Bio

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

Born

Amsterdam

Grew up

Amsterdam & The Hague

Education

– VWO diploma
– dabbled at uni in physics & psychology
– Rietveld Art Academy (1 year)
– self-taught art & design

Lived/worked in

– Amsterdam (<2005)
– London (2005-2011)
– Haarlem (>2011)

Work activities

– Graphic design (web, infographics, books, posters, games, apps)
– Visuals (photo/graphics manipulations, collages, etc.)
– Illustration (various styles)
– Animations (Flash/Animate; html5)

Skills

– Graphic software: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash/Animate
– Webdesign: html/css, WordPress, Wix, Cargo Collective, Squarespace, Bootstrap
– Fluent in English & Dutch
– Writing
– Analytical (abstract thinking, conceptual)
– Creative (original artwork, various mediums)
– Empathetic

Some of the advertising/design companies I’ve worked at

BBC, Sky, JWT, AKQA, Ogilvy, Digitas, Poke, Agency Republic, Leo Burnett, Dare, Glue, iris, Euro RSCG, Wunderman, IJsfontein.

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)

Family

Married; one son

Likes

Talking, reading, writing;
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 Studio (Haarlem)Teva Pharmachemie