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Nuy van Noort Architects website

Website made for Nuy van Noort Architects.
A clear responsive website with an easy flexible CMS system, reflecting their studio philosophy.

Ronald Snijders en normale mensen

Webdesign made for Normale Mensen (normal people), the website of stand up comedian Ronald Snijders. Had quite a good laugh while working on this assignment.

> normalemensen.nl

Fronterra, uniting people around food

Proud to have been able to make the logo and website for the Fronterra foundation.
Fronterra is an organization that aims to break down ethnic barriers and create common understanding through communal dinners.

In large parts in Europe, multi-ethnic communities live in a state of alienation. Ethnic divisions are amplified for political purposes, resulting in simmering tensions or outright conflict. People lose hope, retreat in apathy or leave.

Fronterra's mission is to help people bootstrap themselves out if this misery by pooling their capacity and by co-developing social business ventures.

> http://fronterra.eu

Mainline website

Design for a new responsive website for Stichting Mainline. Mainline is a Dutch based international platform dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of drug users.

The whole design traject started with a personas search and guide, a written representation of the website's intended users, prioritising features and functionality.
The extensive site is in Dutch and English, it is responsive and parts of it have a parallax scrolling effect.

Everything that’s wrong with Hillary’s new logo, according to the internet

Hillary Clinton's campaign logo is already causing controversy, just minutes after Hillary Clinton's highly anticipated 2016 presidential-bid announcement dropped on Sunday, her campaign was already under public scrutiny. The reason was her campaign logo — which in Clinton's case came in the form of a big, bold letter "H" crossed through with a red arrow.
Internet and twitter freaked out and critics commented on everything, from the direction the arrow is pointing (to the right), to other logos it reminds them of, or that the logo is too Republican.
I must say that the designteam could and probably should have done a better job than what they've come up with now. But regardless of how the critics feel, though, they'll have to get used to seeing more of the logo, which will presumably accompany her into 2016. The former first lady, senator and secretary of state's campaign has only just begun.

Amazing attention stealing commercial

Just how attention stealing is the new Škoda Fabia? Put it to the test in this great ad.
It takes advantage of exactly the same principles that make optical illusions work: Our eyes and brain don't scan reality like a camera does. Instead, the brain interprets external inputs, building its own reality.
So sit back and watch.. will a crowd gather? Will other drivers slam on the brakes? Did you spot the monkey? Watch to find out.

Mappers delight. The distance travelled in hip hop songs with robotically made light paintings.

Multimedia artist Tahir Hemphill is the creator of Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement, a visualization of rapper's travels through their lyrics.

In the first verse of Jay Z’s “All Around the World,” the rapper drops no less than 10 locations. Lyrically speaking, Jay Z travels from London to France to Tokyo and Capri, makes a few stops in California, hits up Switzerland and Bali before heading back home to Brooklyn.
Listen closely, and you’ll notice geo-location name dropping everywhere in hip hop.

Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s light pen drawings, Hemphill visualized the places that rappers name-check with robotically made light paintings. Watch how Kendrick Lamar's lyrics always come back to Compton, and even though Nas doesn't have the most songs in the song database used, he charted the most locations.

Free is a lie. Do you want a smart phone that allows you to own your own data?

You love the Internet. You love modern technology. You love to share, learn, grow, connect. But do you love being a product? Do you love your personal information being sold?
Graphic designer Aral Balkan is the founder and lead designer of ind.ie and author of the ind.ie/manifesto. He’s currently working on a ambitious project: ind.ie/phone, a smart phone that allows you to own your own data.
The majority of companies on the web have a simple, and potentially dangerous, business model. These companies give you services for free, and sell your data on to third parties to make their money (think Google, Facebook, Twitter).

This has opened our data up to a lot of potential abuse, including the government dragnet surveillance employed by the NSA and GCHQ (and other governments). For users aware of these problems, we can either choose to share our data, or be excluded from the majority of services (and social interactions) on the web.

Indie Phone aims to create a smart phone that isn’t just for the tech folk that want to take control over their data. They find it important that these tools are available to everybody while creating appealing experiences that combine hardware, software, and the cloud, as well.
While there are some phones built on similar principles already on the market, ind.ie/phone is saying it is unique in bringing this functionality – hardware, operating system and personal cloud – together with top-flight design and user experience.

If you want to join
check out the ind.ie/phone website for more info,
or this insightful video on his website 'Free is a lie',
or check his manifesto 'Your tools shouldn’t spy on you'.

This will show you how big space actually is!

If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel is a project that attempts to accurately portray just how distant the Sun and planets are from each other using a single pixel to represent the Earth’s moon for scale.
Interactive media designer Josh Worth was inspired to work on the project after trying to explain the same concept to his young daughter.

‘I was talking about the planets with my 5-year-old daughter the other day’, Worth says. I kept trying to describe the distance using metaphors like “if the earth was the size of a golf ball, then Mars would be across the soccer field” etc., but I realized I didn’t really know much about these distances, besides the fact that they were really large and hard to understand.'

The planets can be scrolled to horizontally or jumped to via a series of buttons at the top of the page. In addition, Worth also included various tidbits of writing out in the vast nothingness of represented space to give a better feel for exactly how much 'nothingness' there actually is.

You are not late. The internet is still at the beginning

One of the most popular technology writers, Kevin Kelly of Wired is as optimistic as always about the internet in this article. He writes: “The internet is still at the beginning of its beginning.
The last 30 years has created a marvelous starting point, a solid platform to build truly great things. However the coolest stuff has not been invented yet — although this new greatness will not be more of the same-same that exists today. There has never been a better time in the whole history of the world to invent something. There has never been a better time with more opportunities. You are not late.”
More Kevin Kelly here

A 5-minute animation mapping 2,600 years of western cultural history

Working with his colleagues, Maximilian Schich, an art historian, took Freebase (Google’s “community-curated database of well-known people, places, and things”) and gathered data on 150,000 important artists and cultural figures who lived during the long arc of Western history (6oo BCE to 2012).
They mapped these figures, births (in blue) and deaths (in red), and traced their movements through time and place. The result is a wonderful 5-minute animation showing how the West’s great cultural centers shifted from Rome to Paris (circa 1789), and more recently to New York and Los Angeles.

Unspeak, an interactive documentary investigating the manipulative power of language

Words are weapons. Unspeak is an interesting interactive documentary investigating the manipulative power of language. Unspeak satirically reveals the unspoken messages and obscured meanings behind familiar media terms. Think of framed words like 'Clean coal', 'Pro-life', 'War on terror' and 'Tax relief'

It is presented by production studio Submarine in 6 different video's/series. In form it echoes the style of the outstanding and illuster BBC documentary maker Adam Curtis.
Check this walkthrough/introduction to the Unspeak series.

It is based on British journalist Steven Poole´s intriguing book of the same name. Unspeak is blending filmmaking, data, technology, and design. The story of Unspeak unfolds across a series of short films, data visualizations, and a participatory dictionary in an interface designed for the web and tablet.

According to Submarine: 'Unspeak aims to kickstart the conversation, educate and empower audiences, and make the prevalence of Unspeak framing visible to the public. People will not be taken in for a moment by the power of deceptive language if we actually stop to think about it. Once you tune in to the wealth of daily Unspeak talk, you'll start seeing and hearing it everywhere. And then, perhaps, we can fight back.'

How to delete yourself from the Internet

Ready to erase your tracks and disappear online, once and for all? This Infographic from 'Who Is Hosting This' reveals the nine steps you need to take to remove your personal information collected all over the web.
Of course, if you don't want to completely disappear from the web, you can just pick and choose which steps to do to protect your privacy and personal information.

A map showing how the internet travels across the world

You may reach the internet via wireless connection most of the time, but all those ones and zeros cross the oceans the same way old-fashioned telephone connections did: by undersea cables.
TeleGeography has charted a map showing how the internet travels across the world's seas in 2014. The result is fascinatingly complex.
Supplying the world with a virtual internet involves a lot of serious infrastructure in some hard-to-reach places. It makes you appreciate the modern miracle that lets you blast an email halfway around the globe with the click of a mouse.

Why 'simple' websites are scientifically superior.

In a study by Google in August 2012, researchers found that not only will users judge websites as beautiful or not within 1/50th — 1/20th of a second, but also that “visually complex” websites are consistently rated as less beautiful than their simpler counterparts

Moreover, 'highly prototypical' sites — those with layouts commonly associated with sites of its category — with simple visual design were rated as the most beautiful across the board.
In other words, the study found the simpler the design, the better.

But why is that? Read it all in this conversionxl.com article.

How the “internet of things” will replace the web.

Finally 2014 will be the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives writes Quartz magazine. 

Most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from souped-up gadgets that track our every move to a world that predicts our actions and emotions. In this way, the internet of things will become more central to society than the internet as we know it today.

Where does the world's electricity come from?

This beautiful and insightful interactive world map shows us the use of global electricity comparing different continents and countries. You can use the slider to jump between 2008 and 2035.
Amazing to see that South America's energy mix is mainly Hydro energy, the largest renewable source of electrical power.
A little bit unsettling though to notice that in 2035 the world is still mainly powered by coal, gas and nuclear energy.

Parallax scrolling & responsive website

The studio just finished its first responsive website with a parallax scrolling effect. Take a look at this one-page website for RRT, a young company shaking up the sewer reparation bizz with a new and better way of repairing sewers.

The future of computer interfaces

The past decades we have interacted with computers in exactly the same way: we point with a mouse (or a finger!), click, and watch the screen. For the past few years, the conversation around user interface design has been peppered with phrases like ‘The best design is invisible’ or 'The best interface is no interface at all'. The thinking was that as interfaces develop, they'll eventually disappear, leaving people gesturing in an empty room or thinking/speaking commands to 'Siri' like sensors. But will that be the case? Here's what's coming next according to this interesting Gizmodo article: Giving Physical Objects Digital Meaning.



How to write the perfect post

What is the perfect status update looking like on Facebook, Twitter or Google+? It is more and more almost getting a science to construct the perfect post. Here is a nice infographic to give us some grip on the matter.

Missed chances in your social media strategy

Here is a handy article by Dutch site Frankwatching summing up 10 things that could go wrong when business and organizations dive into the possibilities that social media has to offer. A list of do's and don'ts and pitfalls you should be aware of when implementing a social media strategy.

How to navigate the Internet around PRISM

National Security Agency documents, recently released by whistleblower Ed Snowdon, indicate the U.S. government is “tapping directly into the central servers” of your favorite Internet services as part of a secret program called PRISM. The Guardian and Washington Post revealed the extent of the PRISM operation: the NSA and FBI are monitoring Microsoft, Google, youtube, Yahoo, facebook, Skype, Apple, and others. They may be under surveillance but there are ways you can still surf the web without Big Brother watching.

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As our world becomes more and more digital and mobile-driven, interface design increasingly defines how we connect with people, brands and services.

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