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War against Social Besitas

20 Nov

What it Is:

Let me introduce you to Anti-Social and Freedom, the Social Network and Internet blocking software for your Mac of PC. These programs can help you with creating some online time out. Anti-Social will block all your social media networks, so when you really need some old school ‘alone’ time this program will make sure you won’t get distracted. It’s only possible to use these media again by re-starting your computer again. Freedom is almost the same, only this program (from the same makers) will block all online applications on your computer. Perfect for when you want to focus on studying and don’t want any distractions! There’s only one problem, you still have to make sure that you don’t put your iPhone or iPad next to you because they don’t have an app for iOs, since Apple doesn’t want to corporate. (Why would that be?!)

Why it is Cool:

I think this software is a perfect solution for the big population of people suffering from ‘socialbesitas’. Sometimes it can be really stressful to continually keep up to date with what your friends and family are doing, but also keep your own status up to date and watch how special the lives are of the other people you follow. All these factors are not really contributing to a relaxt working or studying environment. But not only when you don’t want any distraction from work these programs can be perfect for when you want a little offline vacation. Just imagine that time when you didn’t know what this perfect beautiful girl in Hawaii was doing and you had no need to get jealous because you’ve never been there and don’t have a fit bikini body like her. Or just because sometimes it’s really nice to not be up to date via social media, but just by calling your best friend and asking what he or she is doing.

Why it has Future Growth Potential:

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Anti Social media girl. There are a lot of good and positive things possible thanks to social media, but there are a couple of disadvantages that we are starting to notice. I think in the future people will be more careful about what they post online and will keep more information more exclusive (SnapChat, Path). Programs like Anti-Social and Freedom can bringing up the discussion about Social Media and what this will mean in the future. I think it won’t be really weird to be online with kind of visiting hours, so we can also take some quality time with our real selves.


Doodling & Observing

18 Sep

Doodling Daily Items

Sometimes it’s really difficult to clean your head and look to de world around you by using all your senses. I did a couple of exercises to fully open my senses which I’m going to share with you.

The first one is making sketches of de items you use in your daily life. Everyday I live in a kind of autopilot modus, sometimes I listen to music or walk to the store without even noticing what I’m doing. By thinking about what you use on a daily base you stop this autopilot modus and really have to think about what you did that day. This exercise really helped me clean my mind and I felt really zen afterwards. My mind is always really busy and I’m always thinking about the things I still have to do and about things in the future, that it’s easy to forget what’s happening around you and think about now & here. So when you need a moment to clean your head pick up some blank paper and a pencil and start doodling!

The seconds exercise really helps you to look around you and use all your senses by doing it. The only things you need are a notebook and a pen, after that you have to sit down at a random place and just write down what you see, hear or smell what you didn’t noticed at first when you entered that spot.
I chose to sit down in the central hall at school, this is a place were you normally just walk down and never pay any attention to so I thought this could be a good challenge for me. At first I only saw the things I already saw when I came in, like a lamp, the door and the reception but when I picked up my pen and started to look a little closer to me different things got my attention. I saw a blond hair at my chair, some dirt at the chair next to me, and when I looked up I realized that the lamps were al different .. I also heard a zooming noise from a computer in one corner and smelled the wet air of the rain outside.

This made me realize that so many things happen around you without you even noticing it. Pretty weird don’t you think? I think if we always observe the things around us with all our senses that we would fully live, instead of rushing down our lives all the time.

World Wide Influencers

17 Sep


This weeks assignment was about innovators, early adaptors and our personal influencers. It was pretty difficult to think about what my personal influencers are and most important why. But, after a week of thinking I came up with a little list which I’m going to share with you.

My Personal top 5 INFLUENCERS:

  1. Li Edelkoort // She is absolutely worlds biggest and most inspiring trend forecaster. I’m a huge fan of her because she can really explain a trend of big movement in society by using poetic words and beautiful styled photo’s. She is the ultimate trend guru and I can only hope that I’ll be half as good as she one time. I think every trend professional should learn to use images the way Li can do it…
  2. Banksy // I’m a huge fan of street art. Street art are the hieroglyphics of the 21st century, it’s not just about a beautiful picture, street art can also say a lot about the society. That’s why I love Banksy’s work, his art reflects on the society we live in and makes you think about all the strange things that happen around us, like politics or the way commercial companies behave. Banksy is always spot on.
  3. Iris van Herpen // Iris absolutely one of the greatest Dutch innovators in fashion. She combines fashion with new innovative materials and all het pieces are beautifully crafted art pieces with a story. Her collection with 3D printed pieces is just phenomenal, she always takes the risk and I love the way she brings fashion to the next level.
  4. Beyonce // She is from a really different kind of genre compared with my other influencers but she also deserves a spot in my top 5. The way she can entertain thousands of people is really inspiring. The kind of influence she has on me is just to have GIRL POWER. You really have to fight hard to accomplish your dreams and at moments when I need some extra motivation and confidence I just listen to her music and watch her perform.
  5. Daan Roosegaarde // I love the way he can translate social trends into innovative technological art pieces. He is just a really inspiring artist who comes up with interesting projects which make you think about topics as collaboration, intimacy and sustainability.

I also thought really hard about who could be the influencer of the future and I couldn’t come up with one name. I just thought about little peer-to-peer start up that are coming up everywhere. I think the need to start working bottom-up and collaborating with the people around you is getting bigger and bigger and companies as the Dutch Peerby and Thuisafgehaald are innovators in that field. I think they can be influencers when it gets to creating a sharing economy and making a more social environment and now it’s starting really small but the mindset of these start ups can really inspire a big crowd in the future.

I hope that I can inspire you by sharing my personal influencers and that somewhere in the future I can be as successful in my work as they are now. It would be really great to become an influencer myself for the next generation and I just wish that I can inspire them with my new and innovative fashion concepts that changed the way people experience their clothes or the way they shop.


Ultimate Web

10 Sep

The Web

Do you ever think about that time when there was no internet? Well, I was and I realized that that time (not that long ago) must have been so much more easy and difficult at the same time.

I saw this picture and I thought, this is how I feel sometimes. Off course, internet has made my life so much easier. I can’t get lost anymore, I can always keep in touch with my family on the other side of the world and I don’t have to leave my home to “see” stuff.  But, I’m just trapped in this huge being online thing that it’s really difficult to step out of it sometimes. I’m connected to everything, my iPad connects with my iPod, iPhone and Mac and they are connected to Apple who knows a lot of stuff about me and when I’m doing research I use Google and Google connects information about my online behavior with other commercial companies.. At the end almost everything I do online is connected to somebody or something else and that creeps me out sometimes. And that’s the same story with this picture, all the rods are connected with each other and whether they like it or not. It helps them, but it also results in some ‘tension’.


Recycle Yourself

10 Sep

Recycle Yourself

We live in a society where everything is moving really fast. Every minute we see something new and all the decisions you have to make at one day really stresses me out sometimes. With all that noise in my head it is pretty difficult to think about the things that really matter. Like.. your own health or family or the things you really want to do because you enjoy them.

Sometimes I dream of a button inside my head which I can switch on and of. For instance a button for school, one for when I’m at work and one for when I’m at home so I can really have a time out from thinking about my school work and enjoy the company of others around me and really can listen to them. That would be nice right?

It’s a pity it doesn’t exist, that’s why I chose to post this particular picture so I can help myself to remember that I have to “Recycle Myself” sometimes. After a long day I’ll take my recycle moment and think about the things I liked and learnt that day so I can clean my head and start with some fresh air with a new chapter.

Scenario 2020 New Heritage & Re-Use

16 Oct


After the economical crisis the western world had to suffer from, much people began to think about possibilities to prevent a new crisis, it’s important that people still let the money flow and won’t stop buying but there is also another problem to keep in mind. The environment we are living in is also in a crisis and one of the reasons for that is overconsumption, for years we only wanted to buy new stuff and new stuff meant new raw materials and a lot of waste when you don’t like it anymore.

That’s why stores are changed in 2020; you don’t go to a store to buy a whole new wardrobe but to improve your wardrobe. This is how it works: it’s possible that after a couple of years wearing a coat you don’t like it anymore, maybe because it’s out-dated or it doesn’t fit anymore. If that happens you don’t have to throw it away anymore. There are a couple of possibilities:

  1. Designer Re-Use. -> It’s a place were young designers will make a new item out of your old. You can choose for an original one of a kind design (expensive) or a ready-to-wear design of the designer. After choosing what you want the designer will make a beautiful new/re-used garment for you. It isn’t really fast but it will endure your relationship with your favourite garment.
  2. Re-Use fast-fashion. -> This is a fast and easy way of shopping, before entering the store you can hand in your old stuff. Per item you get 25% discount, this you can use for new items. The clothes you hand in will be ripped apart and made into new clothes. In the store is already a huge collection with new clothes all made out of re-used old garments.

How do you think stores will look like in 2020?

Food waste & Dumpsterdivers

2 Oct

Amount of food we throw away every year.

Every year we throw away for billions worth of money on food, worst part is that a big part of the planet doesn’t have food at all. Most people don’t even know that a lot of food is still edible after its expiration date.

There is this group of people, called ‘dumpsterdivers’ who live from the waste of the grocery store. They don’t want to spend money on new food, when there’s enough good food in the garbage. They don’t just save a lot of money, they also “protest” against food waste.

I think this is a very interesting topic because we can’t continue to throw away that much food and we can only change something by making people aware of this problem. I don’t know if dumpster diving is the perfect solution for me but when I do grocery shopping I try to buy only products I really need and eat them before their expiration date so I don’t have to throw anything away.

This is a very interesting documentary about food waste on the Dutch program ZEMBLA/ Voedsel verspilling – ZEMBLA 2012

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