Most people would recognise the ‘Google camera car’ if they saw it, these days. But how about the ‘Google camera boat’? Just over a month ago, a specially-rigged boat (low to pass under the bridges) was circling around Amsterdam for three days recording the view from the canals.… More.
This week inspiration wasn’t difficult to find: the well-respected Annet Gelink gallery (30 seconds walk from my studio) have opened a new space, just a few days ago. It is designated as a permanent exhibition space; dedicated solely to one of Amsterdam’s most important photographers: Ed van der Elsken. If you don’t know… More.
I just wanted to share a great place I discovered this week; situated halfway between our appartment and my office, on the Singel near Dam Square. Letterpress Amsterdam is a small type studio that produces all kinds of exotic bespoke printed matter. The friendly owner Thomas spent some time to… More.
I recently remembered this little guerrilla idea from back in 2005. Local agency ‘bureau pindakaas’ created little yellow stickers that matched the yellow roadworks signs used around Amsterdam to deviate traffic and announce any major disruptions (of which we have had a lot in the… More.
For me Amsterdam is still a place where a lot of mad and weird people join forces and collectively come up with unconventional, surprising and progressive ideas that are (sometimes) way ahead of their time. For example this story from the fabulous ‘oud amsterdam’ facebook page about the ‘witkar’ experiment… More.
I have always been an avid consumer of books, mostly fiction… lots of fiction plus some work related & design stuff. My most recent book however was on a topic I know little about: town planning. The thick volume (in Dutch) entitled ‘1000 jaar Amsterdam’ is… More.
Like most new technology 3D printing provides easy access to previously impossible ideas and potentially allows everyone to create new things. Some of the ideas I have seen so far look promising, others less so… Like the American guy trying to establish an open-source weapon printing industry. Do it… More.
I recently came across three online projects, each mapping certain aspects of the city I call home, in its own specific way: Designer Hans Gremmens’ wonderful Amsterdamdam which collates the turbulent history of the ‘Dam’ into an intriguing visual story. A real-time map of the… More.