About Me

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 veel Nederlands lezen, maar ben nog steeds aan het leren om het te spreken. Ik ben geslaagd voor mijn A2 inburgeringsexamen. 

Skills and tools

My core skills include:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • UX/UI design

Skills I’m currently learning:

  • Video editing and animation

Tools and software that I use:

  • I work on Apple Mac as my first choice but I am willing to work on a Windows machine if your organisation requires it.
  • I enjoy using my Wacom Cintiq for digital illustration
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (I am very proficient in Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Adobe XD. I am currently learning After Effects and Premier Pro).
  • InVision
  • Zeplin
  • MS Office
  • WordPress & Drupal for content management (not coding)
  • Pen and paper (call me old-fashioned but I still believe good ideas start on paper, or a napkin!)

Creative Qualifications

My penchant for design inspired me to pursue a BA in Visual Arts at Stellenbosch University, South Africa from 2007 to 2010. My majors included Visual Communication Design, Illustration and Art Theory.

Work Experience

I developed 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. Since then I have supported clients with my creative skills and experience on varied projects, including app and website design, logos, print and corporate documents, marketing materials and illustrations.

What kind of work are you most passionate about?

I am definitely one for the cause! If the work or company has greater meaning or makes a positive impact on people or the environment I feel really excited about it. Areas such as health and environmental sectors, NGOs, NPOs and churches.

Supporting independent consultants, small businesses and new ventures also makes my heart beat faster.

But really, I am quite content working alongside a friendly team with a healthy culture and strong vision.

What about your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy creating pen and ink, and watercolour sketches of my travels. During lockdown I’ve kept the travelling more local, spending lots of time in the lovely parks and nature areas of the Netherlands, particularly in South Holland where I live with my husband, Cornelius. In addition to spending time outdoors I enjoy cooking, a glass of wine, pilates, jogging, playing cello (I am a beginner!), and cuddling the neighbours’ cats to relax 🙂

Art for sale

I also create art and illustrations in my personal capacity – at the moment a selection of these are for sale in the shop on my website and through the Redbubble print-on-demand service.

Licensing and commissions

If you would like to licence an existing piece of my work, or if you would like to commission a piece, you can contact me via the form below.

Let’s work together!

I’m always interested in new creative projects. Please fill in your details below and I will get back to you.

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