Dutch/Canadian creative director and producer with nearly 20 years of experience in the digital and integrated brand experience space.
What started as a career in development & design, turned to illustration, animation and story during the golden years of Flash. At the beginning, Timmer held fulltime employment at: White Iron, working on web projects for television shows such as Corner Gas and Taking It Off; Blatant (Absorb LMS); and Webtek.
The following six years focused on design and art direction under the pseudonym ‘Beside’, working on digital and print projects for HP, Hilton, SC Johnson, Hershey’s, MasterCard, Kraft, Adobe, AMD, Applebee’s, Home Hardware, Survivorman, Bombardier, and For Dummies. During this time, Timmer also provided creative direction and production for festivals run by FITC in Toronto, New York City, Seoul, Hollywood, Chicago, and in his homeland’s Amsterdam.
Over the span of those early years, Timmer founded, operated, advised, consulted and contributed to a large range of startups and products.
For four years afterwards, Timmer dived into photography and video under the name ‘Aside’, shooting fashion, music, fitness and lifestyle content for magazines and model portfolios. He served as a photography manager for Banff World Media Festival where he led teams to capture every detail of the event, from red carpets to award shows, television executive luncheons and dinners to presentations. Timmer has had the privilege to shoot celebrities including Ricky Gervais, William Shatner, Eric McCormack, Lisa Kudrow, Ed Asner, Judd Apatow, Juliette Lewis, Felicia Day, Jason Priestley, David Suzuki, Adam Beach, Caroline Rhea, Kenny Hotz, Howie Mandel, Jeremy Hotz, and Mike Holmes. At this time, Timmer also led a video team to document the Teenage Paparazzo Experience North American Tour with Adrian Grenier.
The passion for delivering quality content for large scale audiences never subsided.
In 2012, Timmer founded the art and design studio Wild Forest. Over the years, he has crafted campaigns with an uninhibited frame of mind for the NBA, NFL, CFL, Citi, Unilever, Nivea, National Film Board of Canada, US State Department, St. John’s University, New York City Mayor’s Office, and also created public art / experiential installations for the Calgary Film Centre, City of Calgary and TD Canada Trust.
Timmer is founder & executive director of the Council of Artists and Multimedia Professionals (”CAMP”), forged in 2014. The non-profit community organization supports and celebrates the creative industries. After five years of successfully producing its annual festivals and workshops, Timmer set out to tackle a new challenge and produce the first episodes of a roundtable talk-show entitled the Summit.
In late 2018, long-time friends and collaborators have come together with Timmer to form a new digital agency, Theory+Matter. Meanwhile, Timmer has shifted Wild Forest’s focus toward film and television production.
Timmer served as Vice President of Digital Alberta where he helped breathe new life into the organization and secure both government and private funding; advises Canada’s provincial and federal governments in the structuring of industry grants; supports TELUS in its content and grant development as both advisor and fixer; is an ambassador and advisor to FITC; and sits on advisory councils for Alberta College of Art & Design (University), Lethbridge College, and Bow Valley College.
Timmer was also the former chief editor and cofounder of Digital Softbox Magazine, serving to inspire photographers with interviews, gear and work. Prior to that, Timmer was a founding member of Digital Abstracts and contributing member to Ventilate, two highly notable and inspiring design & motion graphic portals of their time.
Over the span of almost two decades, Timmer has had 21 speaking & jury engagements, and has garnered 32 industry awards including FWAs, Anvils, FITC (People’s Choice), Embers, and ARFEX awards.
Timmer’s work has also exhibited at art galleries in London, Southampton, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Lethbridge, with features or interviews in over 29 publications and books.
Growing up next door to the theme park Efteling–exhibiting rides and tales of dragons, ghosts, knights, gnomes, fairies and fairytales in a land of make believe–has sparked a lifelong interest and pursuit in the development of stories through creative form.
Recently, after diving into the world of film and television productions, Timmer procured the film rights to Brian Wilson’s The Legend of the Massacre of the Lost Conquistadors. The story tells of a group of Spanish conquistadors who travelled through the Okanagan Valley in the 1700’s where they were brutally attacked and killed by a group of local Aboriginals. The recent discovery of ancient artifacts, including a Spanish sword, a rare native breastplate, the ruins of a Spanish mound and Aboriginal pictographs in British Columbia’s interior suggests that this tale is more than just folklore, giving way to revisit and revise what we know about Canada’s history.