, About René

René van der Horst.

(photo) graphic designer

Born: 1960

Location: Best (Netherlands)

My profession is an independent graphic designer with a passion for photography. Hence the self-conceived title (photo) graphic designer. I have completed a study at the Design Academy, specializing in Product Presentation. Photography was an important part of that education. That is also where my affinity for photography came into being. I found it fascinating to see how the recordings you made with your camera – then still on film – slowly developed (literally) in the dark room. I, like almost everyone, left that analogous era behind for a long time, but still the basic values ​​that I learned at the time: creativity, patience, attention to detail, craftsmanship still apply.

I am actually all day – indirectly and direct – working with photography. Indirectly, because I judge photos of other photographers and apply them in my designs. Immediately because I always see the world through the eyes of a photographer. I always have my camera with me, wherever I go, because I’m afraid to miss that one perfect shot. When I have an idea for a photo, I sometimes spend hours or days trying things out and am only satisfied if it meets my requirements.


I love
hurry up, nature, coffee (too much), a glass of wine in time, cycling, walking

I hate
linger, litter, clean up, traffic jams

I am worried about
the environment and in particular the insects, the warming of the earth, the many wars in the world

Massive Attack, Paul Carrack, Dirty Loops

The Godfather, The Shining, The Matrix

The shadow of the wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Lord of the Rings – Tolkien, Duma – Stephen King