My story

My name is Ilse you can make my day by showing me an awesome maker project.

I am studying interaction design at the Umea Institute of Design to explore and learn more about experience design, user centered design process, service design and to broaden my horizon. This because creative thinking with technology and being able to create value with this for people is my passion.

I did a BSc in Industrial Design in Eindhoven which included an internship at LEGO. After that I gave into my natural curiosity and booked a return ticket to bangkok with 4 months inbetween with the plan to just go with the flow. When coming back I started a master degree in Industrial Design in Eindhoven but discontinued this course after a year to start studying at the Umea Institute of Design.

Dare to try out new things, celebrate and learn from the failing that comes with it.

My timeline

  • 2018 - NOW
    Head Student Union Umeå Institute of Design

    Activities varying from day to day making sure student voices are heard by the board and issues are being taken care of.
    Next to this organizing and managing different events with up to 350 people.

  • 2018 - NOW

    Interaction Design MFA Umeå Institute of Design

    An interaction design program focusing on the relation between people's behaviour and the behaviour of products and services.

  • 2017 - 2018


    Industrial Design MSc Eindhoven University of Technology

    A master design program focusing on the design of intelligent systems, products and services in a societal context.
    Discontinued because I realized can learn more from extending my horizon beyond the education in Eindhoven.

  • 2017
    Traveling throughout Asia

    Giving into my drive of exploring new things by backpacking through Asia by myself.

  • 2017
    Interaction Designer Bluejay Eindhoven

    Team Bluejay is exploring the possibilities for social domestic drones. Within this multidisciplinary team I designed the interaction between drone and human.

  • 2016

    Concept design and platform intern at LEGO group Denmark

    Internship at the product technology department where I developed innovative interactive play experiences for LEGO and contributed to launch projects

  • 2014 - 2018
    Student assistant Technical University Eindhoven

    Several student assistance jobs, varying from teaching programming to first year students to guiding workshops for high school students.

  • 2013 - 2016
    Industrial design BSc Technical University Eindhoven

    A design program with the focus on the Design of Systems with Emerging Technologies in a Societal Context.

  • 2003
    Decided to become an inventor

    I loved taking apart old electronics devices and playing with my grandfathers soldering iron so I decided to become an inventor.

My Toolbox


Physical models
3D printing

Web/app design

Framer X

Visualizing concepts

Premiere Pro
After Effects