About Net aan Zet
I am Netty van Haarlem, a freelance illustrator and graphic designer living in the outskirts of Utrecht. I love making illustrations and designs that serve a purpose and give meaning. My aim is clarity and finding the right voice for what you want to express. Creating work that makes you smile is my mission.
I’m not afraid of heavy subjects and enjoy lightening them, to show that they are part of life and to lower the threshold. Therefore, in my work seriousness, colour and humour go hand in hand.
Meaning and clarity
I have a passion for people’s stories. I studied Humanistic Studies – a study that centers on how people give meaning to their lives – and went to art school, graduating in graphic design with a minor in illustration. When working together, I focus on illuminating what matters to you, finding the strengths in your story and a unique way to express that.
University of Humanistic Studies | Justice Ministry | Stichting QuaRijn | Humanitas Rotterdam | Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC)
Netty designed our jubileum publication ‘If you don’t believe, what do you believe in?’, which turned out very beautifully. We regularly rely on her qualities as a designer. She is sincerely interested in our organisation and knows what we want and need. Putting her creativity at work, she connects with our needs and presents our message to our audience in an attractive way. I’m looking forward to the next project that we will turn into success story together.
Hans Scheper, Head humanistic chaplaincy, Dutch Ministry of Justice
Netty publishes both the oration booklets and the booklets for farewell lectures for the University of Humanistic Studies. She is responsible for the cover design and typography. We are very happy with her designs and the final results. By now a whole series of booklets by her hand is created. Netty is also responsible for the calligraphy on the bulls for our PhD students and honorary doctorates. I am very happy with our collaboration which is very pleasant and very professional as well.
Dorothé van Driel, Beadle University of Humanistic Studies
The collaboration with Netty was open, involved, proactive, meticulous and creative. This has ensured that my website perfectly matches my personality. Moreover, my business coach awarded it the first prize in the websites of my year.
The design of a magazine requires a lot of consideration. It is important to hold the reader’s attention and captivate him/her through images. Therefore, we are fortunate to work together with Netty van Haarlem. She manages to come up with images that enable a different (more affective) entry to the articles, in a highly creative manner. She has a feel for the texts, which makes for a cooperation that comes naturally.
Sjaak Körver, Chief editor Tijdschrift Geestelijke Verzorging
(Dutch journal for spiritual care)