Frank Bosma

Hi, I'm Frank Bosma, a freelance creative developer from Amsterdam.

I love to create, and to connect people with purpose through play. Whether that’s online or offline.

When not developing you can catch me designing t-shirts, on a skateboard, dancing at a music festival, making playlists, playing at my foosball club or reading a good book.

Projects

I have been developing since 2001 and keeping up with this ever evolving landscape of languages, libraries and methodologies means there's never a dull moment. Below a selection of projects.

Enter New Babylon 2021

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vr, unity, coding, coaching, mr,

For Fondation Constant I coached and helped teams of young writers and scenographers to create 4 Mixed Reality installations based on artist Constant Nieuwenhuijs' work New Babylon and the 3D visualization of Constant's Yellow Sector by artist Dennis Molema. In Enter New Babylon the teams give their take on Constant's ideas of a world for playful and creative humans. All 4 installations were on display at Over het IJ festival 2021 in Amsterdam.

impressions

Abner Preis 2021

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vr, unity, 3d modeling, animation,

I have been and am working on a couple of Virtual Reality projects for story teller and artist Abner Preis, who portrays the present reality from a hopeful vantage point in his new media works. I work on the VR coding and animations of his with Google Tilt Brush drawn scenes.

For Hewlett-Packard we've created a short VR movie about working from home of which you can see a video version online.

A short VR movie on The Golden Rule is on display at the Jewish History Museum.

We're currently working on a project for the Amsterdam Museum and a VR short to be released at Cinekid festival 2021, The Miracle Basket.

abner preis

Distance Disco 2020

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front end, typescript, react, erlang,

Distance Disco is a digital matchmaking dance party: find the person dancing to your song! With Covid-19 keeping us away from concerts & festivals how do we get our dancing juices flowing? Well, just turn on your webcam open a browser and let's go. Host your own party or join one of the regulars (check the Eventbrite page).

As part of the Distance Disco team

Create your own disco

Symbiosis 2020

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vr, unity, 3d modeling, coding, node/npm, multiuser, c#,

Symbiosis is a multiuser and multisensory Virtual Reality experience inspired by the work of science historian and philosopher Donna Haraway, that takes place 200 years in the future in a post-human biotope of artificial or enhanced biochemcial life. It allows every participant to embody a post-human or even nonhuman reality: a completely symbiotic human-animal or human-technologic relationship. Symbiosis was part of IDFA Doclab's 2020 Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction.

Made for Polymorf

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Futurotheek 2020

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ar, front end,

In the Futurotheek, an AR face filter installation, we discover, step by step, the strange, beautiful, absurd and at times dangerous influence of what happens when your face becomes data and a commercial property in a future that is increasingly difficult to predict. The Futurotheek is a concept by Leonieke Verhoog and Sander Veenhof and was part of Nederlands Film Festival and Cinekid in 2020.

as a co-developer

Backstory and more (Dutch)

Dustin 2020

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unity, ar, mobile app,

Dustin is a mobile, interactive Augmented Reality story about our relationship with smart devices. In this case an AI vacuum cleaner called Dustin. The mobile app integrates with native functions like your calendar and photo library to really let Dustin become part of your daily life. Dustin is nominated for the Gouden Kalf Digitale Cultuur award of the Nederlands Film Festival 2021.

Made for VPRO, with writer Niels 't Hooft

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Rozsypne 2019

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vr, unity, 3d modeling, coding,

A 13-minute room scale Virtual Reality war epos, set in the Eastern-Ukrainian war zone of 2014 for which I did the VR coding and 3D modeling. It was part of IDFA Doclab's 2019 competition for Immersive Non-Fiction and is still viewable on request.

Made as part of Studio ZZZap

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VPRO 2007 - 2020

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ar, mobile app, node/npm, front end, scrum, react, couchdb, angular, react native, REST,

I’ve worked as a front end developer in a small scrum team at innovative Dutch public broadcaster VPRO. We not only developed the sites and API’s of our company, but also of other Dutch broadcasters and platforms like Human.nl, 2doc.nl and the back end of NPO Start. Besides that we created mobile apps and numerous experimental projects to explore new ways of storytelling.

check it out

Hackastory 2015 - 2017

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coding, coaching,

With Hackastory I’ve coached and coded during numerous international hackathons (short, creative pressure cooker events), where we helped media companies around the world finding solutions to complex problems in the media industry. It feels good to watch a group of people that often never met before, team up, come up with crazy ideas that make them laugh, and then cheer when they realise them by working together, playing and letting go of boundaries and disciplines.

get inspired

Frankbosma.nl 2020

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graphql, strapi, full stack, next.js, headless cms, react,

You're looking at it! The combination of a headless CMS like Strapi with React, GraphQL and Next.js for fast development feels really good and a personal site is a good subject for testing out stuff. Still a work in progress, but yeah as a developer when do you ever feel like your personal site is done ☺️.

clone it on github