Learn what professionals I’ve been fortunate to work with think about my way of working, and my personal growth as a designer.
Michel is a thoughtful designer and inquisitive, self-driven researcher. During his internship, he tackled the very broad challenge of answering how the mobile version of our product could better serve customers. His valuable research insights and prototypes will no doubt shape our approach to the product in the future.
His strong work ethic meant he always came prepared to every engagement with materials and questions. I can recommend Michel to anyone looking for help in analyzing a complex problem, identifying key opportunities, creating, testing and iterating on possible design solutions.
Director of product design @WeTransfer
Michel is one of the most structured, self-organizing, and methodical designers I've had the pleasure to work with. He brings enthusiasm, an immense drive for self-improvement, and dares to ask tough questions. Being this early in his career, he already possesses a great amount of reflection and knows how to connect the dots.
Michel covers the whole range of hard skills that are needed for a product designer; from conducting interviews to visual design and prototyping. Michel is a solid addition to almost any team and I can't wait to see him develop in the upcoming years.
Senior product designer @WeTransfer
Michel doesn’t only make things pretty, he's also not afraid to challenge ideas and explore alternative directions. Besides that he's fast, precise and just a really nice guy to work with. Hire him before I do.
Author @GRIP, Co-founder @Rise
Michel is eager to learn and a talented designer. His realisation of overcoming ego and being part of the team at Awkward during his internship was one of his achievements that really showed how much he progressed.
David van Leeuwen
Co-founder & Engineer @Awkward
At YipYip, Michel was able to build, lead and guide a high-performing team of young designers.
Michel understands that every great team needs a direction that energizes and engages its members, and he created a supportive context so the team was able to work effectively. He knows how to select the right mix processes that encourage creativity and positive dynamics, and he can head off a lot of problems by taking the time to get the essential pieces in place from the start. Establishing these conditions for the team paved the way for the team to develop a shared mindset and process, and ultimately to succeed.
Last but not least, Michel is not afraid to be critical and thrives to improve himself.
Project manager @YipYip
Michel is eager to learn and not afraid of new challenges. He takes on various roles within teams, helps where necessary and doesn’t see problems but opportunities. Michel isn't afraid to ask tough questions and doesn't make assumptions.
He was very detailed in creating prototypes for the ANWB. Together with his team, he created well-researched animation-prototypes that we could use to communicate within the organization convincing colleagues how motion could add real value to our user experience.
UX Lead @ANWB
We asked Michel to design a beautiful website for our company to tell our story online. Michel really immersed himself in our company to get to know us and design our brand based on this knowledge, using a lot of beautiful imagery and text.