Trans-ID, The Graphic Design Studio of Annelies Vaneycken

Annelies Vaneycken is a is a designer, educator, and researcher.

She recently finished her PhD in Design at HDK-Valand Academy of Arts and Design at the University of Gothenburg (SE, 2015-2020). Her arts-based research thesis argued for designing for and with ambiguity when aiming for actualising democratic processes in participatory design projects with children. She was a research fellow in the EU Marie Curie project TRADERS (EU, 2014-2017) where she explored free play as a participatory design approach when working with children on their participation in public space issues: Office for Public Play.

Her self-initiated practice addresses the intersection of design, art, politics, and everyday life. Her work revolves around designing support structures, alternative spaces, and narratives that aim to disrupt conventional perspectives and attitudes towards specific social groups in society. She, therefore, engages in ethnographic and participatory engagement with members of these groups. Selected projects: The Return of O. (BE, 2013), The Regenerators (IT, 2012), Réporter sem Beiras (BR, 2011), Erasing Intimacy (BE, 2010), Beautiful Dirt (BE, 2009), and Expedition Francka (FR/SL, 2008).

Annelies holds a Master’s Degree in Graphic Design obtained at LUCA School of Arts, Sint-Lukas Brussels (BE, 1994-1998) and a Master’s Degree in Design: New Media obtained at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (NL, 1998-2000). After graduating from the Sandberg Institute, she founded her studio for visual communication design: Trans-ID. She also has been exploring the authorship role of the designer by producing self-published editorial and printed matters: Pigeon Paper.

She has, among other, taught on the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes Graphic Design at LUCA School of Arts, Sint-Lukas Brussels (BE, 1999-2014) and the Master’s Programme Child Culture Design at HDK-Valand Academy of Arts and Design at the University of Gothenburg (SE, 2015-2020).