Sven Lenaerts
I'm Sven. I'm a product designer available for hire. My intention is to bring every product I touch to the next level, for both users and businesses. Previous: Product manager at Fueled, clients including: HBO & Verizon.
  • Business
    How To Put 'The Business Model Canvas' To Good UsePreview business model canvas
    The book "Business Model Generation" should ring a bell for freelancers and many entrepreneurs. It explores the possibilities of using a 'Business Model Canvas.' This is a model that you use to define the components of your business. It offers an interactive way to look at your current business model and improve your results. It's a way to keep moving forward with an iterative business plan. In today's article, we'll explore what the "Business Model Canvas" is, then learn how you can use it to create a new business or improve your current one.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Quick Tip: Pomodoro Technique to the Creative RescueTomato retina
    In some situations, we need to be creative quickly and effectively (we've all been in situations where there's a deadline looming in just a few hours). For example, perhaps a client wants last-minute changes, or a pitch is coming close and you want to make a great impression, but your presentation is still missing something.Read More…
  • Web Design
    The Future of User InterfacesInterface retina
    We are web designers and developers. As obvious as our work is (we build interactive media applications) there's a deeper meaning to what we do. We analyze design problems and explore different concepts to solve them. This also means that we think of the communication between a device and the user. We develop that communication. We design what the user sees and does.Read More…
  • Code
    Flat Design and SkeuomorphismMobile design flat flat icon 2x
    The design topics of flat design and skeuomorphism have been widely discussed as of late, particularly with the beta release of iOS 7. Despite this fact, many people are still unaware of these terms and their meanings. Today, we'll explore some of the key features of flat design and how this design trend is different from skeuomorphism.Read More…
  • Code
    Designing a Meaningful Social Layer for Mobile ApplicationsSocial layer preview@2x
    Applications with social features have become the norm, but, as a designer, it's important that you question how these social features add value for the user. In this article, we'll explore how to improve an application by designing a meaningful social layer. Read More…
  • Web Design
    Making the Most of Your Student YearsExploit potential retina
    For any aspiring designer or developer, your student years are a time full of opportunities to develop your professional life. Why should you wait until you have a degree to become more professional in what you do? In this article, we'll explore how you can use your student time to give you a great start in a professional career. Even though this article is aimed at students specifically, any designer or developer could pick up a thing or two to improve their (budding) career.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Connecting Creativity and CommerceCreativity and commerce retina
    During previous articles, we've focused on being more creative, or overcoming obstacles which prevent you from being creative. Today, we're making the sometimes difficult connection between creativity and business.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Polishing up Your Creative ProcessPolish diamond retina
    Today we'll focus on increasing your creative capabilities through an introduction to a couple of creativity techniques. An important key issue to understand is that creativity techniques are not magic tools to increase your creativity as skill. Rather, they act as guides to help you find possible creative solutions for the problem you're up against.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Intellectual Creative BlockIntellectual retina
    Beating any form of creative block is difficult, but hopefully this creativity session has helped so far. Today, we'll conclude our coverage of creative block, discuss some creativity techniques and prepare ourselves for becoming more creative.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Creative Block: Environmental and EmotionalBricks retina
    In the previous article we discussed the meaning of creative block. We introduced the observational block and possible solutions for overcoming it. In this article, we'll introduce two more types of creative block; the environmental block and the emotional block. Understanding how these occur in reality is an important step in beating them.Read More…
  • Code
    Understanding Mobile as a Lean-back MediumMobile design leanback previewretina
    A common misunderstanding occurs when designers look at a mobile device as an extension of their laptop, or, even worse, consider a mobile device as simply a smaller version of a traditional laptop or desktop computer. There is a distinct difference between how we use a traditional computer and a mobile device. Traditional computers represent a lean-forward medium, while mobile devices are essentially a lean-back medium. In this article, I'll show you the difference!Read More…
  • Web Design
    Creative Block 101Creative block 101
    In the previous article, I described the creative thinking process. Sometimes this process isn't as easy as you might think; problems may arise during any one of the various phases. For example, it might be difficult to formulate the exact wishes of the client, or perhaps you just can't achieve that light bulb moment. Your inspiration stops and you don't know what to do. Fortunately, it's perfectly possible to understand why you're suffering creative block and to face it head on.Read More…