Tim van der Heide

Prototyper & Technology Enthusiast


I'm an engineer-minded designer from The Netherlands. I create products and services that anticipate to new opportunities brought by technology. On this page I will showcase my past work and experience to give an impression of my skills and competencies.

Scroll down to get to know more about me and my work.

Maintaining Momentum

Great things don't come out of nowhere. I believe it's essential to already be in motion in order to achieve great things. To gather momentum in what you do, and are willing to achieve. I believe that by living an active and challenging daily life you will naturally be pushed to your true potential.

By placing myself deliberately into new environments I retain a refreshing mindset for an actively engaged and creative process. Additionally, I always aim for new challenges and continuous development in my daily life, hobbies and professional work.

Me in China

Hands-on Design

Designing great products doesn't take place on the drawing board. I believe that a designer should be able to place concepts into the real world to make them eveolve to the next stages.

To achieve this I follow a hands-on and iterative design approach in which I aim for both visual and functional prototypes. To see how it looks, but also test and proof its functionality. Quickly iterating in the physical domain enables me to expose both issues and opportunities early in the design process.

With experience in software, electronics and the mechanical domain; I bring a wide-ranging toolbox for several disciplines in design and engineering. This enables me to work in the individual disciplines, but above all makes me the right person to bring them together.

Me and my 3d-printer



Second half 2014 & First half 2015

Digital media takes a growing part of our daily communications. You might argue that these digital means partially replace our physical interactions, to a point where subtleties from physical contact might get lost.

In my master graduation project I explored how these digital means can be used to (re-)enable physical social interaction. I embraced the advantages of digital communication to enhance the quality of communication in the physical domain.

My final design iteration was SaySomethingNice. With this service, I enabled people in a local community to send compliments to each other with the option of staying anonymous. Amongst other aspects, this anonymity helped people to lower thresholds and to be more positively aware of their direct social surroundings..

The Netherlands
Design for Social Interaction
Interaction Design
Design Process & Teamwork
Software Prototyping

Interactive Solar Energy Information Display

Summer 2012

In Jayapura (Indonesia) a continuous availability of energy is not self-evident. Yet its position near the equator is a great location to enhance the current power systems with solar energy. In 2012, a partnership of WNF Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology and the University of Twente installed a pilot PV power plant on the roof of the local town hall.

To inform the people of Jayapura about using energy from the sun, I designed together with a fellow student an interactive installation to be placed at the entrance of the town hall. In this project I was responsible for conceptualization and feasibility research.

The Netherlands
Design for Social Interaction
Interaction Design
Software Prototyping
Hardware Prototyping

Anonymous Brainstorming Tool for Teams

First half 2014

The brainstorming process is a well-known activity that is used to generate as much as possible ideas. Doing this together in a team can have a stimulating effect by inspiring others and having fun together.

However, there will also be inhibiting factors at play when people work together. Using an explorative design process I tried to reveal these factors and how those can be reversed. Amongst others by decoupling the input from its author I got interesting results that helped me towards a better understanding of the process and recommendations for further research.

Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Design for Social Interaction
Interaction Design
Software Prototyping
Design Process & Teamwork

Interactive Patina of Culture

November 2014

The differences between Chinese and Western culture are hard to grasp. It's only until you take the step to experience it yourself when you will start to understand the many differences in culture.

During an international course in Taicang, I've worked together with students from Jiangnan University to design an interactive experience that conveys this message and let the visitor experience this message in an interactive and playful manner.

I worked in a team with four Chinese students in this project. My main tasks were to coordinate the team and to program the prototype.

Taicang, China
Design for Social Interaction
Interaction Design
Design Process & Teamwork
Software Prototyping
Hardware Prototyping

Please contact me personally to request an impression of my professional work. For some other projects you can check out my Github or Thingiverse profiles.



Key Competencies

Hardware Prototyping

Software Prototyping

Design Process & Teamwork

Design for Social Interaction

Interaction Design


Beach Creative Prototype Engineer

2016 - present

Translate design concepts to functional prototypes by combining knowledge and experience in design and engineering

University of Eindhoven Student Tutor


Tutor for undergraduate students in design course User, Society and Enterprise

University of Eindhoven Student Tutor


Tutor for undergraduate students in the Basic Design Course

B-Ware Interaction Designer


Create a new design for a webbased letter drafting application that automatically integrates the respective corporate identity.

100% FAT Setup Assistant


Renewal and setup of the 'Aging Machine' exhibition

WNF Indonesia & Univ. Twente Final Bachelor Project


Design of an interactive and informative display for solar PV system in Jayapura, Papua Indonesia

Tweehek Recreatie Summer camp Counselor

2010 - present

Setting up and managing technology themed summer camps for children of various ages

Google Dutch & English Quality Rater

2007 - 2008

Giving human input by evaluating and rating machine query results


University of Twente
University of Technology Eindhoven
BSc Industrial Design 2008 - 2012
MSc Industrial Design 2013 - 2015

Asia Experience

My trips to Asia on a map

Software Skills

Javascript & jQuery
Node.js & Node-red
Meteor framework
Processing & Arduino
Linux terminal
Adobe Creative Suite

Hobbies & Interests

Flying and building quadcopters

Fiddling with electronics

Home automation

Ultimate Frisbee

3D printing

Social experiments


I'm looking forward to get in contact and hear about interesting projects and opportunities you have to offer.

Please contact me by any method preferred and I will get back to you soon.