Identity

I am an eager to learn, energetic and motivated designer who enjoys working in teams, with a great interest in how to improve human wellbeing by adapting the latest technologies and who is able to quickly adapt to these new possibilities. Conceptualizing new technologies into products and making working prototypes as well as testing my products with users and convey business partners of the feasibility is important to me. This results in Physical prototypes, which help me to explain and think about a concept in a hands-on approach and to make the concepts easily accessible for stakeholders and users.

 

During a design process, I experience that working together in a team really boosts my creativity and inspiration. I like to be a team player. By reasoning and combining ideas and technologies, I create concepts and therefore inspiration from clients, users and coworkers is necessary in my design process.

 

I work hard to be able to implement as much of the final interaction in my prototypes as possible in the given time-frame to test a product not only on the level of interaction but also on technical feasibility and to find out where the setbacks are. I do this in a very hands-on approach, testing different set-ups and building prototypes. This process enables me to get feeling with the product and get further than the abstract layer of an idea.

 

I have the ambition to be a team leader working on the development of working prototypes in short design cycles and combining research results into products and services that really make an impact on life. I believe I can do this by a holistic approach in which I try to create a collaboration between different expertise’s in which I can have the overview of the design process and steer the development according to the goals of the project.

 

 Diagram showing the key parts of my Identity and Vision

Vision

The world is changing rapidly due to the development of new technologies, which create complete new possibilities that can enhance our lives. As an Industrial designer, you have the opportunity to use these developments to improve the daily life of the user and improve human well-being.

 

Introducing all these new developments and technologies into real life environments cannot be done without careful consideration with all stakeholders. New products should be carefully developed in close collaboration with the end users and experts in the field to create the best fitting user experience. In this way, not only the technology can enhance the life of the user, but the design as well. Smart and innovative products do not always have to be technologically complex but should be the perfect balance between the necessary technology and user experience.

 

The healthcare sector is a design space in which many opportunities have risen. The society is changing rapidly and age related diseases are becoming more and more common. In addition, our demands for quality in healthcare are increasing. Especially in this sector, you see many new technology developments, I don’t want to develop with efficiency as main goal, instead I want to create the best user experience and improve the user’s wellbeing. We see this shift in the healthcare sector as well.

I see it as a challenge to design in such a way that the user is central in the process, the resulting treatments can be more effective and user friendly and due to this in many cases also more efficient.

 

‘The Internet of things’ has interesting design opportunities, all products connected to the Internet communicating with each other. This provides endless possibilities for products, to become intelligent in their environment by exchanging information with other products. However, this also raises issues about privacy. To what extend can products and their associated companies gather information about you as a user and how can this help the user during his daily life while minimizing the risks? Transparency towards the user about which and when data is collected by a system is a start.

 

The responsibility of an industrial designer is to carefully consider what the gains of a new technology are for the end user and considering the risks of the new technology. This is especially important in the healthcare sector. By putting the user in control during every step in the design process, we can maximize the value of the product. With a user centered approach, using the latest technologies I believe that we can make a difference!