Nienke Schachtschabel

Nienke is an Osmos expert based Amsterdam (NL). She brings the network extensive experience in visual communication, design research and in agro-ecology.

Trained in film and graphic design, Nienke spent two decades predominantly as a freelance designer working across the Netherlands. In this time, she covered the breadth of what is commonly considered graphic design: logos, layouts of reports and books, signs, infographics, marketing material, weekly and monthly magazines and newspapers and so on.


A career turning point came when she moved into design research. This gave Nienke the tools to better understand what sits behind the design process and how the design process can better understand research problems. More recently, her interest has shifted to food production and community food networks.


Nienke now reaches back into her background as a graphic designer to explain complex ideas and help to visually connect theory and practice. This is a great asset in challenging projects where problems are abstract and poorly defined.

  • ‘Foodforest Masters’ with the Voedselboss, Martijn Aalbrechts.
  • Master Design-research – Piet Zwart Instituut (NL)
  • Graphic design – Piet Zwart Instituut (NL)
  • Film production – Filmacademie NFTA (NL)
Professional experience
  • Osmos Network
  • Research & design trainee – Studio 1:1
  • Freelance designer – working with clients such as Het Parool, Üppig Identity Store, Vandejong, Ashoka Netherlands and the City of Eindhoven


Language skills

Dutch (native speaker)

English (fluent)

Dutch (proficient speaking and writing)

French (basic comprehension)

Nienke's insights

Rue Haute

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Redevelopment of a social 400 unit housing complex in a dense inner-city neighbourhood fit for the 21st century.

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