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Hi, you have entered my archive of projects. I'm a maker/designer and proud generalist based in Brussels. Use the categories above to navigate through the work and get in touch if you'd like to do something together!
I like the idea of making openings. An opening is a possibility, a chance, an opportunity where someone can step in and experience something new. Instead of designing closed structures, I wonder how to make more openings. Like opening a public sauna. Or setting up a free expression service called Open Expression Support. Or finding a way to open up and unpack the fascinating phenomenon of darkness.
www.texttotree.com is a tool that generates a unique tree from every piece of text. By analysing the emotion in language, Texttotree searches for an appropriate tree shape. A bond between text and tree arises. Words are given a visual dimension. Language gets a connection to nature.
As a trained human centred designer, I had the chance to work with public institutions such as the NHS in Scotland and the Finnish Government. In these collaborations, I learned how to map complex human processes and to think strategically while always keeping the end user, or rather human, in sight. I take joy in researching, prototyping, presenting and (co)developing new products and systems. I tend to make tools to help facilitate moments between stakeholders. To retrieve and collect information that inform a design.
I own a camera for some years now and I enjoy taking pictures. With my iPhone, I sometimes capture what I see. Out of this grew a performance carrying the same name as this section: Making Observations. You can also look into a collection of screenshots——artefacts of my navigation through the world wide web.
A part of my time I spend making sounds or capturing a moment. Mostly through guitar, piano and voice. Sometimes I manage to record and upload it here. Sketches and musings. Still gathering courage to finish and release something. I'll be adding as I go... You can find a playlist of my captured moments on the internet archive.
Making moves is what I’d love to do more. In 2020, I found the space to cocreate the performance „Dialog mit der Leere“. Since the pandemic, I am still finding my way back to the forbidden fruit of dancing and expressing myself bodily.
David is a freelance designer based in Brussels. While wondering how to be a socially committed maker, he is building a practice of making openings. Openings as possibilities, chances, opportunities for someone to step in and experience something new. He found himself opening a public sauna, setting up a free expression service called Open Expression Support and creating a digital tool to motivate himself and others to open up and write out their thoughts. David also makes music and enjoys making observations. He can be intrigued by big themes such as darkness and creativity, communicating his learnings by collecting and retelling stories through film, soundscape or performance. He is a graduate of the program Master of European Design and had the chance to study at KISD, GSA and Aalto University.