Your playing small does not serve the world

December 8th, 2013 No comments
Categories: new advertising, shared, tumblr

iPad created drawings

July 25th, 2013 No comments



Images created with iPad app, Paper by Daouna Jeong(@oura)

Images created with iPad app, Paper by Daouna Jeong(@oura)


Illustratror’s choose their tools wisely, whatever they feel most comfortable with and what serves them best with their aim.

Don’t omit the obvious though, technology aided tools may help with efficiency and now that the world goes mad about all tech, technology helps you getting noticed.

All eyes on context, your content lives and relates to the context its in. Listen hard to what the context is whispering in your ear.

All known illustrators seem to have known this at all times and they were never shy in using whatever is needed to help with increasing their work’s popularity. Be it associating yourself with your location, seasonal relevance or whatever seems to work at all times (think of Tomi Ungerer and Sex and obscenities come to mind).

Paper for the iPad by FiftyThree is great for sharing your work even during the process of creation.


Read on.





On the future of knowledge transfer

May 27th, 2013 No comments



MA.TT art

Source: ma.tt


“WordPress has grown up. It’s not really about blogging anymore, it has moved on to be about websites, a content management system and all sorts of amazing things. I see the future of WordPress as operating system for the web.”

John O’Nolan, Founder of Ghost, dedicated blogging platform.




Pointers via newsletter by Neil Perkin.



Keeping the numbers in the blacks with help of potato printing

April 23rd, 2013 No comments



Hand-stamped brand cup at Munich's Ha&Ma coffee shop

Hand-stamped brand cup at Munich’s Ha&Ma coffee shop


Munich’s littlelest coffee shop is setting its own standard with ‘only the necessities’

Gerda, Andi, Corinna and foodblogger Petra know that there is no money made with serving gourmet food at affordable prices.

  1. To make a small profit for Ha&Ma, lots of coffee must be sold.
  2. A single killer favourite will eventually evolve from the variety of daily fresh made food offerings, often served upon individually placed order and receive the teams full attention.
  3. An embarrassingly profane combination such as coffee and croissant, by which both must be of a unique, unheard of quality. Their Tramezzini or Naans are current contenders.


Ha&Ma Coffee has already earned a reputation in the Schwabing neighborhood nearby TUM, the entrepreneurial university. TUM entrepreneurs are welcome.


Hammerstein & Maier


Faltblatt mit Ladenansicht

Flyer incl. shop view

Ha&Ma Faltblatt

Ha&Ma direct mail

Potato printing as you may remember it from your childhood, is not so much a money saver as it is fun, says Gerda, the fun woman behind the counter with a twinkle in her eyes, as it is to become a symbol for resilience and strength Ha&Ma has built into its products and is what loyal customers take home from visiting the shop.

But that’s a mouthful and I stop here.
Subscribe to the daily menus here.




September 16th, 2012 No comments

Shola Ama

Coexist The xx Photo: Jamie-James Medina via Popmatters.


Making a profit in the vapor of time

When the product must be surprising and exciting, its advertising must come as a surprise and be exciting.

Like love, advertising moves in mysterious ways.

The xx are Oliver Sim, Romy Madley Croft and Jamie Smith.

Since their debut album 3 years ago, they have been heralded as the greatest pop phanomena in late music industry.

Learn here how the three had their second album premiered through a single fan..

Why the WOM experiment worked out so well, is what the adored reader and I are trying to get our hands around in this post.

Been there, seen it, but I wouldn’t have dreamed to strike it rich.


Coexist: Being one of many

Perhaps the biggest surprise with the London band (The xx) is—the difference is, that they don’t make a difference.

They do what everyone does.

The band shares what they like on their tumblr.

Fantastic insights of the band’s orientation surrendered.

Who is willing to give, gets some in return.


The xx are waving at the machines

Waving at machines was coined by James Bridle, with empathy for spambots und webcrawlers and his attempt to help define a new aesthetic.

Oliver Sim, Romy Madley Croft und Jamie Smith knew exactly, who to send the URL of their Coexist website.

  1. For being so decisive they must have been waving at the machines, and be experienced in maintaining their web presence to a degree of digging into analytics. They selected a fan who had busied him or herself with listening to their music for a good hour and the band has been aware of that.
  2. The XL record label headed by Adam Farrell, made arrangements with Microsoft to implement visualisation of their WOM experiment inspired by Aaron Koblin to demonstrate data development in real time.
  3. A day prior to the US realease of the album, xx made it onto the homepage of Reddit, which fans arranged for.



Kevin Holesh Special

February 9th, 2012 No comments

Kevin Holesh likes usability and I like Kevin for his skill set and prompt delivery


Laughing all the way to the bank

Today money is of little concern or importance, doing is.

At the beginning of the week Kevin helped set up a tumblr theme design for a good friend of mine on minimal brief.

No big deal executed at minimal effort and cost for both, contractee and contractor.


What triggered new found trust in a stranger’s work?

With pressing projects lined up for completion:

  1. Skill set: credible credentials.
  2. Reason to believe: I love Usability


Kevin Holesh on Notable. Get the iPhone apps here


Categories: awe, design, new advertising, tumblr

Elizabethan Days in Eugene, OR

October 7th, 2011 No comments

Daughter Elizabeth has returned to the US of A and reunited with hubby Doug to live in a small grey house in Eugene, Oregon not far from Seattle

grey house


Visiting deer and Mango the cat, in front yard

Watch the video on facebook

via liz on Facebook


I may not see you again

via mudwerks via polarbearprince, illustration by Engin Yazilan.

‘Roscoe’ by Midlake


Excerpt from Valley View Farm No.2 (Flabby Dagger)

Featured on Flabby Dagger




Categories: awe, tumblr

Image is everything

November 13th, 2010 No comments

Drawing of the day: Jacques Cousteau
courtesy Patrick Moberg. All rights reserved





I too keep waking up as though haunted by a recurring bad dream from the past, that of image being everything.


7 things any brand or person in the communication industry can do to salvage theirs:


  1. steal the best use case and ask, can it be modified

  3. always stay ahead of the game with ideas that do

  5. while everyone is doing conversations do a campaign

  7. if in business to business make yourself understood by the general public

  9. don’t let the truth get in the way of success

  11. return with a solution if you don’t have an immediate answer

  13. stand on long legs if you want to go pee with the big dogs




Categories: new advertising, tumblr

The Milliner

September 4th, 2010 No comments
Dido Victoria Millinery


Dido Victoria Millinery

The accomplished milliner, my older daughter Dido, recently returned from a visit to her sister in Caldwell in the South of England, with the claim for her brand. “Hello Beautiful”.

For profitable distribution of her hood fashion, Dido is inventing ordinary sweat shirt hoods for American Apparel to take on. For soccer fans she designed a three color hood in ‘Schwarz-Rot-Gold” aimed at distribution for the soccer world cup series. With GAP in mind, she is busy designing denim hoods. You get the idea.


Sisters, Caldwell GB

Slow Marketing

You can’t hurry love and Dido is in no great rush for her ideas to take of. Practicing her hipster approach to desktop marketing, she settled on tumblr for being in touch with you fashion people. Occasionally selling a hat, a hood, or accessories to close friends, family or colleagues at the reputable ‘Landestheater Linz’, where she proudly holds a day job iin the city of Linz, Austria where Dido resides in a lovely chamber close to the blue waters of the danube.


Your Father

Julia with her grey croc-print velvet Riding Hood

Julia with her grey croc-print velvet Riding Hood; Linz Alturfahr, moments before the storm broke.


Dido, Saturday, July 4 2010

Dido, Saturday, July 4 2010



The farmers wife

September 4th, 2010 No comments
Elizabethan Days

Elizabeth reads, swims, draws and she now settled on tumblr
quote by Patricia Highsmith


Elizabethan Days

Modern day storytelling is my younger daughters claim, now that she refers to her business as Elizabeth Blue Illustrations. How tell a story about a young woman who seems perfectly happy and together? Where is the conflict? What issues need be resolved?

punk farm

Farmer's wife idea of farming

Pork rocks

Years ago, Elizabeth came up with a sketch of a death head with crossed spade and pitchfork. Last year she married a fine young American, Douglas Courier and became the farmer’s wife. Organic farming is perhaps the most inventive of todays super businesses.

Your Father

Misty Waters.

Misty Waters. In the flesh- or rather, the clay. Heroine of the upcoming comic book, The Micanopy Murders