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Grad Guide 2020: Miriek Jansen van Rensburg

Inspired by childhood memories and life’s small joyful moments, Miriek Jansen van Rensburg‘s digital illustration and design work is playful and eye-catching, with fine patterns adding texture to otherwise bold forms. She studied visual communication at Open Window Institute in Centurion, double majoring in communication design and illustration. For 10and5’s annual graduate showcase we got to know Jansen van Rensburg a little better, from the creatives she’d love to collaborate with to her plans for 2021.

Miriek Jansen van Rensburg

What drew you to pursue a path in design?

I have always been a creative person, since arts and crafts to fine arts in school and finally today – design and digital illustration.

Tell us about the work you created in your final year. Any projects that stand out for you?

If I had to describe the work I created in my final year I wouldn’t be able to attach everything to one specific description. I feel like my work is quite dynamic and I don’t necessarily have a specific style. Projects I really enjoyed during my final year would include editorial design for Wired magazine, packaging design and creating my own personal branding, ‘Boksombende’.

Personal branding for Boksombende Design & Illustration Studio

What is your approach or philosophy as a designer?

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things. I play with leaves, skip down streets and run against the wind. We sometimes underestimate the influence of the “little things”. As a designer, I try to slow down and focus on the significant and truly appreciate what matters most.

How would you describe your style or aesthetic to someone who’d never seen your work before?

If I had to describe my work in one phrase it would be “tiny memories”. My work is inspired by past experiences, nostalgia and childhood memories. Visually, my style is bold, playful and always includes tiny little mark making details.

Editorial design for Wired magazine

Who would you most like to collaborate with in the local creative sphere?

There are so many amazing local creatives who I look up to and who inspire me every day! Neil Badenhorst and I have spoken about collaborating before, this would be a dream! His layering and detail is something I’ve never seen before! Imile Wepener has also played an immense role in my creative journey. His use of colour, texture and his touch of glitter is something I would be honoured to collaborate with!

What are your plans for 2021?

Besides doing some freelancing, I’m doing my honours degree at Open Window Institute this year. To see where I’ve been and how far my journey as a creative at Open Window has developed makes me even more excited to see what 2021 has in store for me!

Follow @boksombende.co on Instagram.

‘Where I would’ve been and Who I would’ve met’, illustrated zine
Branding for Matta tea
‘The Monsters and Me’ product design


Grad Guide is an annual series from Between 10and5, profiling some of South Africa’s most exciting creative graduates across the fields of fashion, art, photography and design. Find the full 2020 Grad Guide here



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