Before I started industrial design I did not want to think about the future. I felt small and insignificant and did not know what I wanted to do. When I started this year with Industrial Design, I was forced to think about what kind of designer I want to be and started discovering my professional identity and vision. Here you can read what I found out about myself during that process.
Aware of Surroundings
I am very aware of things that happen around me and I am to processing those observations continuously. When I sit on a chair, I notice the shape, the stability and how it feels to touch it. When I notice something that feels wrong it annoys me and I automatically generate ideas in my head of how I would fix it. Because of this I come up with creative ideas quite easily and I have a good since of what will work and what ideas wouldn’t.
Fascination of mathematics
Before I started with the bachelor Industrial Design, I studied Applied Mathematics for a few months. Mathematics is something that inspires me. I like the way a mathematician looks at problems and solves them. I look at designing the same way as a mathematician looks at solving a mathematical problem. I like things to be structured and ordered. In a design process I have a clear view of what should be done to get where we need to go. I also find mathematical patterns and shapes really interesting and how you can also find them in nature.
Eye for detail
Another big part of my identity is my eye for detail. I love spending my spare time creating miniatures. I usually make model horses and model horse tack, but also stables and other things. By doing this I got a lot of experience using materials like leather, wood and clay, but I also learned to figure out how to find my own way of solving problems. With miniatures everything I do is self-thought.
When I started exploring what really mattered to me, two main things came up: The environment and horses. Horses are such elegant and kind creatures. When I am around them, I am happy. There is still a lot of room for innovation in the equestrian sector and I would love to come up with designs that would improve the way horses are kept, or how comfortable they are when they are ridden.
At the moment the biggest issue for me is the impact we have on the environment. I always knew things weren’t heading in the right direction, but I never really felt close to the problem. I didn’t feel the urge to do something about it. This is because I didn’t know what to do, but I also find it shocking that there is so little awareness for it when you don’t want to be bothered with it. It is very easy to stick your head in the sand and ignore all the things that are going on.
I would like to come up with designs that change the way people interact with nature. That could be by raising awareness or providing good alternatives for products that are not sustainable.