Well, that’s it! Today was my last day at TriMM interactive media. After finishing my Bachelor study Art&Communication Design at the ArtEZ here in Enschede in the Netherlands I started working there and in the last three years I learned a lot. About webdesign, about design in general, about people, aboute clients, about myself, about my colleagues, about software… And so on, and so on.
I will not bother you with details and long stories, but expect some reminiscing in the nex few weeks, haha. For all you none German readers, the above song was originally written by Reinhard Mey and performed by the duo Inga & Wolf at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1972. The first sentance (and title) read: “Good night my friends, it’s time for me to leave.”
It’s not that I am a lazy sun’bitch, but I am just super bussy right now. It’s only two months before I have to find and start my new job somewhere here in Cologne (or just outside of it) and I just keep pushing it ahaed of me. The intented daily comic didn’t really work out and made me think a lot about this picture (and the I mean that right panel). So I layed of the drawing and focused more on my job and my bikes. I have been riding a lot lately, but I won’t bother you with the details. I do want to bother you with the fact that I am planning to ride the Eroica next year… Would you just look at this:
But I shouldn’t get a head of myself. First there will have to be another job, but before that happens I am back into updating my portfolio, start writing my résumé, design and create my portfolio (analog or cd?), getting letters of recommendation from my mananger and maybe some clients and whole lot more… Wish me luck!
Busy weeks lately… I have been working on some books the last time. And, damn, do I love that! Both projects will get their own pages in the ‘Graphic’ section, but I wanted to give a small preview already. First of all there was a large project for Alliander. Alliander is a large network manager of the electric grid in the Netherlands. About five years ago they launched a large internal program to boost customer satisfaction. It was called the World Class Customer Management, or WCCM in short.
It took five years, but a lot has happened during that time and it’s not over yet. Although they wanted to wrap up this first part of the ‘journey’. Finish it with a inspiring book and not just your average binder with hundreds of graph’s, figures and a lot of numbers. Instead colleague R. pitched the idea of making a sort of journal about the whole WCCM journey. Alliander liked the idea a lot and gave us a lot of freedom to let us do what we are good at. Creating an individual and creative solution to their problem.
As said, R. pitched the initial idea and after a kickoff together with the customer and a copywriter I took over and was responsible for the design and the overall result. A bit much I thought at first, but it all went well. Feels nice when you know that everybody want’s to make something awesome! The final idea was to create a sort of journal that was the traveling journal of some fictitious person during the whole time WCCM was running. We had to look for a nice blend of personal touches and of course some inescapable longer pieces of text. In the end we succeeded and added Polaroids and Post-It notes to the personal pages. Both by design and by font these two forms of information were seperated.
The book was such a big hit that the initial batch of 40 pieces was already followed by a second batch of 90 books. Before they even saw the final result! When they did see it a third batch had to be made, 125 pieces. Last batch, but still over 250 books instead of the 40 that were planned. After all, the WCCM journal was a big hit inside Alliander, but also at TriMM. For me personally it was a big chance do create something that was tangible and not only online. We did create an online version too though, but I focused more on the book itself. I think we can be proud of the results and Alliander can too. What a nice way to end this year!
This project will get it’s own page later on which will show you more of the content and the online version too. Patience…
It took a while, but there you have it. My animation is going to run at NXP’s booth at the Lightfair 2010 in Las Vegas! NXP “provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise” if you didn’t already know that…
A bit more about the animation can be read over at it’s own page.