Who are we?
Passionate, innovative, empathic and intended on shaking up the status quo!
We are not a traditional design agency. We are a community of designers and design-related professionals with a similar optimistic view on the world and a passion for Design Thinking and Human Centered Innovation. As a community, we share what we learn and accomplish, to benefit from successes together. And through the services we offer, we are fostering a community of future designers ready to tackle todays challenges together.
Meet the designers behind AmIaDesigner:
Boukje studied product design as well and worked a few years all over the world as a product designer, designing sustainable consumer goods like furniture and clothing. While gaining experience in the sector of social design and fair trade she realized that it is often not the designer that decides on the nature of a design (and therefor how sustainable the impact of the product really is) but the entrepreneur.
She decided to expand her skillset to take this into account and learned more about entrepreneurship. and innovation principles by studying these but also be starting sustainable technology based enterprises. herself
Nowadays she designs business cases, workshops, processes, collaborations, solutions and many more, all with the aim to make the world a better place….
Jeroen worked as a successful product designer and has both experience in launching new products in a commercial setting and in lecturing product design on design schools. In recent years he designed several educational programs focused on Design Thinking and Human Centered Innovation on different Universities with the aim to show both students and educators that design is not only preserved for designers, but that any one can work with design. He is an avid user of social media and has the knowledge and the experience to further develop the company and the needed outreach. His enthusiasm will keep us fresh and his network will provide us with the right image and ensure that we stay on top of things.
Besides his work for AmIaDesigner Jeroen works as an educator design thinking & concept development for the International Business & Innovation Studies program at InHolland University.
Linkedin Jeroen Spoelstra
Juliette graduated in 2014 at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences as a Product Designer. During her studies she strived to combine her love for beautiful authentic objects with a drive to create a positive impact on peoples lives. During her internship she worked at a local weaving mill in a rural village in Tanzania. Here she not only learned the craft of weaving on traditional looms but maybe more important she helped female weavers to improve their economic, social and cultural well-being by connecting their products to the global market place.
For her graduation project Juliette again worked with her hands. This time she tried to gain more insight and experience in the art of making pottery. She not only designed a complete tea set for Hollandsche Waaren, but she was also involved in the process of bringing this product to the market. Currently Juliette combines working with AIaD with working at Pols Potten, a style conscious Dutch brand known for its handmade pieces made by skilled craftsmen.
Working at AmIaDesigner gives here the chance to learn and experience more about the social side of design. Her drive to travel, learn and her hands on approach fits well within the company. Her impeccable taste and patience make her an outstanding graphic designer. As facilitator and educator for AmIaDesigner she benefits from her skills to work with people.
Linkedin Juliette Hofstede