design

Bring the 80s to your desktop

Matriks 3 examples

Meet Matriks 3, a small monospaced type family specially developed for day-to-day use on screen. Meticulously build on a 5×7 matrix: five pixels for x-height, plus one pixel for capitals and ascenders, and another pixel for descenders.


By just moving one pixel at a time, the Matriks fonts [Dunglish for matrix], took shape. It is astonishing to see how far one can push the contours of the glyphs to sometimes weird graphics but still make us think we’re reading Roman characters! Special attention has been given to the readability of the bold weight. In fact, contrast in letterforms increases readability.

With more than 200 glyphs both weights contain a full Google Fonts Basic character set.

Now add this vintage typographic look to your font collection and get your copies for just 5.00 EUR per font. Just send me a DM: DesignIsFijn@iCloud.com

Happy Mac

Happy Mac animation

The ‘Happy Macintosh’; inspired by the ubiquitous round yellow smile face. Original design by Susan Kare, around 1984.

My preciousss!

Olijfje, Tijgertje and CoCo

Olijfje, Tijgertje and CoCo (Chanel); our cats. Arda says: “My preciousss!” (LotR)

Five days after publication on Divoom® Community: 1.6K views and many, many, likes! People simply love cats.

…after seven days: five medals!

Less but better

Braun pocket calculator ET66

For my birthday: Replica of the iconic Braun pocket calculator ET66 (1977)

In the 1980s Dieter Rams, one of Germany’s most important and the world’s best known industrial designers, formulated his design philosophy; The 10 principles for good design:

  1. Good design is innovative
  2. Good design makes a product useful
  3. Good design is aesthetic
  4. Good design makes a product understandable
  5. Good design is not conspicuous or attracting attention
  6. Good design is honest
  7. Good design is long-lasting
  8. Good design is thorough, down to the last detail
  9. Good design is environmental-friendly
  10. Good design is as little design as possible

It’s no accident that this Braun calculator looks surprisingly similar to some features in the iPhone as Steve Jobs and his lead designer Jonathan Ive used to admire the products and design philosophy of Dieter Rams.

My Braun replica—a limited edition in white—comes from the Design Museum In London.