A chat with

Thomas Schrijer

Thomas Schrijer is an Amsterdam based art director at WeTransfer and works at their in-house studio, overseeing brand work. He helped set up WePresent and now focuses on the branding of WeTransfer's products.


Thomas' projects for WeTransfer and WePresent are often in collaboration with illustrators, artist and designers. Currently Thomas is working on the brand redesign of WeTranfser, of which we are happy to give a sneak peak below 🙂

WeTransfer brand campaign by Stink Studios

Brand animation by Marco van der Vlag
AD Spot, illustration by Magoz
AD Collect by WeTransfer, iIllustration by Roman Muradov
WePresent cover featuring Solange Knowles
WePresent grid view
WePresent featuring Alva Skog
WePresent featuring Carlin Diaz

Hi Thomas, thanks for taking the time to chat with us! For starters, what led you into this creative career?

As a kid I always believed I'd become a baker, because my parents own a bakery. I quickly found out I wanted to do something more creative (and not get up at 5 in the morning). After studying CMD I started working quite early as a digital designer and eventually landed at Present Plus. They were acquired 4 years ago by WeTransfer. I'm still working there today.


Where do you find inspiration?

I think the time when you feel a bit lost is a great source of inspiration. Without a little struggle and confusion you will create nothing new. When that clears up I always get a big boost.


Can you show us how your work space looks like?

Here's a little tour through the WeTransfer offices in Amsterdam and NYC 👀


How do you conquer a creative block?

I think my blockers mainly have to do with the fact I work in a fast moving company. I often get stuck when I try to make my work perfect, so it helps when I share rather soon than later. Also because the next month it might go a different way again.


What gives you energy outside of work?

Swimming, reading, eating, going for a coffee with my girlfriend.


What are your 3 favourite spots in The Netherlands?

1. Anywhere you can cycle in Amsterdam Noord, like Twiske and Monnickendam.

2. Any beer cafe with a selection of at least 50 beers.

3. Flevopark in Amsterdam.


What are your 3 favourite Instagram accounts?


Any cool projects you're working on right now?

Yes! We’re just finishing up a custom typeface we’ve made with Grilli Type, the next step is applying that everywhere. For example to the visual language of all our products Collect, Paper, Paste and WeTransfer.

Brand job cards WIP
Brand Wordmarks by Grilli Type


What have you recently seen that you think is great creative work?

I love Tyler Mitchell's work. He did a talk at our office, and is featured on WePresent. He has developed a distinctive style really early on shot Beyoncé when he was 23 years old.

Untitled (Kiki and Stephan), 2018, Tyler Mitchell

Can you give one piece of advice to young creatives?

Don't put a label on yourself. It might be easier to find a job that way, but it can stop you from trying out different things. I think there's magic in the grey area between disciplines and crafts.


Thanks a lot for your time and your answers! Find out more about Thomas' work on his website.