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Perec and procedural design

With the “Zwijgen is geen optie” (Silence is not an option) website, I’ve always been aiming for a design that could evolve over time rather than having to redesign every few years. Just like the timelessness of the content we produce and our signature monochrome film editing, the foundation of our design should have a…

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The price for government subsidies

Every few months someone asks me why Zwijgen is geen optie (“Silence is not an option”, read more about it here) hasn’t applied for government subsidies. It’s a good question. Because the choice, even though I’m not always so sure it has been the right one, has been a crucial one for this project. My…

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On scale

I’ve been reading a bit of literature on physics. Turns out matter doesn’t exist? Matter only exists when two particles ‘meet’? Aka: in the physical world there is no matter, there are only events? (I’m summarizing here. Badly, probably.) It reminded me of something I read in Ray Dalio’s book a few years ago: the…

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On ambition

I’m drinking a beer with a well-known author in a small Antwerp pub. We’re talking about the promotion tour surrounding his book launch. The endless queue of ill-prepared interviewers he has to work through. Then he starts talking about a 20-something woman who works for a small magazine aimed towards the Christian community in our…

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Go rogue

I had the honour of speaking at an event about constructive journalism organised by the Brussels Center for Journalism Studies. The other speakers – both professors – brought some awesome research about what constructive journalism is and how it may benefit public debate in our society. But I learned even more from the conversations with…

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