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Designers Will Rule the Web

April 24th, 2014 No comments

 

 

Geoff Blake demonstrates the different views you can take on for your work with the webflow software

 

 

The past 25 years of the web have been all about code. Those that have been able to learn programming languages and wield the power of a text editor have built incredible products, and have often been rewarded handsomely. While designers have played an important role, they’ve been more behind the scenes. Designers have always been at odds with the web development workflow, hindered by limited tools and slow moving standards.

The next 25 years of the web will be all about design. We can make significantly more progress by opening up the power of web development to the masses. Similar to how desktop software once transformed print design, or how blogging services have revolutionized the publishing landscape, a more powerful web design software can completely change how we create for the web.

 

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NYC monster hunt

April 20th, 2014 No comments

 

 

NYC Monster Hunt Photo: Zander Taketomo

NYC Monster Hunt Photo: Zander Taketomo

 

 

NYC Monster Hunt Photo: Zander Taketomo

NYC Monster Hunt Photo: Zander Taketomo

 

 

New Yorker Ostereier

New York City’s Rockefeller Center today was adorned with a slew of gigantic eggs designed by some of the world’s most renowned artists and designers, including Jeff Koons, Diane von Furstenberg, Curtis Kulig, Nathan Sawaya and Zaha Hadid, among others.

 

 

The city wide monster hunt was organised by Saatchi & Saatchi as a reflection of their DNA and includes an app to help track the eggs among the five boroughs.

It was downloaded 27,000 times and it generated 22,000 registered users, who “collected” 370,000 eggs. The eggs will be auctioned of by Sotheby’s on April 22 and online via Paddle8 to benefit Elephant Family and School in Studio.

Currently, Jeff Koons’ Egg leads the pack with a whopping bid of $350,000.

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Wikipedia in the 21. Century

April 20th, 2014 No comments

 

 

Wikipedia design Martinique example.

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Salomon Aurélien's new Wikipedia design, Martinique example.

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Wikipedia’s designers are hard at work to bring their website aesthetic into the 21. Century.

Since the successful introduction of Pinterest, it’s aesthetic and simple handling, and the migration of users to mobile, world wide redesign is booming.

High ranking blogs are taking on the aesthetics of classic magazines and websites are making a more straight forward impression with radically simplified, thumb situating design. Bigger, readable copy, more white space, bigger finger-ready buttons…

Salomon Aurélien, a UX designer with no affiliation with the organization, can do whatever he likes. His concept for a new Wikipedia is eye-catching and packed with good ideas. Most importantly, it still operates largely like the Wikipedia we all know and (admit it) love. But there’s a problem: It can’t possibly work.

An admirable effort and best practice even so that Wikipedia’s designers should take a close look at and provide a a solution for.

No gimmicks, distraction through animations, sound effect, over burdening colors or other nerve wracking swizzle, to entertain the occasional visitor at the cost of serious users and subscribers to whom any of this makes the site suck and unbearable to use on a daily basis.

FastCompany’s Mark Wilson explains why the design won’t work.

In-house designers may discover the challenge and their mission in finding solutions to the faults, Wilson describes, and take on the speed of the 21. Century with a responsive system for Wikipedia.

But they need the consensus of the entire (and often wrong) Wikipedia community to make changes to Wikipedia’s 32 million+ pages.

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From farm to fork we are disconnected

April 19th, 2014 No comments

 

 

More than a billion people work in agriculture.

More than a billion people work in agriculture. Source.

 

 

Food is connected to nearly everything we do
and everything we eat was grown by someone somewhere
yet from farm to fork we are disconnect from our food like never before
and while its the biggest thing we do
there is plenty of room for improvement
fortunately improvement is something we are especially good at

Investigate in the Future of Food.
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The 1st Book of Matthew

April 18th, 2014 No comments

 

 

The 1st Book of Matthew

The 1st Book of Matthew

Jesus heals an outlier.



Passion Play

“The Passion Play of Oberammergau” (1898): Only four years after the invention of the first film camera, this movie about the life of Jesus was shot..




Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1961

Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1961 Source: uploaded by Caltiki on flixster.com


 

 

Categories: best practice, shared, trailer

Almost home

April 12th, 2014 No comments

 

 



Director
Actors
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Tim Johnson

Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez

Comedy

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Facebook wants to turn 25 million small businesses into advertisers

April 10th, 2014 No comments

 

 

Facebook ist hinter den 99 Prozent her

Morgan Miller Plumbing, Kansas City, Missouri, USA spends $300 per month for their Facebook account with a return of §2,000 every week

 

 

After years of courting the nation’s biggest advertisers, Facebook is going after the 99%.

That figure represents the long tail of advertisers; the plumbers and dentists, restaurants and political candidates, app developers and direct-response advertisers.

These small and mid-sized businesses don’t have Facebook account reps and are left to figure out Facebook advertising for themselves.

25 million small businesses have an account on Facebook. Travelling freelancers such as book authors, may be better served with a Facebook account instead of maintaining their own blog.

For a whole lot of people Facebook (Amazon, EBay) is the internet.

Whatever works. We’ll see…

 

 

Facebook’s SMB council

Facebook is borrowing from its big brand and agency strategy in one respect. It’s formed an SMB Council comprised of 12 businesses, a structure that’s reminiscent of its Client Council that includes chief marketers from P&G, Coke, Walmart and Unilever among its members. With both groups, Facebook solicits feedback on how its products can be improved. (For the big spenders, it also gives a peek at what’s on the product roadmap.)

One of the council members, plumber Jeff Morgan from Kansas City is also thinking about potentially setting up a side business of Facebook classes. He invest $300 every month into facebook and makes makes $2,000 a week in service calls that originate from their Facebook page.

Its page is a mix of content, including employee spotlights, dog photos, and a recent shot of the dispatcher dressed as the Kansas City Royals mascot to celebrate baseball’s opening day.

“About one in every 10 posts is about plumbing,” he said. “Other than that, we do stuff about puppy dogs and unicorns.”

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How little Europe has changed in 100 years

April 9th, 2014 No comments

 

 

Soldiers stand outside the ruins of the railway station at Roye, Somme, France, in 1917. 1917 photo by Culture Club/Getty Images. 2014 photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.

WWI Soldiers stand outside the ruins of the railway station at Roye, Somme, France, in 1917. 1917 photo by Culture Club/Getty Images. 2014 photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

 

 

Well the locations haven’t changed much but they sure do have a lot fewer Nazis.

 

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor??!??

 

 

Photographer Peter Macdiarmid gathered modern photos from Europe and layered them on top of historic pictures of WWI, to convey the impression of how little has changed. Remarkable 100 year commemoration contribution and great fun with reading the comments.

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The world’s most sustainable font

April 6th, 2014 No comments

 

 

THESIS: Big problems don’t need big solutions.
IMPLICATION: Government bureaucracy and organisations with high volume demand for printed matter can achieve a ∅33% reduction in ink consumption.

 

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Ryman Eco

The world’s most sustainable font.
Free download for government offices and organisations with high volume print demand.

On average 33% savings on ink cartridges.

 

 

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You may have seen the story of the boy who worked out that the US government could hundreds of millions of dollars just by changing the default font they used when printing (and so reducing the amount of ink used)?

Inspired by this, Grey London and Ryman Stationerydeveloped Ryman Eco, a free font that uses an average 33% less ink than standard fonts, and 27% less than the current most sustainable font.

„Sustainable” is a keyword politians like using. Here their opportunity for the US government to put the money where their mouthes are.

Organisations with high printing demand, download the font for free.

 

 

 

 

One page wonder @Rob_Hope

April 4th, 2014 No comments

 

 

Wordpress Cape Town

WordPress Cape Town

 

 

Robe Hope One Page Love

Rob Hope – One Page Love

 

 

 

 

This is great!

Rob Hope is a surfer, grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and favors the waves locally at False Bay and Padang Padang in Bali worldwide. He feels at home in False Bay were he lived in Lakeside und Muizenberg for 15 years.

As my pal Ernstfried Prade, with whom I earned my first money as a windsurf instructor and eventually sparked the design of the world renown Mistral logo with the thought of ‘playing hard ball (ball game) with nature’ – Hope is enjoying his life, owed to the circumstance to having caught the first wave, and that he can do as he likes and does it with rare self-understanding.

 

 

Ernstfried Prade's Mistral Logo

Ernstfried Prade’s world renown Mistral logo. Source.

 

 

There are 2 aspects at play when working for yourself – either being too busy to find the time to surf as often as you’d like, or surfing too much and falling behind with work. Which one of these describes you best?

Hope builds websites when he is not riding the waves. He was certainly lucky with catching the wave, that caught a million people hungry for one pagers when CCS was well passed its tipping point with his aggregator, offering a one stop source of consolidated one pagers and corresponding wp themes.

He got started with building websites for clients, and now (Spring of 2013) he is working on his domains (http://onepagelove.com, http://mmminimal.com) und versteift sich auf Vorlagen basierende Gestaltung (http://themecobra.com). Design Dosage must be the latest work in progress.

Read Cape Town’s history of one page wonders by Hugh Lashbrooke, how niche marketing in an over saturated market can be a source for income.

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