BEAR stands for Base for Experiment, Art and Research. It’s the fine arts department of the ArtEZ art school in Arnhem. 75B designed a simple and straightforward responsive website. At the back end things are a bit more complex: the site features a tool with which current students’ and alumni content can be managed. Each of them receives their own portfolio page where they can show off their work.
As a developer web standards and best practices are important to me, but as I hail from the fine arts, I also understand the reality of small budgets and the wish to experiment. I believe in collaborating closely with graphic designers and clients. Together, we'll look at all the options on the table, and realise the best of 'em, while we work within the constraints of budgets and technology.
The web and I got acquainted when I started studying Interaction Design in 1998. It was only 4 years old and the .com bubble had yet to burst. Much of what I learned was geared at the promise of the internet and the web. Slowly but surely I got hooked up.
Later, when I started pursuing a career in fine arts, I kept on working with the web. I built a portfolio CMS in PHP and started to offer it to fellow artists and small organisations. This got me connected with graphic designers like 75B, Roosje Klap and Kommerz. They hired me as a developer on their web related projects, which was the start of Grok Projects: A web development bureau for artistic and creative initiatives.
My free time I spent reading anything from the south of the U.S where I co-founded the artist residency Deltaworkers in New Orleans. But mostly I like to stay at home to make/eat Kimchi and watch movies.
— Joris Lindhout (email@example.com)
Soda is an interior design bureau, responsible for designing the Centraal Museum‘s insides amongst other things. Esther Noyons is responsible for the design of their website. She came up with a deeply branching menu and complicated set of variables for laying out the different parts of the content. I developed a WordPress plugin that hooks into the admin to be able to maintain a well structured back end that relates in a logical manner to the layered and stacked front end.
Jasper de Bruin is an allround filmmaker from Amsterdam. When he is not shooting and producing videos he is busy creating videogames or managing his online magazine tijdschriftei.com (for which I functioned as a consultant at some stage of its development). Jasper designed the responsive, bilingual WordPress theme himself. I made it work.
Guido van der Werve is a video artist, composer and athlete operating internationally. His films usually give the impression of being registrations of performances in which endurance, classical music and chess play some kind of role. He designed this portfolio website himself. I turned it into a responsive WordPress theme.
Janneke van der Putten is an artist based in Rotterdam. She mainly works with different sounds and her voice creating performances, installations, publications and recordings. The responsive design is made by Janneke herself; I’ve adapted it into a simple WordPress theme.
Mirta Demare is a small gallery in Rotterdam that mainly exhibits young, international artists. The design was made by Kommerz, for the back end I used WordPress.
Performance Platform is a website and webapp listing public activities from four different organisations based in Amsterdam: Het Veem Theater, NBprojects, If I Can’t Dance and DasArts. In addition, it calls attention to other performance-related events in the city and abroad. Design by Kommerz. The back end is WordPress with a custom plugin for the events calendar.