Categories for Inspiration

Food for the soul

July 1, 2015

I just bought another cd of Ludovico Einaudi, my favourite musician of all time. And I realised again that a lot of my money is spend on books and music. People spend money on all kinds of things: a house, a car, traveling. Sometimes I feel bad about spending a lot of money, but I do feel good about the fact that it’s spend for a big part on two sources of inspiration. Books and music are a good investment I think, since they can inspire you and teach you new things. In my last blogpost, about two months ago,... View Article

Where are you going?

April 14, 2015

From time to time I like to go to a cafe or restaurant, order a drink and take time to write in one of my notebooks. Besides just writing down my thoughts and ideas, I also like grab a list of interesting questions from the internet and answer those. Last weekend I stumbled upon an question that made me think for a while: “Where will I be in 5 years if I keep heading in this direction?” Although I’m strongly believe in living in the moment and living now, I think it’s also good to stand still some time and... View Article

Meeting new people

June 1, 2014

I love to meet new people. It’s one of the reasons I like to travel so much. Everywhere you go there are different people with unique lives and backgrounds. And if you’re not a traveler, there is no problem since there are a lot of people in your town too that you have never met. It’s just sometimes easier to connect I think when you’re away from your own place. The other day I was sitting in a restaurant when an older man was walking in. I started a conversation with him and not much later he was sharing his... View Article

Take time to get to know yourself

May 18, 2014

I try to be a regular blogger, but sometimes things come up in life and since it’s not top priority, it’s one of the first things I’ll drop. Anyway, here I am again writing down some thoughts. My first blogpost about two months ago was about doing what you love. Life is too short to do spend it mostly on things you don’t like. So it’s important to find out what you love. However, I think researching what you love is part of a bigger story. Recently I got myself a creative scratch book with many interesting questions about your... View Article

One year of UI Design – Day 12

April 25, 2014

After a long weekend of holiday I decided to continue the One Year of UI Design story today. Some time ago one of my clients told me it would be great to have a nice tool to publish one message to several places at the same time. At Media Injection our system has such a thing, but it’s part of a much bigger system. I thought it would be nice to create a new design for a multi destination composer. I made a sketch this morning and discussed it with a colleague. He liked it, though immediately came with feedback:... View Article

Step back and look where you are

April 21, 2014

Life goes really fast, especially in a country like the Netherlands. In my case, I work five days in the week and the other two are filled with resting from the workweek and social activities. I’ve stopped saying it too often, but time is moving fast. We’re now almost four months on the road of 2014. A quarter of the year has passed by. How has it been so far? Are you on schedule with your goals for this year? Since we have our lives so fully planned (I say we, because most people around me seem to be as... View Article

One year of UI Design – Day 11

April 17, 2014

Every designer needs inspiration and so I decided to use today to make a selection of the most beautiful interfaces I’ve found so far. I love to regularly spend some time at Dribbble and Pinterest to collect inspiring designs. Since today is day eleven, I thought it would be nice to make a selection of eleven designs: Windows 8 Day Mode Why I like it: It’s clean. It’s super clean. Only showing the things needed and nothing further. I’ve used this design a lot as inspiration for my work at Media Injection. Windows 8 Night Mode Why I like it:... View Article

The power of doing things every day

April 16, 2014

About one and half years ago, I started with daily exercises. Almost every workday right after I woke up, I started the day with pushups or sit-ups. It was good, but not great. It costed me a lot of discipline to keep on exercising, especially when I went to bed late the night before. Some days I kept to my good intentions, others I didn’t. In the summer I went on holiday and didn’t workout for a couple of weeks. When I came back home, it took quite some time to get back in the habit. I was thinking about... View Article

One year of UI Design – Day 10

April 14, 2014

I think Live Chat is one of the best features a website can have to offer support to their visitors. Happily I see chat boxes appear on more websites these days and I find it very helpful to be able to ask direct questions before I buy a product or sign up for a service. I was thinking how a chatbox like that could be improved and made a quick sketch. Often you see the live chat buttons at the right bottom or vertically at the left side of a website, presented as a tab. To let the chat button... View Article

One year of UI Design – Day 8

April 11, 2014

Let me start by saying that this project in still in concept stage and that the design is far from ready. It’s just a visualisation of thoughts and still need a lot of work. Having that said, I feel free to show you the design of today. It’s the sketch from the other day worked out into a first design in Photoshop. I used an iPhone 5s mockup to present the design as an app and borrowed the coffee cups from another place. I think it would be nice to have different cups for each drink. The aim of this... View Article