I have been raised in a very creative environment that was stimulated by my parents since birth. Throughout the years I’ve continued to be interested in building and designing things. For some years I was less active, but the interest in design and creating never went away. At the age of 14, I attended The Academy of Fine Arts in Hasselt, Belgium as an additional course of study to learn Digital Arts with some friends of mine. This was the moment I first come in contact with software such as Photoshop and Illustrator. The course also included traditional drawing, sketching and occasionally building things. Around the same time, I changed from school to study Architecture and Fine Arts at Pikoh high school in Hasselt, Belgium. It had been a while since I last painted, sketched or physically build things. So, I wasn’t that great at it in the beginning. After studying Architecture and Fine Arts for two years I eventually got a lot better in it and the skills I had when I was little were coming back while I learned many new ones. This combined with the interest of my fellow students let to more confidence in my work and in turn, made it better. After this course, I studied Industrial Arts in the same school. This course was the first time I really came in contact with design. The course itself focused on designing products from start to finish. Many people seemed to like my designs and thought I was a good designer. During the first year, I developed many new skills and created a better understanding of what design is and how to design something myself. This was the year that I designed the Reverse clock that won the Golden A’ Design Award in the 2018-2019 edition. The second, and last year of high school I worked on my graduation project. It was a one-year project in which I had to design a product of choice that was ready for production. This project was especially difficult and challenging. It’s the time I had to put all the skills I learned previously to work which often wasn’t enough. Through trial and error, educating myself, and having a clear goal in my mind I eventually finished the project. It was very well received by the jury, teachers and fellow students. This project thought me many things because I had to do everything myself and had no clue of how things worked and could be done. Shortly after my graduation show, I finished 1st place with the project in the GIP Awards 2017 which is a national award for the best graduation project in engineering, design, and innovation. It was a big moment in my life as a designer. I learned many new things and became more confident in my ability to design. Currently, I’m studying Industrial Product Design at Howest University in Kortrijk, Belgium. A course in which I’m designing dozens of products and learning more about myself as a designer and my own design philosophy. Throughout these years of study, I always strived for a great result, one I was happy with and I took the time to perfect all the details. I was lucky that I had people around me that would help me whenever I needed it. Design became a passion, one which I am happy to put all the time I have in. I believe I developed the skills to become a good designer because of the creative environment I was raised in, the luck of finding my passion early in life and having the ability to pursue it.