I’m Wouter Hoogstra, an Industrial Design Engineer from Delft. I work as a designer at Thales Research and Technology in Delft with the focus on product development for the safety and defense sector. I develop prototypes for products that have their origin in research done at this lab. The results I deliver are working prototypes that show the optimal use for end users based on Human Factors and UI/UX design principles. My personal focus is on creating something that is nice to look at but functions most optimal for the real users.
I studied Industrial Design and Engineering at the university Twente. During my bachelor study Industrial Design the focus was on a systematic approach of idea generation, creation and production of consumer products. Other areas covered by the bachelor was marketresearch, production techniques, material knowledge, physical and mental psychology, art history and most important I learned how to work efficiently in teams. An important aspect is working with deadlines and guidelines in the various assignment.
During my master study Emerging Technology Design the focus was on system engineering, user centered design, virtual reality, human-media interaction, telematic networks and embedded computer architectures. As a personal interest I studied during my master also in the area of tribology the courses durability of consumer products for which I did research into self-healing coatings for mobile phone screens.
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