Daan is founder and creative director of award winning design and development shop Build in Amsterdam.
During his studies at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute he took an internship as a Junior Art Director at an advertising agency. He immediately fell in love with the work and two weeks later they offered him a job, so he quit college. After working at national and international agencies as an Art Director/Designer for almost a decade, he started working privately under the name of Vandaan. This award winning studio was transformed into Build in Amsterdam in 2013. In their very first year Build in Amsterdam was nominated Agency of the Year, being the only Dutch delegate that year. Daan is a fascinating combination of a sensitive family man, a trained MMA fighter and a recognized custom motorcycle builder.
10 questions for Daan Klaver:
What did you do before becoming a designer/developer?
I was a paperboy, pizza delivery guy, and a one time bouncer.
Where do you turn for inspiration?
Mostly Awwwards and Pinterest.
Which are your favorite studios, designers or agencies?
My favorite design agency are Toko and ...,staat. And Online agency's.. Hello Monday
Who do you side with: Team Mac or Team PC?
I'm a long time McGuy. But not a big fan as I was.
Is your city a good place for designers?
My firm name is Build in Amsterdam, what do you think?
Which technologies are you excited about?
All technologies that add value to Branding, Design and functionality.
How many hours do you work each week?
I do not work. I only have hobby's.
Do you listen to music while you work? Describe your playlist.
There is always music playing in our office. I mostly listen to Indie Electronic, Rap & R&B.
What is your favorite book?
Whatever you think, think the opposite and the Donald Duck
What is your favorite sport?
MMA and Kickboxing