It’s very important to connect with people. Try other cultures and enjoy other lifestyles. That’s why also like travelling to other cities. Due to climate change I prefer not travelling by plane. Two years ago Amélie, a fellow IMD student, and I went to Berlin. Berlin is, from my point of view, one of the most alternative and open cities in Europa. We went to the holocaust museum and want to experience the local culture. That’s why we interviewed local inhabitants of Berlin. We took a lot of photos and wrote out the interviews in a paper. You can watch the photos below and the interview you can download it here.
I’m very conscious about the environment and I deeply care about our planet. I believe what we are doing to planet earth is wrong. That’s also one of the many reasons why I’m a vegetarian. Animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change. Also I avoid using plastic at all cost. Over the years my concern grew and I became more and more worried about the outcome of our planet. That’s also why I went to the climate march in Brussels. It felt good to stand for a matter in I which believed. I took some pictures as a reminder of that that day. You can watch them below.
In IMD we have a lot of group work. That means we have to work together in a team, this is how we learn to work together. Later in our professional working life, we also have to work in a team. So IMD is a good preparation for later and so we create good teamwork. I think it’s very important that the weight of the tasks is fairly distributed, so we can let team flourish on maximum potential. My latest group work was from a course PHP and we had to rebuild a sort of Instagram. We were a good team. You can find our project here.
I thinks it’s important we develop a critical mind on issues such as politics, social inequality, climate change and gender inequality. I’m also very worried about the role of social media in our current society. I think this makes people unhappy en let them believe their lives our not “cool” enough. The rise of Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat made people more connected with each other than ever, but at the same time people suffer more from loneliness and isolation. That’s why I wrote a critical report about the pros and cons of social media in our society. You can download it here.
The years I spent in IMD, I learned a lot of new things about design. I personally think I grew in several different levels of creating. The logos, movies and apps I made in my first year were not as good as the designs I make now. I think it’s not more than normal that you learn to develop new skills in your education. I can say proudly that I’m not the same designer as I was in my first year. I’m happy I grew and I am hoping to learn a lot of new skills. I’m going to give you some examples of things I made in the past and things I make now. I also made some cool animations and a video explainer that you can watch here and here.
My evolution from left to right:
In our field of study lifelong learning is a must. We need to keep up with new trends, new ways to code, new design patterns,... We also need to find our speciality, what we are good in and what we like to do later. That means we also have to do a lot of events to get new inspiration, new technologies and keeping up with the wonders of our world. Amélie, a fellow student from IMD, and I went to KIKK festival. An International festival of digital & creative cultures exploring the crossovers between art, science and technology. The subjects at KIKK were; creative coding, art, web & design, AI, dataviz, storytelling, research, UX. Perfect for us, web design specialists. Below you can see some pictures of our journey.
In our digital world we have to know all the tricks of the trade, all the new trends, all the new developments,.. We also have to know all about digital marketing and Instagram. To promote my new brand I made a website and an Instagram profile with Artsy photos from museums and travels. We really need to be the digital marketers of the future, to know all the important tricks and tips for promoting. And is there no better way to do this than beginning to make an Instagram profile with artistic photos. You can visit my Instagram profile here.