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The Creative Day

Since this week I work one less day per week for G-Star. I asked for that arrangement because I was feeling I couldn’t develop my creativity enough. Don’t get me wrong, I really like my current job, but let’s be honest, I spend most of my time reading and making lists. I felt I needed some time for grabbing pencils, sketching stupid concepts and do some photos. Skills fade out and get rusty when they stay unused for a long time.

I know myself, and if I don’t have short deadline, I tend to procrastinate (or just be lazy). So I came up with the idea of the “Creative Day”. It is actually based on the “Make Something Cool Everyday” idea I discovered in Scott Belsky’s book. The concept is to force yourself to create anything cool, every day (An example here). I won’t do something everyday, but only once a week, but I will spend more time on it.

My rules

  • Spend at least 4 hours that day doing something creative (yeah, I know: that’s broad!)
  • Try to avoid as much possible the computer.
  • Publish the result the same day
  • And have fun

And here you can see my first attempt: Feuilles & Feathers. And check back next Wednesday evening. Yes, you’re allowed to harass me if I didn’t publish.

By the way, I really recommend “Make Ideas Happen” by Scott Belsky. The best book I read this year so far. Thanks René (from HatRabbits) for the tip.

 

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No News / Good News

Wow, 1 year! Almost a year I did not write a single line on my blog. This is baaaad. My activity on Twitter has reach a near zero level (not even talking about G-Plus). But I did just pick it up again. I only did keep up with Facebook and Instagram.

Since almost a year I have been working at G-Star as a E-Commerce Project Manager. Selling premium apparel over our different websites. I had to learn a lot about e-commerce. I needed also to get used to the slightly different way of Dutch working. A very good experience in a rapidly growing environnement (I try to write a post about the Dutch & Work, but later) !

On the personal side, I have now spend more than a year in Amsterdam. Not enough to know every street and feel really at home. Enough to know the good places to go and start building habits. The good thing when you are an expat is that you are some sort of never satisfied tourist. There are so many things to discover.

Sorry, but I must go, discover a new place! But I promise, the next post won’t be in a year. 1 years !!!!?!?

No news / good news : do you actually say this in English or in other languages? Or is it only a French expression?

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Top 10 – Amsterdams’ best creative agency websites

A couple of years ago I did a Top 10 of the best website of agencies in Romandie. Here is the new version with the Amsterdammers agencies. Don’t get me wrong, I’m judging only the website and not their actual portfolio. It’s my personal and subjective view. But I was a little be deceived buy the overall quality.

Curious about the Dutch agency landscape? Have a look at the Amsterdam Creative Agency map.

A few rules

  • You are using Flash ? Sorry, you’re out.
  • Your website is not responsive / adapted to mobile? Not good.
  • Don’t complain, it’s my top 10

1) edenspiekermann

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My favorite! A very simple and minimal website but it goes strait to the point. And they have a great blog which I’d advise you to follow (this post about Interaction Design very interesting). Thank you Michael for the suggestion.

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