Being a freelancer gave me the opportunity to work on diverse projects for diverse clients, to learn about different industries, and to gain experience in conception, UX design, visual design, and coding. I also organized ideation sessions and advised on web content and usability.
Some of the clients/industries I worked with are start-ups, non-profit, consulting and agriculture. Working on different projects with different clients learned me the full stack of web design, to deal with many different situations and case studies, and to be an entrepreneur. This is a minimalistic and colorful website I designed for a consultancy company in the education sector:
A complex project was the redesign of the website for Spirit, a sports club. The current website was very inefficient because it was dealing with many different systems and many people were involved when administrative tasks, upcoming matches, or newsletters had to be changed. I researched possible solutions and proposed the idea to use the Dutch Sportlink database: this enables the club to manage all their data in one central place. Now, match results and team pages are updated real-time on the website and each team has their own team page. Another big challenge was to inform and instruct people within the sports club on how they can update data in the new system.
One of my side projects is called TownSiege. TownSiege was a web-based medieval strategy and social game where players build their city and explore an online world. After conducting surveys, I started designing and developing the game. I launched a Beta version which was played by almost 1,000 people and I learned a lot about programming, Unity3D, gamification and game design in general. I participated in the community forums a lot and updated the game according to feedback from the players. Unfortunately, I became too much of a perfectionist in this project and TownSiege was never officially launched. I paused the project, but one of my dreams is to work on the development of the game again when I have a better future roadmap for TownSiege. Feel free to subscribe.