While studying graphic design at the Rietveld Academy Dirk van Oosterbosch discovered the computer as a much more powerful tool in the production of communicative work, than traditional tools: computers themselves are instruments with which an infinite range of other tools can be made. Since then, Dirk is mostly producing tools to be used by other creatives. Among his works are VJ-tools used by him and his friends from the ixopusada collective, and the design of the Friend browser to allow total strangers to guide themselves through a global social network. At the Piet Zwart Institute Dirk made Intellistener, a tool for radio listeners and makers to compose hyper audio tracks (analogue to hypertext) from existing radio interviews.
Dirk is an active member of meta (Making Electronic Thingies in Amsterdam), a group of artists and designers that learn themselves how to make embedded, small electronic devices to be used in their art or their design.