A team of colourful perspectives

The Yellowchess team is a complementary mix of experts. We are diverse in backgrounds, approach, experiences, education, and skills. What unites us: Our enthusiasm, eagerness to keep improving and the motivation to design a better tomorrow.

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Ferdy Gilsing, seasoned designer with over 20 years of experience directing transition programs across various domains, cultures, and global brands. Ferdy has held leadership positions in the world-class design organizations at BMW Group, Royal Philips, and Mars Inc. With a hybrid background in design and strategy, Ferdy is expert in bringing people together in a spirit of creative collaboration to address complex system challenges and create new partnership ecosystems.



Bärbel van Zanten, industrial designer with a background in Design- and User Research. Bärbel provides insight into complex contemporary challenges through in-depth interviews and observations with stakeholders. She involves her team and clients in the search for solutions that meet the needs of the target group both now and in the future. Her human-centric approach is the basis for developing time enduring proposals that seamlessly fit into and enrich society. She has experience in organizations like Philips and municipalities.



Linda Ludbarza, multidisciplinary designer specialized in visual communication and conceptual translation. Linda is experienced in writing about societal challenges concentrating on heritage, history and their implications on contemporary society. With her clean and earnest visual style, she facilitates the communication of breakthroughs in complex trajectories.



Jesse Ulrich, educated in Transformative Social Innovation and Community Design. Jesse stimulates social interaction between people in such a way that they can both come up with and embrace new perspectives. With enthusiasm, creativity and clear vision, he makes complex matters comprehensible and fun. Jesse’s character fits with his extensive experience in hospitality and events in the cultural sector as he rightfully describes himself as; kind of direct, but directly kind.



Sam Verberne, designer with a background in Trend and Concepting, translates social challenges into meaningful solutions. She easily immerses herself into to context of the challenge connecting with people to understand their needs and motivations. Her hands-on approach and ability to ‘not do exactly what everyone else does, but the complete opposite’ results into transformative ideas. Coupled with an eye for aesthetics and making things real, Sam is eager to design a better tomorrow.

We believe that breakthroughs are delivered by people

We are growing

We want to expand the team not only in size, but also in unique perspectives. We believe that bringing in a wide variety of viewpoints is key to create breakthroughs! If you’re up to the challenge, please check out our vacancies below.

Senior Innovation Designer

Are you an experienced and visionary designer eager to make an impact? We are looking for a senior innovation designer to lead breakthrough projects tackling major societal challenges.

Your role:
As a senior designer at Yellowchess, you will spearhead the creative direction of innovation projects. Collaborating closely with clients and our multidisciplinary team, you will design meaningful solutions and strategies that inspire change and drive impact.

– Leading projects from insight to activation, ensuring alignment with client goals and our approach
– Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to develop integrated solutions that engage and activate stakeholders
– Stay abreast of emerging trends and best practices in design, applying insights to enhance the effectiveness of our work
– Present groundbreaking concepts and strategies to clients with clarity and conviction, articulating the value of our approach

– Bachelor’s degree in the field of social-, strategy-, or experience design
– Minimum of 5 years of work experience, with a diverse portfolio showcasing impactful design solutions
– Experienced with innovation processes and design methodologies
– Excellent graphic and writing skills, to translate ideas into engaging visual communication
– Speaks and writes Dutch and English
– A passion for driving positive change through design and a commitment to pushing the boundaries of creativity

Design Internship

Are you a creative thinker with a passion for social design, strategy and concept creation? We are looking for enthusiastic designers who are eager to intern and develop their skills in a dynamic environment.

Your Role:
As a design intern at Yellowchess, you’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a professional and creative setting. You’ll collaborate with our experienced team of designers and contribute to various projects on different transition themes, ranging from mobility, health & wellbeing to themes like water and social inclusion.

Ready to go? Send a mail to work@yellowchess.nl or give us a call.

Open application

Are ‘innovation & breakthrough’ your middle names? We are curious and happy to get in touch with you. Feel free to send an open application to work@yellowchess.nl or give us a call.