Rick Berkelmans


Rick Berkelmans’ (1986) work consists of a vibrant mix of strong shapes, weird characters and bold colors. Never being too much in your face, Berkelmans always makes sure his work is packed with a certain attitude, casual but clever, tactile but professional. Rick lives and works in Breda where he runs his oneman design studio Hedof. With a combination of commercial projects and exhibitions, he raised his profile on an international level. Clients include The New York Times, Heineken, Nickelodeon, Kangaroos, Sony Playstation, Lipton Tea, The Hoxton Hotel, KLM Airlines, Ikea, Native Shoes, Appelsap Festival, Google, Red Bull, Corona, Booking.com, Green Man Festival, Arte, LCX, Samsung, Snapchat, Diesel and Facebook.

What role does music play in your day-to-day life as a creative?

Well when I started out as an illustrator, I was very into the music poster scene. So I did a bunch of concert posters and things started snowballing from there. Obviously, as someone who runs his own studio, I can listen to whatever I like and I listen to music all day long. It very much reflects my mood and gets me into the zone, relaxing, or fired up. I’ve also been listening to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks for a long time and I am so excited that it is getting a lot of momentum right now. So much fun stuff to choose from!

Tell us about your playlist:

I chose to submit a selection of my favourite beats and tracks in the more hip-hop corner of my music collection. Especially included a bunch of older funky tracks by the likes of the Jungle Brothers. I always like this stuff so much haha. But in general, it starts a bit quiet and slow for the morning with Ta-KU. Then we go into more modern electronic beats like Photay and Romane, sooo good! Back to the eighties, straight to today where I picked some of my favourite hip-hop/trap tracks from artists like ASAP Ferg. And finishing quietly again with the Gaslamp Killer and the beautiful song Sleep Walk by Santo and Johnny.

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Good Times / Bad Times

  1. Hopeful – Ta-ku
  2. Homesick – DJ Koze, Ada
  3. No Sass – Photay
  4. Down the Line (It Takes a Number) – Romare
  5. What “U” Waitin’ “4”? – Jungle Brothers
  6. Critical Beatdown – Ultramagnetic MC’s
  7. Roxanne’s On A Roll – The Real Roxanne
  8. Don’t Curse – Heavy D & The Boyz, Pete Rock
  9. Phone Jumpin – Dave East, Wiz Khalifa
  10. Work REMIX – A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Trinidad
  11. James, ScHoolboy Q
  13. Us – feat. Bloody Jay – Brodinski, Bloody Jay
  14. Nissim – The Gaslamp Killer, Amir Yaghmai
  15. Sleep Walk – Santo & Johnny