“Stressed Out”

June 22nd, 2016 No comments



Everything is being redesigned



New Aesthetic

25 Songs that tell us where music is going.
A one-time spectacular. The NYTimes Magazine.

NYTimes Magazine with a special on New Aesthetic in music1



„Stressed Out” Twenty One Pilots
Brilliant example on how content within its context become relevant.



New Aesthetic in music
“Four years ago, I discovered James Bridle’s attempt to define the new aesthetic for the early 21. century with the help of many.

With eyes wide open you could find it in fashion, war gear, in the arts and on numerous Google street view across Europe.
NANew Aesthetic by James Bridle

NA in design and perception

While a large number of photos aimed at documenting the progressing fragmentation of markets and the splitting of the web with pixelated imagery, quite the contrary happened.



Every trend is followed by an equally powerful counter trend.



Neither design nor perception pixelated and fell apart in its bits and atoms.

The quality of on screen images, happened to supersede that of glossy print magazines we had all grown familiar with. On screen display resolution superseded print results. Along came theme or template based design and the acceptance of web standards such as proven and tried layouts and functions. In turn it reached the level of best practices in print design.

If there is a new aesthetic, then one that came along with the event of retina displays for watches, cell phones, tablet PCs or ever larger tv and desktop monitors.



What the boys from twenty one pilots may also stressed out by, is the ever more demanding claim as a result of ever increasing expectations set in quality.



NA der Musik

The new aesthetic in music comes close to what is experienced as supernormal. Tt’s something we know and trust that we only need be reminded of and surprised by. The Hamilton Cast’s „Say no to this” demonstrates this nicely and should you not know the Hamilton Cast, take „Sorry” by Justin Bieber.

A warm symphonic sound makes for the fundament of the new aesthetic on which the interpreters give their best.New Aesthetic in MusicA One-Time SpectacularNYTimes Magazine


New Aesthetic in Music


New Aesthetic in Music



A pointer to Fascism’s an Epidemic. What’s the cure?

June 18th, 2016 No comments


This is NOT a Drill!

Your everyday behavior contributes to the cure

Fascism’s an Epidemic
Now is the time to make your social media activities pay of:

  • Ignore anti democratic press reports. Refrain from sharing articles on uproar about anti democratic suspects.
  • Social media is here to exploit your last sanctuary: Your cognitive surplus.

  • Share instead write ups on politicians and family businesses triumphing among big businesses.
  • Reward media reports on big business serving social goodness.
  • Enjoy and share your discoveries of businesses and activities serving social goodness.
  • Don’t be mad at Bernie Sanders.
  • Determine how your business supports democratic values and brag about it.
  • Make good use of your cognitive surplus with smart, fun sharing.
  • Know your name and keep your head up.
  • Make use of strategic consume. Support your trusted local neighbourhood shops.
  • Show your support for open source technology and other large scale movements that make tools available to mid- and small size businesses. There plenty out there!


Fascism’s an Epidemic



Michaela Melián – Electric Ladyland

June 14th, 2016 No comments



Michaela Melián - Electric Ladyland

Michaela Melián – Electric Ladyland



Lithfaßsäule für Michaela Melián für ihre Einzelaustellung im Münchner Lenbachhaus

Sponsored “Lithfaßsäule” for the solo exhibition at Munich’s Lenbachhaus honoring Michaela Melián



Karmelina Kulpa explains



Karmelina Kulpa shows you around



Michaela Melián – Electric Ladyland
Should you be in Munich you may want to spend some time at the prestigious Lenbachhaus. It’s Kunstbau is hosting a solo exhibition honoring the works by Michaela Melián. Karmelina Kulpa offers a bit of explanation on why the exhibit is worth your time.

Michaela Melián knows her numbers. On a pre-set schedule she goes to where visitors and fans congregate . You can place your bets on her nomination for any top award in the European art industry.

I’ve always enjoyed her bright smile and rose cheeks. She sticks to wearing skirts.

With remarkable persistence, Melián has layed out how to organically grow a brand and consistently add new meaning to it through out her life.


Michaela MeliánElectric Ladyland

March 8 – June 19 at Kunstbau

Michaela Melián – Electric Ladyland



Der Sprengreiter №4 Peace by Michaela Melián.

Der Sprengreiter No.4
by Michaela Melián.



The city of Munich sets digital record

June 13th, 2016 Comments off



Munich waves to the machines
Munich sets digital record
Germany owes its reputation to dead thinkers, dead poets, dead inventors and dead scientists.

Europe and its historic past and extensive history.

Since the rise of new technology and the departure into the 21. century, Germany has no role in this play. It lives off of the myth its dead left behind, and enjoys – more than ever – a mighty fine reputation around the globe.

Last month, the journalist Arie Wahl reported for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, that businesses and politics are stepping on it.

A Blitz take-of, Like the one by Munich start-up Celonis, comes as a surprise and with a fatal announcement:



“This software aims to dismiss business consultants”



made in munichThe Munich start-up is growing faster than any German tech company. The secret of success is an algorithm.“This software aims to dismiss business consultants”by Helmut Martin-Jung in German language

Munich sets digital record



A pointer to why 1776 is coming to New York City

June 4th, 2016 Comments off



Make New York the world’s greatest engine for innovation

The Brooklyn Navy Yard

Read in full by Rachel Haot5 min read features great photos1776
For five years the impeccable Rachel Haot served as Chief Digital Officer for New York City and New York State. Now she joined 1776.

1776 brings together leaders at the crossroads of fundamental change — government, institutions, entrepreneurs, investors — to solve the world’s biggest challenges.

Find out what is holding New York City back, how 1776 invests in the city’s future and how you can step up with your business model in mind.



You are invited to join





State of the Digital Nation 2016

May 28th, 2016 Comments off



Digital Nation



State of the Digital Nation 2016
A much recommended weekend lecture demands your full attention.

Bordering on a dissertation, Jules Erhardt’s report expands over 4 chapters. Prepare for unsettling insights covering 1︎⃣ Industry Perspective, 2︎⃣ Agency Perspective, 3︎⃣ New Perspective and 4︎⃣ Future Perspective.

Be warned though, none of this will necessarily be affirmative or have much of a calming effect on your weekend.
State of the Digital Nationby Jules Ehrhardt



State of the Digital Nation 2016




State of the Digital Nation 2016



The blog is dead

May 15th, 2016 Comments off



 ©Hergé' Source:




R.I.P. The Blog


The blog is dead.

Fast Company



Blogging is dead, long live blogging

ONUR KABADAYI Wednesday 16 July 2014 12.28 BST
The Guardian



The blog is dead, long live the blog

JASON KOTTKE DEC. 19, 2013, 8:31 A.M.
Niemann Lab



The blog is dead
If journalism is now a process, continually updating and iterating on the facts in any given event, then you can’t really freeze it in an article anymore, can you?




2002 and 2006
Blogging by US teens halved between 2006 and 2010 and declined among millennials, according to PewResearch.




Rise of social networks such as Facebook and microblogging platforms Tumblr and Twitter.


On 16 February 2011, there were over 156 million public blogs in existence. On 20 February 2014, there were around 172 million Tumblr (2016: 291.7 Mio) and 75.8 million WordPress (2016: 76.5 Mio.) blogs in existence worldwide.

Source: Wikipedia



Tintin ©Hergé




So, bloggers should be excited, not downhearted. Roughly 15 years after the beginnings of the format, we have arrived at the essence of the blog – a highly trafficked, commercially appealing platform whose best years are ahead of it.

The blog is dead






April 13th, 2016 Comments off


third tech wave’s bursting
your social good dreams

Gif by @spiritform Source: Ello “The Third Wave” An entrepreneurs vision of th future. By Steve Case.
$16.33 at Barnes & Noble
Read the interview w/ Steve Case



Pointer to how GM beat Tesla to the first true mass-market electric car

March 16th, 2016 Comments off



1972 | Spurred by federal incentives attached to the Clean Air Act of 1970, engineer Victor Wouk modifies a 1972 Buick Skylark to make it a gas-electric hybrid. The government awards him $33,000 for the design but doesn’t take the idea further. COURTESY OF EPA.GOV

1972 | Spurred by federal incentives attached to the Clean Air Act of 1970, engineer Victor Wouk modifies a 1972 Buick Skylark to make it a gas-electric hybrid. The government awards him $33,000 for the design but doesn’t take the idea further. COURTESY OF EPA.GOV



The inside story by Alex Druies of how GM (yes, GM!) beat Elon Musk in the race to build a true electric car for the masses.

From abroad in my Munich neighbourhood of Nymphenburg, I had several sightings of Tesla’s Model S and have compared Chevy cars park among the European regulars. By which the thought struck me that the Chevy makes for a more potential appearance than the local regulars. When I see see a Tesla drive by, I get a similar sensation as when I see one of the Maseratis in my neighbourhood.Read in full by Alex Druies




March 13th, 2016 Comments off



Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper ©The Weinstein Company



Now I want to live in a country where I can go running in a garbage bag.

Bradley Cooper ©The Weinstein Company



It’s been a few hours that Silver Linings Playbook (2012) caught me by surprise. I’m okay now. What I like doing most is not do anything and watch tv while longing for the outdoors. A TV Guide is not required much like navigation is a nuisance common with websites. I get pulled in and guided by the story or I do something else.

I had no clue what I was watching and did’t recognise the actors until it dawned on me that the bad woman was the girl from the Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence, who I have a crush on the minute I get to see her.

I like it or I don’t. With actors, Mrs. Hammerstein offered a good enough qualification, which can be applied to perhaps any design discipline:


You know your are watching an actress or actor and are by no means disturbed by knowing who they are.


Bradley Cooper is such an actor and so is Jennifer Lawrence and some sharp work from a talented cast give balance to the fabric and insights you gain from watching Silver Linings.

Nor could Robert De Niro ruin it for me, even though I knew it’s Robert De Niro. Au contraire.

Now I want to live in a country where I can go running wearing a garbage bag.

Silver Linings

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