1. The origin of Sanstream
    Posted as part of stories

    Image of the a lightning bolt, an unicorn and dragon having a blast. At the top sparkles appear.

    A long time ago (1983, to be precise), somewhere the wilds of Germany, a wild array of creatures of all shapes and sizes came together for a midnight gathering. At this event a lightning bolt, an unicorn and a dragon met each other. Although these three very different souls, who seemed to have not to have anything in common, somehow hit it off. Thoughts were formed, opinions were given and joy was shared. That night a beautiful friendship was born.

    None of them realised that their profound fondness of each other would spark something new and never before seen. In a moment of intense mutual laughter sparks flew of them into the air. Without them even noticing they curled up and formed a fiery orange-tinted bolt of energy. As a side-effect of the fellowship's magical properties it was also blessed with a curious sense of purpose.

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  2. Mapping human emotions
    Posted as part of front-end

    I thought it would be fun to map the human emotions and see how they relate to each other, so I did. But what is it and what does it do? The three dimensional diagram shows 4 axis that each represent one of the basic four emotions (happiness, Fear/supprise, anger/disgust and sadness). Most emotions are can measured in severity of one of them. For instance disappoinment is anger at a low intensity, while rage is anger at a high intensity. Some however are composed out of 2 or 3 basic emotions. But hey, just take a look for yourself.

    You can rotate it, click on emotions and read more about them. Go ahead and try it.

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  3. The ethics of interaction design
    Posted as part of design

    Recently, Facebook ran an experiment in which they influenced their users' behaviour. On its own, this is not remarkable, as every major company with a website or app will perform experiments to optimize revenue and/or user experience. However, Facebook did something other companies don't. Facebook's experimenters changed the content that appeared in people's Facebook News Feeds to influence their emotional states, making some people feel negative emotions.

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  4. Hiring a designer while being small
    Posted as part of design

    You have gotten beyond the step of knowing not to trivialise it, because you figured out you need this discipline in your company (read more about this). Hiring a designer to strenghten the design aspect of your company is hard. The only thing you know for sure is that you need it. Your website for instance needs more flair (but you do not know how) or somehow the user experience of your app is leaving something to be desired. Clients complain about the interface being slow or the webshop is loosing traffic. You've tried, but nothing seems to fix it.

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