This is us!
Design in the service of people. That is the shortest summary of what we do. You simply design for others, for users, customers, employees. People are always central to our approach, that’s what it’s all about.
“But what exactly do you design?” we are regularly asked. We cannot always give the answer very precisely, certainly not beforehand. And we certainly cannot answer it with a product, a poster, an app or an interior. Although those things can be part of a solution.
But what do we do then? We design the relationship between organizations and people. Whether those people are customers, students, colleagues, patients, suppliers or users. So that looks different in every sector and in every project.
Strategic Design Consultancy
As strategic designers, we put people first and create value for organizations.
Design is a verb
Our way of working
For us, design is the working method and the approach. Design is a verb. We involve people in the design process. From research through co-creation and prototyping to implementation, we do it together.
A design is made in this way, a “solution” is conceived. “Solutions are not the problem,” we often say to each other. We only think and work towards solutions when we really understand what the real challenge is and when we have people’s perception and needs fully focused on our minds. In what direction do the answers lie? Which solutions are needed to create value for the end user and for our client. And more importantly: how do we achieve this?
When we can see and measure the impact and success of the deployed solutions, only then do we complete a project.
We firmly believe in learning by doing and having students as part of our team fits this ideology. Everybody who joins our team gets the opportunity to experience what it is like to be part of a creative team.
Do you also want to Learn by Doing, invite yourself for lunch via e-mail!
“Collaborating appeals to me. It lets me understand people better. At 31Volts people are always put at the core and everything designed is meaningful to those people. I share this vision. The most important thing I learned here, is that it is very important to focus on the real problem.”
Twan studies CMD at HAN. He joined the team for his internship in the first part of 2020.
“31Volts sparked my interest because the products and services they create are so diverse, the outcome is never the same. What I mainly learned is that almost anything is possible and that you may take risks.”
Amanda studies CMD at the University of Rotterdam. She joined the team at the beginning of 2020.
Our favourite co-makers
Wendy and Michiel
We do not only share a studio space with Wendy and Michiel from 5GRADENOOST, but also a passion for storytelling. They are experts in capturing a story on video.
When we are working with a printed medium the first one we call is Angelus. He knows how to inspire us with his business Altijd Drukwerk on the possibilities with print.
Our go-to guy when it comes to nice cardboard items. His company Novo Packaging is an important part when producing prototypes.