1 hour • Google Meet or in my studio (Utrecht, NL) • € 85,-
Feeling stuck in your design process? Do you want to become a better designer but do you miss guidance? I can help you out! After our session you will feel creative confidence, have gained new insights and are able to take the next step.
As a design coach I support you in your challenges and I help you to grow professionally. You can think of the following topics:
Guidance in your design process
Discussing a concrete approach on how to achieve your goals
Feedback on your portfolio and resume
Advice on career choice or internship
Starting out as a freelancer and what this involves
How it works
Good to know
Are you a student? Then you are eligible for a discount upon submission of proof of registration. For a virtual coaching session you then pay € 45 per session. All prices are incl. 21% VAT.
What kind of designer are you?
To make sure this benefits you
- a student or recently graduated, and looking for a suitable internship or first job
- the only designer within a company that needs guidance
- a designer who would like to improve, but who is not sure where to start
- someone who wants to make the career switch to UX / UI designer, but is unclear where to start
What you can expect from me
The starting point of our session
Efficiently to the core
Others say that I am a good listener and I see that as a compliment. In conversations I manage quite quickly to distinguish main issues from side issues. That is to your advantage, because it will help us get to the core of the challenge ahead more quickly.
Positive and constructive feedback
I provide you with clear advice so that you can continue immediately. But the things that go well are just as important in my view. That is why I will always mention what goes well and what you can be proud of. Feel free to give me feedback too, win-win!
By mirroring your behavior, I can give you insights that you may not want to hear. But it is precisely this, sometimes painful, uneasiness that allows you to grow as a person and as a professional. So always expect an honest answer from me because I want what’s best for you.
Openness and equality
We engage in dialogue based on mutual respect and challenge each other with healthy discussions. By being open about what we think and feel, trust is created and we can help each other better. I approach our conversation from equality and without judgment.
A little bit more about me
Let’s not be strangers
Hi! 👋 I am Simon van Acht, 30 years old and I live in Utrecht (The Netherlands). I’ve always been curious about people’s drives, dreams and fears. This curiosity is the foundation of my work as a designer and design coach.
I’ve been told that I make prototypes faster than my own shadow. I switch very quickly between my head and gut feeling. Also, you can listen to how I see and experience things in the design field in my podcast ‘Aandacht‘ (Dutch).
In the digital design field, I have worked in various roles for more than 10 years. At digital agencies in permanent employment, but also as a freelance designer for great brands. My dream came true when I was allowed to do an internship at a design agency in New York. During my studies at Hyper Island in Stockholm, I also learned everything about group dynamics, self-reflection and leadership.
I would like to utilize my knowledge and experience to help you become a better designer.
Relevant working experience
UX Research & Design Lead @ Sunweb Group
Design Mentor @ adplist.org
Freelance Senior/Lead UX Designer
UX Design Lead @ ABN AMRO
Hyper Island (Design Lead)
I reached out to Simon to ask for some pointers on my portfolio. He was friendly, well prepared, and he provided me with a great list of feedback. His advice was never condescending and overall extremely valuable.
Yoel Martherus — Freelance UX/UI designer
No worries, I’ve got you covered
The coaching session will be held via Google Meet. If this is not convenient for you, we can use other software. For example Skype, Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
No. I am not recording the conversation because I treat the conversation with you in confidence and want to guarantee our privacy. However, I can imagine that you would like to listen to our conversation later. So if you would like to record the conversation for that reason, please let me know in advance.
Based on my previous experience, I feel confident that we can discuss your challenge effectively in 1 hour. If it takes a few minutes longer, that’s of course no problem.
Do you want a session that is longer than 1 hour, or do you notice that multiple sessions can help you in a better way? Please look at the possibilities I offer in regards to design mentorship.
That’s too bad! We would then have to reschedule for a date and time that’s convenient for both of us. If you do not show up or cancel less than 24 hours in advance without the situation being beyond your control, I unfortunately cannot refund the full amount.
Of course, no problem! If you can send me the necessary information, I send you an invoice.