Senior Creative Illustrator
Bugaboo International BV
November 2016 - January 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands
As a (Senior) Creative Illustrator I've worked at Bugaboo for the last two years, in a small, diverse and multidisciplinary team, to raise the bar on all Marketing Product Communications for all Bugaboo Strollers and accompanying accessories: user guides, user guide inserts, service instructions, errata's, packagings, stroller images/drawings, company logo's, house styles, style guides, were part of the every day working environment and experience.
Upgrading and reworking the style of old artworks on the frontend of every project, to a more 'fresh' look and feel, whilst at the same time improving the construction of all print documents and artworks attached to them from the backend was a huge undertaking. Combined with decreasing the amount of printed paper by cleverly re-doing and re-grouping drawings, logo's, images and other artworks, condensing the textual and graphical information and changing the use of used paper, all proved to be very successful and rewarding in the end, both financially as well as sustainably.
I am immensely proud to have been part of the Bugaboo family, the product launches, the parties and the successes for these last two years. But now is the time for me to join a new team.
Onto a new challenge and adventure at an exciting and dynamic company!
Interim Senior Graphic Designer / Interim grafisch vormgever
Sanders & Clients
Nov 2015 – Oct 2016, Laren, Netherlands
Senior Creative Desktop Designer Print
Staples International B.V.
October 2014 – September 2015, Amsterdam Area, Netherlands
As a Senior Creative Desktop Designer Print at Staples International it is my responsibility to work on- and maintain all print work, following the Staples guidelines, coming from the print studio, which consist out of a team of 7 DTP designers. The print studio creates, proofreads and publishes on a daily basis a vast amount of print work, for a lot of countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the UK. For all these countries we create print work for three separate channels, which are: Staples Advantage (B-2-B, all organisations of over 20 employees, multinationals, institutions, the government and the educational system), Staples Online and Staples Retail (all Staples retail branches throughout Europe).
Freelance Desktop publisher/Graphic designer
Freelance Graphic Design
2000 – present (19 years)Amsterdam Area, Netherlands
Over the years I was in a fortunate situation to help a number of people with creating all sorts of print material, such as thesis book covers, book marks, invitations, birthday cards, funeral cards, small booklets, leaflets, business cards, website designs, postal card, envelope and logo-designs. In all cases the best outcome was always the outcome of a short but intense cooperation between myself and the client. But in all cases the outcome always was, and will be, a genuine satisfied client.
Desktop publisher (temp-job)
Van Loenen Reclameadviesbureau
August 2014 – September 2014 (2 months)Amsterdam Area, Netherlands
As a freelance desktop publishing expert it is my responsibility to put magazines and brochures of all sorts together @ Van Loenen Reclameadviesbureau, as well as to create new ads or to adjust already existing ads to new specifications as demanded.
Desktop publisher/Graphic designer
February 2014 – April 2014 (3 months)Amsterdam Area, Netherlands
For the very short duration I was on board at Debasis.nl I designed several new business logo's, made powerful powerpoint presentations and created slick website designs.
Desktop publisher/Graphic designer
April 2011 – May 2013 (2 years 2 months)Haarlem
As a graphic designer/desktop publisher it was my responsibility, sometimes in a few moments notice, to create a wide variety of, both digital as well as printed, materials. Among others I have created items as agenda's, banners, brochures, dummy's, flyers, posters, streamers, game designs, info booklets, vouchers, pilot&presentation material also for a wide variety of customers. Among these are very well known names such as Menzis, Nuon, Tourism Centre Bonaire, Unicef, Simon Lévelt, Stichting Zonnebloem, Hersenstichting Nederland, Linnaeushof, Kennemer Duin Campings, Neurocampus, Multiskills and Tennis Netwerk Haarlem to name some.
August 2010 – January 2011 (6 months)
For a short duration I was on board at Mijksenaar as a technical desktop publisher/dtp-specialist ++, soon enveloped in drawing schematics and alteration plans of the Schiphol area, as well as drawing flow charts for the placement of boards on yet-to-be-built NS railway stations across the land. And although I have a lot of love for Graphic design/desktop publishing/Adobe Illustrator and the rest of the Creative Suite programs, this job wasn't particularly my cup of tea. It was too restrained in all the laws of guiding principles concerning wayfinding and information design and to me it lacked the freedom and spirit of creativity. Therefore my employment at Mijksenaar was only a short lived one.
Graphic designer/Desktop publisher
2008 – 2009 (1 year)Rotterdam Area, Netherlands
After many arduous years of studying at the University of Amsterdam and afterwards going from one job to another, it was in 2008 that I recommited to myself, pledging never again to take on another job just as a means to make ends meet. So it was in that year I finally started my carreer as a graphic designer/desktop publlisher, starting with college all over again, but this time learning the skills to really become that which I wanted most. A graphic designer/desktop publisher! I gave my graphic design education the full 100% which meant 40 hours of study throughout the week, alongside a 32 hours day job, when I wasn't studying (Ilse Media - Online Inventory Coordinator/Traffic manager). But in the end it got me where I wanted: as an intern for three months at a small publisher in Rotterdam-Zuid (Mager Media). And soon after that I was an employed work force, being the only creative on board. Truly, I have never regretted my course of action since then. A man can change his stars, as long as he wants it bad enough.
Traffic Manager/Online Inventory Coordinator
January 2008 – December 2008 (1 year)Amsterdam
As a traffic manager I was responsible for controlling and monitoring the complete stock of button and banner positions across the entire Ilse Media platform (nowadays Sanoma Online). It was a very dynamic and highly responsible job, and seeing a lot of visual stunning and creative web-solutions for all these buttons and banners positions after a while I became highly inspired myself for the first time to be a Graphic Designer rather than a traffic manager.
Sanoma Men's Magazines
2007 – 2007 (less than a year)Amsterdam Area, Netherlands
For six months I worked as trafficker (temporary held position) at Sanoma Men's Magazines in which I held the sole responsibility to fill the advertisement pages of magazines, such as Moto73, MotoMagazine, Truckster and numerous others.
Telecom migratie servicemedewerker
2003 – 2003 (less than a year)
Servicemedewerker Pathé Tuschinski/de Munt
Pathé Theatres B.V.
January 2000 – January 2002 (2 years 1 month)Amsterdam