Restaurant Gys approached me with a fairly simple question: can you fix some overlapping website buttons customers use to make table reservations?
After a couple of drinks (non-alcoholic of course!) and a strategy session, we found a more interesting problem: a lot of guests assume the restaurant is a lunchroom. While Gys does serve lunch, they open at 10:00 and close at 21:30. I like to eat lunch at random times, but that's definitely not lunchtime in my book. Gijs Werschkull, owner of the restaurant, agreed with me that we should explore the problem further.
I came up with a concept: in the morning the crew is ready to pour you a coffee to-go. In the afternoon there is plenty of space to work or relax with friends. Time for a drink after work? Eating out with the whole family? Gys is there for you, at any time of day.
When proposing the concept as a question, the crew is able to explore answers inside the restaurant: how might we let guests come into contact with different experiences throughout the day?
We set out to answer that question through a renewed identity, visual language, website, print and social media assets.
Social media assets
Digital strategy consultation
Gift cards by Sjoerd van Leeuwen
Menu w/ Nick Lutgerhorst
Nick Lutgerhorst for some help with the logo
2020 - ongoing — We make better decisions together.
2022 – All day, err day.
2021 — A serious game about conspiracy thinking and online misinformation.
2021 — Vegan Burger Fun, delivered.
2019 — Take a chill pill. Or follow proper yoga classes. I’d go for the second option.
2017 — Finding structure in a festival line-up comprised of 264 films.
Eurofiber has been a provider of industry-leading digital infrastructure since 2000. Together with the crew at iO, I redesigned their site.
Eurofiber has many products, which I wanted to present elegantly. No hamburger buttons. Through the new mobile menu, users are able to quickly orient around their many offerings.
I see you looking at that cursor, thinking, "it can't be that big, right?". And you're correct about that. It's fake. But the funnel supporting different sized organisations isn't.
They said Helvetica, black and white. We gave them Helvetica, black and white.
Through information architecture, we kept the navigation structure simple as pie. Or hamburger, in this case. Sorry, designer jokes.
Scrolling through pages that contain buttons makes labels act funny. Because, why not be a bit forceful about booking a table?
It is always fun to pretend to work with Ramon & Carlien.
Project with Carlien Peijsel & Ramon Goedvree. Development by Rik Frieling.
No Seat at the Table is an online platform to exchange stories of gentrification, the housing crisis and the need for spatial justice.
The original bird illustration is created by Rajab Eryigit.
For this site, we created some fancy shmancy intro animations and different ways to discover stories of gentrification.
Do you see that? No hamburger menu! On a mobile screen? No way. Just. Wow!
I like to take the time with clients to nail down certain steps in the design process. Minem and I are going through a review here.
Project with Minem Sezgin. Development by Rik Frieling.
The Eneco app enables consumers to influence their energy bill by offering data on their power usage.
During my time we utilised click data, interviews and surveys to simplify the interface and user flows. We improved the menu through a card sort.
By following the Jobs to be Done model, we focussed most of the redesigned interactions around the goals users have.
We also realised a bigger shake-up of the app through a design sprint.
Project with Dept & Eneco.
As an interim project manager Erik Jan helps large corporates go through organizational changes. The renewed site expresses who he is: an expert with an approach that connects people.
We rewrote and restructured Erik Jan's previous website using a priority guide. We also used the guide to build wireframes. Not that that's related to this guy.
When in doubt, add more illustrations. In this case, we created some abstract ones related to typical HR practices and skills.
I couldn't find a photo of Nick and me working on this project, so here's a photo of Nick in Voorlinden.
Project with Erik Jan van Dalen. Design & development with Nick Lutgerhorst.
I'm Martijn, a digital designer from Utrecht (NL) with around ⑨ years of professional experience.
While I focus on tinkering with interfaces and designing for curiosity, I appreciate being involved in branding as well.
I like to think about friction in interaction design.
Technology is an instrument meant to help us, which means it shouldn’t intrude when we don’t need it. By thoughtfully adding small amounts of friction to well-considered places, I believe that we can strike the right balance between maximising usability and maintaining an appropriate distance.
Another way I’d like to look at design is that it is a way of making the technology we use feel considerate, warm and natural. While this isn’t technology’s default state, I believe that we should use design to give us back some of that warmth.
This means we should be focused on anticipating and solving a user’s problems before they ever have them. Ideally, a tool should be so intuitive and caring that we forget that it’s technology at all. It should just be there when it’s needed, and absent when it’s not.
Designer at Parta – a platform for decision-making processes
Freelance designer – helping out friends, design studios and organisations
Lecturer at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences – Communication and Media Design's specialisation 'Human Centered Design'
Digital designer at iO
Digital product designer at Hike One
Digital product designer through secondment at SchaalX
Designer at Studio Airport
Collaboration is essential to create relevant work. In my freelance practice, I experiment with different approaches of collaboration, be it with clients, specialists in related fields and designers new to the game.
I’ve developed a strong interest in socially driven projects by being involved in ones such as restaurant Syr and Parta. It's also why I started lecturing at Communication & Multimedia Design in Utrecht. Are you working on a socially driven project? I’m always open to learn more. ☻
University of the Arts Utrecht
Dutch Ministry of Culture, Education and Science
Into the Great Wide Open
Amsterdam Art Council
White Ribbon UK
Final Cut Pro X
Office (with a face like this: 😤)
It's Nice That – Tom Heerschop
Commarts – Tom Heerschop
Volkskrant – Syr
DUIC – Syr
NU – Syr
European Design Award – Amsterdamse Kunstraad
Honorable Mention – Amsterdamse Kunstraad
Honorable Mention – Tom Heerschop
Honorable Mention – Go Short
Honorable Mention – Inspire
DesignRush – Ruff
GT Zirkon by Grilli Type
on Apple Music
Nikita Kuijpers. She shot the photo of me giving a talk.