Combine Interaction & Design

And you'll find out what I like to do.

Welcome at Menjar

About
Hi! I'm Menno.
I'm an enthusiastic and curious Interaction & User Experience Designer with a unique view on problems. And I like good usability.

After graduating from Gymnasium in 2012 I decided to study Communication & Multimediadesign at The Hague University. Visual, Interaction and User Experience Design are the keywords of my study. Though, I've also learned to develop communication strategies and develop in HTML/CSS/JS[jQ].

A lot has happened since 2012. My portfoliowebsite was chosen as favorite by an expert jury, during the first year's students presentations. I also have received my propaedeutics cum laude. I also started my own webdesign company, where I have worked on several cool projects. In 2013 I was a Visual- and Interaction Design intern at Tam Tam. In 2015 I participated in the INCMD-DDA talent programme, where I was able to attend 8 masterclasses at awesome companies.

Then I was an Austauschstudent - in yes - Germany😋! I studied at the Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart, where I focused on brand experience, marketing and concepting (both in German and English). After that I graduated in The Netherlands with a project where I made a user-friendly platform to read out measurements from smart-city sensors.


"Make users smile while using their devices. That's what I work for every day"

How to make me happy
Tennis Longboarding Keyboard Couchsurfing
Skiing Photography Travelling Designing
NO templates. Blegh.
How I (try to) make you happy
Sketch (Pro) Keynote (Pro) Lightroom (ok) Brackets (ok)
HTML/CSS/JS

Projects
All well considered.
I've worked with pleasure on projects for clients, school and myself. Will you be part of my next project?
project Coachgezocht.nu icon Coachgezocht.nu
Coachgezocht.nu
Concept, UX & Design
Coachgezocht.nu
Concept, UX & Design

Finding your perfect coach online was difficult in The Netherlands. No central place to search existed, and there was no clue whether someone was good. Coachgezocht.nu solves both problems.

My role Based on an idea of Sander Goethals, I specified his thoughts and reviewed his target group. Using interviews with our future users, we found out that the target group was different then expected at first. I designed the website with a great emphasis on user experience. Only with a great UX, the site could be successful.
Logo The logo features three thoughts. At first it is a C of Coachgezocht.nu. Second, the middle keyhole means the "key to your succes" - using a coach found by us. Third, the keyhole also represents a person.

What the customer says...

Jarwa Webdesign (Menno) designed a website for me which I'm very proud of, and receive a lot of compliments about. The reason for me to work with him was his creativity and attention to details. Those are, in my opinion, aspects you can only learn limited. Those skills are present naturally by Menno.
In our collaboration, I also noticed his commitment and how he can be resolute. It often seems that Menno already has a certain idea in which direction the design has to go, and can talk about that idea with a lot of passion. Since I don't have a design background, it was great to drop my ideas with him, so that he could create a vision in which direction the design should go.
With his involvement, Menno also shows a lot of initiative, and is focused on a high quality result. He's not afraid to do the work for that. He, for example, started to search for future users for my website to get more feeling with the target audience.

Sander Goethals
SPMG Web Services B.V.
project Fotografie Ossendorp icon Fotografie Ossendorp
Fotografie Ossendorp
Concept, UX, Design & Development
Fotografie Ossendorp
Concept, UX, Design & Development

Fotografie Ossendorp is a real family business, and works mainly on school photography.

My role Fotografie Ossendorp didn't have an idea for the new website yet, therefore I found out what the website should be used for. Attracting new customers, giving answers to FAQ (for parents and new customers), and link to the photo ordering system.
After the final design was ready, I coded the website. Seen by around 1200 visitors each month.

project First Portfoliowebsite icoon First Portfoliowebsite
First Portfoliowebsite, 2012
Concept, UX, Design & Development
First Portfoliowebsite, 2012
Concept, UX, Design & Development

During my first year, I designed my first portfoliowebsite. Just to show who I am, and what cool projects I worked on.

Prize From 120 first-year CMD students, 5 were selected to present their portfolio to an expert jury (consisting of Tam Tam, Fabrique & DPI Animation House).
At the end, my portfolio was chosen as winning portfolio by them. That made me kinda.. happy! The online version isn't updated anymore, see it as history 😊.

project Logo Design icoon Logo Design
Logo Design
Design
Logo Design
Design

Moments that I was bored (doesn't happen often), I just started to design random things. For example logos.

Franscar / Swedencar I found an old printed version of a franscar logo, and tried to make it digital using Sketch. When I was ready with that, I thought "hey, why not for another country?", which is when I made the Swedencar logo.

project My.Workplace icoon My.Workplace
My.Workplace
Concept, UX & Design
My.Workplace
Concept, UX & Design

The building of The Hague University in Delft has got thousands of built-in smart sensors. But employees or students can't use the benefits of it. I suggested an app for them.

Process I spoke with a lot of employees at the building, so did I with the students. I found out what the different target groups needed: an app where they could see, and where possible, adjust the settings of the space they are in.
Notifications about precarious measurements (like a high CO2 level) are also sent to the app users, to make them feel comfortable: if something would be wrong, they will be notified. For your whole workplace The app doesn't only provide information about the current measurements, but also shows your timetable, and notifies about upcoming events. Available rooms to work in are also visible/bookable in the app. For both of those cases, the room's measurements are also shown. It's for example possible to open the vent in advance, to enter a room with fresh air.

project Toppie! icon Toppie!
Toppie!
Concept, UX & Design
Toppie!
Concept, UX & Design

Make the workday of a cognitively impaired worker easier with Toppie!

The challenge Ipse de Bruggen is a non-profit organization where cognitively impaired workers go to a sort of day care, and work on several jobs. Some are repairing bikes, others make handicrafts, or prepare the lunch.
Depending on the difficulty, step-by-step-cards are available to perform a task. Those books are clumsy, and are lost most of the time. The capabilities also vary per employee, for some the steps are too detailed, for others too easy. Futhermore, schedules are places on every department to see who has to perform which task. The solution Toppie provides an all-in-one solution for those problems. The daily schedule is shown to start their current task (step-by step), but other tasks are there as well. Each application will be personal, which allows a personal level of instructions (and monitor the progress of the worker).
The icons used are special ones from Visitaal, and are currently used in their workplaces. To make the swith to an app as easy as possible, this iconset was chosen.


Photography
Part of my life.
I spent a lot of time with my camera, and attended several photography courses to experiment with photography techniques. And I'm still enjoying it. More photos here and here.

Jarwa Webdesign
For happy customers.
As my designs were liked during my first study year, I decided to start my own company. Great decision so far. I've worked on awesome projects, and applied the knowledge of my study in practice.
Consulting
We will find your own digital path, discovering different concepts. I also help with usability issues.
Creation
I primarily design websites, but also work on your logo or business cards. Photography is also done by myself
Development
I develop websites by myself. For more complex systems, I work together with thrusted partners.

About Jarwa Webdesign
In 2012 I participated in a summer-school, De Zomerondernemer. This is a traject specifically for youths, who want to start their own company. I attended interesting courses about taxes, the chamber of commerce, and so on. Soon after that, Jarwa Webdesign was founded.
I started my company with a mission: help small companies to be found online. Think about the café on the corner, or the fruit store next to your home. We also don't like templates: we design things 100% by ourselves.

What the customer says...

Jarwa Webdesign (Menno) designed a website for me which I'm very proud of, and receive a lot of compliments about. The reason for me to work with him was his creativity and attention to details. Those are, in my opinion, aspects you can only learn limited. Those skills are present naturally by Menno.
With his involvement, Menno also shows a lot of initiative, and is focused on a high quality result. He's not afraid to do the work for that. He, for example, started to search for future users for my website to get more feeling with the target audience.

Sander Goethals
SPMG Web Services B.V.

Contact
Always in touch.
Any ideas you would like to talk about? Just want to meet for a coffee? Or just talk about your life story. I'm happy to listen. Typically I answer you within 6 hours.
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