Wikipedia in the 21. Century

April 20th, 2014 No comments



Wikipedia design Martinique example.




Salomon Aurélien's new Wikipedia design, Martinique example.




Wikipedia’s designers are hard at work to bring their website aesthetic into the 21. Century.

Since the successful introduction of Pinterest, it’s aesthetic and simple handling, and the migration of users to mobile, world wide redesign is booming.

High ranking blogs are taking on the aesthetics of classic magazines and websites are making a more straight forward impression with radically simplified, thumb situating design. Bigger, readable copy, more white space, bigger finger-ready buttons…

Salomon Aurélien, a UX designer with no affiliation with the organization, can do whatever he likes. His concept for a new Wikipedia is eye-catching and packed with good ideas. Most importantly, it still operates largely like the Wikipedia we all know and (admit it) love. But there’s a problem: It can’t possibly work.

An admirable effort and best practice even so that Wikipedia’s designers should take a close look at and provide a a solution for.

No gimmicks, distraction through animations, sound effect, over burdening colors or other nerve wracking swizzle, to entertain the occasional visitor at the cost of serious users and subscribers to whom any of this makes the site suck and unbearable to use on a daily basis.

FastCompany’s Mark Wilson explains why the design won’t work.

In-house designers may discover the challenge and their mission in finding solutions to the faults, Wilson describes, and take on the speed of the 21. Century with a responsive system for Wikipedia.

But they need the consensus of the entire (and often wrong) Wikipedia community to make changes to Wikipedia’s 32 million+ pages.

Read on.



The more beautiful Wikipedia that almost was

April 7th, 2014 No comments



Wikipedia Neuggestaltung

White Space around the images. Gone is the framing of images.

Cramped as it ever was.



Today, Wikipedia is launching a redesign across more than 32 million pages in hundreds of languages. That’s staggering in scope, but the changes are pretty conservative, equating mostly to a new font for the section headers.

To the left you see the redesign that almost was, the Wikipedia members didn’t like it and nothing much became of. A mob mentality has kept Wikipedia’s design in the 1990′s.

Read in full.



One page wonder @Rob_Hope

April 4th, 2014 No comments



Wordpress Cape Town

WordPress Cape Town



Robe Hope One Page Love

Rob Hope – One Page Love





This is great!

Rob Hope is a surfer, grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and favors the waves locally at False Bay and Padang Padang in Bali worldwide. He feels at home in False Bay were he lived in Lakeside und Muizenberg for 15 years.

As my pal Ernstfried Prade, with whom I earned my first money as a windsurf instructor and eventually sparked the design of the world renown Mistral logo with the thought of ‘playing hard ball (ball game) with nature’ – Hope is enjoying his life, owed to the circumstance to having caught the first wave, and that he can do as he likes and does it with rare self-understanding.



Ernstfried Prade's Mistral Logo

Ernstfried Prade’s world renown Mistral logo. Source.



There are 2 aspects at play when working for yourself – either being too busy to find the time to surf as often as you’d like, or surfing too much and falling behind with work. Which one of these describes you best?

Hope builds websites when he is not riding the waves. He was certainly lucky with catching the wave, that caught a million people hungry for one pagers when CCS was well passed its tipping point with his aggregator, offering a one stop source of consolidated one pagers and corresponding wp themes.

He got started with building websites for clients, and now (Spring of 2013) he is working on his domains (http://onepagelove.com, http://mmminimal.com) und versteift sich auf Vorlagen basierende Gestaltung (http://themecobra.com). Design Dosage must be the latest work in progress.

Read Cape Town’s history of one page wonders by Hugh Lashbrooke, how niche marketing in an over saturated market can be a source for income.

Read on.



A high tide lifts all expectations

April 2nd, 2014 No comments



Onlookers look at waves crashing against the seawall around high tide during a winter nor'easter snowstorm in Lynn, Massachusetts January 2, 2014. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)



There’s no longer any real distinction between business strategy and the design of the user experience. The last best experience that anyone has anywhere, becomes the minimum expectation for the experience they want everywhere.




Math just doesn’t add up no more

March 17th, 2014 No comments



Theoretical simplicity (left) leading to…

Theoretical simplicity (left) leading to…



…an overly complicated interface (right)

…an overly complicated interface (right)




„We sought to create a calculator that is as beautiful as it is simple. Rechner is that calculator.”

Product documentation B&F



Rechner is an apps for the iPhone by Berger and Fohr, a design studio in Boulder, Colorado, build for touchscreen and gesture based interfacing.

With numbers, I wish to be able to rely on my input and the precision of the calculation. Which is why the display achnowledges my typing „2” by displaying the number 2 on the display. Then I choose a function such as add, subtract, multiply or divide and the number I want the function to act upon. i.e:






Rechner, turns this simple exercise with the learned tactile feedback we are all comfortable with, into an adventure based on interface gestures. Gesture functionality for basic math calculations:






What was once child’s play is being whiped into oblivion.
Did I just whipe to the right, to the left, upwar or downward? It simply exceeds my cognitive capability where I wish to rely on safe feedback.



Development by aelio.com. Video produvtion by nvrvr.com




Categories: design, new advertising, shared, ux

The message is medium rare

February 28th, 2014 No comments






Creative Insights, One Burger at a Time

Sizzling. San Francisco design firm MINE steps up to demonstrate how tasty promotion gets done with an of-the-shelf web design tool (and/or template based design).

A prime example of what Squarespace can do for your business. Squarespace may be the most elegant way of doing digital design in 2014. By which the handling is elegant and the outcome is efficient.

The take away is template based design and of-the-shelf software helps your company with cost performance as much as with focus on content and sharing.

Vegetarians included.

Read on.



AdAge’s responsive redesign

February 18th, 2014 No comments



Advertising Age responsive redesign

Advertising Age’s responsive redesign



Since I left my ad agency in 2006 and ended up with a compulsive mad man disorder, I help transform my industry into a new advertising age and pick up on where people of the 17th Century left of in the age of enlightenment. I was wrong. It did work though…


New Advertising Age


It worked the other way around. Advertising didn’t need to transform into new advertising, digital became the new classic and the new digital turned classic.

Now it is all classic, above the line and all those ridiculous special units turned themselves in. What’s left is one all star ad unit, finally capable of handling integrated communications in the best interest and in collaboration of the consumer user.

I was always convinced, that websites can change the world and that an automotive site which doesn’t suck can safe the workplaces of thousands of automotive workers.

Liquid design, is now called responsive design – is all the rage.
AOL, R/GA, PR Newswire, the Guardian, food blogs, marketing blogs… are all doing the responsive thing.

Read on.



For responsive blog design see c_u

February 13th, 2014 No comments



responsive blog design

Responsive blog design as you see it on a narrow browser window or iPhone display

Wider browser window as you see it on tablet PCs or laptop/desktop displays



Responsive web design (RDW) aims at providing optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from mobile phones to desktop computer monitors).

Liquid design as it used to be called has been around for as long as html has been developing. My very first hand coded website was liquid design and awarded by the SPD in 1993. Back then it would suffice to code in percentages rather than fixed units.

Alas, I never could sell responsive design to any of my fortune 500 clients. No mandatory reason existed which only now became mandatory with the introduction of a wider spread of a range of devices.

Edward Boches, the tudor at BU and creative director of Mullen, has moved his high octane blog into a more elegant and efficient space.

Boches agency Mullen was first to market with a template based agency website built on WordPress CMS thereby allowing energy to focus on content rather than design.

Now that blogs are transforming to magazine formats (and vice versa), and people are becoming alert to even subtle design issues, it makes business sense to help create a more elegant and efficient web, Edward Boches has another best practice to show with his responsive blog design for creativity unbound.



The last info architects

February 13th, 2014 No comments



Die letzten beiden Info Architekten. Foto: Elena Vidor.

The last two info architects.
Via this isn’t happiness™. Photo: Elena Vidor.



Categories: design, new advertising, shared, ux

What makes a great trademark

February 12th, 2014 No comments



kindle paperwhite

kindle paperwhite is one of the warmest sounding trademarks of our time and its purely utilitarian



When it comes to trademarks, bad designers and unexperienced entrepreneurs think of some clever typographical solution, a three-letter acronym, something that is expressed in a bold graphic way, signed by the little TM symbol. Or worse, something like Apple’s “i” series, the Munich carmaker BMW has built its new generation of electric vehicles around.

And they immediately think of an extensive corporate identity to manifest the moniker.

Nothing can be further from the truth as this example of our times demonstrates.



For whom the bell tolls

It leaves you with the warm and fuzzy feeling of something that somehow rings true. and even though this contradicts the recent marketing insight of nothing being sold if it’s not emotional, the kindle paperwhite trademark is purely utilitarian and made up of sound exclusively.

Consumers like the ring of it. Doesn’t the truth sound different? They seem to experience something that shines through and adds clarity and enlightenment to their perception.

Read on.