Arnold’s why

These manuscripts are inaccessible. By publishing them with current letters, and by adding a commentary to them more people can read them. Is that the only reason why? Probably not. He absolutely loves his work, and the manuscripts he works with. It’s much more than just a service to humanity.

Astrid’s reason

Astrid makes things because she makes things. She likes both tangible and digital things. If her clients are better served with something digital, she will create something digital for them, but if a physical thing would be a better idea, that’s what they’ll get. Making, or the end result is always about the quality of life. So if your life is improved by not using the app, Astrid will design something for you that you will use as little as possible. Only when you need it, or when it helps you.

Dave’s reason

This is the reason why he makes sounds. So his students can dance to it and make their art with it.

Diek’s reason

It all starts with a naïve, childlike enthousiasm. And it always starts with an idea. I’m going to make a canoe! This enthousiasm is slowly replaced by a more and more critical stance. The details of the work change during the making process, but it always stays true to the concept. Diek has a rather methodical way of working. Of course there’s also a certain amount of vanity involved: Of course I can make that!

Harold’s reason

Harold makes music for himself. To be a bit more extrovert as an introvert. To massage his ego. But it’s not just for his ego. Music is also something you do together. And there’s also this spiritual feeling that making music is being part of a tradition, being part of a community. This, says Harold, goes way beyond his ego. And, of course, it’s also because music is beautiful.

Irene’s reasons

Irene teaches for her students. But she also teaches for herself. She loves gaining more knowledge. The reason why she paints is because she found out that mixing colours is incredibly fascinating.

Joke’s reason

Joke makes things because she likes making things. The things she makes grow. This project started out because she found a spool knitting set. And while she was working with it she found these pebbles on a beach in France. And combined they form these strings. She’s not sure what their final form will be. She’s figure out later. All of her work is repetitive.

Joost’s reason

His students. Without a doubt his students are the reason why Joost makes things. He’s genuinely interested in their well being, he’s always there to help them out, to give them advice. He’s one of those teachers people will remember fondly.

Kiki’s reasons

This is a thing she made.

Maarten’s reason

Maarten creates things that he likes. They can have a personal entertainment value, like this Fiat 500 which is used in an opera. Another reason to create things is to learn from making it. He probably learned a thing or two from creating this car as well.

Marie’s reason

Marie is a graphic designer because she likes using the combination of text and image to make things clear.

Marrije’s reason

Marrije approaches every new project with the sol called beginner’s mind. Always curious, always open for new ideas, new insights. This, in combination with a drive to make things better, to rid the world of things that are unfriendly and unnecessarily complex, is why she makes things.

Robert Jan’s reason

This quote by Dan Saffer is the reason why Robert Jan does what he does. Design isn’t just about problem solving. It’s about creating a more humane future. The human scale is essential to Robert Jan. We need to remember that we work for humans, who have to use the things we make. Many large IT-failures wouldn’t have failed so miserably if more people reasoned like Robert Jan does.

Stefanos’ reason

The reason why Stefanos makes pita with gyros is not so much that he loves the art of making it. It’s simply because he needs to pay his bills. When he’s in Greece during the extended summer holidays he cooks for joy. It’s a different kind of cooking. In Greece you eat with the seasons. Most of us, who’ve visited Greece during our summer holidays, would probably not recognise the Greek winter kitchen. It may come as a shock, but there’s no moussaka in winter.

Titus’ reasons

At first Titus worked on his projects simply because he wanted them to exist. Then, when some of them turned out to be pretty successful he worked for the success for a while. There are tools within GitHub that turn success into an instant addiction. After he got harassed by a group of bullies he had to rethink his reasons. He now works on his projects because he wants to. And we chose this image as an illustration because it’s such a beautiful object.

Vasilis’ reason

Vasilis likes the web because of one of its core principles: the idea that the things on the web should work for everyone. Not just for rich people. Not just for young people. And certainly not only for tech savvy people. It’s less straight forward than desinging for people like yourself. Vasilis created this Atlas project, which consists of a website and a book. For the book he had to print braille strips with URLs on them. Without them the book would be completely useless for blind people. The website on the other hand can be consumed in many different ways. It can be looked at on all sorts of devices, and if you don’t want to, or can’t look, you can use a screen reader to listen to it. That’s why Vasilis likes creating things for the web.

Willemijn’s reason

So many things we have to use are needlessly complex, and sometimes even unfriendly. And there’s really no need to when you take a little time — and Willemijn’s talent — to come up with solutions that are easy to use, and supporting. This is why Willemijn designs things. To fix this problem.