The art of the design handover

The design handover is not the handover meeting or the handover file. You’re not done when you put the last pixel/vector on the canvas and hand over the documentation. It’s just getting started. It is important to realise that the quality…

Field trip: Enterprise UX

Some time last year, a post on Linkedin by Peter Boersma announcing the first Dutch Enterprise UX conference in Utrecht. It was dead cheap with a bunch of interesting speakers, but they had me at “Enterprise UX.” …and I knew…this is…

The sound of productivity

Last year I first fell into the trap called ‘mechanical keyboards’, and I haven’t looked back. It’s strangely satisfying to have a…. well… loud keyboard. The only keyboards I owned came with my Mac, and last few years, they have been…

Prove me wrong!

As a professional, we most likely strive for perfection. To deliver on time and deliver really well. The delivery for most designers is the Developer Handover. The moment you give your design to the developer and say, “here you go, have…

Why I stopped planning to create

I always had so many ideas. Most of them ended up on some to-do list. Sometimes I’d be so fired up about an idea that I would make actual plans (and actual results). These were really smart plans, with an MVP…

Writing to write

I write to write. I feel a bit hypocritical about that because, often, it is just adding noise. And I hate noise. I love silence. Silence is space. Space to think. Space to be. Space to receive. You need to hold…

Meditations from Seth Godin

It’s no secret I love Seth Godin. I think he’s just remarkable. There are a few of his books I truly cherish, the ones I read multiple times or that made such an impression. The sheer presence of these books on…

Domain hoarding

Back in the old days, when we had an idea (for a website, service or application etc.), the first thing we did was check -and claim- all the available domain names and social media handles. It is the expression of a…

CSSday & keyboard nerdery

Last June I was at the CSSday, and Marcin Wichary from Figma had a fantastic talk. It had all the right ingredients: Figma, Typography and fonts and indeed the “Why is ⌘B so unpredictable” (and I get it now) and then……

Don’t be a tool

Recently I wrote an article about how to be of value as a designer. I want to elaborate on the last point some more. Basically: don’t be a tool! don’t be used as a tool The most well-known designer allergy is…