I am Marleen Jansen

Website in Nederlands

You could describe me as a striving Miss Pixel/Millimetre-perfect. In my early childhood years I became fascinated with delicate work via the soldering tools of my father and long before I was able to dial-up connection with a modem (I was born in the mid ‘80s) with all things digital. New media and materials constantly grab my attention and I like to experiment and combine technique, design and everything in between. Innovative designing and old fashioned craftsmanship with a common denominator: the user is always central to my product.

As a UX designer (Pixelwork)

As a UX designer

I design, create and develop digital applications and experiences. Bridging the gap between users and products and aiming for that sweet spot where user needs and business goals overlap. The key of user experience is understanding and improving the user’s interaction with a product.

As a goldsmith (Millimetrework)

As a goldsmith

I design, create and repair jewelry and objects. Goldsmithing is one of the most beautiful crafts which is still being practised today and working with ancient techniques and methods which have been used for centuries is very special. The key of goldsmithing is capturing emotions into noble metal.


Pixel- and millimetrework aside, the user is central to my product. I have always had an interest in people, what motivates us? I find it special to gain an insight into the emotional motivations of people when using a product and to thus be able to create a product that is not only purely functional.

Past: My love for delicate work and technology I inherited from my father (electrical engineer by profession), creativity from my mother. Growing up I had loads of fun being busy with the computer, like playing games via floppy disks and running programs via DOS. I have been online since the early days of Netscape, AltaVista, GeoCities, Napster and ICQ. I spent many hours on building websites (first in GeoCities and later in HTML/CSS) and designing (first in Paint Shop Pro and later in Adobe Photoshop). Creativity (besides the pencil, drawing was a passion) had to eventually come out through my hands as well: at the age of fifteen I began taking professional lessons in goldsmithing and immediately got addicted to the craft.
Present: Fast forward a lot of years later. In 2010 I succesfully completed the goldsmithing education at the Vakschool in the city of Schoonhoven by completing an apprenticeship: creating my masterpiece. In 2011 I started my own company. In 2012 I started studying Communication & Multimedia Design at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and graduated at a non-profit organisation that expresses my ideals.
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So. Now that is explained.

Marleen Jansen

This is me, born in 1985 in the city of Leiden.

In 2016 I graduated with a 9 (9/10) at foundation Viva Las Vega’s (thesis).
(Bachelor of Science in Communication & Multimedia Design)

Currently I am enthusiastically in search of a new and cool challenge!

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I design, create and develop digital applications and experiences

I pushing pixels


An example: VeganChallenge app

An example
VeganChallenge app

Since April 2015 I have been part of the VeganChallenge team and have been working together on the development of the VeganChallenge app. Yearly, in April and October, participants are supported with recipes and weekly menus, tips and tricks, a personal dietary advice and an online community. The app is an addition to the online support.

An example of my design process
as a UX designer

During designing


for example, a mobile app, I create one or more prototypes, like a paper prototype and lo-fi prototype.

Image: a clickable lo-fi prototype of the VeganChallenge app.

The making of
VeganChallenge app hi-fi prototype


Check my seperate portfolio for my work and more information.

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I design, create and repair jewelry and objects

I measuring millimetres


An example: Wedding rings

An example
Wedding rings

A set of wedding rings of white and yellow gold. The yellow gold part in both rings were created out of several gold pieces of jewelry from both families of the couple. The ring of the woman features three diamonds. The rings have a matte finish and are polished on the sides. In both rings the wedding date is engraved.

An example of my design process
as a goldsmith

During goldsmithing


for example, a ring, I create one or more sample models, like a base metal and noble metal sample model.

Image: a sample model in silver and brass of a set of wedding rings.

The making of
A set of wedding rings


Check my seperate portfolio for my work and more information.

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Marleen Jansen

Marleen Jansen

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Basic info

Nationality: Dutch
Age: 31
Hometown: Leiden area

Current projects

2016-present: Viva Las Vega’s website
Part of team, realizing the Viva Las Vega’s website
2015-present: VeganChallenge app
Part of team, realizing the VeganChallenge app


2012-2016: Communication & Multimedia Design, The Hague University
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Human Computer Interaction, Design, ICT, Communication, Marketing, Media Science
2006-2010: Goldsmith (entrepeneur), Vakschool Schoonhoven
Master goldsmith and entrepreneur
Goldsmithing, silversmithing, (hand)engraving, gemmology, masterpiece


2016: Designer at Viva Las Vega’s, Almere and Amsterdam
Graduation assignment (thesis)
2014-2015: Designer at Alion, Delft
UX & UI and interaction concepts, projects, campaigns
2010: Goldsmith at Jantine Kroeze, Amsterdam
New work, repairs, masterpiece
2008-2009: Goldsmith at Zigt Sieraden, Rotterdam and Gouda
New work, repairs, sale


2016: Graphic Design, The Hague University
Printed magazine
2015: UX Design, The Hague University
User Experience Design project
2014: Photography, The Hague University
Printed photobook

UX designer

Design: Responsive Web Design, Mobile Design, Visual Design
Methods: Strategy, Research, Information Architecture, Interaction Design and Wireframing, Prototyping, Visual Design, Test and Iterate
Tools: Adobe Creative Suite, Axure, Balsamiq, InVision, Paper Prototyping
Technologies: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery
Miscellaneous: Photography, Illustration, Typography and Layout


Design: Own Collection, New Work, Repair
Methods: Assignment, Concepting, Sketching, Sampling, Creating
Tools: Hammer, Saw, File... the whole shebang
Techniques: Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, (Hand)engraving, Decorative Techniques
Miscellaneous: Photography

Brass paper prototype smartphone
Sometimes the UX designer and the goldsmith cross eachother’s paths, like in this prototype smartphone of brass which I designed and created for paper prototyping.
The paper can be moved through the smartphone both horizontally and vertically.

Contact me for my full CV.

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Please feel free to contact me in case of questions or requests. I respond the quickest to email and will try to answer your message within 48 hours in most of the cases.

In short, you are at the right address for all your pixel- and millimetre related assignments. By the way, the name ‘Melencolia’ is derived from art. This copper engraving by Albrecht Dürer inspires me and therefore flourishes on my back and arm in the form of tattoos. Back to work: I am not always to be found behind a screen and if I am not sitting behind my worktable I love to keep myself busy with my other passions: music, art and (video)games. I am a natural born night owl, bookworm and odd duck in our midst. You could thus encounter me at night, videogame on hold, reading an artbook while listening to Nick Cave (just like the latter (and my coffee) I am practically always in #000). For now you could encounter me via the links below. :)

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