About us? It's not really about us, is it?
Duoh! is really about you. More than that, our work is about your users and their experience of you and what you offer.
Yet, we do have a tiny little story to tell, a peek at who we are. Two things you can already guess: It's a love story, and it's about design.
Veerle, graphic design degree in hand, started Duoh! in 1992, focusing on freelance print work. In 1994, she was wooed by Geert Leyseele. Clutching her strong graphic design principles under one arm, and her heart in the other, she took the leap, and a little while later, beautiful little Duoh! n.v. was born.
As it turned out, Geert wasn't just another pretty face. Veerle's hero brought superpowers to her business: X-ray vision to see around corners into the future of the web, a drive to move to Web Standards, an eye for project management, and the ability to leap wireframes and IA obstacles in a single bound.
When Veerle's blog became famous around the world for her tutorials and insights on design, CSS, and other subjects, fascinated readers saw the picture in the heading and asked, "Is that the designer's girlfriend?" No, it was Veerle, the other happy half of Duoh!
Life is our inspiration
We inhale the richness of life :
- sharing love, laughter, and knowledge with our friends and web community
- absorbing design (from galaxies to retro menus to bathroom faucets, we see it everywhere)
- putting our minds to design puzzles
- digging deeply into markup and code so our designs can sing
- delighting in chill house and progressive house music, art and artists, lovely sandy beaches, and biking through the countryside
and, then, we exhale websites.
Growing up but staying small
We love what we do and want to do it ourselves, not manage others. We create websites for some Big Clients (and fresh, little start-ups, too), and choose our clients just as carefully as they choose us. Each day, we throw ourselves passionately into the task of becoming better at work and at play. The rest of the Duoh! story? Look around; our work says it all.
- Duoh! was selected to be in the Adobe® CS3 Web Workflow Guide (p. 62 - 63 of the PDF) which is included in the Creative Suite 3 Web Premium box
Acknowledgments & awards
- Veerle is nr. 39 on 'NxE’s Fifty Most Influential Female Bloggers'
- Veerle on NetDiver powagirrrl
- Veerle’s blog, 2006 Artypapers Awards Best Redesign
- Veerle’s blog, 2nd place in 'Site of The Year' and 2nd place in the category 'Blogging' for the first CSS World Awards
- Veerle’s blog on CSS Beauty
- Veerle theme for Netvibes
- 3 sets of Blogger skins in 3 color variations for Google (not implemented yet)
Interviews with Veerle
- Sweet Lemon Magazine
- The Great Discontent
- De Tijd (Belgian newspaper - in Dutch)
- Bloovi (in Dutch)
- Adobe Design Center
- Velora Studios
- Noupe (Smashing Magazine)
- Borsatoo (Belgian/Dutch Mac website - in Dutch)
- CNBE / Creative Network Belgium
- Bene.be: 5 questions about "editorial design"
- EE Insider
- Opera Developer Network
- The Graphic Design School
- Mirificam Press
- Vector TutsPlus
- Digital Web
- Flanders Today (PDF file)
- Subtraction about illustrating
- Multimania 2012, XPO Kortrijk, Belgium
- An Event Apart Boston 2011
- New Adventures In Web Design conference | Nottingham | 20th January 2011
- EECI2010, The European ExpressionEngine & CodeIgniter Conference at Leiden, The Netherlands
- Multimania 2010, XPO Kortrijk, Belgium
- EECI2009, The European ExpressionEngine & CodeIgniter Conference at Leiden, The Netherlands
- Panel speaker at SXSWi 2009, Austin TX: Color Angels, Episode 1: Colors: It's Not Black and White
- Panel speaker at SXSWi 2007, Austin TX: Design Workflows at Work (How Top Designers Work Their Magic)
- Speaker at Web Directions North, Vancouver BC (2006) with Dave Shea: Finding Creativity in the Design Process
- Panel speaker at @media 2006, London: Good Design vs. Great Design
- Panel speaker at SXSWi 2006, Austin TX: Starting Small