It’s always helpful to have images when telling your story, any story. Scientists in particular should be able to explain their work to anyone, and illustrations certainly help:
- They explain novel concepts for grant proposals
- clarify results in journals
- lay out study setups
- visualise concepts for workshops or tutorials
- spice up presentations
- outline new biotechnologies
- explain experimental setups
- tailor lecture series
Perhaps you could make that image yourself. Great! If you can clearly and concisely express your ideas you don’t need an illustrator. But think about how many hours you would save NOT making that figure. Remember that your own hours do not come cheap and it would save a hassle. What if you could easily outsource?
As a scientist and an illustrator (with 15 years of experience in both fields) I can quickly provide images. Any description, idea or sketch will be a starting point.
I have made illustrations for academia, research institutes and biotech companies, such as University of Cambridge, Leiden University Medical Center, Institute of Physics, NTrans Technologies, Maastricht University, University of Amsterdam, Wageningen University, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Institute of Physics, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging Institute, MERLN Institute, and the Center for Human Drug Research.
Hi! My name is Maaike de Backer. I’m a scientist with a PhD in chemistry and a strong affection for clean design. I’ve done research at the University of Cambridge, Cancer Research UK, the European synchrotron in Grenoble, Leiden University Medical Center and a biotech company.
During my career I enjoyed visualising research concepts and results. I noticed that Powerpoint was too limited for the illustrations that I had in mind, so I moved to Illustrator, which is much more versatile. I’ve developed a clean & simple style with soft colours, dedicated to the “less is more” principle.
I work with an hourly rate, so the cost of an image or poster very much depends on its complexity. Any description, idea or sketch will be a starting point. Please feel free to contact me by email, phone or contact form for questions or quotations. Quick & friendly service!
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Name: Dr. Maaike de Backer
Phone: +31 – 62 46 38 214
Location: Bourgognestraat 25A,
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Don’t mind the raindrops, wait till the rain stops
Smile through your tears, laughing at life
– Billie Holiday –
These words have been in my head for years.. Living in The Netherlands, famous for its tulips, cyclists and well.. rain, the ‘raindrop theme’ for my studio quickly came to mind. Taking it one step further by including an alliteration in the form of stillae, the Latin name for raindrop, we end up with Studio Stillae.