Le résumé


Marlies Deforche
Brussels, Belgium


Feb. 2016 - Now:
Service Designer and Founder at Twisted Studio (Brussels, Belgium)
Sept 2016 - Now:
Teacher Crossmedia Design at AP Hogeschool (Antwerp, Belgium)
July 2014 - Sept 2016:
Freelance Designer (Brussels, Belgium)
July 2013 - Jan 2015:
Service Designer at Greater Good Studio (Chicago, USA)
April 2013 - June 2013:
Service Design Intern at Snook (Glasgow, UK)
Aug. 2012 - Feb 2013:
Student Interactive Art Director at Hyper Island (Stockholm, Sweden)
Aug. 2008 - July 2012:
Interaction designer at Saatchi & Saatchi Brussels (Brussels, Belgium)
April 2001 - July 2008:
Webdesigner and Front-end Developer at DUO nv (Bruges, Belgium)
Nov. 2000 - Apr. 2001:
Webmaster BrugesOnline Magazine at D&D Group (Bruges, Belgium)
March 2000:
Graphic Design Intern at Watermarque (Dublin, Ireland)
Nov. 1999:
Webdesign Intern at Thinso (Bruges, Belgium)
Nov. 2014 - Now:
Co-founder of Co-Searching (youth unemployment startup)
April 2013 - Now:
Co-founder of Creating Power (non-profit organisation)
Oct. 2011:
Volunteer work in Lwengo district, Uganda (rural development)
August 2010:
Volunteer work in Durban, South Africa (orphanage)
Oct. 2005 - Oct. 2010:
Volunteer work for Oxfam Wereldwinkel Brussels (webdesign)
April 2004 - Dec. 2011:
Volunteer work for Tapisplein vzw Bruges (several webprojects)
Feb. 2000 - May 2000:
Erasmus-student at AIT - Design Department (Athlone, Ireland)
1996 - 2001:
Leader KLJ Oostkamp (youth movement)


2012 - 2013:
Hyper Island Stockholm, Sweden: Interactive Art Director
As a skill boost, I followed a one year graduate program that covered the entire production spectrum, from strategy and branding to execution. I gained expertise in planning, research, user experience, user-centered design, business development and entrepreneurial skills, and left the program with a capacity to navigate group dynamics and practice self-leadership.
2004 - 2005:
Mediacentre KU Leuven: Post-universal degree Usability Design (evening course)
1997 - 2000:
EGON Ghent (now Van Artevelde Hogeschool): Bachelor Graphic Design
1993 - 1995:
Art academy Bruges: Diploma Grafiek (wednesday afternoons)
1991 - 1997:
Vrij Technisch Instituut (VTI) Bruges: Graphic Sciences


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I'm Marlies from Brussels, Belgium. I'm a freelance designer working on
products and services that create positive social impact.

The time I've spent in Africa made it clear to me that making a positive impact in this world is what I want to do. My ultimate goal is to reach that level of design that actually improves people's lives.

In 2013-2014 I lived in Chicago (USA), working exclusively for social sector clients at Greater Good Studio on projects across literacy, health care, workforce development and mental health areas. These projects involved design research, user experience, UX/UI design, social innovation and business development.

Since back in the motherland, I co-founded Twisted Studio, a small studio that helps organisations improve their services in a human-centered way. Besides that, I'm a part-time teacher Crossmedia Design in Antwerp.

If you're interested in creating social impact through design, consider joining my Meetup Group.


Mail: mies@miespaties.be - Twitter: @miespaties - Skype: miespaties




February 2016

Twisted Studio is born! Check out our website.

August 2015

A few months ago I met Elizabeth Verhetsel, policy adviser on youth and sexuality at Sensoa. She was setting up her own company to help organisations develop services with a human-centered approach. Not too many meetings later we decided that combining my experience with service design with Lies' nonprofit and policy work would be the best thing. We are looking at how we can combine our companies into one solid agency, ready to make the world a better place!

March 2014

I co-founded Co-Searching, a youth unemployment start-up.

June 2014

Guest blog post for Greater Good Studio on my view on what it takes to be a designer in the social sector.

December 2013

Guest blog post for Greater Good Studio about letting go of sense of ownership of an idea.

September 2013

Guest blog post for Greater Good Studio on why novelty is not the currency.