professional identity

I am a designer, that deeply values the role of critical thinking throughout our education and in becoming competent designers. In an attempt to satisfy my need for a conceptual substantiation of my design, and to invest in my critical thinking skills, I decided to partake in a philosophy minor. For more information on the courses I took, see: This shaped me as a designer; making me rethink the role of designers in society, and question the blind belief in technological progress that (most of us have). Currently, my main interests lie in the field of low-tech design, For more information on low-tech design, see: low tech magazine eco-design and visual experience design.

As a designer, my personal strengths are my natural curiosity, tendency to tirelessly question the status quo, and my desire to conceptually justify my design, while at the same time approaching it with a sense of practical realism. More concretely, I am an experienced web designer, competent with virtual reality technology, and passionate about graphic design and typography.

I see my professional identity as a never-ending process. In order to stay true to that principle, I like to constant evaluate and reflect on my learning activities in order to develop develop in a substantiated way. To become an accomplished designer, I consider extensive theoretical knowledge invaluable, and as such I would like to specialize on the areas of design I mention in my vision.

vision

Historically speaking, we see that real societal change can only happen when creative thinkers with bold ideas dare to speak their mind. The role of designers should be to constantly question the status quo, to criticize the natural order of things, and to rethink that what we take for granted. Now, more than ever before, it is vital that we dare to reshape the future.

We firmly believe that the natural sciences and technology are the future, that they will bring us progress, and that progress is what we need the most. The idea of linear and infinite progress, For further information on linear thinking, as opposed to for instance rhizomatic thinking, see: Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaux, 1980. however, makes us blind to other modes of being. For further information on modes of being, see: Heidegger, Being and Time (Sein und Zeit), 1927. We only think in terms of economic growth, we only see the world in terms of resources and production opportunities, and this reflects in how we lead our lives, making us unaware of the fact that the excess we create comes at an expense. The climate crisis For more information on this choice of vocabulary, see: The Guardian's climate pledge, 2019. is obviously the ultimate consequence of our desire to consume and move forward, and although the effects of global heating are devastating, true change in our way of living still seems far away.

One of the greatest misconceptions in design is that the role of designers should be to create more commodities, to fruitlessly try to resolve the problems that technology created through increased technologicalization. Instead, designers should dare to be critical and bold. Designers can and should contribute to reform social opinion about excess and abundance and about what one really needs in their life, by taking into account new values in their product design.