Pretty much a drama club geek turned psychologist, I got into web and visual design to pay for college. Since then, I’ve gotten into UX, given a few talks, and travel whenever I can. I’m an ENFP and enjoy theatre & film acting, hiking the world’s mountains, and (badly) singing karaoke.
As a design humanist, I believe that empathy & critical thinking are our best tools for affecting change.
I founded The Greatness Studio and currently work at Philips Design in the Netherlands. I hold a Professional Doctorate in User-System Interaction as well as a Master’s in Industrial Psychology. My main interests are Empathy in Design, Persuasive Design, Brain-Computer Interaction, and Sustainability.
Articles and Papers
- Four Things Great Designers Care About (UX Magazine, 2016)
- Four Myths About UX and How to Bust Them (Mashable and UX Magazine, 2013)
- New Design Practices for Touch-free Interactions (UX Magazine, 2012)
- Gyroplane Accidents 1985–2005 (ASEM, 2008)
- Ultralight Aviation Accident Factors and Latent Failures (ASEM, 2006)
- Positive Contributions of Constructivism to Educational Design (EJOP, 2006)
Talks and Workshops
- Habit-friendly design for lasting engagement (Amsterdam UX 2016)
- Towards an Internet of Meaningful Things (Tag-IT 2016)
- Empathy in Design (keynote for UX Camp NL 2014, UX Cocktail Hour June 2015)
- Guerrilla-Style UCD for Mobile (Dutch Mobile Conference 2012)
- Workshop on Guerrilla-Style UCD for Mobile (Polish IA Summit 2012)
- Tablets and Kids (EuroIA 2011, IA Summit 2012, and TWAB 2012)
- Future Workspaces: Supporting Mobile Workers (mLife 2009)
- Accident Factors in Sport Aviation (EAAP conference 2006)