How did it all start?
I've always had a passion for designing things. As a kid, I designed things like a cruise ship using paper and old toilet rolls. When I was a little older, around the age of 10, I made my first website. This was nothing serious, just a small website about myself using a web builder platform online. But I loved it. I really liked the freedom I had with creating something online. In high school, I took my passion for designing to the next level by following classes like computer science where I learned the basics of HTML, CSS and even a little PHP.
After I graduated high school in 2016, I knew digital design was my passion and that I wanted to spend my future career designing for the digital interactive world. So I signed up for the four-year study of Communication and Multimedia Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. In the first year, I was introduced to all the different fields that my study was teaching: visual design, front-end development, concepting, and of course user experience design. I liked them all, but I found out user experience design was something I wanted to improve my skills in. In the second year I chose to follow a project called Project Interaction were I improved the user experience of the PostNL app. After that project, I did a UX/UI Design internship of 10 weeks. After the summer of 2018, I wanted to make my knowledge about digital design more future proof. So I started with a six-month program called Designing for Emerging Technologies where I learned how to design for Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. During these six months, I also worked on a case that helps older people with dementia live at home independently longer by using the technology of IoT. Right now, I'm participating in the Minor User Experience Design to further specialize myself as a UX Designer. This minor really helps me improve my skills.
What I'm up to
Time flies when you're having fun. That's why, next to university, I also spend a lot of time developing my skills as a designer in my free time. So here is an overview of the achievements and experiences that helped me develop myself as a UX designer and person. I'm always up for a nice challenge, so if you have one for me, feel free to contact me.
Doing an internship as a UX designer at Soda Studio
September, 2019 - Now
Currently, as part of the 4th and last year of my study Communication and Multimedia Design, I'm working as a User Experience Design intern at Soda Studio in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Soda Studio is the Interaction Design label of Makerstreet Design: a group of companies based in Amsterdam. They work for numerous well known companies in the Netherlands and across the borders.
Studying Communication and Multimedia Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
August, 2016 - Now
Right now, I'm in my third year Sudying Communication and Multimedia Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. I mainly focus on UX design. After the summer of 2019 I will start following an internship as a UX designer at a design agency to further specialise myself in UX design.
Designing and pitching my concept for the City of Amsterdam
April 4, 2019
During the Minor User Experience Design I followed in 2019, I got the chance to design an information architecture for the City of Amsterdam. The City of Amsterdam wanted to create an overview of all the available sports in the South-East district of the city. With my solution, users can discover and search for interesting sports events in their area. At the end of this 3-week design sprint, I was invited to the office of the client to present my work. The client was very happy with the result. To be continued.
First prize at the DDA Talent Day
March 29, 2019
Together with 5 other students of CMD Amsterdam, I was invited to participate in the yearly Talent Day organized by Dutch Digital Agencies (DDA). In the afternoon I worked on a concept for Vodafone together with 5 other students from other universities in the Netherlands. In the evening, we pitched our concept to Vodafone and won the first prize!
Improving my skills as a UX Designer during the Minor User Experience Design
February 2019 - July 2019
The minor User Experience Design helped me design web and mobile interfaces: interfaces that provide a good user experience and make a positive contribution to the user’s experience of the organization that provides their products/services through the interface. Through the use of simulations and real-world assignments, I learned to research, understand and design solutions for complex user experience design problems at both a strategic level and at the level of the user interface.
Expanding my knowledge about the Internet of Things during Thingscon 2018
December 6 & 7, 2018
Because I was following a 6-month program called Designing for Emerging Technologies and was working on a project involving IoT devices, I wanted to dive deeper into the world of IoT. In December 2018, I visited the Thingscon conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. During this conference of 2 days, I went to some very interesting and inspiring speakers and followed some very interesting workshops together with people all from all over the world that were interested in the topic of IoT. The knowledge and inspiration I gained during Thingscon helped me a lot in designing for IoT.
Diving into the subject of ethical design
November 26, 2018
In a workgroup given by one of my teachers during class, we discussed the topic of ethical design. Together with some real-life examples, the teacher explained how important ethical design is. A couple of weeks later, the Digital Design Ethics Conference was organized in Amsterdam. With great speakers like Amber Case, Mike Monteiro, and Cennydd Bowles the day was stared. In the afternoon, I followed a workshop about exclusive design and how to make your design accessible for blind people. A blind girl who co-hosted the workshop gave me some tips on how to optimize a design for screenreaders. The workshop was very interesting and made me realize how important it is to make a product accessible.
UX/UI Design internship
April 2018 - June 2018
In April of 2018, I started an internship at a Tunico, a full-service web agency based in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. During my internship, I designed websites, apps and other digital solutions for the clients of Tunico. I also learned what the business world looks like at a design agency. What I particularly like is that a number of my designs have been further developed into the client's definitive website or app. The customers were very happy with my work.
Working on my hobby: making videos
I've always loved making videos. Whenever possible, I make a video about a project I've completed to present it to others. In February 2017, I followed a course where I improved my skills with filmmaking and editing further. When going on a trip or holiday, I always love to shoot some videos and edit them together afterward. Making videos is something I always love to do in my free time.