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About Owen

Hi there!

Welcom to my online portfolio. I am Owen Spekschoor a digital Art Director (UX/UI) and concept developer from The Hague, The Netherlands. With over 13 years of experience at both agency as client side (IdeanLabel AMirabeauClockwork) of which 4 years in the design consultancy. During my career I've had the opportunity to work for a variety of A-brands like: ABN, Ahold, Nationale Nederlanden, Wehkamp, Van Gogh museum, etc.

Full-Stack designer (UX/UI)
Initially I started as a visual designer and evolved over the years into an Art Director. In 2017 I started to broaden my horizon towards UX to become a full-stack designer. So I attended the highly regarded Nielsen & Norman UX courses to get my certifications (2x). As a result I've done awesome service/innovation/product design projects for Shell, IKEA, Sociale Verzekeringsbank and KLM. Impact is my key driver. My expertise lies in: UI design, wire framing, mobile apps (iOS/Android), responsive design, concept development, facilitating design thinking sessions, prototyping and a bit of (micro)animation. Snippets of my work can be found on Dribbble. Furthermore I’ve got experience leading creative teams and guiding junior designers. I’m a designer who can emphatize with the end-user and at the same time create a solid businesscase. All together a creative with a clear vision about design and able to sharpen your digital strategy and proposition. It’s not my job, it’s something I love doing! 

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Tools
Besides Adobe Creative Suite, I work a lot with Sketch and and Figma. I prototype and test with InVision or Marvel App and when it comes down to micro animations I prefer Principle or After Effects. I love to check out new software to enhance my way of working. I'm well known with agile work methodic Scrum and I love to facilitate Design Thinking sessions in co-creation with the client to discover the true need behind the question. 

Also me..
Furthermore I call myself a sneakerhead and have been surfing all over the world. I like to travel to discover other cultures and have a profound love of 90’s hiphop. Photography is a passion of mine, check out on my Flickr account if you're interested. Oh, and I trash talk at the football table in order to win too, but that’s an other story…

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Art Director/UI Designer
Bachelor Multimedia Sciences, working as a creative since 2007 for a variety of agencies and A-brands.
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UX certified
UX certified by Nielsen & Norman (2017) and later on gained a NN specialisation in UX Management (2018).
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Design Thinking
Organizes design thinking sessions together with the end user, generating out of box idea’s and concepts.
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International
Willing to work abroad and has been involved in several international projects around the globe.
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Team player
That person who connects people within a group. Social, friendly and fits any team!
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Award winning
His firm conviction is that work should always be award worthy, hence the prices won over the years.

Curriculum Vitae

 

Principal Design Consultant
Navara
July 2019 – Present, Driebergen, The Netherlands

Continue my design consultancy skills with Navara. Working for ABN, Brand New Day and Novum (Sociale Verzekerings Bank innovation lab) as both, a hand's-on Art-Director, as well as an consultant outlining digital strategies for clients.

Art-Director
Idean (part of Capgemini)
September 2016 – June 2019, Utrecht, The Netherlands

As an Art-Director I deliver compelling user centered concepts and enhance costumer journeys with Capgemini's IT knowledge. I do this for clients like: IKEA, KLM, Shell and Ahold.

Sr. UI Designer
Label A
March 2015 – August 2016, Amsterdam/Rotterdam, The Netherlands

User Interface designer at Label A, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Worked for: Akzo Nobel, Veilig Verkeer Nederland, EV-Box

Owner
Owen Ontwerpt
August 2011 – Present,  The Hague, The Netherlands

www.owenontwerpt.nl, online & graphic design.

Sr. Designer
CZ Zorgverzekeringen
September 2013 – March 2015, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Part of CZ's emerging online division, Netherlands's third-largest health insurance company. As a Sr. creative I've designed intuitive user interfaces, keeping in mind the company's corporate identity. Highlights were redesigning the corporate (responsive) website in 2013 and developing the concept & visual design of the 'nota app' for iOS & Android, which will be released mid-2015.

 Sr. Designer
Informaat
September 2013 – December 2013, Baarn, The Netherlands

A 3 month recruitment period before signing a contract at health insurance company CZ Zorgverzekeringen (see above).

Visual Designer
Mirabeau
February 2012 – March 2013, Amsterdam/Rotterdam, The Netherlands

"Making businesses succeed online" is Mirabeau's mission statement. That said, I had the chance to work for the following brands: KLM, ING, Van Gogh Museum, Nationale Nederlanden, Shell and PGGM (PFZW). The foundation of my mobile design knowledge is laid at this agency.

Guest lecturer
Chonqing Technology and Busuness University
Februari 2011 – August 2011, Chonqing City, China

Guest lecturer Interactive Design, at the Modern International Art & Design Academy (MIADA), Chongqing University, China. Besides giving design lectures, I taught three classes and coached five graduate students.

Sr. Designer
Supershift
February 2010 – February 2011, Delft, The Netherlands

As a Sr. Designer I designed user interfaces for clients sucht as: Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij, World of Goals, Novartis.

Lead Designer
Dutch Coast
March 2009 – February 2010, The Hague, The Netherlands

Designed platforms in Google Wave for: Cordaid and Greenpeace 

Visual Designer
Clockwork (Ordina)
March 2007 – February 2009, Zwolle, The Netherlands

In my very first job as designer I worked for: Wehkamp, Ordina Open and Monuta.

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UX certification
Nielsen & Norman
March 2018, London, Great Britain

UX certified, UX Management specialisation

UX certification
Nielsen & Norman
September 2017, New York, The United States

UX certified in the range: Interaction Design, Mobile, UX Management

Graduation Internship
Lukkien
December 2005 – April 2006, Ede, The Netherlands

Internship at Lukkien's New Media department. Designing websites and online content.

Internship (South-Africa)
Elgin Community College
September 2003 – March 2004, Gordon's Bay, South-Africa

Internship in Gordon's Bay (near Cape Town). Developed multi-media applications for the 'ethnic disadvanteged' at a community college.

 

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