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My recent research work is in language as material for interaction.
I believe that simple, well-designed smart products can improve the quality of life for disadvantaged people.
I explore new value propositions for Chat and Voice interfaces: user-friendly language-based products and services supported by automated, decision-making algorithms. To test my ideas, I design and build experimental products.
I’m an independent creative and I usually work as a Digital Product Designer.
I co- founded two startups: the ridesharing app Toogethr and the cloud platform andSafety.
I built my first website in 1994 and spent my entire career as a creative in the internet industry. I have over twenty-five years of solid experience in the design and production of interactive products for leading Dutch brands.
I’m often employed in senior-level design positions in UX, IA or VD and in R&D, Product Strategy and Design Thinking.
Most of my recent research work is in Human-Agent Interaction: user-friendly products and services supported by automated, decision-making algorithms.
Next to my design practice, I teach undergraduate courses on advanced design topics at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
I have a BA in Publishing and an MA in Design.