My name is Jacob Krayenhoff van de Leur

I know, that name is a mouthful, it means a gathering of crows in Dutch. 

 

Pronounce it just as it sounds.

What makes me unique?

The lens that I see through is one coloured with travel, rich with cultured experience that influences my creative approach. I have been very fortunate to have extensively travelled and I’ve observed the unique ways humans interact with their world. This understanding and intuition is fundamental to my work as a UX Designer.  I draw from these experiences when I am creating, designing and problem solving.  

Having worked for six years in travel and tourism, I've solved all sorts of problems from bus breakdowns to  stolen passports. I've been shocked at how transferable solving people's problems are to solving problems that face digital products. Behind everything is a story. The power of story goes far beyond simply relaying facts and data - Its about what connects us.  Let's build a story, together.

Are we the sum of our experiences?  
Check out some of mine

Broke a Geiger Counter in Chernobyl

Trekked to Everest base camp

Skydived from a helicopter in the Swiss Alps

Volunteered building houses in the Dominican Republic

 

Snuck into an abandoned circus in Moldova

 

Motorcycled in remote Peru

Swam with sharks in Belize

 

Rode a camel around the pyramids

 

Pressed grapes in Tuscany

 

Launched a nuclear missile in the Ukraine

 

Become a certified scuba diver

Shot an AK47 in Vegas

 

Bungee jumped in Costa Rica

Volunteered teaching English in The Czech Republic

Slept in a buddhist monastery in Myanmar

Rode an abandoned Rollercoaster in Treptower Park

 

Swam with Pirañas in the Amazon

Walked across the tropic of capricorn

Got drenched by the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls

 

Peed into an active volcano in Guatemala

 

Dressed up as Indiana Jones in Petra

 

Been an extra in an Indian Bollywood movie.

Danced on the tables at OktoberFest

 

Hiked remote sections of the Great Wall of China

Gambled away all my money in Monaco

 

Rode a scooter over the Hai Van Pass in Vietnam

 

Kissed a giraffe in Kenya

 

Hiked into the Grand Canyon

Got stuck behind an Elephant in the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Volunteered teaching students with Imagine Thailand

Dogsledded in Yellowknife

 

Climbed palm trees on a spice farm in Zanzibar

 

Been on Romanian TV news for driving the Transfăgărășan Highway in winter


 

Ascended Brunelleschi's dome in Florence

Critiqued secret flavors at the Ben & Jerry's factory 

 

Bobsledded in Latvia

Drove a Westfalia from Canada To Mexico

 

Tasted the best Gyros on Mykonos

Had three bikes stolen in Amsterdam

 

Toured wineries in Bordeaux 

 

Taught myself how to play guitar

 

Floated in the Dead Sea

Danced with Masai Warriors in Tanzania 

 

Swam in Plitvice lakes in Croatia

Sloth spotting in Costa Rica

 

Graffitied on the John Lennon wall in Prague

Surfed in three oceans

 

Attempted to steer a gondola through the canals of Venice


Got lost in Carassone Castle in France

Debated a Rastafarian in Jamaica

 

Watched the sunrise from Mt. Sinai

Played the Keytar in a touring rock band

Worked on a chain team at an Oregon college football game

Correctly pronounced Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

 

Took Salsa lessons from an 83 year old in Cuba

Driven a school bus across Canada

 

Snorkelled a glacial river in Iceland

Paraglided across a sod farm

Survived a typhoon in the philippines

 

Boated across continents in Turkey

Snow mobiled in Whistler 

Watched the Sunrise over Tikal

Spent almost three days in an airport in Thailand

Fed a Kinkajou in Panama

 

Danced the night away in Ibiza

 

Travelled at 60.6 km/h up Taipei 101

Driven to California just to get In'N'Out

 

Pretended to be Lara Croft at Angkor Wat

Hiked the Athabasca Glacier in Banff National Park

 

Interrupted lions getting in on  in Namibia

Swam in the Ganges River in Rishikesh

Kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland

Sipped too much Sangria in Lisbon

Took a well deserved break in the Szechenyi baths in Budapest