Hi, my name is Mike van Staten!
But a lot of people tend to speak out my last the wrong way (+r). I decided to embrace this fact, since it’s kinda right.. Because I am van (+de) straten (Dutch for from the streets)! Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve been skateboarding on the streets.
I’m 24 years young and living in Rotterdam. I’m holding a bachelor’s degree in Communication- & Multimediadesign.
My goal is to make the experience of a city as pleasant as possible for it’s people. I graduated as a ‘User Experience Designer’, working in the field of digital companies like Google, Facebook and Uber. Those companies do everything to make the experience of the user as flawless as possible. I’ve always been wondering: ‘Why this isn’t the case in most cities?’
To learn more about the design of cities and public spaces, I decided to attend a part-time course at the Rotterdamse Academie van Bouwkunst, starting in February!