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de Volkskrant

Redesign Volkskrant.nl
 

De Volkskrant

Over the past decade the news industry is in a major transition. It has to reïnvent the business model and distribution model. At the same time, we consume more news then ever before. It’s a growth market that has to reinvent itself. This is what really attracted me to the media industry. De Volkskrant is a leading Dutch newspaper.

At the Volkskant I worked as Senior Interaction Designer and Product Owner for 5 years on a range of projects focussed on web, mobile and innovation. I did two redesigns of the major News website Volkskrant.nl. I build the first video player and worked on video distribution to mobile and smart TV’s. I worked on satellite websites around travel and opinion. I explored new distribution models of news resulting in the first API. I worked on mobile and widgets.

Roles(s)

Design Research, Product Design, Product Owner, Interaction Design, Visual Design

Data

2005 – 2010

Company

Volkskrant, www.volkskrant.nl

Volkskrant iPhone app
 
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Exploring different video interfaces

I love video. Over the past years I’ve designed and build all kinds of different video interfaces exploring this domain. I build the first embeddable videoplayer of a news organization in the Netherlands. This was for the Volkskrant.

The video below is a screen recording from the Urban Explorers video screen. Urban Explorers is a city festival. I made an interface that gathered all the video’s posted by reporters on a an external videoservice and collected them and ordered the through the API. Sorted based on tags used in the titles, users and festival locations.

Medialandschap was my graduation project where I took video’s recored with mobile phones and ordered them based on time and place.

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Designing online voting systems

In 2006 I designed and build a simple voting system. It’s being used to collect millions of votes over the past years.

It’s a rather unique voting mechanism, not to mention fun and even a bit educational – Resident Advisor

Eclectro voting widget
Eclectro voting widget

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Music taste match installation based on your Last.fm profile

In this installation I matched random people in the audience based on their Last.fm account. I used Roomware to scan for smartphones.

Match installation
Match installation
Building the installation
Building the installation
A match
A match
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Yournews, a video interface for mobile video and citizen journalism (graduation project)

Yournews (renamed to Medialandschap) is a project designed to amplify the power of low-end video content people create. At a growing speed this by users created content – so called ‘citizen journalism’ – is created and spread online. Yournews ask users to upload this video, usually created with mobile phones or digital photo-cameras and uses meta information to create a rich set of data.

The visual interface and structure enhance the value of the information in order to get more and a better coherent information structure for users to play with, form and reshape.

The news videos created by people will connect to videos with content alike.

Medialandschap
Medialandschap

The button is click and drag, the raised level of a box indicates the amount of videos, the color signals how long ago a new video was posted in a box, the slider allows you to go back into time. The 3 layers above the map are video channels automatically generated.

The interface uses many different axes to sort information, giving the user freedom and make it easy to search large collections of data. Axes like: time, location, popularity, latest changes, additions, amount, subject or on a visual selection (attractive images). Users are also able to view broadcasts based on predefined values. The goal of the interface is to be very clear and easy to use, like an infographic.