Orange is the new Black

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Don’t you agree that autumn in the Netherlands has been lovely so far? The colours of the trees were amazing. The Vondelpark in Amsterdam looked like it was on fire constantly. Walks in the park inspired the new series of ads for HKWJ/Triple Eight. Orange is the new black:)!

Alternative Networking

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Why do most of us love to meet new people… but hate going to networking events? I spent some time pondering on that. My thoughts resulted in a new personal network-strategy. One that is a bit of an experiment… so please let me know what you think:).

I’m not a shy person and I love to have a good discussion about any given topic, but I still feel aversion when I’m entering the networking-arena. Probably the main reason why I don’t like networking is because I feel ranked all the time (often the first questions people ask are; what is your name, and what do you do, right?). I created a set of 3 new business cards that help me fight ‘ranking’ and ‘being ranked’ in networking-situations.

  • The cards are a bit mysterious to keep the conversation open:). Yes, I’m a graphic designer and I’m proud to be one, but I also like to discuss politics, have a big interest in education, and do a bit of journalism on the side. Instead of talking about favorite fonts for the 10.000th time, I would love to discuss other interesting topics.
  • At the same time I want to listen. Not to people who are full of themselves and only have boring success stories, but I would love to come alongside people and hear about their passions, struggles. Connect or inspire them. The cards have quotes that hopefully communicate that I’m a ‘safe’ person to open up to. But also show my own vulnerability in that area. And… the set can inspire others to be truly good networkers too: great people to talk to and ask advice from, for me:).

Winter Picnic Pants

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Friends… this is probably the most literal example of functional fashion design i’ve seen in ages. I’m not sure if I would ever wear these Picnic pants (designed by Italian company Acquacalda) but I just couldn’t help loving the stretchy, washable fabric that spreads out, when you sit cross-legged. And isn’t that drink-holder on the right side, totally fascinating in itself?

Hmmm… I’m having second thoughts, those pants would be super comfy for my ‘Home Alone’ TV-dinners when Willem is out of town… private winter-picnics:).

Secret Lives of Milk

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Information is beautiful! This infographic is a great example of that notion. And even the title of this nice piece of work is intriguing: ‘the secret lives of milk’ (done by Seattle based designer Rachel Glaves).  Apart from that the whole illustration made me crave for cheese friends,  I just can’t ignore my Dutch roots;-).