Trained as graphic designer, Roel works as an independent conditional designer / director in the field of interaction, media design and film.
His work often reflects on the systems or technology we use in our daily lives. Sometimes by deconstructing or changing fundamental parts of existing systems, sometimes by designing new ones to see what happens when people are using them. He applies this approach to all kinds of media: dynamic media (web, tools, animation and video) but also to print, installations and performances.
Together with Luna Maurer, Jonathan Puckey and Edo Paulus he has authored the Conditional Design Manifesto, a manifesto that promotes the idea of designing conditions rather than end results.
For the past few years he has been teaching interactive and graphic design courses at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, the Sandberg Institute, Yale University School of Art and the Piet Zwart Institute. His work has been exhibited and screened all over the world e.g. at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich, Britsh Film Institute, Sundance Film Festival. Roel likes to collaborate. Roel won several national, and international awards.