About me

How can I improve the visual stories which I use in audits? What does information design mean? Does an objective visual exist? Can I learn to make good visuals? With these questions, I started the Master Design Research at the Willem de Kooning Academy in 2016. A big, exciting adventure for someone with a solid research background but without design education. Luckily, I could convince the committee with my self-taught design skills and my self-proclaimed mission. And what started out as something small and just for myself – using visuals to understand the audit topic better – in 5 years evolved into a new career path at the Netherlands Court of Audit (NCA). And still continues to unfold…

The NCA passed the phase of ‘why design is important’ and enters the phase of the how: how can we add design to our audit work (because it is important)? Since I finished the Master Design in 2018 (download my thesis here) my focus broadened from ‘visual stories’ to ‘design research’. Visuals are still an important element of my work, but I add other elements of design research to my work: human-centeredness and working iteratively.

Currently, I am working on a so-called ‘Design Audit Studio’ (DAS), a community of practice inside the NCA where we experiment with design approaches and adapting design to the world of audits. And soon I hope to share more about the DAS…

To be continued.

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