Dirk HCM van Boxtel

Dirk HCM van Boxtel

Waldorf & Statler @ the balcony (Brand & digital strategy @ Prime Practice) Joined over 3 years ago via an invitation from Dave T.

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  • Posted to How TV Opening Titles Got to Be So Damn Good, in reply to Mike Mai , Mar 26, 2017

    Or the Game of Thrones one :o



    .edit ... in retrospect this post reflects poorly on my maturity level. Alas.

    1 point
  • Posted to Site Design: Big Omaha, in reply to Horacio Mejía , Mar 23, 2017

    Used to joke about that with a colleague. E commerce, so product catalogues and webshops.

    Sites we designed (OBVIOUSLY) looked dazzlingly awesomely beautiful, positively stellar and sometimes even beyond human comprehension in how gorgeous they were.

    Then you hand it over to the client.

    I'm gonna just end the story on that note.

    3 points
  • Posted to May 1 Reboot 2017, who's doing it?, in reply to Marc Olivier L. , Mar 22, 2017

    Haven't had a portfolio site in 6 years.

    It is time.

    I'm considering live-streaming ideation and creation of it too. Just to give myself more reason to, you know, FINISH the damn thing. (That's right, I'm looking at you, 74 portfolio redesign PSDs!)

    1 point
  • Posted to Pulp Fiction Cover Designs - Pre-Internet "Clickbait", Mar 21, 2017

    This article should be up higher.

    Well written, fun to read and informative.

    1 point
  • Posted to What do you use for the base font size?, in reply to Levi Whalen , Mar 21, 2017

    And that's fine! Over time I've found different (contradicting) sources on the matter too and honestly, I believe it has a lot to do with other factors as well. It's all about how easily you interpret the words on the screen, so anything can distract:

    • Multiple columned layouts
    • Images next to text
    • What the font looks like (weight, style, family, etc)
    • How big your paragraphs are

    And if we go technically, I bet the length of the words you use changes how we read it too. If you think about it, it's all just about interpreting shapes. Sometimes more shapes can be beneficial, sometimes it makes it harder to distinguish individual elements (words, sentences, paragraphs).

    Point remains - ensure there's not too many characters on a line by making width depend on the number of characters :)

    This is where I think talent will trump knowledge. At some point you run out of knowledge or have contradicting sources, and you'll have to make a judgement call!

    1 point
  • Posted to "Deciding whether to learn to code wasn't always such a weird rite of passage" Q&A with Facebook Live designer Alex Cornell, Mar 21, 2017



    It depends on the resources and systems in the company you work for.

    Now stop beating the dead horse.

    (I just quoted last week's reply to a "should designers..." post. I'm getting too lazy to come up with new ones.)

    0 points
  • Posted to Single designers in teams, how do you get design mentorship or coaching?, in reply to Ryan Rushing , Mar 21, 2017

    This. Also, actively answer questions you don't know the answer to, especially online.

    That means looking up places where questions get asked (here on DN, ux.stackexchange, etc) and look at good questions. Then Google, YouTube, or otherwise work your way to the answer. Give it to them, and you've both learned.

    1 point
  • Posted to What do you use for the base font size?, Mar 20, 2017

    It depends. (Gosh, it's a good thing I love those two words!)

    Really depends on the width of the site. Font-size should be such that your paragraph blocks should be about 50-90 characters wide, if you want to optimise readability.

    .edit: adjusted the numbers a wee bit (down from 75-120!)

    1 point
  • Posted to Help! Advice please - would you leave your email on this site?, in reply to Keni Teh , Mar 20, 2017

    Hey, all good! It doesn't look bad or anything, just a couple of tweaks that could help ya.

    Remember - design is about getting a message across. "Looking good" is secondary.

    1 point
  • Posted to Help! Advice please - would you leave your email on this site?, Mar 20, 2017

    From a purely UX perspective:

    • The box on the right has some remarkably small copy, compared to the nice, readable, big font on the left
    • The wording made me struggle to find out what the service was
    • Since you're talking about memories, maybe it'd pay off to have people in the photos. Or at least in some of them.

    To fix them, I'd bump up the sizes of the fonts in the box, and highlight (colour, underline, bold, whatever) the words "photo prints", or dropping the word "photo" entirely.

    Alternatively, I'd go with "Eternize your memories through 8 prints per month... free of charge." Or something similar.

    3 points
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