Gilles Vandenoostende

Hi, I'm Gilles Vandenoostende - designer, illustrator and digital busybody with a love of language, based in Ghent, Belgium.

About me

I'd like to see myself as a renaissance geek. Like the great masters of old, I stubbornly refuse to specialise, preferring to remain plugged into as many different fields as I can humanly muster.

My career got started back in 2006: I was still in college getting my Masters when I was contacted by Atmosphere BBDO to join their team of webdesigners. Being a bit bored with school, I leapt at the opportunity and I haven't looked back since.

Atmosphere BBDO later became Proximity BBDO, and I stayed with the company for over 5 years, working for various interesting clients and even winning the odd couple of awards. Although I started out as a Flash-designer, I never stopped expanding my skill-set, doing HTML, CSS, Flash, Flex, ActionScript, PHP and 3D modelling whenever I got the chance, as well as crafting pixel-perfect designs and dabbling with concept-creation.

Then in late 2011 I was asked to join TBWA Group and their then-nascent design-department Two Men And A Horsehead, where I continued doing graphic design and front-end development, but I also branched out as a User Experience Designer, crafting wireframes, flows and interactive prototypes. I got to work on a couple of really nice projects for equally nice clients, but my stint at TBWA was destined to be a short one, as by the end of 2013 I had received yet another job-offer that I couldn't refuse.

Which is how in December of 2013 I wound up joining Duval Guillaume as their new Creative Technologist. Operating under this lofty title, I got to brainstorm with some of the best creative teams in the world and made interactive prototypes and mockups. However, they soon discovered I was also a good designer, and so when Saatchi & Saatchi moved into our offices in mid 2014, I soon found myself working for both agencies doing conceptual graphic- and brand-design, creating layouts, logo's, and more. And that's where I'm at today!

As I'm writing this in 2016, I conclude that I'm still hungry. Hungry for more knowledge, more experience, for more work that truly satisfies my creative urges. For the last year, I've been getting serious about 3D Printing, dabbling with Virtual Reality, always preparing for the inevitable arrival of "the next big thing", whatever form it might take.

And as always, I'm still passionate about design, science, art and storytelling. If ever a dull moment should strike, hand me a paper and pencil and I'll gladly sketch away for hours.