Presentation and workshop on space pollution

I gave a presentation and workshop on space pollution for kids, at Stanza International Bookshop in The Hague. The story of the presentation was based on the picture book I wrote and illustrated “Beyond the Sky – The great space clean-up”. I used paper cut out illustrations from my book, to tell the story of…

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Creative thinking workshop

As a designer and educator I have a fascination for developing methodologies and learning processes that activate creative thinking. That is the reason why I made a research on methodologies that stimulate thinking and have created a one-day creative thinking workshop for students. In multiple assignments students were generating unexpected ideas by using methods that…

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Clean space – workshop

Workshop: 2017, Clean space workshopA 5 day workshop for students. Students were engaged to conceptualize and design a campaign to give attention to the problem of space debris. I invited artists from the European Space Agency artist in residence program and an analog astronaut to give inspirational speeches, and feedforward on the projects.

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Visual storytelling

A 4-day blended workshop on visual storytelling for students. In this workshop the students created their own visual story. It was a visual adventure where visual experiments and intuitive work were standing in the foreground. The story and concept were shaped by making images and experimenting with images. I invited several speakers (illustrators, animators, designers…

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Ladder of abstraction

Ladder of abstraction is one of my favourite methodes, that I use with my students on a regular basis. This method can be used to: explore a still unknown subject, argue a design statement, break through designers’ blocks, and give new directions for further design research. Ladder of abstraction is a method that allows you…

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Teaching critical design thinking

I teach the 2nd, 3rd year students and accompany the 4th year graduation projects. My focus lies on tutoring and supervising of projects from the conceptualisation to implementation. The lessons and activities are build on the five steps of design thinking: Empatize Visualising own design process. Considering the phasing of the projects, what will be…

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Storytelling

Introducing storytelling and various storytelling-methodologies plays an important part in the lessons and workshops I give. You can see every design as a story, because we experience it over time. A building or interior is a sequence of physical spaces through which you walk; An exhibition takes the visitor literally on a curated journey through…

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Usability testing

Usability testing is of great importance in the design process. During a course, I ask students to facilitate at least two usability tests – an intern test with fellow students playing the user, and a second test with the real user. By testing a design, the designer can easily evaluate the prototype by its’ communication,…

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