Hi, I'm Femke

Originally from New Zealand but now living in Amsterdam, I love making time to obsess over pixels, record a podcast or speak at events. Today I split my time working as a designer at Uber, side projects, client work, writing and speaking. Whether it's working on a cover feature for a magazine or speaking to a crowd of Designers in Denmark, I believe in living a creatively fulfilled life through making time for doing what I love.

Oh and it's not all work no play. The New Zealand lakes and forests were my backyard, so I always make time away from the screen – which usually involves hiking up mountains.

Around the internet

Self-care for creatives on UI Breakfast Podcast

Stop listening to the internet at Laracon EU

Episode 4 – Collaborating on Side Projects on Indiedotes Podcast

Episode 38 – We need more crappy work on User Defenders Podcast

Quick interview with Femke van Schoonhoven on This Design Life

Learn how to create a prototype in Atomic on Envato

Contributor towards Issue 16 of Offscreen Magazine

6 steps to creating and launching your own podcast on Pixel Pioneers

"Pride, Work and the necessity of Side Projects" on Design Feast

"6am Side Projects" on Being Freelance podcast

"20 Top new tools for freelancers" in issue #284 of Net Magazine

"How to define your blogging niche" on We Blog Design

Contributor to issue #283 of Net Magazine

Guest on episode #84 of the podcast Less Than or Equal

"How A Freelance Designer Uses An Onboarding Process To Land Clients" on The Nu School

Guest edited issue #46 of Offscreen Dispatch (formerly The Modern Desk)

Episode 10 – Hustle while you work on the podcast This Makes Me Happy

"Make a high fidelity prototype in Atomic" on Creative Bloq


Speaking & teaching

Over the last year I've had the privilege of speaking at a few events and hosting a handful of workshops about prototyping. It's so rewarding to be able to contribute and give back to the community in this way.

I'm always on the look out for interesting and inspiring events to participate in. If you have an event coming up, please drop me a line.

Upcoming events


Previous events

November 7th 2017 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Lightning talk at UberEng Women in Tech

August 30th 2017 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Speaker at LaraconEU Conference


November 3 2016 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Speaker at Hackers & Founders Amsterdam

October 8th 2016 – Berlin, Germany
Prototyping workshop at Lean Prototyping Meetup

September 9th 2016 – London, England
Prototyping workshop at Lend Invest

September 5th 2016 – Brighton, England
Speaker at Reasons To

July 29th 2016 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Prototyping workshop at Pr.co

April 29th 2016 – Odense, Denmark
Keynote speaker at One Day Out

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