I am a Dutch person living in Berlin, Germany (een Nederlander in Berlijn, Duitsland). I grew up in Anna Paulowna, The Netherlands. If you met me, I’ve probably told you that I’m from the area where they grow the tulips. Not just because that’s one of the few things people know about the Netherlands; I spent a lot of my school vacations working on the fields and at a plant.
I got a masters degree in Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft. After having worked at a startup, I joined my girlfriend, now wife, on her journey of being a trainee and moving to new places every 6 months. This was when I started freelancing. After her stationing in Düsseldorf, we first moved to Oslo, then to Amsterdam. I was a bit disappointed that of all other exotic options, we ended up in The Netherlands again. It was nice to be back there though, but we also wanted to see a bit more of the world before settling down.
We decided to go to South Korea, because we knew only very little about it and because it’s such a civilized and advanced society. One week before our trip was to start, we didn’t have any concrete plans other then just flying there and to see what would happen. Our lack of plans also had to do with me being preoccupied with applying for an engineering project at a big tech company in the USA. Just in time, I got the assignment confirmed. We (sidenote: Later we had a vacation in Korea and verified that it’s indeed civilized and advanced. I felt like an oversized barbarian there, not knowing the customs and bumping into things with my head all the time. ) our flight to Seoul and flew the opposite direction to California.
Living and working for half a year in Cupertino and San Francisco was great. I felt like being just in the center of where new technology comes from. I didn’t like the idea of paying taxes in the US though and seeing about half of it to be spent on their military. We also didn’t find the bay area a (sidenote: I wouldn’t know how to explain why the richest part of one of the richest countries in the world can’t help homeless people, doesn’t have decent public transport nor proper highways. ) to raise children, so we didn’t pursue the options that we had to stay there and moved to Berlin instead.
We’re still in Berlin and did the settling down thing. Since early 2015 I have a full time job as a designer at BCG Digital Ventures. We live in a house with a small yard in a development with lots of small children, including our own two. It’s nice here.
You can find my resume on LinkedIn
About this website
Once the online store front of my freelance business, I reduced this website to a blog. Sure, there are easier ways to post things online. What I found though, is that having my own website has several benefits:
- It’s fun to make!
- For me it’s the best way to stay up-to-date to how websites are built.
- It’s nice to have full control over the both the design and the content of posts. For instance, I added (sidenote: This! I can add these sidenotes and keep on rambling about things that are really not that interesting. ) that allows me to add asides, so I can keep writing longer than necessary texts without really being in the way of my dear readers to getting to the more important things.
- I have full control over the visibility of my content. I once lost access to a Flickr account after they migrated it to Yahoo accounts and I had to do a password reset with an email address I had no longer access to. Medium capped the number of posts non-paying users can see per month, basically rendering much inaccessible to many. And when it comes to reaching an audience: not being a famous person I found that the content I posted on Medium was read less than on my own website.
- It’s nice to have a single place where I can collect content that I want to share, that is accessible to everyone, rather than just to those who are at the right time on the social networks that I would be posting to instead.
Having all this hand-written HTML also allows me to do a bit of experimentation here. Even if I’m just a designer, I find that being hand-on with code helps to understand the possibilities of technology.