About

coaching, strategy, design, development

Couture Online and Real World Experiences

Stef Kolman is free lance strategist, designer, developer. His work is defined by a constant push for innovation along with a quest for intimacy, clarity, simplicity and modesty. In addition to his client work, he is also known as founder and developer of near future technology startups such as bliin Yourlive, OpenCarData and Wealgo. His work has been published in varying media and outlets. With his wife Martine Stig and their two daughters - he currently lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Clients include: Viviane Sassen, Allard Meine Jansen, Thijme&Szafranska, Cargo in Context, Rietveld Academie, ClausHoltz, Elspeth Diederix, Cleo Campert, Paradiso, Yacht Randstad, Adidas, Rabo Vastgoed.

Awards include: Stichting DOEN Pitch | Winner 2016, European Satellite Navigation Competition | Overall winner 2010, Spin Award Innovation, Silver, Webby Award nomination for Best Integrated Mobile experience, European Satellite Navigation Competition | Winner 2007, ADTech Awards, Gold Award, Best sponsorship advertising

Services

I have the pleasure of helping outstanding individuals and organisations to reach their goals. I provide advise, development, design and delivery to accomplish the finest - most personal - bespoke end results. I very much enjoy discreet, direct contact in a background, serving role.

My work and interests are on the edges of business, technology, art & lifestyle. As a father of two daughters I have learned that ‘I’ is not an end, but a bridge towards a more just and brighter future.

coaching

Coaching—I find—is mostly about listening. The Sisters of Joy call it: "Listening one back into one's life." Coaching is about someone answering one's own questions; speak them, formulate them.

When I coach, mostly, preferably, I want to speak with the organisation at large—or it's key stakeholders—not just the client in particular. Trust & discretion are core factors and different kind of trust agreements have to be made with different people in an organisation.

Above all—when coaching—my aim is to get beyond the personal, individual and to find common ground in a shared objective, the entity that the group is striving for. When this becomes clear, jointly people can start working towards goals and results.

strategy

The client always knows best how to excell in their work. They are the experts and I always feel lucky to learn from them.

Strategy is the path to application of expertise in a clients' non-expert domain. Core to a succesful strategy is the continuity of value integrity. I can only take on clients if expert values can be upheld in non-expert domains.

design

The design process is part architectural part sculptural. Architectural as you're building structure, shape, texture, color, etc quite literally from the ground up. Sculptural as your carving, chipping, shaping away from the block to reveal its identity.

I love this process of creation and elimination, addition and exclusion, exeptance and rejection, seeking for an undeniable expression.

From the outset I work with real world prototypes. As much as possible I want a client to feel, to experience the product that we are building.

development

I am a self-taught developer. I always thought I could never learn the language of code, untill I tried. This doesn't make me the best developer but with determination, help and time I have always been able to create what I was thinking, without making concessions.

I speak HTML, CSS, Javascript & PHP. I like working with the Processwire CMS, a vastly more friendly, less invasive and less pollutive alternative to Wordpress.

I work with experts in my network to take on and solve assignments above my individual skill grade or scope size.

What's with These Quotes?

Over the years I've been collecting quotes. I am presenting them here, and I hope they may serve as some kind of personal profile and provide insight in my interests, my values and my thinking.

I'm showing them randomly through time. Except when a new one comes along, I'm showing the most recent.

Clients & Projects

WeAlgo | Wealgo (ongoing) Wealgo blends face recognition software with video-meetup spaces. It’s an online gathering of customized biometric avatars driven by face recognition algorithms ... a carnivalesque public playground, where Alter Algos meet.
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aanjagers | aanjagers (ongoing) Truth about team building. Aanjagers is founded by Marnix Stassen. For 25 years Marnix was a stage percussion musician with artist like Trijntje Oosterhuis, Alain Clark, Karin Bloemen, Lois Lane, Ilse de Lange, Edwin Evers, Lange Frans, Lee Towers en Glennis Grace. Aanjagers is teambuilding galore, with massive beat.
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allard architecture | Allard Architecture BV (ongoing) Allard Architecture, founded in 2006 by Allard Meine Jansen, is a Dutch multidisciplinary office that practices contemporary architecture, master planning and research. Located on the Prinsengracht, one of Amsterdam’s iconic canals, the office is located right in the heart of the historic centre of Amsterdam.
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Cargo in Context | cargo in context (ongoing) Not for profit art space website that reads like a tabloid newspaper. Whilst navigating it's content feels like an exploration, clear cut top navigation takes you to destined locations.
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Thijme&Szafranska | Thijme&Szafranska (2018) A high end creative retouch and post production studio based in Amsterdam run by two millennials who’s experience with photographic processing goes back to the happy times of dirty darkroom work. Non-overdosed retouch done with mastery, precision and good taste.
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thirza schaap | Thirza Schaap (2018) Cape Town based photographer Thirza Schaap portraits young (pre) adults like no one else. Google image results like website shows comprehensive overview; adding custom client portfolio feature.
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Viviane Sassen | viviane sassen (ongoing) As one of todays most prolific & iconic photographers, Viviane Sassen is renowned and respected equally for her fine art as for her innovative fashion images. This project focuses on further establishing the artist and her body of fine art work, exhibitions, installations & publications.
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bent | rietveld academie (2017) Rietveld's Beeld en Taal students graduation show website.
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bitcrust | tomas van der wansem (2017) Bitcoin Core maverick transforms efficiency of bitcoin transactions.
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BTCsoccer | bitcoin soccer (2017) Pure bitcoin registration free soccer betting for World Cup 2016
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ClausHoltz | clausholtz (ongoing) Dutch' favourite aesthetic doctor Floor Claus - is famous for her subtle, personal approach. This quality is pursued in CLAUSHOLTZ' online presence. A minimal, aspirational branding site, complemented with an authoritative Annex, emanating: trust, knowledge and fact.
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karakter | karakter wijnimport (2018) Wine import stocklist website
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kunstvlaai | kunstvlaai (2017) Advice & counsel art initiative icw Diederik Martens
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Miracle Garden | elspeth diederix (ongoing) The Miracle Garden is a unique flower garden in the Erasmuspark in West Amsterdam, initiated and designed by the Amsterdam-based visual artist Elspeth Diederix.
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Radical Reversibility | radical reversibility (ongoing) Ongoing support for Research Initiative exploring: Research Through Images
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Rhizomatique | Rhizomatique / Selene Kolman (2017) You are looking at 8 petri dishes inside a growth cabinet at the greenhouses of Plant Cell Biology at the University of Amsterdam (Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences).
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FestivalLand | Cleo Campert (2016) A photographic journey through Dutch festival culture and the nature surrounding them
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ListedBlue | listedblue (ongoing) A new, exclusive collection of meticulously sourced, hand-made, highly individual objects that have narrowly escaped obliteration. The Collection invokes a renewed sensation of value in a time when our product & production ecosystems are about to disrupt indefinitely.
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Martine Stig | martine stig (ongoing) Minimal UX website for photographer who's locus is photography itself.
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Paradiso Paraplay | paradiso amsterdam (2016) An immersive event at Amsterdam Paradiso showing the social relation between visitors and their musical preferences. While entering the event, visitors would upload their iTunes playlists and receive a unique number in return.
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Pizzetta Botanica | mediamatic (2016) Willem Veldhoven's MediaMatic, started a restaurant - featuring a prominent wood burnt, clay oven - yet without a dedicated pizzaiolo.
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yacht randstad | yacht randstad (2017) Interim consultant for Yachts new job market optimisation
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Prins Claus Fonds | Prins Claus Fonds (2016) Support for Bi-yearly mission & accomplishments review led by Phil Compernolle & Riemer Knoop.
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ReMAP | (2010) Replacement Game of Google Map tiles with custom tiles.
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Bouwkeet on tour | Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2009) Community ReMapping
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OpenCarData | EU-FP7 (2013) OpenCarData transforms fuel-efficient driving into an engaging social competition. It leverages smartphone technology with OBD-II vehicle diagnostics data to produce a smart vehicle-metering solution to help individual drivers and fleet managers to: SAVE FUEL COSTS AND REDUCE EMISSIONS.
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Urban Explorers | CBK Dordrecht (2008) City discovery tool using bliin
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bliin YourLive! | bliin bv (2011) Founded in 2006, bliin is one of the worlds' first location based social networks. The service enables consumer and business users to share 'Live' (real-time) location-based experiences through mobile phones and desktop computers.
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Wood meets bliin | Motive Gallery Amsterdam (2006) Collaboration with Martine Stig & Vanessa van Dam
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Regge in Lich | Gemeente Hellendoorn (2005) Light artwork voor Huis van Cultuur en Bestuur Nijverdal
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LEDwork | Woningbedrijf Ymere / Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (2003) A hypnotizing LED field - invoking Amsterdam's long history with water, powered by Solar energy.
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sony ericsson | media catalyst (2005) Creative director for Amsterdam based digital marketing agency Mediacatalyst
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CARESS | Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst (2003) Automotive intimacy Artist in Residency research
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CATALOGUE 4 | (2002) The Coca-Cola issue. With editors: Maurice Scheltens & Goodwill
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COMMITMENT | Keuze uit 3 jaar Fonds BKVB (2002) 3 DVs installations
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KPN Namedropping | KPN (2002) Develop dynamic content for the façade of the KPN Tower / Kop van Zuid, Rotterdam, in response to the tumultuous run up to the Dutch elections of 2002, by advertising the cities' rich, culturally-diverse identity by presenting it's populace signatures on the tower.
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Lacquerware Workers Bagan Birma | Hoofdtoren Hoorn (2002) Video installation Upstream 400yr VOC.
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SOLD | (2002) Jim Beard auction at Christie's Amsterdam.
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THE PLEASURE OF LANGUAGE | Montevideo (2002) The influence of online media on language and games.
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Christina Perrin | christina perrin (2001) Brief: Develop a 'Full Idea Kit' for the first Christina Perrin fashion store in downtown Manhattan/ New York.
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SEE YOU | Adfo Web / Adformatie (2002) Personalised operator Logo SMS tool.
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Adidas Want to Play | adidas International B.V. (2000) When adidas International approached us to develop a daring second dimension to the adidas ATL campaign that would bring soccer and adidas star soccer players closer to kids during FIFA's EURO2000 to be held in Netherlands and Belgium, we developed an award winning full mobile game environment with a cell phone as 'joystick'.
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DAVICE | Da Vinci College Dordrecht (2002) High school community group text messaging.
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KKEP_Collection | Gemeentelijke Kunstaankopen / Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2000) Online Auction / For Real.
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Dutch Individuals | Dutch Individuals (1999) Campagne en party add-on voor presentatie Dutch Individuals in op de designers beurs in Milaan.
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ID_STRIP | Rijksgebouwendienst (1999) Multi media 'archeology installation for opening new wing of Rijksmuseum van Oudheden / Leiden.
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KKEP ShrinkWrap | Impakt Festival (1999) Shrinkwrappen glasbakken Utrecht en Ltd Edition catalogus.
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BILLBOARD-BAR | De Appel / Amsterdam (1998) Tijdens de opening van de expositie Seamless.
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GREEN GED | Rabo en Amvest vastgoed (1998) Start-bouw-activiteit woningen Ypenburg.
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KAAS BOVEN KAAS | Onder de Hemel de Polder (1998) Campagne streekeigen boerenkaas.
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KKEP DELFTWRAP | Delft (1998) i.h.k.v. KunstEstafette 1998.
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OOR RELAUNCH | OOR magazine (1998) Relaunch party voor muziekblad OOR in de Bagagehal.
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PRECRASH | TYP TXT ONLY (1998) Full colour A4 achterkant bijdrage/advertentie.
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STARTSHOOTING | Rabo Vastgoed (1998) Start bouw Graansilo's Amsterdam.
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GED DejaVu | Arti et Amicitiae / Amsterdam (1997) Installatie met performance / live webcam en clip.
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KKEP in Uitgelicht 2 | (1997) KunstRAI.
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KKEPWEB advertorial | Metropolis M (1997)
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ULTRA GED | Bagagehal Stichting Kunstwerk Loods 6 (1997) Opening night of a new exhibition space in Amsterdam. In front of this ‘UV-Beach’ behind the installation of 25 meters empty supermarket display, 25 Asian women were hosting the night : serving drinks to a sun bathing public.
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GED ON TOUR | Melkweg (1996) Installatie tijdens "Time Machine".
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KKEPWEB op het Internet | (2000) http://www.kkep.com
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STARCHANNEL | P.A.R.K 4DTV (1996)
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ETERNITY - STARCHANNEL - STRONG STEEL - TOXIC & CREDITS | (1995) Kunstkanaal / Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.
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SHORAMA MAN - LOVE AFTER GOD | KunstRai (1995)
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Digital Space-Scaping voor Mister Magic | (1994)
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LATE NITE SHORAMA ENTERTAINMENT | (1994) Media event in Amsterdam (dia-projectie op etalageruiten).
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