Quartz has a new look—and for the first time, a homepage

August 29th, 2014 No comments



Zum ersten Mal eine homepage



Newsrooms take note, Quartz the digital native newscast for the global economy now has a homepage. Sort of. A brief replaces the homepage, their morning brief with for the global economy relevant stuff. They don’t start with why but with a brief in real time for all devices in use today.



Quartz's audience grows since launch



Quartz is digital native rather than relying on being a descendant of the Atlantic. It sports no paper edition and won’t manage digital on the side. Perhaps what they don’t do is as important or more important than what they do. A paper issue wastes a lot of energy without profitable proof. Lack of advertising fund make paper based newsrooms shut down. There will be a better time for paper. Promise.

The focus remains on banner free advertising. High quality advertising as the stories that come form their newsroom. Quartz designers have a love for usability. They get rid of stuff that was seldom used. Their award-winning design gets better with more white space on tablets and PCs. Quartz experiments with new stuff. Pullquotes within the content rather than comments at the end of each story…

Read in full by Zachary M. Seward







Zara pulls striped ‘sheriff’ shirt after holocaust outrage

August 28th, 2014 No comments



Zaras umstrittenes „Sheriff“ Hemd

Zara’s disputed ‘Sheriff’ T.



People are paying attention and they love to share what consumes them. Remember when you were a kid, how urgently you wanted to share your discoveries immediately. You wanted your father and mother to see what you had found. With the event of social media the supporting technology for sharing became publicly available. That changed everything. Again.

The recent children’s shirt uproar demonstrates the effect and efficiency of sharing.

Someone discovered a children’s shirt. And found its display of a classic American western sheriff badge on a striped t-shirt, a potential similarity with the Star of David. A curiosity that was then shared on social media. In consequence the shirt manufacturer removes the kid’s t-shirt.





What is happening here is not a conversation, it is no dialogue. It is a message sent of relevance to others that was shared.

Nothing new to you. An inevitable development has taken us for nearly 20 years into the early 21. century.



  1. The motivation is sharing.
  2. The cause is technological progress.
  3. The out-take is self-actualisation.

Read in full by Asa Bennett.



The world has never been this incomplete

August 27th, 2014 No comments

Craftmanship, the economy next door.



The world has never before been so incomplete. Lend a hand. Agency: Heimat Berlin




True, the world had never been this incomplete. Europe is now accepting transformation to take place. Moving Europe from an industrial to an information age as part of the global transformation. True also, it is happening with a 15 year delay. Now that business and marketing is accepting the transformation to be of relevance to their audiences. They failed to accept how radical it is. It reaches every corner of people’s lives. It changes people’s customs, even their relationships. Myths get busted en masse. Production of school books become invalid with the drying of the ink.

It so happens that Scholz + Friends, creator of the top transformer-campaign, get stuck mid way. Visual elements are unmistaken 70′s design. In the early 21. century, creatives are seeking a new aesthetic (NA) to mark the time. The website fails to accept the global open web standard. Alas, like almost all German websites it makes use of content management system built for developers not users. The web standard caters to the user managing the site not developers. An accidental misunderstanding of the internet craftsmanship.

The second film shown above is by new incumbent Heimat agency in Berlin. Masters of ceremony and the one German agency to watch closely. I bet they made use of the crap typography for political reasons rather than healthy creative reasoning.



Men, women & children

August 25th, 2014 No comments




Jason Reitman
Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemaire DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler



Men, Women & Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame-hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.



Leica T

August 23rd, 2014 No comments



Leica T. Photo by Andrew Kim

Foto Andrew Kim.



Leica T. Photo by Andrew Kim



This is great. Andrew Kim has shared an -as to be expected- stellar photo documentary about the Leica T, with impressive photos shot with the T.

Leica has been historically bad at software so it’s been quite ambitious to create something that is so software heavy. It’s no surprise that Andrew noticed a number of software bugs with the T.

The service desert the German design nation was once mocked for has silently moved into digital.

That said, the T is a camera worthy of the Leica name and rare product with which to look ahead, rather than all the nostalgic products around usthat take us backwards and that Andrew much like myself is sick and tired of. The T is priced significantly higher than you’d expect and it’s documentation is highly recommended for all photo fans, especially Petra with her iconic Bavarian food blog and her step photos taken with a less capable Leica.



So many products lack of focus and an opinion today and respect for the craftsman has been replaced with a chase of fads. There are so many craftsman that I see everyday, with the potential of making masterpieces. But we are all reduced to making more of less rather than more with less.

Read in full.
Leica T highlights at a glance



Venus to Mars

August 21st, 2014 No comments



Venus to Mars: I love how you don't get me at all.



Politicians are from mars, the internet is from venus

German government now has introduced their digital agenda. Until 2018, they want to have internet access at 50 megabit per second anywhere.

On Tuesday, Andre Meister published the – according to – final version of the digital agenda alongside markups to previous versions.



Beat goes on in Germany

August 21st, 2014 No comments



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.



The Internet’s Original Sin

August 20th, 2014 No comments



Hendrik Goltzius' Der Sündenfall (Wikimedia Commons)



What we wanted to do was spill boiling oil onto the heads of our enemies as they attempted to bang down the gates of our village. But as everyone now knows, we had some problems, primarily technical problems, that prevented us from doing what we wanted to do the way we had hoped to do it. What we’re asking for today is another chance.



Early 2009, Amelia Torode proclaimed: “Technology changes, people don’t“. From pillaging Visigoths (493 to 553) to Torode’s statement early 21. century, people are getting in their way and block those who are hungry from getting anywhere.




The French have proven more fate in the guillotine, then the Visigoths with boiling water. A technology since 1977 no longer in use, that contributed to the impact the french revolution (1789 bis 1799) has today. They got rid of their old heads. A philanthropic contribution with greater weight than all the humanitarian chit chat of rightful people in business and politics and more recently in social media.



Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789.jpg
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789“ von Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier[1]. Lizenziert unter Public domain über Wikimedia Commons.



Ethan Zuckerman, the current director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, in his days at toward the end of the Nineties, has invented the pop-up ad. recently published a heck of an essay in the Atlantic called The Internet’s Original Sin.” In it, he asks for forgiveness for his contribution to turning the internet from a place with some banner ads to a creepy surveillance state in which your every move is tracked (be it by the NSAs, the Facebooks, or just the lowly advertisers).

What we are witnessing now is a series of apologies by people most familiar with the web who have largely contributed to its development.

The Internet is of course not as dirty as I have perceived it coming from hypertext in the early years. It filled with titanium-white traps and it is beautiful. It overcomes time and space. Go slow and you will see.

Read the full story by Mark Wilson.



Responsive launch of Bavarian food blog

August 18th, 2014 Comments off


Thank you Rob for RT.


Responsive Onepager

Responsive Onepager


Technical conversion:



Art and Craft

August 16th, 2014 Comments off



Mark Landis

Mark Landis



Ehepaar Helene und Wolfgang Beltracci





The Con Artist: A multimillion dollar art scam



Interest in arts is huge.
Interest in con art is huge.

No artist was pulled in such a manner into the public, as the couple Helene und Wolfgang Beltracci, not even ©Murakami.

Con art and the great art swindle fascinates people, not arts. Previous entry points at statistics, suggesting that people are most interested in curiosities.

For the German couple Helene und Wolfgang Beltracci it offered a business model, to make good living from. Regardless of a forced upon social standard by a majority. The art of living, regardless of forced upon bohemian social standards. An empty stomach and renouncement included.

Toward the end of their 4 and 6 year sentence, prison officials granted the Beltraccis vacation days. So they could appear on German TV talk shows, to promote their book. They now need a new business model and book sales won’t fund the needed legal defence. Art sold with Wolfgang Beltracci’s signature will.

Meanwhile in the US, the prolific art forger Mark Landis, maintains forging art not as his business model. A donor of giveaways, propelled by philanthropic motivation is his claim. Landis acted as fatigued art collector and donor or Jesuit priest. He duped registrars and curators with feathered voice. He wanted to see his ‘give-aways’ on display in America’s highest reputed museums and art exhibitions. The great art swindle went on for 30 years. Until Matthew Leidinger called out: “He messed with the wrong registrar”.

If international copyright is not in question pops up in this and various other contexts. A long overdue answer must prevent knowledge transfer to break.