Zilla

A “creative creature” that likes simplicity, clear communication and smart concepts.

I’ve always said that I didn’t want to work for myself. I am a team player and need to toss my ideas back and forth between other creatives. By chance I ended up signing in as a freelancer right out of college, because only in this way I could stick around a little longer to work for my internship design agency Undog. Since then I started doing more and more individual assignments and learned that every projects brings new adventures and collaborations with interesting people. I’ve never gotten around to actually apply for a job and would no longer wish to do so. I love what I do now and take pride in doing this to the best of my ability.

In general, I tend to have a very fun and positive attitude towards life and whatever it throws at me. Image making is my passion, but the power of words and using language creatively also interest me. I’m a pixel-pusher, absolute perfectionist, fan of the smell of fresh ink and crafting goodness by hand.

38
Projects

Completed

Since starting work as a freelancer in 2013. And many more to come!

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Fun fact No. 01

Business Lady

When I was 10 years old I started a magazine and hired my best friends to work for me for only 20 cents a day. Unfortunately we never became profitable, because the only edition we made is still safely stored in a drawer under my desk. But I’m glad, because now I can show this handcrafted piece of paper to you if you want!

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Fun fact No. 02

I heart creativity

I like the strange, the unknown and all that’s mystical & magical. My favorite animal is a unicorn. My favourite sound is the wind. And my favourite color is ultraviolet, because I like the mysteriousness of it not being able to be seen through the human eye.

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Fun fact No. 03

It’s all in the name

I’m a bit ashamed to admit it, but I’ve never completely watched the movie Godzilla. Don’t worry, I won’t get upset if you make ‘the joke’. Most of the times I make it myself to get that out of the way. Seriously, how cool is it to be represented by a supermonster?!

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Fun fact No. 04

Photoshop

My fascination for Photoshop was born when I started modelling at the age of 16 and watched a photographer edit my body to perfection. It was really confronting, but I was also intrigued by the possibilities this software gave and so I started experimenting myself.

The studio

I love colours. The more the merrier and the brighter the better. Nevertheless, I believe that in the design process this is the last element to add. The work has to look good in black and white, only then a touch of hue can bring added values as emotion and meaning in a subconscious level.

In my studio I apply the same method so everything is decorated all white. I need a clean and neutral environment that’s easy on the eyes so that I can focus on my designs while working with the rainbow!

Zilla is very professional, she thinks along with you and does not give up till she reached your satisfaction

Stefanie Klaver

During your studies you have developed yourself with pleasure and commitment into a designer that can generate a constant flow of ideas. That's a great thing that you should cherish.

HKU Examination Committee

Education

User Interface
and Web Design

LOI Leidse Onderwijsinstellingen
2014, homestudy course completed

Bachelor Graphic Design
Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht
2009-2013, graduated

Bachelor Media & Informationmanagement
Hogeschool van Amsterdam
2007-2009, preparatory instruction acquired

Work Experience

Graphic Designer & Retoucher
Zilla Design
2013 – now

Graphic Designer
Libelle Magazine, Sanoma Media
July – Nov 2014

Internship
Graphic Design studio UNDOG
May – August 2012