I enjoyed learning about the human anatomy during my BSc in medicine but soon realised I'd rather pursue a career and life in which I could make more use of my creativity.
I did a BSc and MSc in Industrial Design Engineering and truly loved it. I could finally put my sketching to good use. I've now worked as a freelance product & graphic designer since 2014.
The past year I have focussed on User Centered & digital design within the USI PDEng program at TU/E. Working on UX research and design projects in multidisciplinary teams.
In the research and design projects I do now I can combine all the skills I've gained through this not-so-regular path. Be it in healthcare related projects or in completely different contexts. I'm glad I've taken this route! Have a look at my resume and browse through what I've created in my portfolio section below.
Within the Postmaster-program User System Interaction at Eindhoven University of Technology my focus has been, more than before, on designing digital products. Also I've become more familiar with User Centered Design principles and methods and designing for User Experience. Things that may seem vague to many, but very logical to those who understand it. In my opinion, design should not just be centered around the user nor the company nor the product, it should consider all of these and the whole society and world around it.
I'm familiar with a wide range of methods and types of software to apply for this purpose. I think that it's valuable to apply these in different and sometimes new ways depending on what is required to get the job done in the best and most effective way. I'm very comfortable with the whole creative process, from research and more conceptual thinking, to the first iterative sketches and eventually creating complex HiFi prototypes and user-testing. I enjoy this digital world and the new methods I've become familiar with and think the possibilties are amazing.
Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft provides a great combination of creativity and science, education and practice. For me it has resulted in the amazing ability to transform good ideas into great products. During my studies I've been able to set my knowledge and experience to good use and develop new tools for healthcare but alsocompletely different corners of society. That's what I also like about both product and UX-design, you don't have to stick to just one industry.
As a freelancer I have worked on multiple projects. I enjoy going, together with the client, from that initial idea through conceptualization and research phases all the way to production and marketing phases. To me it's a great road with plenty of interesting challenges, experiences and a lot of satisfaction. After my past year in the USI program I'm also better able to see and act to what users really need and apply this to my product design too.
Next to product and digital design I like the experience of getting thoughts out of my head straight onto paper (or the screen) while sketching.
I've experienced some great side projects creating useful things like logos, illustrations and book lay-outs by simply doing what I like: talking to people and creating stuff.