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Noortje van Eekelen

1982, The Netherlands

Started teaching in Graphic Design in 2015

Education and Work Experience

As a driven and passionate designer and researcher based in Amsterdam, Noortje van Eekelen is active in various capactities within the international artistic field. She is responsible for the preparation and realization of a multitude of both commissioned and self-initiated projects.

Van Eekelen encourages collaborations in which professionals from many different fields of knowledge are involved. Supported by experts, she has been operating her practice since 2009. As an author at Metropolis M, van Eekelen follows contemporary art and design closely. Her work there gives her the opportunity to observe the artistic field from a vantage point, position herself critically and analytically towards the field, and offer a stage to creatives.Currently, van Eekelen is also the editor of publications at Open Set, an education and design platform based in Rotterdam.

Van Eekelen loves sharing her insights and experiences with the future generation of creatives through her work in education.As such, she is employed as a lecturer in the Master programme in Graphic Design at AKV St. Joost Breda In recent years, she has been a lecturer at Design Academy Eindhoven, Willem De Kooning Academy Rotterdam, and Communication & Multimedia Design (The Hague University) , among others.

From May 2013 until May 2015, she worked within the journalistic field, for both the Financieele Dagblad and NRC Handelsblad in Amsterdam.

Noortje van Eekelen holds a Master's degree in Design from the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. In the past she gained work experience at design studio's such as Thonik, Studio Dumbar and Fabrique.

Vision of Postgraduate Education

"I see the master's programme as an environment where students are given the opportunity to deepen, enrich and professionalize their own and interests and expertise. We as an academy aim to create an environment for students where they can define their curiosities. The tutors are there to guide and support students from their qualified backgrounds. In practice it is important that designers at the master's level are able to develop and design their own approach and methods. By this I mean projects and collaborations based on their interests.

As a tutor I mainly focus on educating students for a self-initiated design practice in which they make decisions and collaborate frequently. During the programme I offer several possibilities to improve their role as designer. In addition, I prefer to encourage the relevancy of implementing qualitative and thorough research in the design process and the associated expressions.

The scale on which designers are able to work these days forces us to consider how to deal with consequenties and what parts of our work remain present within the cultural landscape that we shape. Designers must not only feel responsible for their own work but also for what means to society as well as the practice.