ideas that do

Bavarian Minister-President transformed

August 28th, 2013 Comments off



Two designers photoshopped: Bavaria's minister-president Horst Seehofer and Apple's Jonathan Ive

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.




August 26th, 2013 Comments off



Wahl-O-Mat im App Store

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 for crowdfunding right on your own website

August 24th, 2013 Comments off



Crowdhoster mit nüchternem Auftritt

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.


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Coca Cola in a green can

August 15th, 2013 Comments off



Coca Cola in a green can.

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.


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Victors & Spoils

July 25th, 2013 Comments off



#AgencyInsider- Victors & Spoils, Boulder

Denver Egotist

V&S in oil

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.

With its #AgencyInsider series, The Denver Egotist curates images and insights of ad agencies and makes them available to you.

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Big problems don’t require big solutions: 3 best practices

July 9th, 2013 Comments off



Franziskus AP

Pope Franziskus AP


Pope Franziskus, the quiet Jesuit of Buenos Aires, approaches the problem his way – with small, but meaningful decisions.


Read on in German.



Cesar Millan

Cesar Milan, the dog whisperer. Source.


Dog whisperer Milan Cesar, rehabilitates dogs, and trains people.. For each sequel the viewer gets to witness several amazing and successful rehabilitations. People go to rehab and dogs get off the leash.


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Chrisian Rach mit Wunderbar Team in Cottbus

Restauranttester Christian Rach mit Wunderbar Team in Cottbus. Quelle.


Much like Gordon Ramsey, Christian Rach visits troubled restaurants, helps them come clean, and – here goes – months later he revisits the restaurants, to have his audience see for themselves, if the strategies have worked out and have longevity. Call it ROI if you must insist.


Read on in German


Big solutions don’t require big solutions” was coined by Gareth Kay.



“Liking Isn’t Helping” nor will this ad campaign do much other than make you feel concerned

June 25th, 2013 Comments off earthquake

Earthquake: “Liking Isn’t Helping” war

War: “Liking Isn’t Helping” flood

Überschwemmung: „Gefällt mir hilft nicht”


“Liking Isn’t Helping” ad campaign for Crisis Relief Singapore by Publicis Singapore.


Creating awareness is advertising from way back then, today’s communication creates action

An integrated campaign is capable to create awareness and make awareness measurable by the number of participants to act upon the obtained awareness and supporting it.

Efficiancy increases with the immediacy the participant can act upon her reached awareness.

This also blurres the lines between direct response and classic marketing. Now proven measurable results can only be obtained by an idea that does.

If it doesn’t it won’t do.


“We live in the age of ideas that do”

Garth Kay

Back in April 2010, Gareth Kay from Goodby Silverstein, enlightened the ad industry with his „Transformer” speech for the American Association of Ad Agencies AAAA with “ideas that do”, and what the ad industry can learn from the mating habits of birds.

Kay is offering a pragmatic, practical, dare I say, universal solution in a time of increasing global disorientation amongst ad professionals since consumer behaviour has changed dramatically world wide.

In Germany McDonald’s is celebrating the most visible success of an “idea that does” with „My Burger” with substantial increase in sales from new burger creations by its customers.

Consumer created product.

Since 2010 an idea is good only as long as awareness was raised and has simultaneously resulted in immediate action supporting the cause of the awareness it raised: a transaction, sign up or application of sorts as is the case with the featured crisis relief campaign.



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Made In New York Map

June 14th, 2013 Comments off



Übersicht der New Yorker Unternehmensgründungen via Swiss Miss

Map of new business development in New York City. Source.



Mapped in New York, demonstrates new business development on a map of the five burrows.

And certifies the success of Made in NY, an initiative of mayor Bloomberg, that helped establish NYC as a magnet for new talent and digital businesses.

Made in NY

Digital Capitol

We are made in NY

We are made in NY


Go add your venture should you haven’t done so already.

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June 13th, 2013 Comments off



My beautful, twisted fantasy

“[My Beautiful] Dark [Twisted] Fantasy”



Sui generis

Like most Americans, I am terribly interested in how famous people get to be famous.

How exactly does one argue for ones place in history?

From over here in Europe, I have come to know Kanye West’s music by tapping into the occasional online video. One of his works was aired on the German music broadcaster.

West is relevant in the context of our world becoming transformative. Old stuff and new suff fusing into one big mess that needs be resolved by each on his or her own, in his or her own interest. In his additive mode West has put his impulses of narcissism and social good to work to make majestic music, that is thought provoking and grand-scaled.

A great thinker and adored scatterbrain, rather talented in abstract thinking, fully competent in technological mash-ups, and capable of intellectual thoughts believed to be a white man’s domain, had him see through the scheme of things and take us boldly to where no black man has gone before.


He has widened the genre’s gates, whether for middle-class values or high-fashion and high-art dreams.


Kanye West album art

College Drop Out 2004, Graduation 2007,
808’s & Heartbreaks (Christmas edition), Watch the Throne 2011



Blurring the line between black and white

“I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven’t won one against a white person.”


Black history week

Black history week: From soul food to gangster rap to inhibiting intellectualism believed to be a white person’s domain.


I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming that West has already moved public perception beyond soul food, gospel singer, gangster rap and the blues brothers to inhibit the intellectual property believed to be a white anglo saxxon domain.

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March 20th, 2013 Comments off





Personalisiertes Kinderbuch

Personalisiertes Kinderbuch


The personal, beautiful, magical book

A first personalized gift for your valued friend’s adored kid.



You tell us the child's first name

You tell us the child’s first name


Using that name’s letters, we create a wonderful story

Using that name’s letters, we create a wonderful story

The book is printed, just for you

The book is printed, just for you

There's one happy (and clever) child!

There’s one happy (and clever) child!

And finally… A lovely idea and execution here from two friends of ODF, Asi Sharabi and Tal Oron, who have taken the idea of a personalised children’s book and taken it to a whole new level. Lost My Name involves no less than 14,000 potential name variations. You can read the story behind this unique project here.