∞ Happy to be here: an anecdote about design in the workplace

I wrote a small post about my new workplace for Interface's new site Human Spaces:

Part of my first meeting was a visit to the Awarehouse. When the recruiter told me this could be my next workplace I got pretty excited. What an inspiring place to work! Needless to say, I got the job, and on my first day, I tweeted a picture with my new view.

You can read more by clicking the title. Don't forget to explore the rest of Human Spaces!

A look back at my ‘creative' CV

In 2011 I decided to treat my CV in a different way. I was tired of the .pdf and the lack of options it gave me. That's why I created a keynote with a comic theme. Nowadays I'd want something with a more 'high-end' look and feel, but I'm still happy with the result. 

Keep your door open by having a drink

This is a really simple Lifehack. A few weeks ago we got a little pirate on loan. His name is Joey. We're used to keeping all doors closed, and now we have to give the little cat a route to his private toilet. We were afraid we would inadvertently close the door on the cat when nature calls. However, we don't have one of those gadgets for keeping the door open.

After a minute I came up with an idea: let's put a cork in the doorframe. It's invisible, always there and free. And we already have a few in the house. If you want to customize the open 'angle' of your door, you can cut the cork. If you're not satisfied with the result, have another bottle of wine...

Have you got any tricks with wine bottles or corks? Tell me in the comments!

The (very) Long Tail of my father

Photo posted by Virgin Radio Lebanon

No, he wasn't a monkey, but it's great to see that his contribution to nature in the Netherlands still manages to turn heads. A few days ago one of my best friends commented my name on a Facebook post by Virgin Radio Lebanon. The post was about an ecoduct, a wildlife crossing over the motorway. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the post had more than 50.000 likes. Of course I had to do the trifecta (like, comment & share) myself.

My father was one of the people who championed the building of these 'wildviaducten' in The Netherlands. After he died in 1991 I thought his contribution to Dutch ecology policy could never be as great as I had thought. When the ecoduct crossing the A1 near Kootwijk was named after him I realised that his contributions were maybe even more impressive than I had thought. You can probably guess that I'm still very proud of him. Next time you drive under the ecoduct below, maybe you'll think of him as well... :-)

The 'Harm E. van de Veen Ecoduct'