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My name is Emile Pen. I am a Dutch, 39 year old graphic designer/art director

I design, I imagine, I make drawings, and I coordinate others in creating images and campaigns that persuade, startle or amuse. I've done so professionally for over 13 years, and I couldn't imagine doing anything else.
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Teamlead Graphic Design
de Bijenkorf

De Bijenkorf is the number one chain of luxury of department stores in the Netherlands. As team lead I am responsible for the quality and scheduling of all of the studio's output. From instore campaigns to graphics for events, packaging design, social media, and the Bijenkorf loyalty programme. Both as a designer as well as a senior representative of the marketing department, this position is a key element connecting a diverse range of activities within the Bijenkorf.
- Present

Design Director

Responsibilty for all visual output of the company, a hybrid agency that creates content for television, as well as advertising campaigns. Directing a flexible team of freelancers and designers (photographers, animators, web developers) on projects ranging from online/print campaigns, television on-air identities, packaging design. Hiring and mentoring creatives. Concepting for, presenting to and managing of key accounts.
2011 - 2014


As a designer I worked on a range of projects for all media; digital, print, (animated) design for television, identities and presentations.
Jan 2008 - 2011

Designer / Visualiser

Design jobs included identities, posters, books and presentations. As a visualiser I was charged with bringing concepts (2D, 3D and 4D) to life for a range of A-list clients.
2006 - 2007

Studio Artworker
Oneword design

As a studio artworker I was responsible for producing a range of items for local busineses. Jobs included websites, logo’s, signage, POS materials.
Cape Town
2005 - 2006

Freelance Illustrator
Clients included a host of international fashion magazines such as Dazed and Confused, Esquire and WAD, as well as several books and exhibitions.  


Bachelor of the arts
Willem de Kooning academy of visual communication Rotterdam

1998 - 2003

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