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