raises all sorts of challenges. My illustrations visually summarised the four typical ways in which boundary spanning was found to occur. Another two illustrations tell the visual story of two of the studied urban development projects, one in Amsterdam and one in The Hague.
Commissioned cartoon contribution to an online research magazine of the urban studies department of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
I illustrate issues arising as the municipality of Amsterdam encounters regulatory contradictions, while its civil servants attempt to govern and safeguard the existence of free creative spaces in the city.