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I spent my childhood in Heusden-Zolder. If I wasn't dribbling with a basketball, hanging around with my skateboard buddy’s or looking for a piece of cherry pie, I was probably dreaming up a bedroom makeover. Rearranging furniture, replacing posters and painting walls: it had to be different every time. My baggy pants gradually became narrower but my interest in color and composition grew wider. After High School, I went to the PXL College in Hasselt to study Marketing.
Graphics in Gent
It soon became clear that I was mainly interested in the design aspect of a marketing campaign. So I dragged my furniture to Ghent and entered the world of graphic design where a millimeter is a considerable distance, a project more important than your bed and a professional attitude a must. I became an admirer of typography and brand identities.
Books, books, books
In 2002 I landed my first job as a Graphic Designer at Clavis Publishing in Hasselt. I learned to design books for various target groups. Highlights included designing book covers for young adults, the beginning of my extensive collaboration with Leo Timmers and designing book covers for international bestselling author Anthony Horowitz. After my day job I started freelancing and took painting classes with artist Herman Maes.
Studio Maarten Deckers
In 2010 I left Clavis Publishing, became an independent Graphic Designer and continued to learn. I took Mixed Media classes with olfactory artist Peter De Cupere, learned to screen print at the Academy of Hasselt, studied Photography and expanded my Adobe software-skills on lynda.com.
Since 2015 I’m living in a part of an old village cinema (Cinema Roxy) in Wijgmaal (Leuven). A bunch of my neighbors and I started organising living room festivals called DoRemy and Dorpsklap. Gradually my interest in user experiences has grown and after following UX-design classes at Syntra in 2018 I entered the broad field of User Experience Design.
2019 — Start of my collaboration with Quiet Company
Marie, the owner of Quiet Company, loves art and design and exhibits Belgian artists. You can buy my screen prints on her website. View my profile page
2018 — DoRemy nominated for a Matexi Award
DoRemy, our living room festival, was nominated for a Matexi Award and was a close second for the award for most connecting private neighborhood initiative. More about DoRemy
2018 — Selected by the Google Pixel-team
The Google Pixel-team selected one of my flower photographs to print on Google Live Cases for the Google Pixel smartphone, available for purchase on the Google Store. Check out my Google Live Case
2017 — Interviewed by Culture Club Magazine (Canvas)
A journalist from Culture Club Magazine visited my studio to interview me about my book cover design process. Read the article: The Art of Making a Book Cover
2017 — Guest on AdobeLive
In May 2017 I was a guest on AdobeLive, a 3-day event about Graphic Design, broadcasted live on YouTube and Béhance straight from the Adobe headquarters in Paris. Every day I designed something new during a two-hour live broadcast. On day one I designed a logo and posters for Cinema Roxy (View this broadcast), on day two I designed a logo and packaging for Baron Macaron (View this broadcast) and finally on day three I designed a book cover for Rafelen van Sanne Huysman (View this broadcast)
2017 — Unsplash Best of 2017
My photograph of a pair of blossoms ended up on the Unsplash Best of 2017 list in the category Top Most downloaded photos of 2017. All my photos on my Unsplash profile have been viewed more than 50 million times and downloaded more than 400,000 times. Download my Unsplash photos for free
2017 — Second place at the World Cookbook Awards
The book Wine in Belgium, which I designed for Davidsfonds Uitgeverij, won second place at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in the category European Wine.
2016 — My Hexagon Animals appear in Animal Graphics
My Hexagon Animals were included in the book Animal Graphics, published by Sandu Publishing. View the book
2016 — My brand identity is included in Logo Decode
The logo and corporate identity of my studio are included in the book Logo Decode: From Logo Design to Branding published by Sandu Publishing. View the book
2016 & 2014 — Adobe Portfolio of the Month
My portfolio was twice selected as Adobe Portfolio of the Month by the team at Adobe, in October 2016 and August 2014. Read more
2012 — Exhibitions
Solo-exhibition Lines in the Open Space Gallery in Tongeren, Belgium (February 2012)
Participated in the exhibition Re:Converse #2 in Beringen, Belgium (September 2012)