Hey, I'm Michel, a product designer breaking down and solving complex problems, enabling others to create, shape, learn or become more effective.
I love to work with (technical) cross-functional teams, rooted in understanding user-problems and technical constraints, and working towards a shared vision. By day I’m envisioning, designing, and prototyping web and native apps for various SME’s at YipYip, lately deep-diving into accessibility for mobile apps.
Before YipYip, I was fortunate to envision the future of mobile-first presentation software for Paste by WeTransfer, work at Awkward on products like Coffee by Benjamin, and developed and taught courses for first-year design-students at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.
By night I’m just a guy enjoying all sorts of random things, loving the freedom working remotely currently gives me. I love to walk or bike around the beautiful island of Flakkee, enjoying the ease and silence. I'm often reading books about design, productivity, and self-development, but also trying to re-explore the world of fiction-books because they can broaden your perspective while letting you disappear in a completely new world.
Although I love to close down my laptop and read, I'm still a nerd that forgets about the concept of time when building sideprojects, tinker with code and design-tools or explore minimalism. Oh, and I also enjoy discovering new craftbeers with friends or messing around with homebrew beerkits in my kitchen. Ofcourse I'm trying to build little prototypes to combine my passions.
— Branden Kowitz, Design Disruptors
A couple of years ago, I noticed something simple that somehow looked fascinating to me: a carpenter doing his work. He was sitting on the roof and without thinking about how to use his hammer, he picked it up and used it. The hammer did what it was supposed to do. It did it really well. It helped the carpenter get his job done. Thinking about how a focused tool the hammer was, I learned about myself that I didn't want to be "the carpenter". Because of my love for design, goals, and productivity, I'm more interested to be the guy that creates "hammers" that enables "carpenters" to do their work without thinking about how they're supposed to use their "hammers".
I discovered that I'm at my best and most satisfied when I'm thinking about how I can create tools for others to create and shape something themselves, grow personally, do their work in the best way possible or enjoy the non-working parts of life.