Biography

My name is David Enker, I am an Amsterdam born designer 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 just behind the dunes off the North Sea coast.

I have a very eclectic background, which has given me a broad scope of interests, experiences and skills.

Résumé

Located

  • Born

    Amsterdam (1970)

  • Grew up

    Amsterdam & The Hague

  • Lived/worked

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

Education

  • 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

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

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)

Skills

  • Graphics Software

    Adobe: Photoshop (20+ years), Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash/Animate, XD, Dimension

  • Web Design

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

  • Languages

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

  • Versatile

    Creative, analytical and empathetic

Personal

  • Family

    Married; one son.

  • Likes

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

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 StudioTeva Pharmachemie