"Reading is always more important than writing"

Roberto Bolaño —

SEO Guide: Working with Mangools SEO tools

One of the most requested services at Bakker Labs is SEO. Year after year it’s getting more important. Year after year it’s getting more difficult...

Design is never a predictable, linear process

About two years ago we started Bakker Labs to do front-end work. Soon though, we realised that even though there is very high demand for...

Jaap's observations of American Culture

In America everything is backwards I noticed this one right away. Locks go in the wrong direction, doors open in the wrong direction They love...

Fighting Wordpress WPCoreSys spam and hacks

For one of my clients, Holwerda Coaching, I’m fighting a really tough hack. Over the last two weeks I’ve had many moments where I thought...

9 questions about UI/UX design and what I do

So, I am an UI/UX designer and front-end developer. I know for a fact that people I hang out with, talk to and meet sometimes...

Jaap's Dictionary of American Slang

I’m back from New York, but in my time there I collected a lot of little snippets of text I still need or want to...

There's the band wagon, I'm starting an email newsletter

So, email does not seem to be going away anytime soon and the internet is getting really crowded. I have had multiple blog’s and never...

How I became the single designer on a small team

Just over a year ago I took my first steps into startup land. I was working as a receptionist at a co-working space in Amsterdam...

Beautiful websites

Over the last couple of months I have been looking at a lot of designs and websites and I created a tiny little list of...

Yes I'm doing the one thing I hate: writing down new years resolutions

Hey there everyone. You might know me as someone who never has any new years resolutions. But this morning I was listening to a couple...

Relocating from AMS to NYC

It’s been quiet on the blog. That’s fine because I was super busy. First I went to Portugal with my girlfriend and visited Lisbon and...

I am learning Node.js and loving it

Some time ago I wrote an article about learning JavaScript, but the right way. Well, I have been doing that and at the same time...

Switching from Sublime to Atom

When speaking to developers the following question is inevitable: Atom or Sublime? I had been working with Sublime Text 2 for a long time when...

Lightning fast HTML and CSS writing with Emmet.io

Lately I have been trying to optimize my daily workflow with some useful tools. Earlier I wrote about my switch from Sublime Text to Atom....

Some great Sketch plugins you should be using

Working with Sketch is a pleasure. As you can read in one of my earlier posts I recently started doing all my design work in...

Working with Sketch: goodbye Photoshop & Illustrator

The best workflow for me when building a website is designing it first from head to toe. I need to know where which element should...

A new favorite: ⌘ + ⇧ + /

Sometimes you’re introduced to a new keyboard shortcut that really makes your life easier. I was actually actively seeking for this shortcut because I was...

Running a business: my toolbelt on the job

So as I was using a couple of the products in the list below I wanted to start a list to keep track of all...

The diffuculties of designing your own website.

I’m working freelancer for 3 months now and still my website looks like nothing. It’s just a logo and a form where you can enter...

Learning JavaScript. The right way!

The last couple of days I started talking to some people about what the right track for me is. I have a couple of months...

Life as a freelancer: 3 months of developing the front end

Since January 1st this year I exchanged all my previous expectations of my career for something completely different. My education as a museum expert seems...