Wouter Ramaker

Wouter Ramaker

Rotterdam Senior Designer & Organiser of UX Cocktail hours Rotterdam Joined over 7 years ago Wouter has invited Sven Schuiling, Linda Steginga, Mark Tunzi

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  • Posted to How the world's richest man helps run America's concentration camps, Jan 29, 2020

    Hey Daniel, I just want to thank you for writing these pieces. I'm signed up for your newsletter and always enjoy them (although often horrified at what I'm reading).

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  • Posted to Google backtracks on search results design, Jan 29, 2020

    Good. And an interesting case where business value and user experience compete.

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  • Posted to The Meaning of Design: What Design Is and Why It’s Important, Jan 18, 2020

    Challenging topic to write about, Kate. One thing that stood out to me is that you list pretty arbitrary things when you talk about the purpose of design. Yet in the preceding paragraph you say:

    things speak through design

    And that, at least in my eyes is the function of design. It communicates. It tells us the purpose of a product. It tells us what to expect of a product because it's similar in design to something we know (your; Your design doesn’t have to be original). It tells us which values a brand has. It tells us in a language the user understands (your; Designers are not like their users). It tells us how to use a product by guiding our eyes and using patterns, colours, icons of which users know the meaning.

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  • Posted to What did you read in 2019?, Jan 09, 2020

    Value Sensitive Design: Shaping Technology with Moral Imagination — Batya Friedman and David G. Hendry

    A bit meh. Actually, the content is really interesting, but the way it was written is very academic, citing multiple studies in every paragraph.

    Ruined by Design — Mike Monteiro

    Interesting perspective on the responsibilities of a designer. Highly recommended, and if you don't want to read; he covers a lot of the same topics in his podcast: Voice of Design.

    Just Enough Research — Erika Hall

    A good read on how user research shouldn't be hard but is oh so essential.

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  • Posted to Proposal: Easy ways to fix DN, Jan 07, 2020
    1. Post something every now and then
    2. Comment on why you are/aren’t upvoting

    In short: post more. Although I fully agree, I think there is a bit of a catch 22 we need to break through though.

    I agree that there is a lack of engagement among the users here. This is probably the result of high-quality posts being drowned out by spam, and a lack of moderation has led to a sense of apathy. The up (and downvotes, for as long as they lasted) were a way to self-moderate, but they were gamed by the spammers, leading to further disengagement by actual users. So, I don't think just telling people to post more will take away this feeling.

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  • Posted to Monokai: a trip through Japan, Jan 03, 2020

    Beautiful photos and interesting places @Wimer. You make me want to visit Japan even more than I already did.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Favorite design-related podcast to follow?, Jan 03, 2020

    I fully agree with 99% Invisible

    I listen to a lot of podcasts that deal with the responsibilities of a designer (design ethics): Voice of Design (By Mule Design's Mike Monteiro and Erika Hall) and Your Undivided Attention (with Tristan Harris, former (now anti) Facebook ethicist)

    And I also like to understand the cultural, technological and financial context in which designs live. For that, I recommend: Hidden Forces (by Demitri Kofinas)

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  • Posted to BT unveils new logo after 3 years of work, May 20, 2019

    I think it's unfair to judge the amount of work that went into this redesign on just the one visual that has come out. These large organisations often have a lot of stakeholders, and a big part of the design process in managing and aligning them.

    Also, I'm sure we'll see other visuals based on this logo soon.. for example: BT Sport

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  • Posted to Gorilla User Testing: Using Primates To Advance Human-Centered Design, Apr 01, 2019

    Looks at article — looks at date — Gives a nod of approval

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  • Posted to This Person Does Not Exist, Feb 18, 2019

    Taking this idea a step further; as a designer I think it would be awesome (and scary) to be able to construct an stock image based on my input. "Hey computer I need; a landscape, with a couple on the right of the image, under a tree, with mountains in the background... generate!"

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