I’m Amy-Jean Hahndiek, hello and welcome to my portfolio website. I offer a varied creative skill-set as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. I’m based in The Hague, Netherlands and am originally from Cape Town, South Africa.
Een notitie voor Nederlandse opdrachtgevers
Engels is mijn eerste taal, maar ik heb wel een elementair begrip van het Nederlands omdat ik Afrikaans als tweede taal spreek. Ik kan vrij veel Nederlands lezen, maar ben nog steeds aan het leren om het te spreken. Momenteel studeer ik naar mijn A2 inburgeringsexamen. Gevestigd in Den Haag.
For as long as I can remember I have had a passion for all things design – which I cemented by completing a BA in Visual Arts at Stellenbosch University, South Africa from 2007 to 2010. My majors included Visual Communication Design, Illustration and Art Theory. It was there that I fell in love with the Afrikaans language, which serves me well as a gateway to learning Dutch.
I began developing my business and commercial design skills as a student by freelancing. I continued freelancing for some months after graduation from a creative shared studio space in Cape Town. Following that I worked for a digital publishing company, Future Media Group where I designed layouts for several digital magazines in the sport and lifestyle genres.
Between 2012 and 2014 I worked for two brand and advertising agencies – ABNF, and Machete Creative. It was here that I honed my branding and commercial conceptual skills – working across both print and digital, with a strong focus on web design.
In 2014 my love of books, layout and typography inspired a move to Quivertree Publications, where I designed and illustrated several award-winning culinary and lifestyle books. I also assisted with web design, design of marketing and events material, and some art directing.
The opportunity to pursue innovative work in the tech start-up sector inspired me to freelance full-time from July 2016, applying my creative skills and experience to varied projects. In my spare time I enjoy creating pen and ink, and watercolour sketches of my travels.
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