Yes! For the last couple months we (the team at Studio Naam) have been scouting the neighborhood around the studio for the best places to eat, work and shop. All of our favourite spots have been collected, photographed, captioned and now released on On The Grid.
Check our Downtown North feature now and we will be uploading some awesome new spots as they appear in our neighborhood.
Have a great weekend and mucho thanks to mister Tom Shotton, Joris Spiertz from Studio Naam and Alex Gracey from Hyperakt. Without you guys, it would've taken us another 6 months to photograph and caption all the hotspots, at least...!
Woo, it's been a little while since I had some time (and a little willpower) to sit down to write something and even now it's 30 minutes to midnight on a rainy friday night. I literally just strolled out of a restaurant in the city center after meeting an old friend I hadn't seen for way too long. It was good catching up and setting priorities straight.
But back to business it is. I'm sure some of you are aware of the May 1st Reboot phenomenom. If not, make sure to Google it. It's basically a collective launch of website updates by designers around the world. Since I promised to upload more projects many months ago (sorry, couldn't release most things any earlier due to some restrictions), now it is finally the time some projects are seeing the light of day on my personal website.
As some of you might've read in the about section of this website I'm part owner and designer at Studio Naam. The last couple of months have been amazing and through this channel I would love to thank some of the people and businesses that believe in and support us. We've gotten amazing opportunities and took all of them with both hands! Some of the projects we are working on right now show some of our best skills and also a new direction for us as a studio. We're now officially presenting ourselves as a digital design studio. Something we worked hard to achieve.
In the last couple of months and the years before that our growing knowledge of digital products helped us to develop increasingly better experiences. We've learned how to better present and prototype our work and discovered some amazing tools along the way. Changing our workflow in a big, good way. We now no longer present our designs in PDF's, but since a couple of months all our digital products are presented in InVision. A great, quick prototyping tool that helps you to present and test digital products. We've switched completely to Sketch as our primary design programme and are currently learning Principle to increase the tactility and motion design of our mobile products, such as apps and websites.
Besides all of this, we base more and more of our design decisions on test results and UX research. With an objective fundament for these decisions, the power, usability and effectiveness of our designs have increased tremendously. Working with workflows such as Scrum to increase pase and collaboration, both internal and external.
Why am I telling you all this? Well, firstly to thank the team at Studio Naam for being so flexible in introducing everyone to these great new tools. Secondly, because I'm really proud we've learned so much the last couple years, and keep on learning. Thridly, we get to make the world just a little better by adding real value, step by tiny step. And lastly, Studio Naam's new website is very close to its completion. Finally, we get to show the amazing things we've been up to lately! Just a few more days, yes!
Thank you all for reading and now I'm simply publishing this without any proofreading. This is going to be fun! Then I'll pack my bag, get on a bicycle, get home and give my dog his new squeeky toys. He loves those things!
Oh and I just uploaded a new case.
With love, T.
Yes! 2015 was amazing. I've had the opportunity to work with amazing people, see a business grow and help achieve that. I've gained so many things by reading and writing more (more articles are coming in 2016).
Although I like writing, it can be very tricky at times. This is simply because I change my opinion with every new thing that I learn. Ultimately that is a really good ability to have. I mean, we never really stop learning as humans, so adjusting our opinions to that is great. But, once something is written down, it feels so final. Part of me, feels genuinely afraid of what others might think about what I write, but then I remember I‘m writing these things down for myself and only then for the world.
Oh man, with that on my mind. I can genuinly say that I will not stop writing. It's just such a real eye opener to see my own development and growth over time. It gives me perspective.
So what’s in store for 2016. Well, can’t tell you about all the variables, but I do have a say in one or two things. First off, I want to complete a dream I’ve had for a long time: visiting New York and San Francisco. Since I was in my mid-teens I’ve always felt drawn to these places, reading a lot about them, trying to experience them the best way possible (I Google Map Streetview the sh*t out of it though, btw Google if you’re reading this. I would really love to have an option where you can select two points on the map (same as with directions) and then the camera will take you on a trip from point A to B, whilst using the pointer to aim the camera in a certain direction to view places. That would be awesome!). But, I’ve never made the time to actually go there. This year, 2016, is that time. And I will post photos and stories here as much as I can.
So, world. Surprise me, change my opinion 200 times and don't be afraid to speak your mind.
Have a wonderful 2016.
I've recently written a small article on the word 'creativity' called: "The Legend, the Myth and the Delusion of the word Creativity (and how it has absolutely nothing to do with my job as a designer)."
A small snippit:
"Everyone likes to think of creatives as the lucky few, gifted, unpredictable and always inspired, meeting-free, self-expressive, drop in at 11 A.M., do what feels right today, kind of people. For some ‘genuine’ creatives out there that might be true. For us — designers — it couldn’t be further from the truth."
Interested in reading more? Check it out over here.