I am a professional designer.I create clarity for a living.
I graduated cum laude from the Technical Unverity of Delft and worked as an architect for 10 years. I have been designing and building websites for 20 years and left the building industry in 2013 to dedicate my talents full-time to human-centered design for digital products.
In 2016, I co-founded the design bureau mbstudio.
Design for a portal that helps civil servants to standardise and streamline large and complicated purchase processes for the Dutch government.
Below, a portal for employment lawyers, where all relevant jurisprudence can be searched, enriched with articles on developments in labor law, relevant news and annotations from peers.
A series of illustrations for the website of a bridge club.
The succes of a website or app can be greatly improved if you start with a solid concept. A plan that translates insights from data and user research into a concrete blue-print that outlines how things will work.
Translating insights into concepts is a specialty of mine.
I usually start with sketches. These are easy to iterate, discuss and discard.
Parts of a concept for a student portal for the Amsterdam University, outlining how search functionality will work and how students can track their study results in a study roadmap.
I try to base designs on facts, rather than just opinion and taste. For websites this means user research to get a clear understanding of what users need and expect.
Information architecture helps getting the big picture right. It provides structure for pages, content, functionality and navigation.
Creating a good user experience (UX) for digital products is a combination of well-crafted design and code. I focus on the former, but with a healthy understanding of the latter.
Every now and then something needs to be printed. Creating layouts for a fixed canvas that does not scale with the screen is a different challenge altogether.
One that I love.
Logo and stationary for dental practice Klop.