A first website
What to show on the website of a freshly started design studio if you have no projects to demonstrate your abilities? We created our first website in evenings hours to enable us to put something online the day we opened for business.
If you can’t let your work do the talking, you have to actually explain what it is you do. We opted for a concept of several cards, each card explaining a part of our service or company. All cards together form the one-pager that was our first website. On the right side we added a navigation that blends the pattern of in-page dotted navigation with a hamburger style off-canvas menu. Recognizable, yet a bit different.
Each card has a minimal height of your browsers viewport, stretching in height if the content demands. Clicking the navigation will provide a smooth scroll to the selected section of the page.
No framework. Just handwritten HTML, CSS and a pinch of JS
We like code, even though we are no front-enders. To keep the relatively long page snappy and fast, we choose .svg files for the sketches and wrote our code in html with a minimum of external .js and .css files.
Not particularly scalable or practicle when adding new cases on a regular basis (in two languages), but pretty solid for a first online presence. And speedy.
We selected Neue Haas Grotesk as the typeface for our website. A digital reconstruction of the original design for Neue Haas (1957), the font that later became Helvetica. A font that is firmly rooted in the modernistic graphical tradition of Dutch design. Which is probably why it fits our taste.
On our site, we combined the Neue Haas with hand sketches and a digital version of Bart’s handwriting.
Many thanks to Mario Bussink for his generosity regarding the mbstudio.nl domain.
Visit our first website
is a no-nonsense UX bureau.
As creative engineers, we love complex challenges. We design solutions that feel logical for users. We focus on quality. We choose to be a small agency, so we can give each client our full attention.
We bring over 20 years of experience to each project.
Bart van Lieshout designer—architecture (with honors), TU Delft. Bart worked 10 years as an architect, designing complex buildings such as hospitals. He is fascinated by grids and typography and always in pursuit of elegant solutions. Bart sings as a tenor soloist in classical music. His daughter is called Domino.
Our specialty is fact-based design.
We base our designs on facts and insights. We research the needs of the people who are going to use the product or service. And we merge these user needs and ambitions with our clients’ ambition in a concept.
Concept a strategic foundation for the design. We sketch solutions for the core user interaction. From here we design the main functionality, outlining principles and structure.
A solid concept is half the battle. It forms the basis for prioritising and planning features, helps to convince stakeholders and guides the product roadmap. For agile teams the concept provides a clear high-level context, essential during large or complex projects.
We help ambitious organisations to make online projects successful.
Our work is often of strategic importance to our clients, so we can only show a selection.
Design for online services of a pension administration
Ideation for purchasing tools for the government
Design for a website and mail service for lawyers
Design Sprints is a format developed by Google Ventures to create a user validated prototype in only 5 working days. The ideal compact (and low-cost) innovation kickstart for corporates with challenges and ambition.
Concept for a new public service portal
Implementation of UX research for a sports brand
I.A. for a telco app
Information Architecture a design for the organisation of information. What information will be displayed where? What screens are necessary and what form of navigation aligns best with the user goals and needs? A well though out I.A. forms the basis for a successful interaction design, layout and visual design.
Coaching in-house UX teams
UX-rescue help for design teams and product teams in doubt or in trouble. Sometimes it’s hard to see if your working in the right direction. Is this the best solution for the problem? Or are you fixing the wrong problem?
With the refreshing perspective of outside professionals we help teams to identify their problem and choose an adequate solution, empowering the team to get back to work with renewed energy and focus.
Strategic pressure cookers for teams
Strategic pressure cookers facilitating sessions with stakeholders and business owners to outline a clear product vision. Strategic sessions result is a shared understanding and insight of the bottle necks, challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Branding for a dental practice
Design and code for a bridge club website
We build websites on a regular basis. This keeps our knowledge up-to-date about what can be achieved in the browser—and how much effort is involved. We believe that good design takes into account how things are made. Online products are not clickable images, but responsive layout systems that work well on small and larger screens alike. So we need to understand the code that makes the design.
User research in public transportation
First website for mbstudio
Naming our company
Because we believe that digital products make life better.
Why you do something is just as important as what you do. We believe in human-centered design: products and services designed from the perspective of the human who uses them. We believe that good websites, apps and online services make our life easier and more pleasurable. And that the impact of digital products on our life—and that of our children—will only increase.
That is why we choose to use our talents and energy to make digital products as good as possible.
Are you facing a challenge? Contact us.
We like to think along and can usually help. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org