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BARE “To show something that is usually covered.” Design is about creating something from nothing. It’s simple and powerful at the same time. There is no mystery to it: we expose ourselves to the world, showing who we are. We communicate in a straightforward manner, building a relationship with the viewer. My purpose is to solve problems in the best possible way in order to make this world a better place. This portfolio is a reflection of my work. I’m exposing and uncovering myself to show you who I am, how I think and how I design.

>> KEY WORDS Essential Pure Exposed


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Copyright Š 2019 by Elena Van Der Westhuizen All rights reserved. No part of this publication can be reproduced without permission of the publisher.


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À tous ceux qui ont été là pour me soutenir.


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Table of Contents


She’s My Inspiration

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Always Face North

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Life on A String

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Elegance & Success

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A Loving Connection

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In Full Bloom

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“I PUSH MY LIMITS JUST TO BE ABLE TO FEEL A LITTLE MORE.” Chris Wright Climber

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“I CAN ONLY HEAR MY BREATH AND MY STEPS TAKING ME FORWARD.” Cora Winston Runner

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Rebecca Louise Law makes this beautiful connection between mankind and nature. We are all affected by time; we bloom and slowly wither.

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R.L Law and her one thousand flower garlands, suspended in time at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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T O M Y FA M I LY Maman Papa Michela Nicolรณ Matteo Maurina Blake MY FRIENDS Andreia Silvia Juanita Katie Vanessa Alice Victor Josephine Julia Manuela Yop Klorysa Beste Freddie Suriya Romina M Y I N ST R U CTO R S Mary Scott John Nettleton Sandra Isla Hunter Wimmer David Hake


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C O N TA C T Elena Van Der Westhuizen ele.westhuizen@gmail.com vdwelena.com SCHOOL Academy of Art University School of Graphic Design & Digital Media 79 New Montgomery St San Francisco, CA 94105 I N ST R U CTO R Mary Scott Spring 2019, MA Portfolio PRINT & BINDING Blurb.com FONTS Basic Sans KazimirText Solitas Serif P H OTO G R A P H Y Unsplash.com SOFTWARE Adobe Creative Suite


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