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What do tree trunks and keyholes have in common?

Two years ago, I did a mentorship course called Dream Machine with Chris Oatley. A few weeks in, we were asked to do something that is very scary for a lot of people: we were asked to choose what we’d specialize in. Of course, a lot

How to respectfully disagree

It’s probably going to happen every once in a while if you collaborate on projects. You get an email from someone that makes you think “Uh, no way!!”. You totally disagree. And that’s fine! Disagreements can be solved and can lead to better outcomes. Here

How to ask for help (and get the best results)

I’ve experienced it more than a few times: you ask for help, and you don’t get helpful answers. One example: I once asked in a facebook group whether they’d classify urban fantasy as a romance or a fantasy genre and a lot of people responded

Get over yourself! (Or, the hurdle of of self-promotion.)

Just before I ran a Special Offer on my Patreon, I decided to gauge how many people knew about my Netherrealms project. After a couple of days, the results were in: 75% of Twitter followers (that responded) didn’t know what Netherrealms was or that it

The perks of “just starting”

Anxiety is a crippling state to be in. You ask yourself questions: what should I start with? What is the most efficient? Will people like it? What if I have to redo things? I was inspired to write this by Chanda, who wrote two tweets to

Why I left Instagram

In December 2020, I came across an article by Rainylune that made me decide to quit Instagram. To be fair, I’d been thinking about it for a while, because I wasn’t getting much from the platform compared to the time I had to put in. 

How not working can make you more productive

How many breaks have you taken today? We hear it all the time: taking breaks is important. For some hard-working individuals though, this seems very counter-intuitive. How can not working give you more results? Since increased stress and trouble to “switch off” has been a

Appearances Matter. Boast a little!

George Clooney applauded my speech, while sitting 10 meters away from me, front row in a famous theater in Amsterdam. I announced on that stage that Unicef would receive an extra 1,9 million euros funding for a project they were working on. I have worked

My Social Media Diet – Part 4

I was recently a guest on the Art Condition podcast. In that episode, we briefly talked about taking time off from social media and what it brought me. Because people seemed interested and I had more to say on the topic, I started writing with

My Social Media Diet – Part 3

I was recently a guest on the Art Condition podcast. In that episode, we briefly talked about taking time off from social media and what it brought me. Because people seemed interested and I had more to say on the topic, I started writing with

My Social Media Diet – Part 2

I was recently a guest on the Art Condition podcast. In that episode, we briefly talked about taking time off from social media and what it brought me. Because people seemed interested and I had more to say on the topic, I started writing with

My Social Media Diet – Part 1

I was recently a guest on the Art Condition podcast. In that episode, we briefly talked about taking time off from social media and what it brought me. Because people seemed interested and I had more to say on the topic, I started writing with

Survivorship Bias and why we need to be aware of it

There’s this image going around on the web for a couple years now at least, that illustrates the concept of survivorship bias: The story that accompanies this illustration is that of statistician Abraham Wald, who discovered a case of survivorship bias during World War II. Researchers

What social media platform should you be on?

Back in spring this was a big question for me. Instagram engagement had dropped by two-thirds for me with the start of the Covid pandemic and I still felt a little uneasy with Twitter. On Facebook I wasn’t getting nearly as much engagement on posts

What I learned at Trojan Horse was a Unicorn 2019

I'm back from THU! In short: it was another valuable experience. The official theme this year at THU was looking at the world through the eyes of a child. This seemed to translate into a common theme for a lot of people: pursuing the expression of your

How other fields inform my work

In marketing, we love ourselves a specialist. A product or service that is easily classified, consistent and equal. It has its perks: we know what to expect and can make quicker decisions. But as employees or entrepreneurs, we can benefit from being more well-rounded, even

Dell Canvas review: a year later

Exactly a year ago I published an extensive Dell Canvas review. I had been using the Canvas for about a month at that point. I wanted to do a little follow-up since I've been using the Dell Canvas for over a year now. My experience in the

Takeaways for Inktober: what I learned from completing Mermay.

A monthly drawing challenge is certainly a learning experience. As anyone who’s participated can attest, doing the full 31 days together with all your other daily obligations is a feat. Last May, I completed a full prompt list (so 31 pieces in a month) for

Dell Canvas review: A suitable Wacom Cintiq competitor?

I don’t exactly remember how I found out about the Dell Canvas. That seems to be its main issue right now: no one who might really benefit from this device seems to know about its existence. Not even Dell support (but I’ll get back to

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