Born in 1975 in Breda, based in Amsterdam since 2000 Martijn Frank Dirks started making and writing short stories at a young age. He graduated BA in Industrial Design (Design Academy Eindhoven) and MA in Retail Design & Communication (Plymouth University). As of 2006 he has been running his multidisciplinary design studio, studiomfd, specializing in Retail, Office , Graphic & Brand Design. In 2015 he started writing his first book, Outsiders Amsterdam, followed by monthly articles about retail, commerce and design.


Born in 1980 in Deventer, and currently based in Amsterdam Kasimir Szekeres graduated in graphic design and film. As of 2006 he has devoted his attention to fashion, portrait and advertising photography as a self-taught location and studio photographer.

Outsiders strives to spread fascinating and inspiring stories of newcomers in cities all over the world. We cannot do this alone, your help is highly apreciated.

If you live in one of the below cities or know any people who would love to contribute to our mission, please send an email to:

Amsterdam outsiders

52° 22' NB, 4° 54' OL

New York
New York Outsiders

40° 44' NB, 73° 51' WL

Istanbul Outsiders

41° 0' NB, 28° 57' OL