13 years an engineer

13 years an engineer

a snowy March 6th 2006 – faculty of IDE at DUT

13 years ago [March 6th 2006], i drove down to the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at DUT, set up my working prototype in the van Grinten Hall and held my final thesis talk about LAGOM (an interactive music mixing experience). After the laymen Talk, came the engineering exam with my 5 supervisors, which eventually culminated in my title of:

“Master of Industrial Design Engineering”
, with an [at the time] citation in the direction of DfI – “Design for Interaction”.

After 12 years at the faculty and 8 months at Philips Media Interaction Group [part of Philips Research], I was done.

me with my main DUT supervisor , Prof. Dr. Rene van Egmond

My first experience after graduation was the reception at the ID-Kaffee, where emotions ran freely as did the beer…;). When I finally got home at my parents house, I was confronted with a bolted door. I was sent on a quest by my JAMMED brothers, to find the tools that would help me break down the door. During the reception I got one sledgehammer and one axe. I tried using them but ended up needing a tool with a little more finesse…;). I was handed a chainsaw… the door went down like “butter”. What a great way to start on the road of engineering solutions, breaking and tearing down my own door.

I was done with the beginning.
Because with this MSc. title in my pocket and a young company to develop, at 33 i could finally START sharing what I had learned, with people in need of that knowledge. What came after was a great flood stream of experiences challenging the chainsaw, which if I look back at the last 13 years have kept me learning constantly.

Today is my engineering day!

Together, Fast, Forward!

Together, Fast, Forward!

At the College of Extraordinary Experiences (CoEE for short) we went through a trans-formative experience to internalize a seemingly simple principle… Work together, work fast and work forward. In a sequence this “Chant”has now become a reminder to the ones who attended this conference that progress lies in shared iterative doing, while being mindful of how your steps are connected to your story.
As a group we entered this event from 2 distinctly different angles. The first timers and the now 2nd year Alumni. As a connected family of experience designers we exited this event, reminded that there is no US without U. I am have been deeply moved by the steps that are visibly taking place after we all left the castle. Keeping true to the principle of DO! NOT TALK.
To all of you who practiced the CoEE MOVEMENT with us last Monday. I would like to share this simple line. Whenever you doodle this, be reminded to grab a partner, prototype your thinking together and move forward. If we all keep doing that we will be making visible steps that reconnect us to our shared experience of CoEE17.
I love you all
Silent D
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Make IT* Visible

Make IT* Visible


After so many years… This is where I am at.

I make IT* Visible.



My thinking and my doing. I do however keep running into the same problem over and over again… I get stuck in the thinking part. Which is a bit weird, because my thinking usually results in a lot of visual notes & sketches. Lots of doing… without defined direction.

The reason for sharing this image with you now is that this image symbolizes the end of a phase. I have found my drive and am looking to balance all that thinking with more Doing. The new Time2Draw course I developed, the virtual narrative spaces I am developing, the book on event design I have co-written, the book on Images of Design Thinking was involved in and many more Visually Yours Projects are steps towards the Story of VISUAL.

All those projects are ways to Look at sharing…More VISUAL.

next age, new values

Last year I was happy to see Mildred Hofkes reach a 5 year journey of nurturing and engaging C-level leaders in their attempts to get a grip on the new ways of governing the world. She gave a great speech in which she could now look back on my cases and crashed reputations to amplify her focus on new ways of collaborating and listening to move into a more sustainable future… bla bla bla… with les sugar on top: Dealing with Baby Boomers and their struggles to either move from or challenge the way they run things.
For me this has been an amazing ride along, with a back seat look at all of these people and the complexities of their stake (and share)holder issues. I have been making the change visible for some time now and we have now arrived at a point where talk needs to be translated into action. For this reason we created two new visuals.
First of we created a “simple”template that share a sparks the conversation around IN-activity. What if you do nothing… and let it burst? When people who on a daily basis deal with stakes and shares are confronted with this choice, their reactions are quite interesting. What does succes look like? And what are you prepared to do to make that happen?

Be the change!
The second is a bit more complex. It addresses 5 recognizable states. 5 horrible hurdles which almost make it impossible to changes without feeling the personal and organisational discomfort. Taking these issues on all at truly is impossible… This is why Mildred asks you to pick one and focus on it for 33 days! Based on a personal live trip she took to Bhutan she learned that any change can be made by a dedicated focus of “33”days. This was the experiment that ended 2016. 33 days of focus on 1 issue and see what happens. I tried it and my issue of organizing Feedback stayed with me every day… which is why this action can make a difference!Jubileum Nieuw bestuur
Of course the best way to pay tribute to this beautiful story, was by working on a new visual. Every time we meet and discuss these new values and old principles we reveal a little more of the path that lies ahead. Always a pleasure to see the cloud lift!
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