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The new balancing act between life and work

The inevitable fading borders between work and life Not surprisingly, working from home brings us many challenges. Not only do we have to find out how to do our work remotely, we are also faced with the inevitable fading borders between work and life. We used to go out of our house and literally change [...]
Oda Landsman
Apr 21, 2020 · 8 min read

Why design can help your company in times of crisis

The power of design: navigating uncertainty! In our new reality, we’ll have to redesign our processes and propositions, try out new things, find out what works and what does not, learn from it and improve continuously. We live in uncertain times and no one knows what this new reality will actually look like. But there’s [...]
Why design can help your company in times of crisis
Mar 30, 2020 · 5 min read

How do you set up a remote user test?

Now, a remote user test is quite a different animal. We’ve been doing some remote user tests during international projects in the past, but we actually had a full day of user tests planned on our first day of remote working! This required some last minute preparations. However, now that we’re better prepared and since [...]
How do you set up a remote user test?
Mar 25, 2020 · 7 min read

When your home becomes your office

Just like (almost) everyone these days, our Koosjes are currently working from home. Although we often work remotely during international projects, we now have to implement this way of working in everything we do. That’s quite a stretch from our normal working days, which involve a lot of contact with both our colleagues and our [...]
When your home becomes your office
Mar 20, 2020 · 6 min read

Ten years of Koos (part 2)

What is the biggest difference between Service Design in 2009 and 2019? Back in 2010, practically no one knew what Service Design was. I remember one of our first new business meetings, where we talked for an hour about why Service Design is awesome. At the end of the conversation, the client bravely asked us [...]
Robbert-Jan van Oeveren
Jan 30, 2020 · 6 min read

Ten years of Koos (part 1)

Koos was founded in 2009, why did you decide to start the company? I don’t know why, but I have always had the drive to start my own company. Maybe it was because I came from a family of entrepreneurs. Or maybe it was because of the company I owned during my study time in [...]
Robbert-Jan van Oeveren
Jan 30, 2020 · 5 min read

Employee Experience exceeds HR

EX for engagement: we need more than chocolates Why do people take a job at your company, why do they stay and what makes them leave? All questions to help you understand how you can attract and retain your human capital. With talent scarcity, HR needs to focus on figuring out the needs of their [...]
Noortje Hartman
Oct 15, 2019 · 3 min read

Abandoning suit and tie to become a Service Designer

How it all started Born as a curious person with multiple interests, I struggled to choose a field of study and later a profession. Unable to select between rational thinking and creativity, I followed my grandma’s advice and enrolled in a major in economics. Thank you, grandma! It was a safe choice with plenty of [...]
Artur Poluektov
Aug 12, 2019 · 8 min read

Touchpoint Strategy Canvas  –  a practical tool for combining Service Design with UX Design.

Your service compromises multiple touchpoints, with their own strategy and UX. To combine the approaches successfully and get the most out of your team’s effort, service design should be alternated with UX Design. This article presents a tool to do this in practice — Let’s go yeehhh Alternating the approaches sounded great in theory. However, [...]
Emilie van Spronsen
Jul 01, 2019 · 7 min read

3 pitfalls in combining Service Design with UX Design.

I must admit, that I’ve fallen in love with the combination of the two approaches. My life as a designer has improved: I — previously a ‘hardcore’ UX’er — am enjoying my job so much more, as I am designing solutions in close relation to actual users with actual preferences and behaviors. My designerly assumptions (“I’ve found the solution”) made a place [...]
Emilie van Spronsen
Jun 28, 2019 · 5 min read

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