Jan Wessel Hovingh

My name is Jan Wessel Hovingh (MA, 1977) and I like to state that I am a Graphic and User Experience designer gone rogue. During the 22 years I have been active as an interface and User Experience Designer, I have experienced that interface design has evolved from a craft that enables and empowers humans to use complex technology into a craft that coerces, nudges and even manipulates them into behavior that mainly is in the best interest of large tech companies.

I aim at designing interfaces that focus on the empowerment, autonomy and well being of humans. I want to design technology for humans, to have them reach human goals and to improve human life.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, I followed a BA Graphic Design at Academie Minerva, Groningen and graduated a MA in Design at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.

I am a lecturer at NHL-Stenden University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. I am coordinator of Minor ‘The Next Web’ at Communication & Multimedia Design, I work as a UX Designer and Consultant, I have embarked on a PhD research into eHealth and I have a dog called Henk.