Bram Timmer is an award-winning art director, designer, photographer, and entrepreneur specializing in innovative new media design. Bram applies his creativity and expertise across a variety of media, including: web design and development; e-learning and interactive media; print materials; packaging; information architecture; illustration; video and photography. Bram's past and present clients include commercial, entertainment, lifestyle, legal, financial and government institutions of all sizes, including MasterCard, Nivea, Kraft, Hershey's, SC Johnson, CTV, CFL, Hewlett Packard, AMD, Adobe, Bombardier, Applebee's, Hilton Garden Inn, TELUS, Home Hardware, For Dummies, EnCana, Survivorman, Lilly, Meridian Credit Union, University of Calgary, Mount Allison University, Calgary Stampede, National Film Board of Canada and others.
In addition to his freelance design career under the alias Beside, directing and photography under the alias Aside, Bram was on-site at FITC Events to provide creative and art direction, assisting in the production of all print and web assets of a large number of events including ones in Amsterdam, Toronto, Seoul, Hollywood, Chicago, and New York City; the Banff World Media Festival, a celebrity-packed and who’s who of the media industry event, where Bram was Photography Manager for three consecutive years, documenting the four-day event and managing his assistant photographers. Over the years Bram has had the privlidge to photograph a diverse range of celebrities including Ricky Gervais, William Shatner, Eric McCormack, Lisa Kudrow, Ed Asner, Adrian Grenier, Juliette Lewis, Felicia Day, Jason Priestley, David Suzuki, Adam Beach, Caroline Rhea, Kenny Hotz, Howie Mandel, Jeremy Hotz, Mike Holmes and others. Bram has founded, operated, advised, consulted and contributed to a wide range of startup companies; provided in-house design and development services for: White Iron, an award-winning digital media agency in Calgary, AB; Webtek, where he worked as Interactive Director in Michigan; and Blatant Media, where he provided animation, print, interactive and other services to support their e-learning platform.
A wide variety of interests and passions inform Bram's creative work, including architecture, art history, digital culture, and visual arts in various mediums. Bram is a member of the Lethbridge College Multimedia Production Program advisory committee; a former Chief Editor of Digital Softbox Magazine; and a founding member of the popular online magazine, Digital Abstracts, where digital design culture and interviews are frequently highlighted. Bram also participates in a number of design and art-focused events, groups, blogs, exhibits, and not-for-profit causes; holds photography and design-related workshops; and occasionally guest speaks at conferences, colleges and universities.
In an additional chapter of Bram's life, we take a deeper look at the entrepreneurial spirit that runs through his veins. Bram's current involvement with a variety of startups, allows him to implement creative brand and strategic directions on a multitude of platforms from web to tablet to mobile to print in a diverse range of industries. One of Bram's most ambitious undertakings to date, is planting roots and forming his own creative agency: Wild Forest. Here he nurtures, oversees, and gets his hands dirty on a diverse range of creative projects for forward-thinking clients around the globe.
Bram's engagement with a variety of endeavors and his progressive creativity brought him acclaim in the industry worldwide. He has a long list of accomplishments that include a variety of awards, interviews, magazine and book publications as well as sitting in on judging panels.
To top off Bram's list of achievements, he recently came full circle into his roots, when the college he attended awarded him with the Rising Star Award. While Bram Timmer's permanent residence is in Canada, he keeps close to his Dutch roots, and is always humbled by the achievements in his multi-faceted career.