New Blog, Who Dis?

July 9, 2019 | 3 min read

It's been a while since I last updated my blog – or wrote anything at all, for that matter. Since the last article in January 2018, I've been busy with work, studying, and life in general.

A Lot Has Happened in the Meantime

Since my last update, I've gotten to know the ins and outs of React and Webpack, GraphQL and Gatsby, Styled Components and Linaria, and Framer and Figma. I've built some useful tools and libraries using TypeScript, like json-autotranslate, You Need A Parser, and AbletonJS.

I quit my job at Duplexmedia and started working part-time at Crisp Studio. I've learned how to do Design Sprints and we held our first Design Sprint at Mister Spex together.

I've practiced playing piano and singing and spent a lot of time with my friends writing and recording our own songs. Officially, our band doesn't exist yet, but hopefully our first EP will be released later this year.

Last summer, I traveled a lot to visit old friends and to discover new cities. I've been to several festivals and concerts, and made some new friends along the way.

Locations 2018

Collage 2018-2019

Together with some friends from Crisp, we recorded an acoustic session of Timo Brauwers' song After The Storm. I also recorded and edited the sound for Not Enough, a short film that two of my friends shot as part of their final bachelor's project.

At our university, I finished writing all necessary exams and started writing my bachelor's thesis on Component Sprints – a way to bridge the gap between Design Sprints and the development of an MVP.

My New Blog

I've decided to rebuild my blog from the ground up. It should be minimal and focused on content while giving you an up-to-date insight into who I am and what I'm currently up to. I've placed links to my most-used social profiles in focus as those are the most

The homepage shows which playlists and tracks I'm listening to, and which movies and series I've watched. The blog is straight-forward. I've transferred all my old posts over to the new blog, but they're listed in the archive so they won't distract from the new ones.

In supported browsers (like Safari, at the time of this post), the website will switch between light and dark mode according to your system preferences.

Light and Dark mode

Technology

The website is built with Gatsby – an amazing tool to build super fast websites using React and GraphQL – and its source code is available on GitHub, if you'd like to take a look at it.

The blog posts are written in Markdown using Netlify CMS or Ulysses. The website is hosted on Netlify and gets deployed every morning at 3AM to fetch new data from Trakt and Spotify using two source plugins I wrote.

I've decided to use Linaria to style my blog, as it is the most light-weight CSS-in-JS solution that exists at the moment.

From Now On

From now on, I'll post more regularly about projects, life, and other thoughts. I'll try to do at least one post per month for now, but hope to be able to do more in the future.