Every profession has its own terminology, or lingo if you will. So does design. For me, as a self-taught designer, I noticed that a lot of the terminology used in design is often more confusing than it actually helps me in my work. Terms like style guide, design language, design system, design kit, and pattern […]Read: "Design terminology: adopting the concepts that fit your needs"
Ever since I was a child, I’ve had great admiration for people who make the world a more interesting place. From great story tellers like George Lucas and J.R.R. Tolkien, to musicians like the Beatles and illustrators like Walt Disney and Hergé. People who simply make beautiful things.
The love for creating ‘something’ eventually lead to designing and building my first websites, back in high school. First in plain HTML, later with WordPress. This fascination with the internet is what motivated me to switch careers – after graduating as a Master of Science in Spatial Planning – and start working as a freelance illustrator and Web designer, slash web developer.
After doing this for several years, both freelance and as a web designer for a publishing group, I started looking for a work environment with more like minded people. A place where you can learn from, and inspire, one another. At Yoast, working closely with designers, product owners and developers, I definitely found that place!
I love spending my spare time watching TV series and movies, sketching, reading, playing tennis and unwinding on our little, wooden sailing boat.
Design sameness Inspiration is at the heart of design. When we – as designers – try to solve a problem, we tend to look at what others do. We are often tempted to copy what other companies or websites are doing. This is because of their authority: “I’m following Material Design to the letter because […]Read: "Open source design: claiming ownership over design conventions"
In our previous post on how to theme our HowTo content block for Gutenberg, I explained the HTML structure of the block. I walked you through a few approaches to styling the generated block to make it blend in with your theme. With the release of Yoast 8.2 we’ve not only included the HowTo structured […]Read: "Theming Gutenberg: the FAQ block"
With the launch of Yoast SEO 8.0, we’ve released our first real integration with Gutenberg. Now, with Yoast SEO 8.2 we took the first step into how to combine the power of Gutenberg with the field of SEO. More specific: the user-friendly implementation and usage of structured data. I won’t go into the technicalities, so […]Read: "Theming Gutenberg: the How-to block"