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I work with various tools, methods and disciplines to creatively express myself throughout my work. Whether it's a technical or visual challenge, me and my skills can handle it!

Since my start in web development in 2002, I've amassed a skill set that allows me to serve clients in a wide range of fields. Below is a list of some instruments in my toolbox, along with an expertise rating out of a hundred percent. The list is not meant to be exhaustive, but it is meant to give a general indication of the ground I'm familiar with.

(X)HTML 4/5
PHP 4/5
CSS 2/3
ActionScript 2/3

Communication is key

Having a personal connection with my work is important to me. And since all of my work is actually about interaction with people, I need to personally feel comfortable bringing the project's concept over to the target group. My takeIn order for a project to be successful in my book, everyone who is working on the project has to be well-informed and able to add their own inspiration. Communication is more than listening to instructions.
Communication creates a transparent atmosphere where creativity will flourish!

Passion for technology

Being born in the age of information is a big deal. You are able to obtain so much knowledge by just browsing the web that becoming a polymath or "homo universalis" is not hard to achieve. Outdated mediums of transferring knowledge have almost become obsolete. Therefore, it feels like my duty to show off the very best that I can do.
I want to create things that will benefit you and your clients.

Creativity takes courage

Creativity is a great property for creating visual designs and illustrations. But creativity is not all about knowing your way around in the visual world. Being creative means that you are able to solve problems, formulate a vision and reach a resolution.
I can find a way out when you're in a pickle and challenges along the way can be conquered by thinking critically and creatively.

Unbreakable teamwork

Even Superman needs a team for the bigger challenges. It's great when you can work alone and achieve a lot just by yourself. Though a lot of times having a team means being more productive and diverse. Your product or service becomes rock solid and unbreakable because a team effort guarantees the best out of every member.
That's why I love working with a team: it means you are able to achieve more by working together.

Strategic advantage

Great projects require prioritizing and planning ahead. General steps to the finish line will become more or less visible. Beyond that, the road is pretty unclear and full of pitfalls. To be sure of overcoming these risks, you will need to re-evaluate the taken steps and the steps yet to be taken in the future. It sounds like a lot of work, but guaranteeing a consistent quality throughout your product will reap its own success.

I am experienced

Having spent many years on the edge of web development and technology has given me a great feeling for the web. I feel confident enough to consult people about making the best choices for their company. The universe of the web grants us unlimited inspiration and with my qualities I can provide a solid foundation for your business.
Rotterdam black and whiteproject-thumb

Took a little trip and revisited Rotterdam.
This time taking pictures of architecture in an abstract way.

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Open lens photographyproject-thumb

The limitations of a normal lens you'd screw on your camera makes me feel very restricted. That's why I started experimenting with just having the lens unscrewed in front of the body. The results were interesting but slightly too dark around the edges because of the plastic that holds the lens together.

After a while I decided to open up an old manual lens and just get the inner lens part out, since that's all I need to take a picture.

The results were more satisfying, albeit losing some contrast. I think it adds to the atmosphere.

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Gandalf's Placeproject-thumb

I've been playing some DotA 2 lately, and started a group on steam to have a regular bunch of people to start a party on the game.
There's one character in the game that reminded us of Gandalf from the LOTR series, and so... We named the group "Gandalf's Place".

The group needed a fitting icon so I went ahead and created a vectorized version of Gandalf and his staff

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DRTV identityproject-thumb

DoubtingReality TV (DRTV) is a channel on YouTube and Twitch.tv where I occasionally stream my games of DotA 2 and some other random games.

Created a fitting brand identity and a logo to accompany the stream.
Made a smaller window screen for when there is no game currently being played that leaves some space for information and a shout-outs-bar. Also created an animated background for when the stream is idle.

There's also a back-end to this stream that could be accessed by admins. It provides a web-interface to quickly change titles and replace existing information live on the stream.

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Kaleigh Jo Photographyproject-thumb

A custom website for Kaleigh Jo Photography.

Mixing a custom design, a custom back-end CMS and very easy custom photo manager, I created a website for a young and promising photographer. This website combines the latest HTML5 and CSS3 technologies to create a very smooth user experience.

Swing by at kaleighjo.com.

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Kaleigh Jo Photography logoproject-thumb

For Kaleigh Jo Photography, I had a personal session with the photographer to get to design the logo we both felt fit the style and design of both the photos and the website.

As this is the first time the photographer needed to think of a visual way to brand her personal art and digital identity, it was pretty difficult for her to get a clear image of what she wanted.

Intricacies were a solid line throughout all her photographs, and so 'intracity' was a big keyword while designing the logo.

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Humble Graphproject-thumb

Humble Bundle is a new form of a charity organization. Even though it has a pretty strong non-profit concept, it's still based on the income of digital sales of games and other multimedia.
Seeing Humble Bundle as a competitor to other digital software distributors is pretty unfair, and this page is not meant to be a buying technique to get the games at the cheapest price. Still, having transparent data on the sales provides an interesting and educational figure.

I use a cron job to crawl the Humble Bundle page every 10 minutes with PHP. I then use a simple regex to read the accurate average price out of the page. The price and a UNIX timestamp get stored in a database. I read out the data with a simple MySQL select query and parse it to a JavaScript array. The Google Chart API is used to generate the final graph.

Have a look here.

Experiments index pageproject-thumb

I've got a big collection of experimental web apps and other things lying around, and I wanted to create a nice looking space for them so I can find them and show them off more easily.

Have a peak here.

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A collection of sketchesproject-thumb

A collection of sketches I've been saving up for a while.

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A collection of digital drawingsproject-thumb

A collection of digital drawings I've been saving up for a while.

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Portfolio update 2013project-thumb

This year I've created for my personal portfolio a completely different design from scratch, with a digital interactive business card as the intro.

Mixing new CSS3 and HTML5 technology to create something modern and intuitive.

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People in black and whiteproject-thumb

Imagine living in a two-dimensional colourless world. How would you be able to distinguish an object from another object? Since there is no depth and no colour, to emphasize the borders of objects you will need light, darkness, and contrast. In such a world, that is the only way to define form.

A black & white photo is a little example of such a world. It challenges the photographer and the viewer to limit themselves and see more than just different shades of grey.

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Portfolio update 2012project-thumb

Every year the itch of showing off my latest techniques and styles starts gnawing and bugging me. So I make it a habit redesigning my portfolio from scratch every year.

For 2012, I wanted to create something a little bit more dynamic. Some kind of a "free roam" mechanic for navigating through my website was the base on which I built my site.

It was an interesting design with lots of AJAX, dynamically created accordions, draggable windows and huge scaled images. The trickiest part was getting it to work well across all major browsers. As always IE was a tough nut to crack.

Visit the site here.

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Last summer break I decided to have a little trip to South Germany since I've always wanted to go there.

It was a beautiful landscape with hills and different air.

Have a look at some of the pictures I've taken there.

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Stichting Gole Nargesproject-thumb

SGN (Stichting Gole Narges) is an independent Dutch development organization, founded in 2006. The foundation consists of a small group of volunteers, located at various locations throughout the Netherlands.

Over the past years they given aid to international developing countries like Afghanistan and surroundings. The last few years they mainly provide activities for the Dutch youth, parents and families.

The project included a complete overhaul of the old website, a new corporate identity and some print design work such as stickers, banners and business cards.

Visit this project at golenarges.nl.

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Portfolio Jonathan Gardenierproject-thumb

From mock-up to the real thing. My client delivered a few mock-ups of his personal portfolio website he had in mind. I've got to work and made the mock-ups come to life with a unique and dynamic flow.

Visit the site here.

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Logo exerciseproject-thumb

A little exercise for my logo crafting skills.

The logo was meant for a little streaming website I had where I sometimes streamed movies and episodes of TV series

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Sweet Carrot Bakeryproject-thumb

A little logo design for a soon to open bakery in Florida.

The goal was to find something healthy and appealing to the eye with a hint of "cute".


Visited Florida for the first time. It was a very exciting experience with lots of new things to see.

I loved the flora and fauna in the middle part of Florida (Gainesville).
Lizards everywhere!

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Junk @ murtada.nlproject-thumb

Junk is a personal project of mine where I made my first real attempt at a web-based development platform.

Albeit simple, I wanted it to do be able to open most text based files, preview and save them. Code highlighting was achieved with CodeMirror.

Try it here.

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DOMJS (Document Object Model JavaScript) is a very basic visual web based IDE for nested languages.

The IDE allows manipulating and rearranging of objects within the document, copying and pasting of objects as well as adding, modifying and deleting attributes of individual objects.

Try DOMJS here.

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Tree generatorproject-thumb

I challenged myself to create a dynamic tree generator for the sake of getting experience in iterative functions.

This is an experiment in HTML5 canvas, JavaScript, and some CSS.

Try it out here.

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Efteling Kaart Appproject-thumb

This is my result of a school project about mobile applications.

My idea was to create a map with markers that refer to more information about the rides in the Efteling park. I tried imbuing the app with the original magical atmosphere that characterizes the Efteling.

Take a look at the demo here.

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Peewee Cupproject-thumb

I created a site that functioned as the informative hub of the Peewee Cup tournament.
The games were broadcasted live on this site, with a few friends and me as the commentators of the event.

The old site can be found here.

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Inmensia logoproject-thumb

Inmensia is a fairly new Dutch Minecraft server. I created a logo for their website for fun and exercise.

I started out with the black and white version for clarity and visibility at small sizes, later added the colors they wanted with some gradients to spice up the whole thing.

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Kalafelos 3D landscapesproject-thumb

"Continuing my journey through the misty lands of Kalefos. I noticed the days go by slower than usual and there is an everlasting feeling of loneliness. I have not seen any animals in days from a close range. The only moving things I see are silhouettes of flying birds above the horizon."

Fully generated in Terragen 2
Render time approx. 25 min
Resolution: 800 x 600
Post-edited in PS for contrasts, tone, sharpness and texture layers.

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Great Gamers clan websiteproject-thumb

Great Games (GG) was a QuakeLive clan active in 2011-2012.

The clan consisted of an international group of friends. Because of different time zones and personal schedules, finding moment to come online together was hard.
To have an answer to this need, I created the (GG) clan page with a forum to accommodate the members with a streamlined way to communicate outside the game.

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Hangman written in AS3. Some scoring system for word difficulties based on the occurrences of letters in a word.
The impressive part is that it has a library of 32.667 correctly formed US English words.

Play it here.

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Portfolio update 2011project-thumb

Having an up-to-date portfolio is a very important thing for me. But the amount of content I create on a regular basis is generally too unstructured to be exposed as such.
That's why I wanted to create a more streamlined experience and a better way to showcase my work.

This update included a complete overhaul of my portfolio concept and was integrated within an installation of Wordpress.

Visit the site here.

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Mujaro was an interesting school project, combining different media to create an experience based advertisement for a future brand.

We were researching how the supermarket brand would change considering technological progress in the future would be a big part of daily life. Our twist was that with progress of technology and ease of access to food seemed very exploitable for big anonymous companies run by robots and computers.

The project consisted of Flash animations, short films and web design for this future brand.

Check it out here.

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A simple Flickr widget that shows your photostream in a user-specified style.

You are be able to select which images you would like to show up. For example "recent", or "Interesting", etc.The user would also be able to choose what period to show the pictures from. You would be able to select a "start-date" and "end-date" to generate a list of the images between the specified dates.

Try it out here.

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Room BBproject-thumb

Complete website for a bed and breakfast in based in The Netherlands.

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Design a Character - week 4project-thumb

Character Biographies (from left to right):

A painter who has lived in Spain all his life. He's got a great taste in wine and can cook the nicest Paella. He's married to his wife Eloisa and they have a small farm in South Spain. He can't have kids though, the only real thing he dreamed of. He buries his sadness every morning with the seeds he plants in his farm, and smiles to the hot sun after drinking that wine he always loved.

A true and ruthless space bounty hunter. Ezlar is an alien from planet Eicoria XI, a Tiberium mining planet. His parents were never found. There were some rumors that his mother was a hooker, and left him in the gutter when he was born. Ezlar has blood of many, many people on his hands. About 8 years ago, he heard about a unique royal treasure of king Kleeran from planet Cronomi Tauro, and was very interested in it. He travelled for 8 years, fought his way through thousands of different organisms and finally arrived at the treasure chamber. To his surprise, there were ancient guardians who protected the royal treasure.
This picture indicates the very instant he had killed the 5 guardians and took a glimpse of the treasure behind that huge stone door.

Renaissance Man (Elco van Bergen)
Elco lives in the most notorios apartment of the lively city of Den Haag, the Netherlands. He had a pretty normal youth, scoring high points for history at school. He pretty soon knew he wanted to know more about history. He studied for hours after hours and knew every single date of every small - and big - happening in the history of mankind.
A typical thing about Renaissance man was, that he was very full of himself and couldn't live with the thought of not knowing a certain date. He joined a history competition and made it all the way to the final question, and the final decisive answer. He was asked a certain date in the time of the French Revolution. The date that Marie-Antoinette was killed with the guillotine, 16th October 1793.
He, to everyone's surprise, couldn't tell the date and was laughed at on public television. "Even kids in high school know that!"
He became disturbed, crazy. He dressed up in the same style as the Renaissance and bought random French books. He grew a very deep hate against men and pretended to be Marie-Antoinette. Now, you can hear him every few days shouting and screaming random sentences from the French books he bought, believing that there will be a revolution.

Tom Linus
Tom Linus is your average busy, married businessman. He had two lovely kids: Claire, three years old and Trent is five. He worked for a big company and really, deeply hated it. He also was a religious man, keeping his faith in the Lord gave him strength to hear the everyday bullshit and harassments against him at the office. They made fun of him, his religion, they threatened with raping his wife. Many many cruel things have been done to him at the office. This picture is showing the very moment he got fired, after 12 years of loyal service, blood, sweat and tears to the company. And his boss was smiling, with that same miserable smile, like always.
And where was his God, where was the Lord when he needed Him? He enraged, his eyes filled with hate and sorrow. In his rage, he stabbed his boss 5 times; 2 times in the face, 1 time in his stomach, one time in his arm and finally drilled the whole pencil through his chest, piercing his heart.
The next years changed Tom. He got in prison, his wife left him, swearing to call the police if he every showed his face. The prison, the hate, sorrow and the loss of his religion made him a bitter person, swearing to never sleep until every cruel boss is dead. He's now the most wanted person on earth. Wanted for the murder of 47 businessmen and 59 office managers.

Khaled Othmani
Khaled was a very sick child when he was younger. His mother died at his birth, leaving him with his dad. The father hated Khaled, he believes it's his fault that his mother died. He mistreated Khaled and underfed him. Khaled grew up in a miserable neighborhood in Palestine, he learned every filthy trick that the streets offered. He was very good in stealing and quickly earned a lot of cash. His nickname on the streets was "Quickfeet". Every day, he lied to his father and told him he worked in transportation. After years of stealing, Khaled finally could see a glimpse of pride in his fathers eyes. One day, Khaled got caught while he was in a big heist. He had to decide whether to kill the man who caught him, or spend the rest of his days in prison, and suffering the eternal humiliation and embarrassment in front of his father. He killed him. The blood could never be washed out anymore.
He didn't come home for weeks, ashamed of showing his face. One sickening day, he heard the horror. His dad got killed in a terrorist bombing. And suddenly he realized, he felt that... He was. He was never going to be the son his dad wanted him to be. His father was never happy with him, and he is never going to be anymore. He failed.

Khaled withdrew from burglary. In search of himself, he spent 14 years praying, learning and preaching in the name of Islam. He became a worldwide, well-known symbol of extremist muslims.

Othmani: "We will crush the ones who oppose Islam."

He was planning a terrorist bombing.

Portfolio update 2010project-thumb

My second portfolio update was an interesting combination of pixel art, JavaScript animations and behind-the-scenes crawlers to update the portfolio automatically from Flickr and other websites I regularly post to.


.doubtingreality is an artistic expressive collaboration between my friend and me. In this project we exchange either a visual or textual representation of a subject that by itself is either a visual or textual piece we have created before.

This usually meant that I created a visual image (drawing, photography, etc.) based on an already written poem.

The website was built up to showcase our work and also to keep our self artistically motivated and active.

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Manetho was a school project with the aim to create a knowledge website about a specific country for elementary school students.

We combined a fresh young and playful look with lots of interesting factual texts, accompanied by image.

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Portfolio 2009project-thumb

My first portfolio on Murtada.nl; a mixture of PHP, Javascript and CSS was put into the formula to create a multimedia experience.

The Switchproject-thumb

This was a funny little experiment with asynchronous JavaScript, PHP and some new CSS3 features.

The idea was to create a digital light switch for a page. Multiple users could then flick the switch on or off and everybody will see it happen.

Have a go at it here.

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Draw and Uploadproject-thumb

This is a simple drawing tool that stores all the mouse co-ordinates, and uploads them in a small, zipped file. It also includes a built in drawings-browser, to replay the drawings made earlier by you or by others. The replay speed can be adjusted in real time.

I would say, give it a try.

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2D Flash shooterproject-thumb

A little experimental game with a simple capture the flag element.

It's somewhat a Soldat clone with my own 2D engine.

You can try it out here.

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