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Hyundai Getz animation

SUMMER 2022: On a road (+ boat) trip to København!

Bring that retro look of the 80s to your desktop

Matriks 2 proof

Stop-motion proof for my pixel-typeface Matriks 2. A flexible, vintage type family developed for your day-to-day use on screen. Meticulously build on a 5×7 matrix: five pixels for x-height, plus one pixel for capitals and ascenders, and another pixel for descenders.


By just moving one pixel at a time, the Matriks fonts [Dunglish for Matrix] took shape. It is astonishing to see how far one can push the contours of the glyphs to sometimes weird graphics but still make us think we’re reading Roman characters! Bitmapping as an act of mindfulness and useful training in managing contrast.

Matriks 2 has two different pixel shapes: Square and Dot, and two weights: Normal and Bold. Special attention has been given to the Bold weights. In fact contrast in letterforms increases legibility! These designs are more detailed and work well as display fonts in larger sizes.

With more than 200(!) glyphs all the Matriks fonts contain a full Google Fonts Basic character set. Now add this retro look to your typographic palette and get your copies for 2.00 EUR per font (that’s less than 0.01 EUR per glyph). Just send me a DM: designisfijn[at]icloud[dot]com.

‘Eat that frog’

Crazy Frog_animation animated

Crazy Frog (originally known as The Annoying Thing) is an animated character and Eurodance musician. Marketed by the ringtone provider Jamba! the character was originally created to accompany a sound effect. My version was build to cheer up the desktop on your computer.

Crazy Frog icon

OMFG: Crazy Frog desktop icon.

Happy Mac

Happy Mac animation

The ‘Happy Macintosh’; inspired by the ubiquitous round yellow smile face. Original design by Susan Kare, around 1984.

My preciousss!

Olijfje, Tijgertje and CoCo

Olijfje, Tijgertje and CoCo (Chanel); our cats. Arda says: “My preciousss!” (LotR)

Five days after publication on Divoom® Community: 1.6K views and many, many, likes! People simply love cats.

…after seven days: five medals!

‘Oogjes dicht en snaveltjes toe’

Meneer de Uil v3

Meneer de Uil
is a character in the popular Dutch television series De Fabeltjeskrant. He is a somewhat long-winded and forgetful owl who often interrupts his sentences with ‘Eh…’ and ends with ‘Jawel!’. Well-known sayings: ‘Dag, lieve kijkbuiskinderen’ and ‘Oogjes dicht en snaveltjes toe’. In 2022, this permanent farewell greeting was included in the Dikke Van Dale.

I’ve drawn this pixel character for a WhatsApp group. Thinking, building, testing and again. This is called "iterating".

Hang loose! \m/

Hang Loose! \m/

Every now and then I receive questions about the ASCII-emoticon in my mail signature. Well, it represents the ‘shaka sign’. A popular gesture among surfers which says: “Hang loose”, something like: “Enjoy life, and take it easy”.

By coincidence this ‘m’, surrounded by slashes, is the initial of my first name. Hang loose! \m/

World’s #1 puzzle

Cube

1974:
Ernö Rubik—a professor from Budapest in Hungary—wanted to help his students understand 3D problems. His solution? The Rubik’s Cube! Ernö created the first working prototype in 1974. With 8 corner blocks and 12 edge blocks, 8!×12!×38×212 different positions are possible. However, it is not possible to achieve every situation by twists:

  • Turns of corner blocks can only be done with at least two blocks at the same time
  • Side blocks can only be rotated with at least two blocks at the same time
  • Movements can only be made with three blocks at a time

Due to these limitations, the above value must still be divided by 2×2×3=12. Result: 43 252 003 274 489 856 000 (more than 43 trillion) in different positions. Only one of them is the right solution!

1982: The Museum of Modern Art in NYC selects Rubik’s Cube for its permanent collection.

2017: Rubik’s Brand enjoys a record year with retail sales reaching $250 million.

2021: For the trainspotters: as a big fan of this legendary puzzle (I solved it!) with its iconic design I have added a favicon of it to this site.

Ping (Pong)

Pong game

Pong is one of the earliest arcade video games, first released in 1972 by Atari. It is a two-player game based on table tennis [ping pong]. The game features simple 2D graphics. It consists of two paddles used to return a bouncing ball back and forth across the screen. The score is kept by the numbers at the top of the screen.

I recreated this game in Python. A tiny project to further develop my OOP (Object-Oriented Programming) skills.

Pong code

You’ll notice that there are several lines in this program that start with a # symbol. The words following the # are a comment, added to make the code easier for users to read and understand.

For the type geeks: Typeface used for writing the code is Operator; a very fit workhorse specifically engineered for the screen by Hoefler&Co.

Living on the edge

Living on the edge

Infographic of the month:
Living on the edge

Cheers!

Down Under Obstacle Run

Infographic of the month:
Just unbelievable! [No further comments]

Warming-up

Down Under Obstacle Run

Global warming? Not exactly one year ago when I joined the Down Under Obstacle Run [7.5 mi] in Nieuwegein (NL)! It was a double challenge: fighting numerous, slippery obstacles + poor weather conditions. With a temperature of 10 degrees Celsius it appeared to be the coldest 6th of October since 1936! A hot shower after some heavy exercise never felt so good before!

Less but better

Braun pocket calculator ET66

For my birthday: Replica of the iconic Braun pocket calculator ET66 (1977)

In the 1980s Dieter Rams, one of Germany’s most important and the world’s best known industrial designers, formulated his design philosophy; The 10 principles for good design:

  1. Good design is innovative
  2. Good design makes a product useful
  3. Good design is aesthetic
  4. Good design makes a product understandable
  5. Good design is not conspicuous or attracting attention
  6. Good design is honest
  7. Good design is long-lasting
  8. Good design is thorough, down to the last detail
  9. Good design is environmental-friendly
  10. Good design is as little design as possible

It’s no accident that this Braun calculator looks surprisingly similar to some features in the iPhone as Steve Jobs and his lead designer Jonathan Ive used to admire the products and design philosophy of Dieter Rams.

My Braun replica—a limited edition in white—comes from the Design Museum In London.

Building back better

Winston Churchill once said:

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.”



Emptier weekends during COVID-19 outbreak gave me the ample opportunity to rethink, rewrite, and rebuild this site.