There’s something about Belgian designers and ‘Made by’ websites. I’ve already featured Made by Thomas here and today I’m using Tim Van Damme’s Made by Elephant as an excuse to link to Tim’s blog, maxvoltar.com. Made by Elephant was Tim’s free-lance design shop in Belgium. Tim no longer accepts new projects because he now works for Instagram in Austin, Texas. He’s a great (interface) designer and very well respected among the people who ‘make the internet’. Check out his blog and/or follow him on Twitter.
Installment number 2 in the series of ‘Made by‘ titled websites, takes a closer look at “Made by Hand“. This video series features local artisan businesses from Brooklyn, NY, and — supposedly — elsewhere. But for now, they only have two videos up, both from Brooklyn.
Made by Hand is a project that originated from Studiomates, the Swiss-Miss run co-working space in Dumbo. The Studiomates crew seems to be like Midas these days, everything they touch becomes gold. While some of their projects are a little too hipster for my taste, I can’t deny that they produce high quality work in a number of fields. At times, the Made by Hand series might seem elitist, but the videos are very well made, and local artisan businesses can never be hyped enough.
Buy local, and eat more kale!
The videos really shine in the responsive web design that was created to showcase them, so instead of embedding them below, I decided to just link to Made by Hand.
A year ago, I decided to change my domain name. I’ve had a few over the years and while all of them served their purpose just fine, I like change and I wanted something that would be more versatile. After thinking about it for a while, I decided on “Made by Fred”. It just sounded right and it worked as a moniker for the different purposes my online hub serves.
Since then, I’ve come across more “Made by” websites. As it happens, most of them are pretty cool. I’m proud to be in such good company. The track record for ‘series’ here on Made by Fred isn’t all that great, but that’s not going to stop me from starting another one. For this series, I’m going to feature some of my fellow “Made by” websites and projects.
To kick of the series, let’s have a look at Made By Thomas. Thomas Bossée is a fellow Belgian, and his “Made by” website was one of the first I stumbled upon after registering madebyfred.com. As a freelance designer, Thomas specializes in logo design and brand identity. I love his clean style and his use of typography is inspiring. Apparently, he’s also the Art Director for Bits of Love (website in Dutch), a digital design studio based in the beautiful city of Bruges.
As this first installment and the rest of the series will show, I’m in good company with these “Made by” websites and projects. All the more reason to improve Made by Fred now that the yearly clean up and redesign is getting close.
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