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Joep Snijders

A designer and developer from the Netherlands, who focuses on creating engaging interactive experiences & human-centered design.

I am a Human-Technology Interaction professional (MSc), recently graduated from the University of Technology Eindhoven. Currently looking for new adventures.

Envirolist

Help the environment by volunteering anywhere in the world.


Role

UX + Development

Agency

Personal project

Year

2016

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Human Technology Interaction

MSc Thesis: Allowing for Collaborative Control over Smart Public Lighting in a Smart City scenario.


Role

Research

Graduation

Eindhoven University of Technology

Year

2016

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Amplifier

I built a platform that allows musicians to find each other, post vacancies for positions in their band and look for bands that play the music you love.


Role

UX + Development

Agency

Personal project

Year

2015

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KidUp

KidUp was a danish start-up that built a sharing economy platform for children equipment.


Role

Lead Design/UX + Front-End

Company

KidUp

Year

2015/2016

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Dutch Invertuals Collected

The Dutch Invertuals are a selected group of passionate and vision driven dutch designers. Together with Eindhoven’s design studio Edhv we created a platform on which the design items are displayed.


Role

Lead UX + Lead Developer

Agency

Freelance @ Edhv

Year

2013

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Envirolist

Envirolist is a project I started when travelling in south-east Asia. During my travels, I met people that run volunteering initiatives to help the environment, and I met people that were travelling around helping these initiatives. This is when I formed the idea of creating a platform that makes it easy to find these initiatives anywhere in the world. Envirolist enables people around the world to start getting involved with volunteering work, and together help the environment. I am currently still working on this project.



Role

UX + Development

Agency

Personal project

Year

2016

The Design

During my conversations with the travelling group, I noticed that most of the times usability was mentioned as a key problem in finding new locations. For this reason the UX of the platform focusses on usability: enforcing a clean layout that uses white-space, colour contrast and readability.

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Technology

The Envirolist platform's front-end was done using the React javascript library, and the back-end was programmed in NodeJS (ExpressJS) and MongoDB. The back-end provides API end-points to communicate with the front-end application. To create a filterable map, I used the Google Maps API.

Importance of environmental work

As we all now by know, we are currently facing a huge environmental problem. Together we can start countering this problem. Envirolist enables us to join forces.


Other projects

Amplifier
Dutch Invertuals Collected

Collaborative Control over Smart Cities

The concept of smart cities has increasingly been mentioned as a possible solution for issues concerning urbanization while at the same time increasing the quality of life in a city. Interestingly, applying smart technology to objects in the city allows for new ways for citizens to interact with the city. My graduation research serves as an exploration of the possible methods for designing such human-city interactions. To do so, I created a mobile interface with which users could collectively control the colour of the public lighting at TU/e.

You can read my full thesis here.



Role

Research

Unversity

Eindhoven University of Technology

Year

2016

Related skills

Emperical Research
Academic Writing
Qualitative Interviewing

Javascript + NodeJS
Ionic 2.0
Realtime Websockets

Two phases

The research was done in two parts. The first part focused on the investigation of the role of the user in a smart city and identifying possible applications for research in terms of user-city interaction by performing qualitative interviews and desk research. In the second part an experiment was performed in which participants could collaboratively control smart public lighting with a mobile interface.


Experiment

The aim of this experiment was to investigate the effectiveness of utilizing social feedback to avoid social conflicts (using the Social Translucence Framework: Erickson & Kellogg, 2000) and to investigate whether using an up/down-voting model could serve as an appropriate input model for such an interface. Websockets were used to create a real-time mobile interface in which feedback was made visible, allowing users to respond to other users' choices.

Results and application

Results may suggest that providing social feedback might negatively affect user satisfaction with the voting process and the resulting output. In addition, providing the possibility to down-vote may negatively affect users’ involvement with the voting process. No clear distinctions were found in the voting behaviour of participants. We propose that further investigating the effects of providing social translucence and using the up/down-voting model may provide valuable insights for the development of human-city interaction interfaces.

As urbanization presses and technology advances, we expect that the development of smart cities will continue to be an important topic for research in the future. By applying smart technology to objects in the city, new opportunities for interaction will be made available, perhaps changing the way we currently experience living in one.


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Other projects

Amplifier
Dutch Invertuals Collected

Amplifier

Amplifier is a side project I started back in 2015. As a musician I encountered the problem of not being able to find other musicians near me that like to play the same genres and are into the same music. That is why I built a platform that allows musicians to find each other, post vacancies for positions in their band and look for bands that play the music you love. The front-end was programmed in AngularJS 1.5, and it communicated with a custom back-end server that was built in NodeJS's ExpressJS.
This project is not finished. I might pick it up again at some point.



Role

UX + Development

Agency

Personal project

Year

2015

The platform

With Amplifier I first started to learn how to create a back-end and API endpoints to connect the front-end framework with back-end data. The design was kept quite minimal in order to accomplish a clean aesthetic.




Other projects

KidUp
Dutch Invertuals Collected

Kidup

From oktober 2015 to to April of 2016, I worked remotely for a Danish startup called KidUp. KidUp was created to offer new ways for parents to rent and rent out children equipment. The team consisted of 6 people. In this team I was lead design/ux and front-end developer. I learned to work together remotely (using Slack and GitHub) and to develop fast and agile. I mainly worked on launching an iPhone and Android app.
Unfortunately KidUp ceased to exist at April 2016 due to funding issues.



Role

Design / UX + Front-end

Company

KidUp

Year

2015/2016

The design

For the startup's design I employed emotional design. Emotional design was first introduced by Donald Norman, and is about using emotions to affect the user experience of the platform. We used illustrated avatars to improve the 'happy' feeling of the app (e.g. the girl and the gull avatar). In addition, KidUp was branded to feel light, playful and reliable by using bright colours, playful fonts.



Technology used

We created both an iOS as Android application with the use of the Ionic Javascript platform. This platform uses Angular 1.5 to create hybrid apps. The main advantage is that you can now use web technologies to create smartphone apps.




Other projects

Amplifier
Dutch Invertuals Collected

Dutch Invertuals Collected

The Dutch Invertuals are a selected group of passionate and vision driven dutch designers. Together with Eindhoven’s design studio Edhv we created a platform on which the design items are displayed. The main focus of this platform was to create a space in which the items do the talking: opting for a minimal design approach. In addition to being able to explore the dutch invertuals collection, there is also the possibility to buy products. The platform supports a complete checkout system.



Role

Lead UX + Lead Development

Agency

Edhv

Year

2013

A minimal approach

In order to centralize the products, we chose to use a minimal approach for the platforms’ layout. In this approach two elements are crucial: a lot of white space and supportive typography.

A unique collection

Every item on display are uniquely created for a specific design show. Every show has an underlying theme. This makes dutch invertuals collected an interesting display of diverse dutch design items.

Passion for design

Dutch Invertuals started in 2009 and are still going strong. For more information on the design collective check out dutchinvertuals.nl. You can visit the collection platform at dutchinvertualscollected.nl.

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Other projects

Envirolist
Amplifier