Founded in 1992 by Haye and Nadine Tjarks, we are very proud to have grown as an agency based purely on client recommendations. Our incredibly dedicated, multinational team specialise in design, artwork, digital illustration, web development, 3D visuals and consumer strategy.
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Our Team & Departments
Dr. Steen Tjarks
René Du Toit
Julia von Strauss und Torney
Founder / Owner
Haye started his career 30 years ago, servicing clients as a student. This extensive experience has given him unparalleled knowledge of the entire design process. His meticulous attention to detail has led to a 20+ year retention of the ALDI group. He likes a challenge and thrives on helping clients achieve their goals. In addition, he is a keen footballer, cyclist and runner. He loves the sea, any watersport, and almost studied marine biology before founding Tjarks and Tjarks Design.
Founder / Managing Director
Nadine completed her degree in International Marketing and has spent the last 26 years developing brands for global retailers. She has successfully increased clients’ sales through both packaging and retail design. The success of Tjarks and Tjarks has been driven by her enthusiasm and passion as a Creative Director. She has travelled the world and thrives off annually visiting remote, nature rich or adventurous places. She is a qualified yoga teacher and maintains a healthy, mindful, yogic lifestyle.
Dr. Steen Tjarks
Vice President / US Director
Steen’s background is in consumer behaviour and pricing strategy. In 2014 he was honored with receiving a prestigious PhD Studentship from the Psychology department at UCL and in September 2018 he completed his doctorate. He has experience in helping businesses like Lego and Penguin Books realise the full extent of their marketing efforts. In his role as the VP of the Chicago office, he also brings his expertise to the US market. He loves fitness, gaming and Star Wars.
Deputy Managing Director
Sabrina has a diploma in product design and over ten years’ experience in the packaging design industry, working with global clients such as Procter & Gamble on a wide range of high profile brands. Her passion for all aspects of packaging design and innate ability to build strong working relationships drive her to successfully lead brands and teams. Her love of challenges extends to outside work, where she enjoys fencing and rowing as well as visiting London’s many museums.
René du Toit
René has over 20 years’ experience managing and directing design for three of the UK's most iconic retailers - John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Tesco International. She has a passion for design excellence and its translation across global markets through packaging, POS, promotional materials and marketing campaigns. She enjoys travelling, movies and painting.
Head of Artwork
Chris is a trained designer with a keen eye for detail and has over 16 years' experience working in the packaging sector supplying wholesale and retail throughout the UK and Europe for some of the world’s most iconic brands including Coca-Cola, Bacardi and Smirnoff. A devoted father of three, in his free time he enjoys cooking, DIY, sports and visiting new places with his family.
Nico is a highly versatile and passionate creative. He trained as an Industrial Designer and in 2010 had the honour of presenting his work to HRH The Duke of York. At 22, he successfully launched his own design agency and soon began to service many international clients. As a Creative Director at Tjarks and Tjarks, he drives the agency’s creativity with flair. He loves Star Wars, art and food.
Creative Director / Associate
George is a highly accomplished creative with a background in graphic design. Following two years running his own agency and winning a variety of international clients, which included working on a prestigious HSBC project, he joined Tjarks and Tjarks. As a Creative Director and devoted designer, his passion and enthusiasm drive the design team’s creativity. He enjoys sport, travel and illustration.
Account & QC Director / Associate
Ilinka joined Tjarks and Tjarks almost ten years ago after completing a design degree and is highly regarded for her dedication to client services. She is precise and meticulous, making her valued by both colleagues and clients alike. Her outstanding work ethic and reliability have been key to her success. She loves sailing, good food and is a proud new Mum.
Julia von Strauss und Torney
With over 18 years' experience in branding, design and creative project management, Julia handles key accounts for packaging and brand development while leading a team of Account Managers. A trained designer, she has extensive industry knowledge, enabling her to deliver outstanding projects. In her free time she enjoys sports, cooking and travelling to new places with her family.
Client Engagement Director
Stuart has been involved in the print and packaging industry in the UK, US and Germany for 25 years, working with high profile brands such as Unilever, Colgate, Nestlé and Mars on strategy and approach in creative design, photography, packaging graphics and global colour management. He uses this in-depth experience to expand Tjarks’ growing business. In his spare time, he enjoys the great outdoors, ski-ing and mountain biking.
Quality Control Director
Dee graduated in French, German and European Studies and has several years' experience in the retail industry as a translator and artwork checker. Her meticulous, detail-orientated approach and continued dedication to excellence is an asset to her team. She enjoys travelling, is a keen amateur astronomer and loves to read.
Quality Control Director
Harriet's background is in proofreading and translation. She studied German & French and has gained valuable experience in the translation and quality control of food packaging, as well as substantial food law knowledge. She enjoys making cakes, trampolining and photography.
Senior Pricing & Technical Guidelines Manager
Originally from Vienna, Peter worked in advertising for 15 years, gaining comprehensive experience both agency and client side across disciplines ranging from copywriting to art directing. He and his team face the challenge of taking the complex rules and technical aspects of dozens of different brands and turning them into clear, consistent and user-friendly brand guidelines. Peter enjoys travelling, loves all kinds of art and is inspired by a longstanding passion for astrology.
Sara is a CIPD qualified HR professional with over 25 years’ generalist experience working for high profile companies such as Virgin Atlantic and Diageo. Having set up our HR function, she manages recruitment, employment and training and provides advice and support on everything under the sun! Her ability to build strong relationships and commitment to collaborative working help to shape the organisational culture. She is a classical guitarist and enjoys long walks in the countryside.
Health & Wellbeing Manager
Noodles is the dedicated Office Wellbeing Manager, responsible for ensuring employee morale, creativity and the all-important ‘work life balance’. Her experience lies in ball chasing, sleeping and eating. When she is not engaging in long office wanders, her curiosity and intellect are used to help direct design work. She loves treats, cuddles, walks and playing ball.
Our creative team is incredible! Designers with 35+ years experience as packaging specialists combine their knowledge with young, exciting talent. We pride ourselves on the strength of our design work and the ability to create ownable, world-class brands.
Efficiency, consistency and precision are the pillars of our internal production team. High-quality artwork for print is a true craft and our standards for preparing, proofing and approving files before they are sent to print are second to none.
Our digital gurus bring out the best in our designs to maximise impact and engagement. They work closely with our artwork department, preparing high-end graphics for our advertising, retail POS and packaging projects.
The research team are experts in behavioural pricing, marketing and understanding consumer behaviour. Using the most cutting edge research tools, they help deliver real-time consumer insights that can be leveraged quickly and efficiently into revenue.
Web Design & Development
Our young team of in-house developers are experts in a vast range of web skills. From simplistic template based websites to custom built CMS’s, our code-wizards produce fast, beautiful and functional products.
We firmly believe that the most successful creative solutions are born from clear communication. Our dedicated Account Management team are professional, friendly and highly organised, managing the full lifecycle of each project through our agency.
The quality control team excel at ensuring our precision standards are upheld by checking every piece of artwork. Nothing gets past this eagle-eyed team of experts hence our clients can be confident they will only receive the best.
Office Management / Admin
These highly organised professionals are the reason our agency runs like a well-oiled machine! By managing and coordinating internal processes and staff they ensure each department can concentrate purely on our clients.
People are at the centre of our success and our HR team is highly experienced in selecting the very best applicants to drive the business forward. From designers to account managers, they continually discover incredible talent to strengthen our team.
Health & Wellbeing
Noodles, our Office Wellbeing Manager, is always available for a therapeutic chat or ball game. She regularly does a round of the office checking out everyone’s lunch and ensuring the day starts with a smile. Click here to see what she gets up to on a typical day.