Jim Oct 2020
Photo by Brian Wolfe (Oct 2020 at Crawford House, Newburgh).

Welcome to what was the professional website for my consulting business, Hoekema Design & Editorial (HDE) also known as Hoekema Interactive.

Now that I am retired from a 40-year career in interactive design (who thought that was even possible?), and heading for the exit, I've changed this into a retrospective account of my personal and professional life. Here's what you will find here:

  • Designs - just the most interesing ones, at least to me.
  • Writing - a mix of technical and more general-interest pieces, including 30 years' of holiday letters.
  • Career - an excruciating account of my bizarre work history.
  • Homes - the many places where I've lived.
  • Families - my origin family plus marriages, relationships and such.
  • Kids - Colin, Sanford & Emma growing up; Sanford & Emma in later years.
  • Colin - a remembrance of my late son.
  • Volunteer - local nonprofits for whom I have volunteered.
  • Drawings - some earnest efforts over the years.
  • Tunisia - images from my Tunisian archaeological dig in 1972.
  • Scenic Pix, Buildings & Slides - photos of outdoor scenes and notable buildings.

So, what's with this "All About Me" stuff, you may ask - is this some kind of vanity site? Well, you could call it a sort of online personal photo album. I hope you find some of it interesing.

- Jim Hoekema

Jim at IXDA

It turns out that the first and last significant events of my career are related! Here is a video of a 35-minute talk I gave at the Interaction 18 conference in Lyon in Feb 2018. The talk describes my very first interactive design project, which I led at the Office of Charles and Ray Eames in 1977-78. It's an interesting story, if I do say so myself.

For comments or just to stay in touch, email me at: jim@jimhoekema.com

Updated 2021-04-24