After studying communication design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel / Germany, Andrea Fuchs (1966) moved to the Netherlands to continue studying graphic design at ArtEZ in Arnhem.
After graduation she began working as a designer at Studio Dumbar, where she had been involved in many big national and international corporate identity projects and received several distinctions, among them a D&AD Silver Award. After three years she shortly worked at Studio Petr van Blokland until she founded her own design studio in 1996.
Since then she combines working for both Dutch and German clients with being a lecturer and guest teacher at several graphic design departments and being an occasional member of design juries.
As a paper crazy since art school days she pays special attention to environmental issues of paper and the paper industry. During the past years her journey through the many aspects of sustainability has led to even more encouragement to incorporate sustainable values into corporate business decisions and graphic design education.
Andrea, secretary of the Foundation ED! Academy, lives and works in Haarlem.
educated as graphic designer, was during 11 years head of the department Graphic Design/Visual Communication at the Royal academy of Art in The Hague. Since 2005 he is director of VIDE, Visual & Individual Design Experiences in The Hague. VIDE organises several activities in visual communication in the Netherlands and abroad. He was involved with cultural assignments in Surinam, China, Japan and Mongolia
As from 2006 until 2010 he established a new curriculum for the department Visual Communication at the School for the Arts of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Tilburg.
In 2008 he was awarded with the Innovation Prize of the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences.
Anno lives in The Hague with artist Carolien Adriaansche and their two daughters.
Anno is treasurer of the Foundation ED! Academy.
Arjan Hilgersom (1969) studied graphic design at Academie Minerva (Groningen, The Netherlands) from 1989 to 1994. Together with a fellow-student, he then founded design agency Hansom. They moved to Amsterdam in 1996 and from various collaborations, communications design agency Colombo was established. Hilgersom’s responsibilities as a partner and art director included commissions for educational materials, book covers, magazines and style guides.
A change of direction in 2008 saw him establish Team Hilgersom. As the sole director of the agency, he nurtures an extensive network of specialist creatives. A large number of projects diverse in nature have been successfully completed, working with freelance photographers, illustrators, writers and journalists. Web designers, typographers, film-makers and printers are also involved where necessary.
Sustainability is an important component of the Team Hilgersom philosophy. At the start of the creative process, the designer has the opportunity and the responsibility to make decisions that contribute to a sustainable society. Out of this premise, the ‘Green Quotation’ (Groene Offerte) arose. Working with bureau Autobahn, Hilgersom has created a website offering guidance on sustainable working practices for designers. The Dutch association of designers BNO (Beroepsorganisatie Nederlandse Ontwerpers) responded enthusiastically when they learned of the project and enabled the realisation and maintenance of the site (www.groeneofferte.nl).
Hilgersom has already started on his next initiative: meedrukken.nl. This advocates a way of designing and printing which uses the full capacity of printing presses, reducing energy needs and (paper) waste. In all stages of print design, the creativity of the designer can provide a sustainable and enduring value.
Arjan is board member of the Foundation ED! Academy
Is an independent communications professional providing a singular combination of strong management qualities, content related skills, and a good feeling for creating and designing.?Initially trained as a photographer, for the last twenty years she has been managing a great variety of corporate and internal communications projects for large clients. Linda works as a consultant or interim manager in the field of internal branding/internal communications project, change processes, corporate identity projects and professionalizes comms departments or creative agencies.
Linda lives in Amsterdam with imaging artist Jan Daniël Wolters, together they have a son and a daughter.
Linda is board member of the Foundation ED! Academy