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Beautiful & sustainable


Cover Design

When it comes to beautiful handmade and sustainable PhD cover design, you’re at the right address.

When it comes to cover design, there are several options:

1) Completely hand-painted covers

2) Digital designs

3) Paint your own cover, with the help of a professional cover designer.


Handmade & ecofriendly

1) Painted with watercolours

At GreenThesis, we love combining our background in scientific research with our love for sustainable art. For our handmade cover designs we use  eco-friendly watercolours which our founder, Elma Hogeboom, makes by hand from earth- and plant-based ingredients.

If you choose a hand-painted design for your thesis, we will usually start with one or two (video) calls. Based on our talk the designer will come up with multiple design options and a colour palette.

Once you are completely happy with the design, the painting starts, which usually takes about 3 weeks. After completion, you will receive a digital high-resolution file for your cover design, and as a bonus, you get to keep the original as a present!

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the best of both worlds

2) Digital designs

The second option for a cover design is a digital design. A digital design can be based on for example a photograph, where we use digital art brushes to paint your cover. Another option is a photo collage or for example a cross-media design, where we combine digital and hand-painted art.

A guided one-on-one workshop

3) Paint your own cover

If you are a creative and you would love to design your own cover, but you don’t know how to handle the exact process, we’d love to help you design and create your own cover.

We usually do 2 video calls, where one of our cover designers helps you make a balanced design for your cover. This means that both the front and back of the cover are interesting to look at and balanced when it comes to use of white space. We also advise you in the use of eco-friendly art materials and the specific techniques needed to pull this off.

After you have completed your design and scanned it in, we will then do digital optimisation to make sure your design will translate well in print.

We guarantee you: this option will be a fun and exciting process with a beautiful result: your own uniquely designed PhD thesis!

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