Dirk HCM van Boxtel

Dirk HCM van Boxtel

Community Staff Sydney Australia & the Netherlands Waldorf & Statler @ the balcony (Brand & digital strategy) Joined almost 4 years ago via an invitation from Dave T.

  • 22 stories
  • Posted to "How to create a side project that customers actually want", Jun 20, 2017

    Bit of commentary on Extra's home-page, since it reads more like a novel at the moment than a website!

    Extra allows you to:

    • Automate posting and reposting to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.
    • Analyze audience behaviour to post at the perfect moment.
    • Maximize your content marketing return-on-investment.
    • That should be at the top of your Extra page, in a header, in bold, huge text.
    • Drop bullet point 3. (Name me one product for your target audience that's not focussed on maximising return-on-investment. It's superfluous.)
    3 points
  • Posted to Games UX: PCs vs Consoles, in reply to Sean Lester , Jun 20, 2017

    Blisters? Wut? Broken sticks?

    Sure the stick would wear out, but I didn't have one break on me at all. Is that you, posting on a fake account again, dr. Bruce Banner? Mind you, I wore out several N64 controllers on Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Mario 64, Zelda OoT, Forsaken and tons of other great games.

    I'm going to have to agree with Kian on this one! They were HUGE, fitting my Dutch hands perfectly :)

    Cube controller was too small for me, and I always prefered a d-pad over and additional analogue stick.

    Camera control being an issue is more of a software issue, generally speaking.

    0 points
  • Posted to How is design structured in your organization?, Jun 15, 2017

    Hahahaha structure!

    Nah, all jokes aside; many organisations I've worked with/for had setups for infrastructure. Unfortunately, my current one is so fast-pased that I find myself wearing ALL the hats, some of the time.

    • Generally a brief consists of "we need a website for X", or "we need to build product Y", or "we want to market service Z".
    • My next move is to find out more about the product, catalogue it.
    • Chase all stakeholders to help me write a description of the product (features, pricing, target audience, etc)
    • Solo whiteboard session for brainstorming the ideal solution
    • Talk to dev/CEO to identify what resources we have
    • See how close we can get to that ideal solution with the provided resources and available infrastructure
    • Hand-drawn/Photoshop/HMTL mockups, or straight-up implementation

    This includes a lot of copy-writing and coming up with slogans and any/all research I can do into the target audience.

    It's rough, but it's a real-world example that I want to share because a lot of organisations (even medium sized businesses) still work like this.

    Not ideal, but we achieve a fair bit!

    9 points
  • Posted to Symbol overrides (text and bitmaps) in Adobe XD, in reply to Nikola Durkan , Jun 14, 2017

    I figured. They probably didn't have the resources. You know - like they had to pick between either including underline functionality, or the colour blue.

    0 points
  • Posted to Symbol overrides (text and bitmaps) in Adobe XD, in reply to brennan smith , Jun 13, 2017

    The technology just isn't there yet.

    4 points
  • Posted to Why would you want to work remote as a designer?, in reply to Dustin Locke , Jun 07, 2017

    I think the quotes around open office mean it's not nessecarily one without walls. It means an office where others are able to walk in and interact. Each individual an office is a bit of a pipe dream for 95% of us.

    0 points
  • Posted to Dribbble iOS App Released, in reply to Matt Walker , Jun 06, 2017


    3 points
  • Posted to Design’s design tool problem, in reply to Sacha Greif , Jun 05, 2017

    Was hoping for that to be a link to a joke. (Hoping, praying, same thing.)

    And also: it's fine. Don't worry about it.

    Each tool has its purpose, its niche, its use-case.

    We live in the age of Google. Get good at that, because it'll help you make an informed decision on what the best tool is for your particular case!

    1 point
  • Posted to How do you organise your stock images?, Jun 03, 2017

    At the risk of sounding incredibly lame and old-school:

    Saved in folder structure: brand/sub-brand > product group > product > license type

    1 point
  • Posted to 10 Badass UX/UX Designers and Developers You Need to Know, Jun 02, 2017

    You know what - as much as I love fantasizing about being a celeb - I don't really like the concept of "people you should know".

    Concepts, tools, practices, services, sure. People? Now. People have opinions. Opinions are flawed. Worship breeds ignorance.

    Those words are probably too strong, but I hope you can see through them and see the underlying thought process.

    3 points
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