Numbrs conditions from left: transactions, future timeline, by category
While German banks and their communication agencies have not yet caught on to the the expectation of people in the 21. Century, that for every claim or promise made, instant proof and reason to believe need be offered in real time, a Swiss start-up jumps on the simplification band wagon (see banking Simple).
With a six million funding Numbrs – a multi bank iPhone/iPad app – aims to improve their technology, connect Commerzbank, Santander Bank and Targo Bank yet missing in their roster of 3,500 German banks, and expand to Switzerland and Great Britain. With the opening of their London offices, Singapore and Hong Kong are next.
That’s a mouthful right there, especially now, that taking one step at a time is proving a more reliable procedure than planning ahead and way over ones head.
The website is best practice in Germany, since the country’s abhorred service dessert has relocated to digital. It appears hand-coded though, hence fails to leverage the unmatched dynamism of thousands of plug-in developers of proven and tried content management systems.
One day we can actually read and comprehend our bank statements.
WordPress Cape Town
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 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.
New York’s Central Park, 1863
You can have the maps, all 20,000 of them if you want, for free, in high resolution and make use of them.
And there is more, the NYPL map warper let’s you warp and trace maps online and make use of them for your projects.
TESLA – „Modern Spaceship” Commercial (HD)
Tesla, the ev motor company that watched German made cars vanish in the rear mirror when it comes to stock exchange figures, doesn’t spend a dime on paid advertising, but a group of recent college graduates decided to make a video spot for the electric car brand anyway.
Munich Hofbräu had a couple of outstanding films done by students of Munich University for Film & Television, but didn’t get nearly the attention as does Tesla. Much deserved by both.
Exciting development of ideas that do*.
Auf englisch weiterlesen.
*”Ideas that do” was coined by Gareth Kay.
The second-most shared website on the internet doesn’t belong to a heavily staffed blog or one of the old media giants.
Twenty Two Words has more articles shared on Facebook than Rolling Stone and Gawker combined.
It’s an aggregational site run by one man who’s fueled by coffee, Coors Light, and a desire to share the most awesome stuff he finds every day on the Web.
In a revealing Q&A with Esquire’s Ned Hepburn, Abraham Piper, the founder and human engine behind 22 Words, talked about how he got the site started and what made it blow up over the past few months.
I try to manage the site so that on the whole it comes across sort of like a likable friend — intelligent but not superior, goofy but not inane, sentimental but not saccharine, and consistently interesting without being full of itself,
See the whole interview with Piper here.
Entry via Sarah Weber.
Two designers photoshopped:
Bavaria’s minister-president Horst Seehofer
and Apple’s Jonathan Ive
Contemplative selfconception in Horst Seehofer’s 2013 election ad
Transformation, transparency, relevance, authenticity, trust, ideas that do, simplicity…
Buzzwords in 21. century advertising. Find them reflected in the Bavarian Minister-President’s election video, previously known for unpredictable Bavarian double-fisted management and good old boy networking.
Horst Seehofer comes as a surprise and close to his audience with the sort of cool calm collectiveness we have come to love from Apple’s Jony Ive presentations.
I am relieved and feel encouraged in the conviction that Bavaria’s powerful businesses and transforming politics are creating new meaning for the German design nation.
Humble first signals of politically charged best practices (Seehofer election video included) I could find so far:
In command of the German language read on.
Since the 2010 Election of the federal parliament in North Rhine-Westphalia the Wahl-O-Mat was optimized for smartphones und tablets and is available at the App Store
Opening screen without the otherwise common traitorous explanations (indicating failure).
36 questions to agree to or don’t or have no opinion for.
Within the few minutes it takes to answer you receive the name of the political party which best matches your viewpoints and opinions based on facts instead of on sympathies.
Read Elect-O-Mat since Wahl-O-Mat sounds like Wallmart to your ears.
With less then four weeks into the hot phase of the German and Bavarian elections, the Wahl-O-Mat was released on Friday by the BPB, the federal agency for political education. Surprising best practice for the German Design Nation otherwise falling behind in digital design.
Great error-free usability supported by straight-forward communication paired with high and dry design. The 1.0 release of the Wahl-O-Mat went public for the federal election in 2002, 6.7 million users had made use of it during the elections in 2009, 24 million users since.
Wahl-O-Mat has its origins in the Netherlands. The “StemWijzer” by the Instituut voor Publiek en Politiek/IPP published a paper version as early as 1989. Since 1998 it was made available online and became a commodity in the Netherland’s elections ever since. The federal agency for political education (BPB) received its license for leveraging the “StemWijzer” in 2002 for the German elections.
In command of the German language you can try it here.
Crowdhoster mit nüchternem Auftritt
Crowdhoster allows you to run your fundraising campaign from within your circle of friends and readership right on your very own website.
Coca Cola in a green can. Source
Coca Cola tests market for “green” Coke in Argentina. The race to replace sugar with stevia, an extract from the leaves of a shrub in the chrysanthemum family that grows in Latin America is on.
Photos by Paul Talbot
Victors & Spoils is an ad agency in Boulder, Colorado, well into their third year with new business model and a new location.
I occassionally endorse my 2 cents worth as long as a seemingly viable solution presents itself immediately and won’t cause an unproportional effort on my part. Lead by the brilliant John Winsor, V&S reflects the organisational structure of their clientel, thus ressembling a conventional, above the line ad agency.
With a difference, instead of an in-house creative department, on any given occasion and brief, V&S engages with a good amount of freelance designers, copywriters and strategists. Top contenders with a desire or need to compete with one another for their portfolio’s worth, receive sort of a pitch fee V&S throws in on their own risk. If your idea is chosen, you receive a greater portion of the won account, V&S gets to keep the client and produces the idea at their own merits. A procedure otherwise known as crowdsourcing.
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