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You’re good at::
You don’t like::
The same thing every day
Pieter studied Industrial Design at Delft Technical University. He worked for some years as a marketer and gained his NIMA-C (Dutch Marketing Institute) qualification. He has been working at Brum since 2003. Unlike most, he doesn’t know his way around Illustrator or Photoshop, but fortunately he has other qualities. He claims. Apparently in sufficient quantities to have been co-owner of Brum since 2009.
Just for fun he enjoys::
Rowing 100 km non-stop
Wake him up any time for::
We recruited Tessa as soon as she graduated from HKU art college in 2008. Turned out to be a great decision. She might be a dreamer, but she developed super fast. Sadly, not as a concert pianist, which she would have loved to have tried. Notwithstanding, she became co-owner of Brum in 2016. One of our blondes who you underestimate at your peril!
Her idea of happiness::
Animals and great food, but not at the same time because she’s a vegetarian
Yes, but we could also…
After graduating art college in Rotterdam, Xander worked on multimedia, corporate and packaging design. We took him on board in 2011. What he loves about packaging is being forced to fit the entire story on a small surface. He’s always very laid-back, but his designs are extremely refined. His sons are also super creative, so we’re already preparing a couple of placements.
Glancing at the clock at precisely 11:11
His superpower of choice::
Erik has amassed a goldmine of knowledge in the course of his lengthy career. He’s been working at Brum since 2007 and he can explain to any newbie in minute detail the difference between one printing process and another. His house is in the middle of nature and whenever he can, he cycles to work. Which is not next door.
Wake him up in the middle of the night for::
Snowboarding on a thick layer of newly fallen snow
Slow cooking followed by slow TV
We had already known Marc for years as the project manager at a major photography studio. In 2009 we took him on board. He keeps a watchful eye on everything and maintains calm in our chaos. In the army he drove a tank – perhaps that’s why his work is so precisely targeted and why he’s so good at roaring. With laughter, that is. Thing is, Marc believes an abundance of jokes and fun pranks is good for you.
On his bucket list::
One more shot from a Leopard 2 tank
Jessy joined Brum in 2012 as soon as she graduated. She was born and bred on a dairy farm where hard graft is still the norm. So she’s a real workhorse and has garnered a whole lot of knowledge. Our clients love this about her, so she’s in exactly the right place.
Walking the Nijmeegse Vierdaagse four-day hike
Lasagne with apple sauce
Albert has been Brum’s central nervous system since 1999. He doesn’t believe in challenges, he says, but he does believe in problems. Which he goes ahead and solves. He seems capable of writing a script for anything. He studied cartography and has also been a butcher and a mediator. Of course, we wouldn’t have hired him without those skills.
The best motivator?:
No such thing as impossible.
Fundamental geographic principle::
If it exists, I’ll find it.
Saskia discovered very early on that she and university were not a good match, so she went for creativity instead. She started as a designer in the analogue age. But make no mistake, she knows the latest Adobe tools like the back of her hand. She’s great with the bigger picture but also with those tiny details that make all the difference. Brum has benefited from her excellent intuition since 2000.
Avid collector of::
Hippos (not real ones, don’t worry).
Cannot live without::
Daily portion of fresh fruit from home.
According to Jurjen himself, he’s a perfectionist. Alright! That’s how we like our DTP professionals! Jurjen studied communication and graduated in graphic design. He already had quite a bit of mileage when he joined us in 2018. If you find his chair unoccupied, he’s probably at home with the kids, on the tennis court or in his friend’s (secret) man cave. Ooooh!
Ninke’s career began in education where she managed a class of 30 little kids. After that she transitioned into marketing. That was a combination of skills that we thought was perfect for managing our creative squad. Ahem, our projects, of course. With true Rotterdam grit, she has watched over our planning and budgets like a hawk since 2016.
Favourite activities besides her job::
Flamenco dancing and travel
Wake her up any time for::
Risotto with mushrooms, truffles and parmesan cheese
Sacha is a real storyteller. Not as in gather round campfire, but as in check my designs. She gives her imagination free rein and channels it into powerful and beautiful packaging. She likes nothing more than breaking habits and moulds; she likes being surprised and likes to surprise. She’s been holding forth at Brum since 2017.
Ultimate start to her day::
Her socks match her outfit
Philosophy of life::
The crazier, the better.
Vijay has been commuting to Woerden since 2010 to toil for Brum. With unswerving faithfulness he never rests until he has dotted every last i. He has a predilection for the concrete, but he’s more flexible than you’d think. Even though he was born and bred in Rotterdam, he moved to Amsterdam. For love. If that isn’t romantic, we don’t know what is.
Polishing off a large Milka bar in half an hour
Eva is a walking encyclopaedia of food facts. Not only does she enjoy cooking, she’s also quite the handywoman and likes to build stuff too. Plus she has an amazing talent for watercolours, drawing and illustrating. In fact, she loves to combine digital and old-school analogue techniques in her designs. In 2016, six months after graduating in Communication and Multimedia Design, she joined our team.
Loves to read::
Cookery books in bed.
One day, she’s going to sign up for::
Masterchef Australia and Hunted UK
Mirte is happiest when she’s making things. After graduating from art college, she did some free work and then stumbled upon the world of packaging. She has been producing fresh concepts and surprising ideas at Brum since 2018. She still produces as much free work as possible. You could say it’s an addiction, but fortunately a harmless one.
Favourite quote about creativity::
The more you use, the more you have (Maya Angelou
Cookie dough ice cream!
After graduating from Grafisch Lyceum, Nancy was thrown in the deep end at an ad agency. Following her experience there, she joined Brum’s studio in 2002 and since then she’s become a genuine senior. Work-wise, that is. She loves helping people look for design solutions and she still likes jumping in the deep end. Preferably wearing an aqualung, though.
Home disco every Sunday morning!
Veeeeery impatient …
Margo is often the first impression we make. She’s been answering the phone since 2003 and serves all our visitors fresh coffee and cookies. All with a smile, of course! She also takes care of the administration and ensures we have a delicious lunch every day. In other words, we wouldn’t survive without her.
The love of her life::
Her grandson ;-)
Let’s go outside!
Auke maintains balance on board. His door is always open and in the meantime he makes sure all the bills are paid. He’s been commuting weekly between his Brum family and his own brood in Zeeland since 2007.
What he loves doing::
Walking his dogs in the dunes or on the beach
Only turns up for lunch if there are::
Nina joined the ranks for one day a week in 2018. She loves writing about our design adventures and she has a way with words. Her background is in graphic design, communication and marketing and she has a predilection for pretty niche brands. She sometimes secretly watches how our designers work their magic. But don’t tell anyone.
Deeply held belief::
An empty mind is a joy forever
Kruidvat Baby care product line
By our clients
Top 5 packaging agency in the Netherlands
New Dutch Legacy Gin
By our clients
Top 5 packaging agency in the Netherlands
Rood Met Zwarte Stippen insect hotels
In 1974, Reinier and Eugene established Brummelkamp & Hoekstra, in their attic. The job looked very different back then. Designs were painted manually and the fax machine was a huge innovation. In 2006 Marcel Wammes en Willem van Roozendaal took over. Both were already working for B&H for over 20 years. Six years after the agency was rebranded as Brum in 2010, it passed to Pieter Steenaert and Tessa Oudijn.