About me

I love to build products that enable others to create, learn or become more effective. I’m currently designing native mobile apps at YipYip, and building features and advertising for Shortcuts.design in my spare time.

When I’m offline, you’ll probably find me reading, cycling, roasting green coffee beans, brewing craft beer, or road tripping with my best friends.

Michel van Heest - Working
Michel van Heest - Frontaal
Michel van Heest - Working
Michel van Heest - Road biking
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We can build anything, but what is the future we want to build together?

— Branden Kowitz, Design Disruptors

When I’m happy at work

Over the last few years working and learning as a designer, I discovered that I’m at my best and most satisfied when I’m working on tools for others to create something themselves, work effectively, or lead a fulfilled life. I find myself being motivated when I believe in a vision and have ownership of my process and the product I’m working on.

Shaping processes and systems

Currently I’m working on various native apps at agency YipYip. I’m scaling up the design team from me-myself-and-I to a team of 4, building out a proper design system with our engineers to keep one of the products we’re building maintainable, and learning about accessibility for native apps.

A while ago I learned a lot about iPadOS size classes from one of our engineers. Teams I like working with the most, are those that try to share knowledge. In this way, I find myself communicating more clearly about objectives, and learning others new things.

How I got here

Before all of this, I worked on mobile-first presentation software for Paste by WeTransfer, work at Awkward on Coffee by Benjamin, taught courses to design students, and graduated cum-laude and with an 10/10 (A) at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

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Michel van Heest - Working
Michel van Heest - Working
Michel van Heest - Working

On the side: Learning & creating

I’m often reading books about design, productivity, and self-development, listening to podcasts, spending too much time on Twitter, and dabbling around with side projects. I’m currently working on a beer tasting web app, a Figma Vuetify UI kit and of course Shortcuts.design, my first side project that became Producthunt Product of the Day back in 2017.

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On the side: Road biking

By night and in the weekends, I love to road bike on the Dutch island of Flakkee, where I live. Being active helps me feel good and focus better during the day.

Check out some photos on Twitter of where I live and ride.

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On the side: Discovering craft beer

I also enjoy discovering craft beers with friends or messing around with homebrew beer kits in my kitchen. For now, the homebrews are sadly a less successful experiment. It’s interesting tho! I’m learning a lot about recognizing flavors, what I like or dislike, and somehow it’s making me better at articulating thoughts.

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On the side: Traveling

Every year, I try to visit at least two different countries, whether it’s a city trip or wandering around in nature. One of those trips is usually a road trip / camping trip with one or multiple good friends, and an old red 1992 Maza Miata.

I’ve got some epic travel stories to share when we’d grab a coffee, and I’ll probably convince you about how great Sweden🇸🇪 is, just check out how beautiful it is.

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On the side: Roasting coffee beans

Besides cycling, I’m roasting my own green coffee beans in a little oven in my backyard. I don’t know if it’s the IKEA-effect, or if I truly roast and brew the best coffee out there, but I believe it's the best.

Check out this Twitter thread if you want to learn more.

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On the side: Star Wars Lego

Because I often want to create, but don’t want to look at a display for even more hours, I also started out building Star Wars Lego. The system behind those helmets or the Baby Yoda figure are an insane level of craftsmanship I one day hope to find in the little rectangles I’m drawing by day.

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