Hi, I'm Nicky
I am a Master Student at the Industrial Design faculty of the Eindhoven University of Technology. I design for experiences that enable you to engage with the world in new ways, creating perspective on societal developments and desirable futures through poetic interaction.
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This portfolio showcases my growth as a Industrial Design Graduate student. It presents a selection of Projects collected throughout my academic years, and a reflection on the present year, where I go in-depth on the activities that helped shape me into a graduate student.
For more information, or a chat about transformative experiences, feel free to contact me!
Kind Regards, Nicky
Picture by Sofie Kerklaan, © 2016
I am Nicky. I wasn’t always Nicky, it took me some time to get here. Lives are journeys and for the past ten years my journey has been one of a design student. My Bachelor education was exploratory, I’ve learned about some great design travel destinations, I even visited a few; I learned a lot about who I am as a designer. The past years in between my education was a trip of conquering, it took me over a mountain, where I have learned a lot about who I am as a person.
Curious and always exploring, I take inspiration from foreign cultural histories, nature, and new
media culture. My designs often play with our relationship to digital technology, inquiring on it's impact on society in the near and far future.
I like the transformative qualities of fashion; how wearing something on the outside influences how you feel on the inside. Instead of a reflection of how you are feeling, it can become a tool to make you feel a certain way. Listen to invigorating music and you start to feel energized. There is a quality in there how projecting what you want to feel like will help you reach this feeling. I like the ritual of a good cup of coffee and the way it can
can change the pace of life like a rollercoaster rolling uphill and slowing down for the next dip. I love to create in all shapes and sizes; making digital and physical drawings, or in the shape of music.
The most important lesson I have learned is that if I feel challenged, I can go great lengths in my dedication to a design. I can give myself these challenges by keeping on pushing myself and stepping out of my comfort zone. I want my designs to truly stem from a place where I feel passionate about them.
Collaborating with students of China's Jiangnan University
adjective (Cambridge Dictionary)
causing a major change to something or someone, especially in a way that makes it or them better.
The rapid integration of information technology in every aspect of our daily life has a huge impact on the way we make sense of the world. Nowadays, a large part of our lives plays out in intangible digital worlds that allow us to be connected unlike ever before.
Design has always had a role in translating the intangible into sensemaking experiences. With an exponential amount of technological developments on our horizon, and a growing pluralistic society where norms and values mix and challenge each other, I believe there is no absolute path to a better future.
Instead, I believe in design that helps make sense of these complex developments. A design that creates a common grounds between cultures; a design that connects stakeholders to explore better futures together. Through tangible experiences and meaningful interactions, design can provide a platform for sensemaking of our future, and ultimately help individuals and society to determine what their most desired future is.
A connected society, that is able to share their voice online and more involved in discussions in global issues, calls for a shifting attitude in design strategies (1). An attitude that promotes transparancy and a design wíth people instead of fór. This is a design that facilitates reflection on issues that impact our society.
With the rise of platforms for collaboration, there is more potential to adress social and economical challenges. Design can enable interconnected approaches where stakeholders from different fields join strengths. I want to create designs that facilitate participation, by enabling self-expression, shared experiences and reflection. Designs that reconsider the way we engage with the world through transformative experience, to help us find a better future.
1. Brand & Rocchi (2011) Rethinking Value in a Changing Landscape, Philips Design
"You are a very engaged person with a strong vision on what design is and should be in relation to the society we inhabit. You are a very independent and mature student. You think deep and long about things, making that your vision on the type of design you want to do is well-founded and personal. At the same time you value the act of making as a way to explore and validate. You are very critical, not in the least towards yourself. You are constructive and look for things to learn in all your activities. In short, your attitude is really good!"
In group projects, I facilitate teamwork by identifying and connecting strengths of each team member
Reflection in Action
I have trained myself over the years to place action alongside this thinking. By pushing myself to take reflect through and in action, I believe I can contribute larger bodies of work, exploring more, and getting things done instead of guessing at ways how it could get done
I have the inherit urge to connect people, and through these connections, also connect strengths. Through assessing and finding what everyone in a team or project can contribute, I feel like cooperations can become more than the sum of their parts.
I am a creative centipede, with legs and arms in poetry, music, art, and any form of creative purging I can put my hands on. By synthesizing a creative approach with knowledge of programming and electronics, I am able to realize poetic interactions in my experiences.
Iterative and Agile
I consider myself to be a flexible and agile designer. By doing short iterations of work, I am able to quickly assess where I am going, and change direction instead of needed. My process is not a piece of artillery calibrating to hit its target before firing, but closing in in deliberate steps.