Viktor Bijlenga

Viktor

Interview with Jonathan Ive+

I can’t stop listening to this man. His voice is so beautiful, and I think that you can hear just by listening to him, that he is a one of our times greatest designers. Just watch it.

On being an Early Riser+

Erik Beirnskold:

Myself, I am a wannabe morning person. I’m not the one to sleep away the whole mornings, but I am also not the one to naturally get up really early. But I want to be.

Why is this you ask? It’s actually quite simple. You get ahead. Quickly. Just think about it. If you are up and start your day at 5am, you will have had time to catch up on the news, do some important work and be ready to tackle the rest of the world as it wakes up around 8-9am. It works because most people do not get up early, but if you do, you are already at an advantage to everyone else.

First of all. I enjoyed this post, since I have a hard time to get up really early. Just ask my girlfriend. She is my inspiration, since she always gets up before me. I’m tired of rolling out of bed, just to get out of bed.

I’m working on adjusting my sleep, since I know that I think/work better before lunch. My trick at the moment is to turn back the clock two minutes every other day. It’s a good pace for me and it helps to adjust my morning routines over time. Let’s see how it works out.

OS X Yosemite: Tips, Tricks, and Details+

A great post on Macstories filled with those little bits that helps to get the most of Yosemite. I learned that I don’t need to open AirDrop in the finder anymore to be able to receive something. A small but useful improvement for me.

Rename a common filename to something useful with Hazel app

Problem:

You get a lot of attachments in the mail with the same name – example “your-company-name.pdf”. You think it’s unnecessary to rename stuff manually and

Solution:

  1. Download Hazel app.
  2. Set up a new rule containing the following for your downloads folder.

    If Any
    Name contains “your-company-name”

    Do the following..
    Rename with pattern [date added]_[creator][extension]

  3. Done! Your files will from now be named in a more convenient way.

Video: Zack Arias on Honesty+

Yesterday I watched this talk by Zack Arias. It’s probably a must see for every creative person who felt that feeling – “I’m not good enough” or “why does everything bad happen to me”. Honesty is a good approach to many of those questions we have in our mind. I also believe that patience is important key to self confidence as a creative worker. Don’t compare yourself to much against other. Make things you believe is good work.

Input – Fonts for Code+

Input is a flexible system of fonts designed specifically for code by David Jonathan Ross. It offers both monospaced and proportional fonts, all with a large range of widths, weights, and styles for richer code formatting.

I came across these fonts today. It seems to be a nice collection, so I’ll just save them for later here as a link.

View Source Extension for iOS+

I use view source all the time. At the moment I use a piece of JavaScript for the task (a bookmarklet), which works good – but I’m totally open for new ways to explore code from my phone.

The Bézier Game+

A playful way to learn how to use Béizer curves (the pen tool) to draw vectors.

Paperless rule for Hazel+

What I realized was that each of the above types of documents could easily be identified by my unique account number with each company. And so I set up rules in Hazel to look at the contents of a document, and depending on which criteria that document matches Hazel renames the PDF accordingly and then files it into the proper folder on my Mac.

Smart. I need to add this to my Hazel rules for my paperless setup.

Bra podcast+

Sveriges 100 mest populära podcasts

I’ve build a little web-app, that lists the 100 most popular podcasts in Sweden. Fun side-project.

A work in progress

It’s hard to show up every day, and post new things. It’s actually been months since I last published something new on this site. It feels sad, since I really like it. So I better get back on track. It’s fun to have a log of things that I like, get inspired by or things that I create.

Project Parfait (Beta) – PSD CSS Extraction+

Project Parfait is an experimental service for designers and developers, who turn Photoshop comps into code-based designs. It lets you quickly and easily extract what you need from a PSD comp.

Interesting beta product from Adobe. I guess I have to try this out next time I’m exporting a design > code. It might be a good addition to my workflow somehow.

Video: Action Movie Kid+

This kid will probably have the worlds best collection of superhero moments, when looking back at his childhood. Those short movies made me smile.

Weekly links

Facebook released a Newsroom based on WordPress. First time I’ve seen WordPress being used by Facebook.

Sketchcasts – Three to four screencasts a month, covering all about Sketch!

Guide to Facebook News Feed image sizes is a good resource for designers creating content, that will end up in the Facebook news feed.

17 minutes on The making of John Mayer’s Born & Raised artwork.

The Swedish type foundry Letters From Sweden released a beautiful typeface called Ferry inspired by the ferries in Stockholm.

I found a interesting workflow for writing iMessages with Alfred App.

A few Mac apps we think all moderately computer-savvy persons should be using – a good guide to some of my best productivity tricks.

I learned that it’s possible to create desktop applications with node-webkit if you’re familiar with html/css/js.

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