I am a dreamer, a visionary designer that likes to challenge the status quo by sparking debate and reflection with the help of physical artifacts. I describe myself as an enthusiastic, optimistic, convincing and impulsive person.
Driven by incomprehension and dissatisfaction, I like to envision and design plausible future scenarios with physical artifacts. I use these artifacts to enable reflection on the envisioned scenarios to design a future in which all layers of society can thrive. Working directly with the materials, shapes and interactions inspires me a lot and gives me a lot of energy. It also enables me and others to reflect on the concept which I value highly. Therefore, I educated myself to create physical artifacts and to feel confident in all different workshops.
I tend to use a holistic approach to cope with complex challenges, and use different perspectives to design a solution. I find it interesting to unite various specific specialisms. Instead of working alone, I am more effective when I have company. I prefer to accomplish targets with and through people. With all the experts together, the chance of missing a detail in doing research, designing, testing and finalizing an idea will be nil.
I do not shy away from the commercial aspects of design. I learned that for me, creating social and commercial impact on society and the market is crucial. Using design to create this impact inspires me a lot. This way, desires and expectations of both the user of the product or service and the stakeholders of the company can be fulfilled.
Throughout the years, I reflected a lot on myself and conducted several personality tests. According to the test, I am a Communicator in the segment Influence (1). Another personality test classified me as a Campaigner with extraverted, intuitive, feeling, and prospecting personality traits (2). Reflecting on these tests, it helped me to gain insight into who I am and why I behave the way I do. Seeing myself in the proverbial mirror helped me to accept my pitfalls and to get the maximum out of my strengths.
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