My name is David Enker, I am an Amsterdam born writer and artist.

I lived and worked for 7 years in London which was a fantastic experience. Now I live in Haarlem, a pretty Dutch town in between Amsterdam and the dunes off the North Sea coast with my wife and son.


  • Born

    Amsterdam (1970)

  • Grew up

    Amsterdam & The Hague

  • Lived/worked

    Amsterdam (-2004)
    London (2005-2011)
    Haarlem (2012-present)


  • VWO high school, diploma 1990

    Maerlant Lyceum, The Hague

  • Physics, 1990-1992

    University of Technology, Eindhoven

  • Psychology, 1993-1994

    University of Amsterdam

  • Art school, 1994-1995

    Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam

  • Graphic- & Web Design, 1997-present

    Self-taught and various courses

  • Writing short stories, 2013

    Amsterdam Writing Workshops

Work activities

  • Graphic Design

    Web, (info)graphics, books, posters, flyers, games, apps, DTP

  • Visuals

    Photos/graphics, collages, etc.

  • Illustrations

    Various styles; pen(cil) & paper, painting

  • Animations

    Flash/Animate, After Effects, Reels

  • Writing

    Semi-autobiographical short stories, memoir, (non)fiction; books, blogging


Work experience

  • Some companies I’ve worked at

    🇳🇱 Amsterdam: Info.nl, AT5, Chello, IJsfontein;
    🇬🇧 London: BBC, Sky, JWT, AKQA, Ogilvy, Digitas, Poke, Agency Republic, Leo Burnett, Dare, Glue, iris, Euro RSCG, Wunderman.

  • Some clients I’ve worked for

    Vodafone, Nokia, Sony, Ford, Mazda, Nissan, TFL, L’Oréal, HSBC, Xbox, Lloyds TSB, Shell, Audi, Nike, ITV

  • Some recruitment agencies I’ve worked for

    Aquent, Major Players, Digital Gurus, Ruwer

  • Other work I’ve done

    Tutoring/teaching (web design / WordPress; art drawing)


  • Graphics Software

    Photoshop (20+ years), Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash/Animate

  • Web Design

    html/css, WordPress, Wix, Cargo Collective, Squarespace

  • Writing

    Fiction & non-fiction, in English & Dutch

  • Languages

    🇬🇧 English (fluent), 🇳🇱 Dutch (native);
    🇩🇪 German, 🇫🇷 French, 🇪🇸 Spanish, 🇮🇱 Hebrew (basics)

  • Versatile

    Creative, analytical and empathetic


  • Family

    Married; one son.

  • Likes

    Reading, writing, talking;
    movies, music, graphic novels, literature

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)

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.

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

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.