Daniël van der Winden
v1 •  2022

Living in the Netherlands, where I was born and raised, I prefer to spend most of my free time holed up with a book, film or a good album. During the workweek I am a Partner at a design studio called Bakken & Bæck, where I was fortunate enough to start our Dutch office in 2015, and no year has quite been the same since.

That's Oscar, skillfully ignoring my orders

Currently I live near the forest in Amsterdam with my partner and our dog. I usually can't stop going on about what I'm reading, watching or listening to. Before the pandemic hit I frequently attended concerts, and years ago I volunteered as a concert photographer for a local music magazine. I'm a casual collector of vinyl, and my absolute favourite album—nothing even comes close—is J Dilla's “Donuts”. (I intend to add a “Listening” page to this website that chronicles my favourite music from year to year.)

Currently I live near the forest in Amsterdam with my partner and our dog. I usually can't stop going on about what I'm reading, watching or listening to. Before the pandemic hit I frequently attended concerts, and years ago I volunteered as a concert photographer for a local music magazine. I'm a casual collector of , and my absolute favourite album—nothing even comes close—is J Dilla's “Donuts”. (I intend to add a “Listening” page to this website that chronicles my favourite music from year to year.)

The cinema is one of my favourite places to be, especially on a Sunday morning which, I'm aware, may sound like a bit of an odd concept to some. To me, there's nothing quite like shutting out all distractions and enjoying a good movie with a cup of coffee.

As for books, I primarily read fiction and mix in non-fiction now and then. The book club I'm in—with Thomas, Thijs and Rick—has been going strong for 37 editions in shifting constellations, and together we read roughly one book every 6 weeks.

As a kid, I loved dabbling on the Internet. I spent time building websites for every hobby I found or band I liked, and that led me down the path of pursuing an education that allowed me to, eventually, do “something with websites”. I studied Communication & Multimedia Design, with a semester abroad in Cambridge (UK) for an exchange program in graphic design and six months in Oslo (NO) for a graduation internship with Bakken & Bæck, which—after a brief period at Dutch design agency Fabrique—blossomed into the seven years and counting I've spent with them.

As a kid I loved dabbling on the Internet. I spent time building websites for every hobby I found or band I liked, and that led me down the path of pursuing an education that allowed me to, eventually, do “something with websites”. I studied Communication & Multimedia Design, with a semester abroad in Cambridge (UK) for an exchange program in graphic design and six months in Oslo (NO) for a graduation internship with Bakken & Bæck, which—after a brief period at Dutch design agency Fabrique—blossomed into the seven years and counting I've spent with them.

My responsibilities and interests at work have shifted over time. I was hired as a designer, working remotely from Amsterdam with Kristian, who moved down from Oslo. We found ourselves a co-working space and quickly grew out of that, occupying an office with (then) 6 employees, before finding a space where we could double the team in size.

Around that time, which would have been 2017, I started becoming more interested in management. While not directly responsible for the work the talented designers, developers or writers we hired in Amsterdam put out, I was interested in keeping up with what drove them at work and the challenges they faced. To do so, I started having 1:1 conversations with everyone working in the office, which (I think) spurred similar efforts throughout our company. Doing that helped allowed them to speak out their aspirations and air out their frustrations, and helped me get a clear picture of the things we need to improve at the company and within our projects.

I think this has played a key part in defining how I manage teams.

Around that time, which would have been 2017, I started becoming more interested in management. While not directly responsible for the work the talented designers, developers or writers we hired in Amsterdam put out, I was interested in keeping up with what drove them at work and the challenges they faced. To do so, I started having 1:1 conversations with everyone working in the office, which (I think) spurred similar efforts throughout our company. Doing that helped allowed them to speak out their aspirations and air out their frustrations, and helped me get a clear picture of the things we needed to improve at the company and within our projects.

I think this has played a key part in defining how I manage teams.

Since then, we've grown our team in Amsterdam to a total of 19 people. I've split my time between (design) work on projects, hiring new employees, keeping up with team members in Amsterdam, organising and hosting events, and helping push BB forward as an organisation.

Since becoming a Partner in 2019 I've been focusing more on exploring new ways of working, and I like to contribute with a people-first approach.

Since then, we've grown our team in Amsterdam to a total of 19 people. I've split my time between (design) work on projects, hiring new employees, keeping up with team members in Amsterdam, organising and hosting events, and helping push BB forward as an organisation. Since becoming a Partner in 2019 I've been focusing more on exploring new ways of working, and I like to contribute with a people-first approach.

In the final months of 2021 I've started working closely together with our Design Leads in helping them create the best place for their teams to work, together bridging the gaps between our different design disciplines and elevating the work we do at the forefront of the web.

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Daniël van der Winden
v1 •  2022

Living in the Netherlands, where I was born and raised, I prefer to spend most of my free time holed up with a book, film or a good album. During the workweek I am a Partner at a design studio called Bakken & Bæck, where I was fortunate enough to start our Dutch office in 2015, and no year has quite been the same since.

That's Oscar, skillfully ignoring my orders

Currently I live near the forest in Amsterdam with my partner and our dog. I usually can't stop going on about what I'm reading, watching or listening to. Before the pandemic hit I frequently attended concerts, and years ago I volunteered as a concert photographer for a local music magazine. I'm a casual collector of vinyl, and my absolute favourite album—nothing even comes close—is J Dilla's “Donuts”. (I intend to add a “Listening” page to this website that chronicles my favourite music from year to year.)

The cinema is one of my favourite places to be, especially on a Sunday morning which, I'm aware, may sound like a bit of an odd concept to some. To me, there's nothing quite like shutting out all distractions and enjoying a good movie with a cup of coffee.

As for books, I primarily read fiction and mix in non-fiction now and then. The book club I'm in—with Thomas, Thijs and Rick—has been going strong for 37 editions in shifting constellations, and together we read roughly one book every 6 weeks.

As a kid, I loved dabbling on the Internet. I spent time building websites for every hobby I found or band I liked, and that led me down the path of pursuing an education that allowed me to, eventually, do “something with websites”. I studied Communication & Multimedia Design, with a semester abroad in Cambridge (UK) for an exchange program in graphic design and six months in Oslo (NO) for a graduation internship with Bakken & Bæck, which—after a brief period at Dutch design agency Fabrique—blossomed into the seven years and counting I've spent with them.

My responsibilities and interests at work have shifted over time. I was hired as a designer, working remotely from Amsterdam with Kristian, who moved down from Oslo. We found ourselves a co-working space and quickly grew out of that, occupying an office with (then) 6 employees, before finding a space where we could double the team in size.

Around that time, which would have been 2017, I started becoming more interested in management. While not directly responsible for the work the talented designers, developers or writers we hired in Amsterdam put out, I was interested in keeping up with what drove them at work and the challenges they faced. To do so, I started having 1:1 conversations with everyone working in the office, which (I think) spurred similar efforts throughout our company. Doing that helped allowed them to speak out their aspirations and air out their frustrations, and helped me get a clear picture of the things we need to improve at the company and within our projects. I think this has played a key part in defining how I manage teams.

Since then, we've grown our team in Amsterdam to a total of 19 people. I've split my time between (design) work on projects, hiring new employees, keeping up with team members in Amsterdam, organising and hosting events, and helping push BB forward as an organisation. Since becoming a Partner in 2019 I've been focusing more on exploring new ways of working, and I like to contribute with a people-first approach.

In the final months of 2021 I've started working closely together with our Design Leads in helping them create the best place for their teams to work, together bridging the gaps between our different design disciplines and elevating the work we do at the forefront of the web.

This website was created with Framer Sites (β).
Type set in GT Ultra by Grilli Type.

Daniël van der Winden
v1 •  2022

Living in the Netherlands, where I was born and raised, I prefer to spend most of my free time holed up with a book, film or a good album. During the workweek I am a Partner at a design studio called Bakken & Bæck, where I was fortunate enough to start our Dutch office in 2015, and no year has quite been the same since.

That's Oscar, skillfully ignoring my orders

Currently I live near the forest in Amsterdam with my partner and our dog. I usually can't stop going on about what I'm reading, watching or listening to. Before the pandemic hit I frequently attended concerts, and years ago I volunteered as a concert photographer for a local music magazine. I'm a casual collector of vinyl, and my absolute favourite album—nothing even comes close—is J Dilla's “Donuts”. (I intend to add a “Listening” page to this website that chronicles my favourite music from year to year.)

The cinema is one of my favourite places to be, especially on a Sunday morning which, I'm aware, may sound like a bit of an odd concept to some. To me, there's nothing quite like shutting out all distractions and enjoying a good movie with a cup of coffee.

As for books, I primarily read fiction and mix in non-fiction now and then. The book club I'm in—with Thomas, Thijs and Rick—has been going strong for 37 editions in shifting constellations, and together we read roughly one book every 6 weeks.

As a kid, I loved dabbling on the Internet. I spent time building websites for every hobby I found or band I liked, and that led me down the path of pursuing an education that allowed me to, eventually, do “something with websites”. I studied Communication & Multimedia Design, with a semester abroad in Cambridge (UK) for an exchange program in graphic design and six months in Oslo (NO) for a graduation internship with Bakken & Bæck, which—after a brief period at Dutch design agency Fabrique—blossomed into the seven years and counting I've spent with them.

My responsibilities and interests at work have shifted over time. I was hired as a designer, working remotely from Amsterdam with Kristian, who moved down from Oslo. We found ourselves a co-working space and quickly grew out of that, occupying an office with (then) 6 employees, before finding a space where we could double the team in size.

Around that time, which would have been 2017, I started becoming more interested in management. While not directly responsible for the work the talented designers, developers or writers we hired in Amsterdam put out, I was interested in keeping up with what drove them at work and the challenges they faced. To do so, I started having 1:1 conversations with everyone working in the office, which (I think) spurred similar efforts throughout our company. Doing that helped allowed them to speak out their aspirations and air out their frustrations, and helped me get a clear picture of the things we need to improve at the company and within our projects.

I think this has played a key part in defining how I manage teams.

Since then, we've grown our team in Amsterdam to a total of 19 people. I've split my time between (design) work on projects, hiring new employees, keeping up with team members in Amsterdam, organising and hosting events, and helping push BB forward as an organisation.

Since becoming a Partner in 2019 I've been focusing more on exploring new ways of working, and I like to contribute with a people-first approach.

In the final months of 2021 I've started working closely together with our Design Leads in helping them create the best place for their teams to work, together bridging the gaps between our different design disciplines and elevating the work we do at the forefront of the web.

This website was created with Framer Sites (β).
Type set in GT Ultra by Grilli Type.

Daniël van der Winden
v1 •  2022

Living in the Netherlands, where I was born and raised, I prefer to spend most of my free time holed up with a book, film or a good album. During the workweek I am a Partner at a design studio called Bakken & Bæck, where I was fortunate enough to start our Dutch office in 2015, and no year has quite been the same since.

That's Oscar, skillfully ignoring my orders

Currently I live near the forest in Amsterdam with my partner and our dog. I usually can't stop going on about what I'm reading, watching or listening to. Before the pandemic hit I frequently attended concerts, and years ago I volunteered as a concert photographer for a local music magazine. I'm a casual collector of vinyl, and my absolute favourite album—nothing even comes close—is J Dilla's “Donuts”. (I intend to add a “Listening” page to this website that chronicles my favourite music from year to year.)

The cinema is one of my favourite places to be, especially on a Sunday morning which, I'm aware, may sound like a bit of an odd concept to some. To me, there's nothing quite like shutting out all distractions and enjoying a good movie with a cup of coffee.

As for books, I primarily read fiction and mix in non-fiction now and then. The book club I'm in—with Thomas, Thijs and Rick—has been going strong for 37 editions in shifting constellations, and together we read roughly one book every 6 weeks.

As a kid, I loved dabbling on the Internet. I spent time building websites for every hobby I found or band I liked, and that led me down the path of pursuing an education that allowed me to, eventually, do “something with websites”. I studied Communication & Multimedia Design, with a semester abroad in Cambridge (UK) for an exchange program in graphic design and six months in Oslo (NO) for a graduation internship with Bakken & Bæck, which—after a brief period at Dutch design agency Fabrique—blossomed into the seven years and counting I've spent with them.

My responsibilities and interests at work have shifted over time. I was hired as a designer, working remotely from Amsterdam with Kristian, who moved down from Oslo. We found ourselves a co-working space and quickly grew out of that, occupying an office with (then) 6 employees, before finding a space where we could double the team in size.

Around that time, which would have been 2017, I started becoming more interested in management. While not directly responsible for the work the talented designers, developers or writers we hired in Amsterdam put out, I was interested in keeping up with what drove them at work and the challenges they faced. To do so, I started having 1:1 conversations with everyone working in the office, which (I think) spurred similar efforts throughout our company. Doing that helped allowed them to speak out their aspirations and air out their frustrations, and helped me get a clear picture of the things we need to improve at the company and within our projects.

I think this has played a key part in defining how I manage teams.

Since then, we've grown our team in Amsterdam to a total of 19 people. I've split my time between (design) work on projects, hiring new employees, keeping up with team members in Amsterdam, organising and hosting events, and helping push BB forward as an organisation.

Since becoming a Partner in 2019 I've been focusing more on exploring new ways of working, and I like to contribute with a people-first approach.

In the final months of 2021 I've started working closely together with our Design Leads in helping them create the best place for their teams to work, together bridging the gaps between our different design disciplines and elevating the work we do at the forefront of the web.

This website was created with Framer Sites (β).
Type set in GT Ultra by Grilli Type.