Bart Vander Sanden

Freelance web developer/graphic designer in Leuven, Belgium

Sleeping cat

Sleeping cat (drawn with Clip Studio Paint on my iPad Pro)

A drawing of our cat, sleeping on the sofa.

I’m trying out Clip Studio Paint on my iPad Pro as a drawing app, and it’s quite nice. The lines feel a bit more refined that those drawn by Procreate, but it’s not a big difference. I’ll see if I’ll keep using it before my trial period ends.

Our trip to Japan (video)

A few months ago we spend around three weeks in Japan to discover their nature, culture and food. With our phones in hand we documented this trip, in which we traveled to Tokyo, Nikko, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Okayama and then back to Tokyo.

We filmed this footage with an iPhone 8, a Samsung Galaxy S5 and a Sony RX100 Mark III. Editing was done in Premiere Pro on a Macbook Pro 13” (2017), but the .hevc files out of the iPhone were nearly impossibly slow to work with, so they were first converted to a bunch of low resolution proxy files to make them usable in Premiere. Apparently Final Cut Pro X is a lot better for these (4k60) files, but oh well.

Linked: Using A Static Site Generator At Scale: Lessons Learned

Here’s an interesting article by Stefan Baumgartner on using Jekyll for larger sites. I’ve noticed myself that the build time for this (Jekyll based) website takes a lot longer with a large number of posts.

Generating this website with just the blog takes a few milliseconds, but when I add my concert photo galleries it bumps up to 6 seconds. Still fast enough, but I can imagine this becoming a problem at a larger scale.

His solution (splitting up the different parts of the website) is interesting, simple, and very effective.

Brussels Airlines - Magritte

Poster of SN Magritte - Brussels Airlines © Thomas De Louker

A few months ago I was asked to design a new poster at Brussels Airport for the Magritte plane of Brussels Airlines. It was nice to work with this special plane again, as I also worked on its design a few months prior (with Thomas Dieu and Thomas De Louker).

Reveal of SN Magritte - Brussels Airlines © Bart Vander Sanden

(First photo by Thomas De Louker)

Mint

Mint plants in our garden

We tend to use a lot of mint at home (mojito’s and Thai beef salads are the best), so we have a lot of those plants in our garden. The warm summer weather is treating them very nicely at the moment.

Trying to get back into blogging

For years I’ve been trying to start a blog. Previously, my blogs where always about one subject (concert photography, web design, …), but this always felt restrictive to me. I’m the kind of person that’s always busy with 500 things at a time (to a fault), so I think it’s better for myself to just start writing down what comes up in my mind. Let’s see if this goes somewhere.