Bio

My name is David Enker, I was born -and lived mostly- in Amsterdam, grew up in The Hague, lived in London for 7 years and now in Haarlem, a pretty Dutch town in between Amsterdam and the sea. I have a very eclectic background, which has given me a broad scope of interests, experiences and skills.

Work Experience

2012 – current : Haarlem/Amsterdam

Activities: Senior design / illustration (web & print).
Info/graphic design, illustrations, animations, websites, (serious) games, magazines, posters, brochures and more.
Agencies/clients: IJsfontein, Matte, Teva.

2005 – 2011 : London, UK

Activities: Senior design / illustration (web).
Websites, ad campaigns, Flash animations, illustrations.
Agencies worked at (freelance): JWT, AKQA, Ogilvy, Digitas, Poke, Agency Republic, Leo Burnett, Dare, Glue, Saint, Seven, Conran, BSkyB, iris, Euro RSCG, Wunderman.
Clients include: BBC, Sky, ITV, Capital FM, Vodafone, Nokia, Sony, Ford, Mazda, Nissan, TFL, L’Oréal, HSBC, Xbox, Lloyds TSB, Shell, Audi, Nike.

1999 – 2004 : Amsterdam

Activities: Web/interaction/Flash design, HTML.
Agencies: Chellomedia, AT5, Info.nl.

Other

Teaching/tutoring: Web design & WordPress, Physics & maths; drawing lessons.

Education

Secondary school

VWO (pre university education): Maerlant Lyceum The Hague (diploma 1990)

Higher education

Physics (2 years); University of Technology Eindhoven
Psychology (1 year); University of Amsterdam
Fine art & design (1 year); Rietveld Academy Amsterdam

Courses

Web design, writing (short stories), philosophy, Spanish, Hebrew

Skills

Software

Design – Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash/Animate, InDesign, Dreamweaver (Adobe CC): excellent
Web – WordPress: good; HTML(5)/CSS/JS/PHP: working knowledge

Languages

English & Dutch: fluent
German, French, Spanish: basic conversation
Hebrew: basics

Other

Academic; artistic; writing; empathetic.

Interests

On being human:

Music, film, art & design, literature, comics & graphic novels, philosophy, psychology, science, history, anthropology, languages, religions/spirituality, travel.
See Tonic for the Bones (my other website) for more.

What others say about me

In the very modesty and honesty of his drawing and writing Enker brings a real conviction to get across this extraordinary, life-changing, life-renewing event, to us and to himself.
(from Paul’s 2008 review of In Transition, my 7/7 London bombings experience book)

Paul GravettJournalist, curator, lecturer, writer and broadcasterPaulGravett.com

David is a great artist/designer. He has some awesome illustration-skills. He made illustrations and animations for a game at IJsfontein which I had to program. He’s got a very kind spirit and is quick and responsive. I highly recommend him.

Dave LenzSoftware DeveloperIJsfontein

David worked to tight (possibly crazy) deadlines and deliver what we needed perfectly to brief. Would use him again, definitely.

Dom WaghornDigital Interactive Services DirectorYouthNet

We got to know David as a sympathetic, empathetic colleague when he worked with us on websites, newsletters, DTP work and on beautiful visuals and illustrations.

Ellen van KasterenManager Graphics Studio (Haarlem)Teva Pharmachemie