My name is Sterre, I was born on 16/6/1999 and I just started studying Creative Technology at the University of Twente. I
like to make art, I love (my) cats, photograph now and then (eventhough it's not that impressive), play guitar and climb indoors.
I'm just a dork who dreams a lot! A few former teachers of mine often described me as a "verwarde professor". I can agree with that, but
I don't think (or, well, hope,) that I'm always like that. When it comes to work and planning, I'm very organised.
I also love to talk, eventhough I seem shy at the first encounter. That's just me dreaming away or not knowing what to say.
Currently I'm learning to speak Japanese, which is a lot of fun, but also hard work. I try to keep up with it, but sometimes I totally
forget that I'm learning it.
As a creative Technologist, I want to change the world in a positive way with the knowledge I'm going to gain. I want to create a
peaceful and green place. I've always wanted to make a good impact on our planet, and I hope I can actually make that dream come true.
Please enjoy this website!
In module 2 we learned how to design like a professional designer. We did this with markers.
End Project Module 2 Programming
For the end project of module 2, Charlotte and I made a device that helps to take better care of your plant.
I participated in the course model drawing for Professional Development. It was very interesting.
Poster End Exhibition
For Visual Communication, we had to make a poster for the end exhibition. I'm proud of what I made.
WallE end piece
This is how I showed WallE when the figure had to be graded. I made some changes at the end.
This poster was made by me. This is for our video project: "Red Riding Hood".
For our final assignment, we have to make an interactive animation form a piece of Milan Kunc.
This is art I made for Inktober. In october there is a trend to draw everyday a drawing with ink.
I made my cat when he was sleeping. He is very cute and fluffy and that's why I drew him.
This watercolour was made in Scotland and was inspired by the magical the Isle of Sky.
With this painting above I tried to create a feeling of freedom and also acceptance.
The pattern and colours of her sweater have the same colours as the bisexual flag.
At the moment I'm working on two projects that involve the Arduino. One project is a project for people who can't see and who want to
navigate through a city. We came up with a device that is able to tell from a 'beacon' where a mobile phone is. If the mobile phone is in a certain
range of the beacon, it will play an audio message about the place where the person with the phone is. For instance, there is a shopping mall over here,
or 'Watch out! This road ends here.'.
The other project I'm working with is a device I'm making with Charlotte van Doorn.
We have made a device that can measure the temperature of the air, humidity of the air and the moisture of the ground. We modified the device so that
it can tell someone whether a plant needs more water, and whether the temperature is good enough for the plant. On the left you can see how our project looks like.
This module is a whole lot different than module 1. We are working on projects right now that use more technology than the projects
of module 1. We practiced a lot with the Arduino. In turtorials we learned how to move a servo with the Arduino, and how to use sensors. (And how to
use those variables to create drawings on the laptop.) Overall I have a lot of fun learning about the Arduino.
Today was the day of the End Exposition of the module. I was not expecting a lot from it, but I turned out to be fun! First Emma and Lotte
installed the video. Then I came to our installation and later Anne and Charlotte joined. There were a lot of people and a lot of movies.
Everything was impressive. It was clear that everyone put a lot of effort in their projects.
I enjoyed it overall a lot. It was fun to see what everyone had made. Everyone made something completely different which was really cool. It was a
great ending of the first module.
A few weeks ago I went to the Twente Science Night.
It was a lot of fun! I totally forgot to mention it.There were a lot of installations in the church on the 'Oude Markt'.
There was a pillow that moved by itself, the purpose was unclear for me. I also saw a robot that guessed your gender and age. The robot thaught that
I was 35 years old and that I was a male. A funny robot, I must say. The installation I liked most was a device, that looked like an oculus rift, but it
wasn't entirely virtual reality. It was really cool. You could see through it, same with glasses, but you could see something being drawn in
the air. Very impressive and intriguing.
We had to review a website of someone else from this course. I had to review the portfolio website of Julian Elsten.
I was seriously impressed. I especially liked the navigation menu. It's very clear where you are and where you can go. However, there were
some things that bothered me. This is the website I had to review.
When you click on the portfolio or blog bar, you will go to a whole new page. I think the meaning is, is to go down (what the navigation bar does).
That was a bit annoying. Furthermore, when you go down and up again, sometimes a picture of a section will not fill the whole page.
I like and dislike the design. I don't think the sections fit well with each other. It feels like they all have a different design. I also have this feeling
when I go to a portfolio piece. I do like the way that it's minimalistic, but I think the style should be chosen consistently.
I learned that you can have a different ways to present a website. I also learned that consistency is important and a clear menu as well.
I inspected this page The page is designed by HooThemes.
This page has a main header with a title in it. There is a section class = page-wrap, and there is a footer. I'm unable to see the text since where the
text should be, there is a link to a website. The information on this page about the website is a bit boring. More information about for instance,
where the website is for, is missing. The whole page is quite standard, maybe personalizing would be better here.
I think it's difficult to say what I "personalized".
The first thing I changed was the order. In the template I used, the Portfolio was first, and the about section was later. Later I decided to
add bars between the sections. I also made a Blog section, since that was neccessary for the website. I decided to have it on the same page as the
about me section and the Portfolio.
I changed the Portfolio section quite a lot. When you click on an image, you will go to a whole new page with more information about what's displayed
in the image. That's something I'm really proud of, since I think it's great if a website has this.
What's also personal is the background I used. The old background was too boring. I did not enjoy it, eventhough it looks professional. I like
the background I used better, but I'm not entirely happy with it. I do think it looks more personalized because of this.
What's more is that I shrinked the size of the menu bar. I thought it took too much space. I also changed a few details in the menu bar, like
the icons, and I linked it to my instagram.
I also changed the background of the text. You are now able to read the text parts better. I also changed the font, since I didn't like the first
one. I still don't know if I'm satisfied with this font, but for now I can live with it.
Today I added a few other pieces to my Portfolio. I added the WallEs to my Portfolio and some art. Here
is a link with more information about the WallEs. (You can also scroll up and click on the image with the WallEs!)
I started with this in the first week and I'm still working on it right now.
So this week is my third week studying Creative Technology. It feels way shorter than that. Some things are still new to me
(like the buildings). Everything goes by really fast! I've met a lot of fun people. I'm still trying to find my way, but
I'm getting there. (I've probably said that a lot to myself.)
But yeah, the actual study itself. I really like the study. It's different from what I expected but not in a bad way. I actually
think it's cooler than what I thought it was going to be. I do have the feeling that we don't have work a lot yet.
I think it's cool that I already made a website like this and that I can program a bit.
With programming I made the figure WallE. When you click you will see a different background, and a plant appear in the hands of WallE. I also
made a class WallE, that is easier for me to make an extra WallE figure. We will be doing that in the distance future, which is going to be fun.
I hope I can add a few more interactive aspects sooner or later.
I'm also working on this website. I'm using a template, but I've modified a few things. I've changed the order and I've figured out the background!
I also changed some small details, like the icons next in the menu bar. It took me a while to figure that out, but it worked! What seriously took
a long time was to find out how to link my instagram to my Portfolio website. It was eventually really simple.
It was already there, but I've added some art in my Portfolio section. If you click right now you will get more information about the paintings!
You can scroll up, but you can also click here
to check out my first post. You can also check out the other images in the Portfolio section!
Last week I started with the website I've right now. Before I started, I made a few sketches. Since I thought that my ideas were too difficult
for the website I wanted, I looked at different templates. I'm happy that the photo section is present, as is the Blog section and the About me section.
I would like to change it a bit though. It would be better when you click on for instance the photo's, you would go
to another page with more information about that photo. The Blog section is in my opinion finished, I think it looks
'cool' this way. I don't know how I have to do that, but I will figure that out.
I also want to changes the bars between the sections. Some do not
cover the whole page. Something that's still missing is a background photo. I wanted to do that, but have no idea how, and I also have not really looked
into that. I will try to do it.
Thursday afternoon I visited the Gogbot festival. I saw a lot installations, but I'll only discuss the one I liked most and the one that irritated me a lot.
The installation I liked most was Bus Lightyear. The whole setup was worked out. You were in a spacecraft, which was more than the other Visual Reality games had done.
The other Visual Reality games weren’t as elaborated from the outside. I also liked the details in the space craft. There were a few buttons,
a chair you could sit in and a screen where you could see how much oxygen was in the spacecraft. There was a big screen in front of me, that showed a universe where you travelled through.
Everything felt so unreal and so real at the same time.
What I liked most about the installation was that it was interactive and well made. I had a lot of fun being in there.
The other installation did not give me that feeling. A lot of installations were just standing and you couldn’t do something.
That’s one of the reasons I like Bus Lightyear the most. You were experiencing the whole game, you did not look for a while and
moved on to the next part. To me the other installations were in that aspect quite a bore. The most important aspect was that
I felt like I was in an entirely new world. I was somewhere else, and I did not have that feeling when I was in the other installations.
The whole concept of being in space was amazing to me. Even though it wasn’t real, it was just incredible being in space. I probably also
liked it more than the rest because it was my first Visual Reality experience ever, and that will always have a special place in my heart.
For me it was the main event of all the installations.
I don’t recall the name of the installation I hated most, but I can clearly tell why I was annoyed by it.
It was an installation with around twenty tablets on the ground, and one big screen behind the tablets. The screens all showed a short animation that was looped over and over.
You could hear audio coming from the tablets or audio installations that were nearby. The animation was a mix of random characters and animals. A random figure would appear and it would turn around.
I recognised a few images, cats, some Pokemons which were modified a bit, a few computers and/or television installations, parts of the female body and a character known by Japanese culture, Miku Hatsune.
The images were displayed with a rapid speed, and the light of the screens were flashing as well. Because of the speed and the light, I was very annoyed by everything. Not to mention the loud noise you could hear.
The ‘music’ was a sound that was repeated. The sound was a short fragment of a computer that was making noise. The installation was thus extremely loud, seriously overwhelming and confusing. It became too much.
The place where it was installed was a bit crowded and stuffy. I wanted to get out, as soon as possible. I don’t think I ever felt that uncomfortable when seeing ‘art’.
For me the purpose was unclear and the installation itself was very annoying. I didn’t like it because it made me somewhat anxious.
Twente, the Netherlands
University of Twente