Monthly Archives: July 2011

an engagement

Two stems of lilacs plucked from an empty lot as we walked through Amsterdam West on a Saturday evening.

Last week Marcus and I announced the news of our engagement to our families and friends. Our parents knew already, but all the loving responses that flooded back to us from around the world were pretty amazing. I am still floating on the excitement from the past week and am full of anticipation to begin planning the big day. We have decided to marry in Berlin, Germany next spring and hold a party in Portland, Oregon next summer. It’s crazy, five years ago I arrived in the Netherlands for a two-year master’s program and, somewhere in between, met a handsome German who made me laugh. This country has changed my life more than I could have ever imagined.

Weekend Links #33

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things from the week, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed over the last week:
1. Discovering the work of Dutch landscape photographer Misha de Ridder
2. Reading through acts of kindness on the London underground (via somethingchanged)
3. Viewing L’Artisan by Kim, a project for the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (embedded below)
4. Updating my ‘to watch’ list with plenty from this list of free online films
5. Celebrating the launch of the new website with colleagues at the fantastic, new-to-me restaurant Braque


six word story every day

Six Word Story Every Day is ‘a daily storytelling exploration through language and typography’ by a collaboration of artists and designers. When I first saw the concept, it reminded me of Hint Fiction, with a design component. I was delighted to read in the About section that the inspiration was indeed the story which Ernest Hemingway regarded as his best: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” The hint fiction genre was inspired by this story, challenging writers to compile a story in 25 words or less.

The stories compiled in SWSED utilize only six words, with plenty of support from visual elements. One of the requirements of hint fiction is that the story is complete in itself. It should ignite the imagination, but need no further explanation. Although many of the stories in SWSED are more of a phrase or slogan (‘Say something that is worth saying’), the level of creativity makes it a joy to browse through the entries.

life lessons with lucidity

A great combination of strong designs and modified proverbs in Scott Wise‘s always remember: life lessons with lucidity (via wit + delight).


dear photograph

Dear Photograph is a collaborative project that gathers photos from the recent past that align scenes with photos from the distant past in the same location. Beneath each image is a short note to the photograph, reminiscing on past moments. This concept of layering different moments in time is well known, but I like that the final photo that we see only hints at the memories captured within the imagery.

launching the new World Press Photo website

On Monday, we launched the new World Press Photo website. An intense and amazing project that I have been working on for the past year with fantastic colleagues and coworkers. From design and content strategy to IA and development, I walked through it all and am very proud of the result. A showcase for photojournalism in context. Below is a photo gallery overview page.

One of my favorite features is our collection of lectures, interviews, multimedia, and other productions, which share the insights of photojournalists and the work of our organization.

There is also a dedicated gallery for young, emerging photographers who have participated in the annual masterclass.

A website rich in content, with much more to come in the next months. See more at

Weekend Links #32

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things from the week, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed over the last week:
1. Watching the beautiful dance performance in Vanitas directed by Barnaby Roper (pictured above)
2. Listening to a new tune from Blitzen Trapper (via Micha)
3. Reading international praise for Amsterdam Noord
4. Watching a time lapse of The New York Times front page for almost a year (via TOM)
5. Seeing the trailer for One Day on Earth, a film project capturing the human experience on our planet in all its diversity (embedded below)
6. Adding to my list of where to go and what to eat in my upcoming trip to Istanbul

sailing on Geierswalder See

Needing some relief from an overdose of Dutch rain, Marcus and I headed to Germany last week for sun in Berlin and then time swimming and sailing the lakes in the east. Marcus and his father Matthias have sailed together often, but it was my first time and I loved every minute. The combination of water, wind, and sun was invigorating and relaxing.

We spent several days on the lake (der See in German), staying in a houseboat with a great view and the sailboat waiting out front.

We also had a front door that opened right to the water and a ladder that beckoned us to dive into the green waters.

Just down the lake, there was a beachfront area with canoes, windsurfing equipment and plenty of ice cream.

A perfect holiday.

the weekly krat

Being away the last two weekends, one of the things I was looking forward to was receiving a crate from de krat Saturday morning. Once again, this week’s offering didn’t fail to delight with apple berry juice, fresh bread, an assortment of cherry tomatoes, fresh spinach, a head of lettuce, fava beans, chicory, peppers, red currant berries, Romanesco broccoli, flat-leaf parsley, a Thai chicken pot pie, and lamb sausage (I’m not a meat eater, so the last two items are for ze German).

Below is an afternoon snack that Marcus prepared of fava bean and pea puree with lemon, garlic, and olive oil in a chicory leaf. Yes, it was delicious.

Traumgedanken (thoughts on dreams)

A beautiful project by German designer Maria Fischer captures the mystery and intangibility of our dreams and their fleeting connections. Weaving thread throughout the pages, she links the words of literary, philosophical, psychological, and scientific texts on dream theory.

Her book Traumgedanken (Thoughts on Dreams) ” is designed as a model of a dream about dreaming. Analogue to a dream, where pieces of reality are assembled to build a story, it brings different text excerpts together. They are connected by threads which tie in with certain key words. The threads visualise the confusion and fragileness of dreams.”

A wonderful description of the project is here, via TOM.

a village of 100

With the world population now over 7 billion, it can be hard to comprehend just how many people share our planet. These infographics by Toby Ng Design try to make this just a bit more imaginable by presenting stats if the world were a village of 100 people. Here are a few favorites, see more here (via SG1).

on the water

Between two weekends in Berlin, an escape to the lakes in the south. Sailing, waking to the sunrise, hanging my feet off the front of our houseboat and into the green waters. All quietness.

summer moments

A few snapshots from the past weeks, days filled with breakfast on the balcony, walks in the park, a basket of local produce in week three of de Krat, and graffiti spotted on one of my many walks through the neighborhood. It’s summer, are you enjoying it?

Nanna van Blaaderen

Beautiful textured knitwear by Nanna van Blaaderen, showing now at Droog.

Béret Baguette

A film about a ride celebrating the bicycle, Parisian style.