What I’m about
I started out as a musician in the 1980s, making electronic/ new wave music and I moved between Amsterdam, London and New York. In my early 20s my band got signed to London indie music label 4AD and later we signed to PolyGram (NYC). We made 4 albums and toured the world. By the late 90s, I decided to swap the music industry for the world of web and study again.
I have a Masters degrees in Psychology and a BSc degree in Computer Science (Human Computer Interaction). I like the combination of technical, psychological and creative elements that make up web design. The web is an interactive medium and websites need to be functional by nature. Combined with information, key messages and meaning, it’s a fascinating mix. I’m particularly interested in the psychology in user interface design, and how to make the web a more enjoyable experience.
I love design in general; from graphic design, to the design of a chair, to UX design. As a student I started out as screen print designer at the Milky Way, a famous music venue in Amsterdam. I also really enjoy and get inspired by photography. You can find some of my photos here: www.ankadesign.co.uk