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Management & Organisation

s.v.i.d Lucid Board

During the academic year 2012-2013, I was part of the board of Study Association Industrial Design Lucid.

TEDx Eindhoven board

On the 8th of July 2016 the first event of TEDx Eindhoven took place, for which I was the Treasurer.

Stukafest Eindhoven

In the academical year of 2015-2016, I was secretary in the 7th Stukafest Eindhoven board.
Enterprising

Bit of Energy

Bit of Energy is a startup that I started about a year ago, together with two fellow students.

Internship Mexico

During the third year of my bachelor education, I did an Internship at Studio José de la O in Mexico City.

Educational Jobs

Since my first year at Industrial Design I have been executing various Jobs for the faculty, for which I had to represent, inform and educate others.
Prototyping Skills








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s.v.i.d Lucid Board

During the academic year 2012-2013, I was part of the board of Study Association Industrial Design Lucid.

Within the board I fulfilled the function of treasurer and I was responsible for several activities, for example the trip we organized for the first year students to the Milan Design week, the Wervingsdagen I helped organize and a three week study trip we organised to China.

The reason I wanted to be in the board of Lucid, was because I knew I was not ready to go further with my study yet. I had to grow a little more mature in order to own the academicals level of reflection they ask for. I knew I was able to become a good designer but it wouldn’t come out. A well-used gap year helped me to come out of my shell. Having a leading role and responsibilities helped me to reach that maturity level I was aiming for. By becoming more mature also my communication skills improved. I really wanted to be the treasurer, because it is the most structured function, which gives me a lot of peace. Also I love to work with numbers. Fortunately it worked out even better that I hoped. Treasurer suited me perfectly. Because I had to do
the bookkeeping I learned a lot about accounting and the finances within an association, that later also helped me in financing for “Bit of Energy”. Apart for the board I’ve been participating in many activity committees during my whole education at Industrial Design. I have participated in:

the Milan-trip Committee 2011
the Educational Activities Committee 2011-2012
the Introduction Committee 2012
the Sports Committee 2012-2013
the Wervingsdagen Committee 2012-2013
the Milan-trip Committee 2013
the Introduction Committee 2013
the Cash checking Committee 2013-2016 and 2017-now
the Council of Predecessors 2013-2014
the Board of the Lucid-bar 2013-2014 (treasurer)
the Lucid Lustrum book Committee 2015-2016
the Master activity Committee 2017
the board of the SAL (Stichting activiteiten Lucid) 2012-now
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TEDx Eindhoven board

On the 8th of July 2016 the first event of TEDx Eindhoven took place, for which I was the Treasurer.

When I heard that TEDx Eindhoven was searching for a treasurer, I jumped on the opportunity. About three years before TEDx Eindhoven, I was treasurer of the study association Lucid, and enjoyed it a lot. Working with figures is something that comes very natural to me. The logic, the puzzle factor and the reasoning behind the figures, are what makes it very enjoyable for me to be treasurer.

This was the first edition of TEDx Eindhoven, which means that the whole financial structure had to be build up from scratch, which was a big challenge for me. Also the activity was very risky, since we had to make a name for ourselves, which resulted in the fact that almost every post on the budget was risky. Therefore I had to be very convincing in order to get the team to work alongside the budget. This helped me develop my leadership qualities.
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Stukafest Eindhoven

In the academical year of 2015-2016, I was secretary in the 7th Stukafest Eindhoven board. In the spring of 2015 I decided that I wanted to organise the 7th edition of Stukafest Eindhoven. I always loved the event and I was searching for an interesting extracurricular activity since I really enjoyed my board year at the study association Lucid.

We started with 5 enthusiastic people, but after the summer when the first things needed to be done, 3 people quit. Eventually, after many struggles we constructed a new team with 7 members. The downside was that we had only 2 months to organise the whole event. Apart from some minor issues, the event was a success, and I felt great that I had organised such a cool cultural event.

At first my ambitions where to become the chairman of the board, since I had never been the chairman of any board or committee before, and I wanted to learn how to be the chairman. Because this was a very popular position within the group I decided to become the secretary. This position I had taken on only once before. As secretary I took care of the organisation, structure, planning, agendas and minutes, and some side tasks.
Apart from making the minutes I really enjoyed my tasks. I had a lot of responsibility and I learned that creating structure and having the overview is very calming to me and something that I enjoy having. Nowadays I use these skills in the management of Bit of Energy.

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Internship Mexico

During the third year of my bachelor education, I did an Internship at Studio José de la O in Mexico City.

During the third year of my bachelor education, I did an Internship at Studio José de la O in Mexico City. The reason for me to go to Mexico for my internship, was the adventure. During my internship I worked on various projects, see the report below.

Mexico made an incredible impression on me. The warm people and culture and all the colors everywhere made me feel very welcome. Even now I’m back in the Netherlands I still miss Mexico so now and then. I lived there like a real Mexican. I worked about 9 to 12 hours a day, even though it was only an internship. Like many Mexicans I worked very hard. I had my own Mexican bank account and I lived in a very nice house together with my three Mexican roommates. The only thing that made me feel different from the other Mexicans was the fact that my Spanish wasn’t very good. Unfortunately the closest people to me could all speak English, so I wasn’t obligated to practice more. During my first weeks I had the time to follow a Spanish course for about two weeks, but I only learned the basics in Spanish. Yet my
inadequate spanish didn’t stop me to do things on my own. For instance when I had to buy things for my projects at the studio. My boss would give me money and I just went to search for these things. Most of the time I was able to manage with my basic Spanish and the very understanding Mexicans. And if I had problems I had my phone with internet to help me. I know I will definitely go back.

As designer Mexico is a very interesting country. There is very much craftsmanship everywhere. When you walk through a neighbourhood you can find tons of small factories and workplaces. Like a glass factory that I visited for one of my projects at the studio. It was situated in a living room of a normal family home.


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Educational Jobs

Ever since my first year at Industrial Design I have been executing various Jobs for the faculty, for which I had to represent, inform and educate others.

Ever since my first year at Industrial Design I have been executing various Jobs for the faculty, for which I had to represent, inform and educate others.

Educational Committee
I started by being a part of the Educational Committee of the faculty where I represented the first year and later the second year students. During my first year master I returned to the Educational Committee and I represented the first year master student.

Dutch Design Week
During the Dutch Design Weeks of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 I have welcomed and guided visitors at the exhibition of the faculty.

Open-Days
I also worked during the open days of the University. By explaining visitors about studying at a Technical University and about studying Industrial Design. I helped high school students to make a choice about where to study.
Walk-along Days
There are also days that high school students can come to the University for an orientation day with a student. During my bachelor, I guided a lot of high school students through the University, in order to make them understand what it is like to study Industrial Design.

PUC
I have given workshops about Industrial Design to third year high school students. These kids are about to choose a learning direction within their high school. By giving the workshop, I give the students an introduction in industrial design, and showed them that technical subjects can be very interesting.

E-Lucid
During my master, I have sold electronic components to fellow student. I have supported students by briefly explaining the application of specific components and helped them in choosing what components to use.

I love to educate and support people in understanding more about what they need to know. Helping people to improve themselves makes me very enthusiastic.
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3D modeling

Within my bachelor Industrial Design, I did an Internship at Studio José de la O in Mexico City, where I learned to create prototypes by the use of the 3D modeling software Rhinoceros.

Since I learned the basics of 3D modeling, it became my go-to skill within the idea generation phase of my design process. I became so fluent in 3D modeling that it became easier for me to design and develop a product in Rhinoceros than it is to sketch it.

Within the project Bit of Energy, I used 3D modeling for the first time, with the goal to 3D print it. This provided many new insights and showed me how to export a model in order to have a successful 3D print. Now I’m able to create very complex 3D structures that fit the electronics exactly.

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Building Electronics

During the years I studied at Industrial Design I have been building various electronic circuits. I learned to build electronic circuits and program them with arduino code, by the use of microcontrollers like, arduino and different ESP8622 variants.

I know how to work with many different components:
Inputs: Pressure sensors, LDR (Light Dependent Resistor) -sensors, distance sensors, switches, potential meters, temperature sensors, hall sensors, and non invasive current sensors.

Outputs: LEDs (Light Emmitting Diode), Lightstrips (StarDot and Neopixel), servo’s, DC Motor and Speakers. Also I know to work with various in-circuit components: Transistors, Capacitors, Resistors, OpAmps and Relais.

Finally I learned to build a circuit using two different power sources, the mains voltage and an adapter to supply the microcontroller, see the video below.
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Sewing

When I was about five years old I started sewing clothes for my dolls and stuffed animals, up to the point where I made my own evening gown and carnival outfits at seventeen years old.

Sewing is a hobby of mine, that I don’t practice as much lately. But it is a skill that you don’t forget.
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Cardboard Modeling

In the bachelor program of Industrial Design at the Technical University Eindhoven, I followed a course in which I learned the ins and outs of cardboard modeling. In this course I learned techniques to use foam and cardboard to create all kind of mechanical shapes. With this skill it is possible to build a clean looking mechanical prototype in a relatively short amount of time. Within the cause the end deliverable was a rebuild of the Hasselblad-501CM camera, with fully functioning mechanics.

I used my cardboard modeling skill within the idea generation phase of almost every project I work on, to get a feeling for the shape and the interaction of the product I’m designing.
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Video Editing

Over the past seven years of my design education, I have been practicing with video editing in various projects. For me video is a very important communication tool. As a person with dyslexia, I’m always looking for other sources to gain information next to texts. Video is a great tool to communicate a story clear and fast, if you do it well.

I made various videos to explain different design projects, but I also participated in the making of a documentary. In 2013 I participated in a 3 week study trip to China, together with 27 other people. Over the scope of three years after the study trip we created a documentary about the trip with a team of five editors. Working on this documentary together with very skilled video editors, helped me understand the dynamics of storytelling through video.
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Photography

In 2013 I bought a good camera. From that moment, I started developing my photography skills. In the past years I bought different lenses to expand my tool-set.

I brought my camera on various vacations, where I developed an eye for composition, light interval and which lens to use. Nowadays I’m able to make landscape, portrait and product photos, and edit them in Photoshop to create a good-looking picture.
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Web Design

During my education at Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology, I had to build a number of showcases. To be able to build the showcase I wanted, I developed my web design skills. I started with html, a year later came css and the year after I learned to program with javascript.

I sold one website, a few years ago, but apart from that, I haven’t practiced a lot of the year. This website is the first in three years, that I programmed myself.
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Sketching

Sketching is a tool I use to generate ideas and to communicate my concepts.

I few years ago I followed a sketching class in which I learned the basics of sketching in a professional way. The reason I wanted to learn this tool was because I had a hard time communicating my ideas in a proper and good-looking way. Sketching helped me to communicate my ideas in a clear way, and to come up with totally new ideas by sketching an environment and adding all kind of ideas to it. I realized that there are two ways to use sketches, one to explore and one to communicate your design.

I use my sketch skill within the ideation phase of my projects and it helps me a lot in communicating and documenting my first ideas to others. In order to remain a good sketcher, you have to practice a lot. Since I only use sketching in the ideation phase, my skills have deteriorated a little bit. I know the techniques behind a good sketch and I can apply them if I need to.

Design for

Energy Awareness

Charlotte van der Sommen

BSc. Charlotte van der Sommen


charlottevandersommen@gmail.com
+31 (0)6 50 52 20 72


Bit of Energy


bitofenergy.nl
charlotte@bitofenergy.nl