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Read about the projects, the people and passion that drive Fonk forward.

Impact Lab — Smart Spaces: Making sounds visible

We like to accept new challenges and step out of our comfort zone. That’s what our Fonk Impact Lab is about. It’s about thinking of creative solutions using the latest technology to solve problems in our daily life. In our opinion,a solution doesn’t need to be complicated for it to have an impact in a positive way. In today’s blog post we’d like to share Bart’s new solution in the context of our Impact Lab’s project called Smart Spaces which is about enhancing space with visual data that people can interact with.

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Our thoughts on the disturbing design trends of the tech industry

These 10 principles were originally a way for the industrial designer, Rams to formulate his ideology on design in the 1970’s. It has become a standard that is being taught at design academies and being used by designers as a measuring stick for good design.

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Think BIG! TEDx’s theme and how it matches up with Fonk’s vision

Part of being a successful digital agency is staying up to date with the newest technology. This is more than updating our apps to run on the latest version of Apple’s iOS. It’s about looking at the big picture of what certain developments can mean for our lives. Our business intern, Olya Andonova co-organised a TEDx event about just that: the newest developments that can change our lives significantly.

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How Fonk Amsterdam built and launched a 5-star dry cleaning delivery service in 4 months

We are living in a digital world. This world offers many opportunities for businesses to innovate and explore new markets. Companies who are not grasping these opportunities are running the risk of becoming obsolete. This is true for every industry, even ones that are classically analogue like the dry cleaning and laundry industry.

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Watch: Sample MadnesS with Eboman

At Fonk we are very lucky to share an office with audio visual artist and technology developer, Jeroen Hofs a.k.a. Eboman. His proximity has encouraged collaborations and has shown Fonk how art and technology come together in a great way. Eboman has been making innovative creations using video samples since the early nineties. In his performances he samples sounds along with the images that go along with that specific sound resulting in a cool jumbled music video. And now he’s doing something new: building software.

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13 September

The False Image of Fleece as an Eco-Friendly Solution

At Fonk we value sustainable, eco-friendly solutions to problems that matter. We love it when tiny solutions have a big impact. We also love it when our Fonky colleagues have side projects they are passionate about. That’s why we’re putting the side project of our colleague in the spotlight. This side project involved packing a building in fleece. Why? Because fleece sucks.

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Cool t-shirt, bro: T-shirt culture (at Fonk and beyond)

In general, Fonk is a pretty casual place to work. Not a fashionista in sight and everyone dresses the way they like. In this setting, the highest achievable praise is: ‘Hey, cool t-shirt!’. A quick smile is exchanged and we carry on with our work.

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Fonk’s search for happiness - part 1: A small company with big goals

Half a year ago, I became Fonk’s first Chief Happiness Officer. A new role, but an important one, since happy employees is one of the pillars of Fonk.

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From Amsterdam to Cape Town: Exchanging my cheese sandwich for a braai-lunch

For the past 3,5 years I have been working as a UX designer at Fonk Amsterdam. Beginning of this year, I got the opportunity to spend 6 weeks working from our office in Cape Town. The idea of going to South Africa was always present in my mind while I worked at Fonk, but suddenly the opportunity presented itself.

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How to build lovable products: 3 steps for having a big impact

Building digital products in the current world is hard. The world is changing at a fast pace. In this world it’s no longer about if you can build it, but if you can adapt to change and make people care about your ideas.

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Impact Lab: First step with ARKit for iOS 11

Earlier this week we told you about our Impact Lab and our Augmented Reality project that is making huge progress due to Apple’s ARKit release. Now we get into the details! From the perspective of an iOS developer

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Impact Lab: Augmented Reality Edition

Our devs are taking another step towards ubiquitous computing

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Hacker in Residence: [mck]

This project empowers Fonky creative developer, Matthijs to allocate time to making art, motivated by curiosity and creativity rather than by a business objective.

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Time & Style & Fonk

How can furniture design inspire digital design?

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MP-3PO: Shamelessly sharing our Guilty Pleasures 

Meet our new slackbot colleague: a unit protocol droid programmed to help organics with their musical requirements. 

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The Impact of Innovating the Secret Side of Healthcare

and Fonk’s role as a creative design studio in the humanization and clarification of it

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A cup of culture at the office 

How to open up people to new tastes in the world of a “bakkie pleur”.

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Fonky Book Club: Ready Player One 

At Fonk we have a few culture guilds that any Fonky employee can join to nerd out with colleagues about whatever their interests are. A few Fonkys have taken the initiative to start a new guild: the Fonky book club! 

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Hacker in Residence: MCK

This term refers specifically to development, but also reflects the core of all projects at Fonk: quality control by continuous iteration based on feedback. This ultimately leads to the making of higher quality products.

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Build Street: Fonk’s development workflow 

This term refers specifically to development, but also reflects the core of all projects at Fonk: quality control by continuous iteration based on feedback. This ultimately leads to the making of higher quality products.

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Human after all? 

It’s hard to keep up with all the progress that’s being made in ai nowadays. Watson is paving the way for different uses of machine learning, Waymo is driving safer than humans, and x.ai can schedule your meetings.

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Hoi Dokter: The story of an app for children

Hoi Dokter is one of Fonk’s own projects. It is one close to the heart and for good reason. It’s an iPad app that has helped families with the difficult situation of a hospital visit with their small child. This app is an ever improving project and has the ultimate goal of helping all families and children who are preparing for a hospital visit. The story of how this app came about and developed is an interesting one. 

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Jurre, Technical Artist at Fonk 

In a world where Nintendo likes to mess with people and create demand for their console and then not deliver enough to meet this demand, one man is on a noble quest to be the first of his friends to acquire and play the Nintendo Switch.

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Size Matters: The end of shoe sizes! 

You have a smart team of people, innovative technology at your hands and a great idea in your mind. This should be enough to create a successful product, right? This article is about how Fonk could offer one more very specific but extremely important facet to the development of an awesome app: 3Daboutme.

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