Lars: “Experience in how design works. I have supervised a number of student projects, and students can be a little naive about that. And with Spark you snuck that out. Within the university, an extremely innovative concept that works 80% of the time is acceptable. Here everything has to work 99.9% of the time and that way you soon get rid of the naivety. You not only learn a lot about detailed design, but also about yourself.
I also see how I can work purposefully. At university you sometimes fall back into ticking boxes to do a good project. At Spark, people reach a goal and follow the steps to follow. That is different from ticking boxes. What am I doing, and am I achieving what I want to achieve? I learn a lot from this continuous goal-oriented approach.”
Who do you want to be after graduation?
Lars: “I always wanted to be an inventor, and I still want to. As a child I would take apart broken things and see what was inside. I think it's super cool to be able to continue doing that and then make something beautiful out of it. Or I want to become a design teacher, to pass on all the knowledge I have gained.”
Meike: “Industrial designer at a design agency. But I'm not quite sure yet. I want to do something completely different during my graduation phase, such as the research side, or a collaboration with a hospital.”
Jens: “In a few years I think I will still be a designer. I hope to work on projects that I like and that make me happy. I don't know exactly what this will be. I would like it if the products could mean something to people. I especially want to be busy by making things, with colleagues and friends.”
Do you have anything else to add?
Jens: “It is very nice that the three of us are together, that way we also learn from each other. Lars and Meike, for example, have more technical knowledge and insight. Because they learned things in a different way.”
Lars: “And we also learn from Jens. If Jens is given a task, he can think it out and put it together in a very practical way. He has a lot of practical insight, which is nice to have in a team, especially in a workshop-oriented company like Spark.”