Who Inspire?

A small collection of those who inspire me, loosely listed in random order.

Kees Overbeeke Kees Overbeeke, my co-promotor and mentor in Delft. Helping to move the project forward, keeping my feet on the ground, exploring life universe and everything, always able to put things in context so that they made sense or sense again. Kees, you went too soon.
John Flach I have known John M. Flach since my work in Delft, which had an overlap with John’s research at the time. He was not part of the committee of my PhD, but Kees Overbeeke was kind enough to ensure he could be present, and that he was allowed to ask a question ‘from the audience’. John is a kind and great person. He has a clear and sharp mind and I always find myself learning from him, no matter what subject we discuss. He manages to always expand, if not explode my mind. Thank you, John.
Richard Dawkins I read the Blind Watchmaker after reading a reference to it in the Salmon Of Doubt from Douglas Adams, and I have been a fan ever since. It is one of the books on my shelf that looks like it has never been read, which is true actually. The copy I read I lend to an uncle and instead of giving me back my copy – because it acquired additional beer stains – he bought me a new copy.
Gerda Smets, my promotor. It was a challenge, a pleasure, and honour working with you. Gerda’s thinking is way too fast and way too lateral, making discussions on design/product proposals a creative rollercoaster. At the time, working with Gerda was simply inspiring. Now I realise she was a decade ahead of her time. Thank you.
Wes Cecil I came across Wes’ youtube channel looking for background information on William James, and have been listening to his lectures ever since, many of which multiple times. Dr. Wes Cecil writes about himself: “I am a student of language and literature. I have been reading, writing, and studying for most of my life. I received a B.A. in English from Fresno State and then went on to receive an M.A. and Ph.D. in English at Indiana University. I am interested in literature, philosophy, history and gardening. For the last 16 years, I have been a teacher at Peninsula College and, when not working, reading, or writing, spend much of my time in my garden.” I highly recommend to listen to Wes’ YouTube Channel.
Enno Voorhorst OK, I may be biased when it comes to Enno Voorhorst, as he is my nephew. Apart from a kind and generous person, he is a very talented and skilled guitarist. Just watch and listen to this. Awesomely incredible.
Feja Voorhorst Feja Voorhorst, my late father. Your departure came much too soon, and painfully unexpected. I know I must enjoy the memories I have. Like biking in Amsterdam and I lost you for a second because, as it turned out, he went back to pick up a 5 cents coin you saw on the street in passing. Walking in the winter sun to Morcote. Ice-skating through the Botshol. Building a dam in a river in France. Walking through an exhibition of Van Gogh, looking for paintings of trees representing female body shapes. Stories about the children, your last painting, a new project or, as my private statistics advisor, how to analyse data. Just to get your point of view, to look through your eyes, that always gave a fresh perspective. You may not always have had the answer. You never needed to have the answer. In all discussions, you were hardly ever the subject. Instead, we exchanged ideas, tried to understand the problem, together looking for a solution. We always found one, or a step forward. I hope I make you proud.
Richard Feynman Richard Feynman was one of those people who could explain a problem in it’s essence, no matter how complex the problem or the background of the person who he explained it to. He embodied the Einstein quote: “If you can‘t explain it simply, you don‘t understand it well enough.” I can highly recommend his autobiography and especially “the meaning of it all
Tom Djajadiningrat J.P. Djajadiningrat, Tom simply is the best product designer I have had the privilege to work with.

We met when we were both fresh out of school and we worked on projects that posed both user experience and technical challenges. Tom always was be able to surprise me with innovative ideas and solutions neatly wrapped in a matchless flair of elegance of use. Always a great partner to bounce of ideas, bringing them to the next level, able to develop a vision on how the world could be, and having the creative skills, an eye for detail, and dedication to realise a near perfect ‘version one’, as his impressive portfolio demonstrates. His foam-board prototypes still are unrivalled.

Since then I’ve seen Tom grow into a versatile Creative Director, fusing experience, art and science, making the world a more beautiful and more pleasant place to be, one gem at the time.

  Ans Koenderink – Van Doorn. Kind, generous, good sense of humour, a great scientist. I very much liked her pragmatic solution to her washing-machine/computer dilemma, her detailed feedback on my draft dissertation, while enjoying tea in her living room. Most of all, her energy, and lust for life.