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Software as it used to be

December 16th, 2014 No comments



Scotch Plaid Flannel, our unofficial uniform of Christmas morning. #LLBean #plaid

A photo posted by L.L.Bean (@llbean) on



Some waves as they finally break on shore as they used to.

Voices are being heard, that the perpetual beta state has never justified the launch of half-ready products on the market. Software should again be as it used to be, a final packaged good and turn key application ready and reliably performing for professional use.



Pixelmator for Mac and iPad



Affinity professinal publishing suite by Serif Europe Ltd.



Remember the days before the internet and the Apple store became a reality? When software came ready made in packages? When it didn’t take months after you purchased the software for it to be tweaked so you could start using it after another purchase of version 2.0? When software was financed by its price tag and not by in-app added purchases and advertising. When customers were respected, instead of trading their data behind their backs, stealing their address books and reporting every push of a button to third parties, all while you were harassed with facebook likes and evaluations buggers? Affinity Designer seems to come from such former times. It’s good software brought to completion before it hits the shelves and it comes without loop holes – something, I haven’t seen in a long time. Thanks. Whatever you put out next, I’ll buy it.

Translation of German user comment re. Affinity Designer by rbq on Nov 14, 1014
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A website that builds itself

October 22nd, 2014 Comments off



AI generierte Webseiten von © The Grid



Join the evolution
Your message should shape the medium. Now it does with #TheGrid. Join the evolution.



Yesterday at the IT summit in Hamburg, German chancellor Angela Merkel gave the right away for the digital future for Germamy and Europe, while Tyler Hayes is consumed with practicalities:



The Grid Is The Website Of The Future:
It Builds Itself

Money does not need a bank…” What we need is an application not a bank… Websites don’t need design, they need content. And collecting content, photos, texts, videos, is the stuff everyone enjoys interacting with. This is where your responsibilities ends. Step aside, the Grid, takes on the rest for $96 per year.

That is less than what Squarespace asks with monthly costs varying from $8 – $24 /MO for a most elegant and easy to use interface with there one stop solution.

And is more than what Tumblr or WordPress cost you. Which is your time and endurance.

The quesiton is, if either, The Grid (AI-generated design), Ghost (Just a blogging platform), Squarespace (Better websites for all), can match the dynamic currently offered by WordPress. It remains to be seen if each can gather the required following and user base to continuously support updating and development of components that make up the platforms.

Dynamics are then a given when a large number of developers are dedicated to work on the components (themes, plugins, widgets…) driven by inner pressure and persistant with updating.

Get the insights from Tyler Hayes.






The underpinnings for The Grid come from Grid Style Sheets (GSS) which was created by Tocchini. It’s a reimagining of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) which also replaces a browser’s layout engine with one that uses the Cassowary constraint solver.

Read on.



A Swede redesigns Finnland’s identity

September 29th, 2014 Comments off



© Foto-Bob the Robot/Screenshot



Finnland’s nazis have hijacked their national symbols like elsewhere in the world too. They decided to recreate a national identity and introduce it at Eurobest in Dezember.

Watch where the beautification of Finnland is going.

100% a Swede, Henrik Nygren, has been assigned with the redesign. His web presence is horribly pretentious though and boring.

Von Frauke Schibbelt mehr erfahren.



Aaron Dignan: Digital isn’t software, it’s a mindset

September 20th, 2014 Comments off



Aaron Dignan: Digital Isn’t Software, It’s a Mindset



The most dominant companies, no matter the industry, are digital-first. Think Netflix over Blockbuster or iTunes over Tower Records. So how can we take advantage of this trend in our work and with our own projects?
Aaron Dignan walks us through how we can have the right mindset to thrive in the future: We need a purpose, a process to support it, the right people, and (most importantly) these need to combine to make products that serve a community larger than any employee or organization. Dignan shows off plenty of examples and tells us what to adopt for our own work. “When we look at the companies that are really dominating, this is what they are doing.”

Aaron Dignan ist CEO and founding partner of New York agency Undercurrent. Undercurrent continues from were McKinsey left of. They help ambitious teams and their organisations discover the courage and capabilities to do the impossible.




A commercial growth agenda

A linear process for reducing risk

Manager of competitive advantage

Built to last

Closed system for us to build on



A visionary growth agenda

An agile process for reducing risk

Makers of competitive advantage

Built to evolve

Open system for the world to build upon


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How to eat Sushi properly, from a Sushi Chef

August 30th, 2014 Comments off








  1. Use fingers for sushi rolls
  2. Never combine ginger & sushi
  3. Never shake soy sauce off sushi


Don’t shake it. Shaking is just for the men,
finishing up at the men’s room.


Auf englisch weiterlesen.



Beat goes on in Germany

August 21st, 2014 Comments off



beatsteaks outdoor ad

beatsteaks outdoor ad



Gentleman of the year

This is great.

Beatsteaks documentation of a new aesthetic.



There is plenty of brilliant hipster music out there. But when you can no longer have the whining, the beat must go on. And now the beat goes on in Germany. Please welcome the Beatsteaks, Yeah.



The beat must go on in Germany

Best outdoors ad. Best use of typography. Best practice of new aesthetics (video). Best male dance. Best song. Beat be better sung in English.

I am dearly reminded of my close friend Ernst Auerbacher. Thank you Beatsteaks.



Responsive launch of Bavarian food blog

August 18th, 2014 Comments off


Thank you Rob for RT.


Responsive Onepager

Responsive Onepager


Technical conversion:



Undecided in maintaining a digital presence

August 7th, 2014 Comments off



undecided as to maintain a reputation



By traditional measures, few people keep a diary. I have one dear friend of whom I know, he kept a diary and maybe he is still at it. It is he, who is in receipt of much acknowledgment for his cheerful and eventful personal record. More than most of my well reputed dear friends can claim for themselves. Nor can I.

Fair enough, he established it the conventional way. Most welcome episodes he shared by way of products, events and local performances. For the time, way to go with no alternative in sight. Products and events both lead to write-ups by high brow newspaper feuilletons. And shared in conventional ways.

Much like bloggers have maintained their diaries over the past decade. With a difference. Their entries get published in real time and in public.



Undecided in writing your own chronicle

People are undecided when it comes to digital. Especially in Germany. They no longer understand what happened to the world. It was on the news yesterday. The local HypoVereins bank will shut down 240 of its branches. This will leave 3,000 Germans unemployed. You get your petty cash from teller machines. You do your transactions online. Who needs a branch?

Dying of bank branches follows disappearing book stores and the drought in the music industry. For more than a decade people saw economic decline brought on by digital. Cultures disappear and habits the consumer was comfortable with.

Employment offers no safety. Confidence in government gets punished. Find safety at own risk, be self-sufficient, don’t miss out and document your own history. My dear friend must have been aware all along… Teachers taught you in history class. History gets written by the victors. Write your own history as did the victors throughout history.



Making The Jump

August 6th, 2014 Comments off



Making The Jump



Everything around you was made by people no smarter than you…

Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

Look around, businesses seem to have forgotten what they are there for. They are there to solve problems people are having.

Above all work on things that matter. Real artists ship. The founders who do best, are those who are self-sufficient. Trust Nick Crocker on these ones.

Now read in full.




August 5th, 2014 Comments off





How conquered the world

The campaign transforms the word “booking” from a simple transaction and company name into an adjective for the sheer, unbridled joy and satisfaction when you open the door to your accommodation and know you’ve got it right. It is an adjective for those moments of delight that uniquely delivers to its customers.



The accommodation sets the tone for the trip. When it’s wrong, the trip can never be what you’ve imagined. But when it’s right, you have won. You will sleep amazingly. You will be funnier and more charming. And those who have entrusted you with the booking will consider you to have superhuman decision-making powers. You are a booking genius.

W+K Executive Creative Director Mark Bernath


Aside from its emotional hook, the discovery of the sweet, short moment of experiencing success on arrival, has countered forged social ratings with utility that seems to work well.

Travel agents fear negative ratings, so they won’t make social media a competitive advantage. remains an opportunist and won’t turn their back on social ratings. They thought of something that makes the forging of ratings less probable. Site visitors can only comment on accommodations they have been booking and are registered guests for.

Read in full by Dennis Schaal.