Hi Michaël, thanks for taking the time to chat with us! For starters, what led you into this creative career?
My dad’s an artist and luckily, my family always really encouraged me to express myself. It wasn’t easy for me growing up, so I used painting as an outlet to get through tough times. In an urge to get a ‘real job’, I actually trained as a chef, but I couldn’t deny my creative side. I don’t think I could handle the uncertainty of the tortured artist life, so eventually realised that graphic design was the perfect combination of creativity and control.
Where do you find inspiration?
The web is the best rabbit hole to fall down. I read anthropology books, 'cause I’m fascinated about societal structures. I get triggered by something and put a pin in it. After a while, I’ll come back and make connections, or forget about it altogether.
Can you show us how your work space looks like?
Here's the view from my desk at ...,staat:
How do you conquer a creative block?
Breathe. Take a step back. Leave it for a few days. At work, deadlines mean that it isn’t always so easy, but going for a walk always helps.
What gives you energy outside of work?
Wandering around the city, or somewhere else, with a camera or someone with a hand to hold.
What are your 3 favourite spots in The Netherlands?
What are your 3 favourite Instagram accounts?
Any cool projects you're working on right now?
What have you recently seen that you think is great creative work?
Can you give one piece of advice to young creatives?
Be your own biggest fan and don't let the man get you down.