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The Guardian joins the rush to redesign

October 30th, 2014 No comments

 

 

Beta Version und Druckausgabe The Guardian.

Beta version and printed edition of The Guardian. Source.

 

 

We are consumed by news more successfully than anything fashion could ever dictate. Accepted self-actualisation.

It seems like all the major magazines and newspapers are consumed by self-actualisation with the redesign of their publications.

First it was The New York Times, then The New Yorker.

German news magazine Der Spiegel got a spring cleaning last year and both competing trade magazines of the German advertisig industry recently reimagined their design. Horizont. The other, Werben u. Verkaufen is about to redesign its print magazine.

Now the United Kingdom’s prolific Guardian is in midst of iterations to redesign its online edition with input from thousands of readers. Of the three english language publications, the Guardian might have needed a makeover most of all. In sharp contrast to producing Pulitzer awarded content the Guardian’s website felt like something from the nineties. As if it was designed for explorer on Windows XP. Anything but a generous mindset shines through.

While the NY Times, Quartz, The New Yorker and the German ad industry’s Horizont have contributedd to a more elegant and efficient web, I can’t seem to experience much of anything on the Guardian.

Read in full by John Brownlee.

Gerd Arntz icons

October 25th, 2014 No comments

Pixelmator for iPad

October 25th, 2014 No comments

 

 

Pixelmator on iPad

Pixelmator for iPad

 

 

Ever since beta testing innovative new user interfaces the likes of Pages, Virtuoso and PasteUp back in the NexT computer days, I could never again appreciate the clumsiness of bloated software.

So no, there never was an elephant in the room called Photoshop, it was replaced the moment Pixelmator became available.

I don’t use mobile devices but my daughters do. I benefit from the Pixelmator team’s simplification learning curve, that comes from building apps on the iPad for my Mac version of Pixelmator and so do you.

Read on.
Available from the App Store for $4.99

 

 

Birdfont, an open source font editor for TTF, EOT & SVG formats

October 23rd, 2014 No comments

 

 

Bird font editor running on Yosemite

Bird font editor running on Yosemite

 

 

It took Johan Mattsson two years to get his open source font editor with the help of many (beta tester, translators) out the door.

For a small contribution, Birdfont for Mac, Windows, Linux and OpenBSD can be downloaded.

I can’t tell you about the whereabouts of Fontographer or FontLab Studio. Ask Jimmy Gallagher.

 

 


 

 

A website that builds itself

October 22nd, 2014 No comments

 

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

Unfolding beauty of strictly functional

October 20th, 2014 No comments

 

 

Erstaunliche Schönheit strikter Funktion in Yosemite

Ligne claire in OS X Yosemite

 

 

The beauty of strictly functional is now unfolding world wide thoughout much of Yosemite, the current version of the Apple’s Mac OS, released only four days ago.

Chrstina Warren’s revue from July sums it up.

 

 

The amazing beauty of strictly functional

October 17th, 2014 Comments off

 

 

People's Roadmap to a Digital New York City

People’s Roadmap to a Digital New York City

 

 

Amazing. Be it for study purposes, do visit the site.

Recently Ello causes a stir. With more amazing beauty of strictly functional.

“That’s the thing of the Scandinavian thing.” says Per Arnoldi in a video interview with Richard Quest. “We are practical people. It is not a fantasy thing. There is not a lot of mystery here. Not a lot of mystery…”

 

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Per Arnoldi: In a hotel, art is a decorative element. You are not trying to tell anyone anything about existentialism. That we are all gonna die, that life is short and cruel. (laughs out loud) I mean that is not where we are. That is not where we are. It’s hospitality.

Richard Quest: Striking design that is also strictly functional.

Per Arnoldi: It’s organised, we are organised here.

Richard Quest: Scandinavian design is very much followed and en vogue at the moment. Why is that you think?

Per Arnoldi: The serious answer is that in a crisis, when a crisis is on, which it is, you propably want to buy something that is not too elaborate. Where you feel that the design has been minimised, kept at a minimum, so we don’t splurge.

Richard Quest: Now this is one of the corridors of the hotel.

Per Arnoldi: (gigglies) Yes. Definitely.

Richard Quest: But your art is here. You Did these pieces.

Per Arnoldi: Yes, I did these pieces.

Richard Quest: What where you thinking?

Per Arnoldi: This is a decorative piece. No one is crying or screaming or begging or preying – or anything difficult.
This is a hotel corridor, for christ sake. Find your room and pray that your key works. (giggles)

That’s hotel philosophy, don’t you think?

 

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Hint:
When it doesn’t add up start subtracting (derived from)

 

 

Only 255 years into a 9,000-year lease

September 23rd, 2014 Comments off

 

 

Dublin Porter

 

 

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Guinness – In Pursuit of More
Quaker City Mercantile
Philip Montgomery
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Alain Francois Bernard

 

 

 

 


Dominating new brands the likes of Google oder Netflix don’t require patina coating like on old navy vessel to gain people’s trust.

People discover new products on the web and trust develops or vanishes immediately during product usage.

A good explanation for the speed of the 21. century: The decrease of time between idea and implementation on behalf of your business and the time between discovery and usage on behalf of your audience.

Embrace Newton’s law of marketing. For every movement or trend there is an equal and opposite counter-movement or trend (Christ Clark / Nitro).

Hipsters are turning away mp3s and reinvest in turntables and vinyl records. Traditional brands are gaining momentum.

Since conversations have moved to digital, your brand story is best told with the aid and efficiency of theme based design and a content management system off the shelf. It increases your agency’s profit margin. Something, the Philadelphia agency has yet to become comfortable with. Excellent typography and user experience though.

 

 

First person shooter tvc for Netherland’s Knab spelled backwards as bank

September 11th, 2014 Comments off

 

 

first person shooter perspective

first person shooter perspective

 

 

This brilliant first person shooter commercial for Knab was created by Fitzroy.

 

 

If you give it your all, you expect the same from others. So why not from your bank?” Knab (‘bank’ spelled backwards) helps you to make the most of your money (with the pay off: “The bank that works for you” – freely translated).

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Netherland’s bank is an exclusive online bank with no branches. This way energy is dedicated to online support across customers preferred media channels.
Most people spend all day starring at their screens either at the office, at home, or during their commute. So yes, services dedicated to online are obvious and make perfect sense.

 

 

Since the average bank-site is crap (with a capital C), Knab has an advantage here. Now we finally understand why we should switch to Knab.

 


The thumbnails make the first homepage you see below, appear clutter free. Visit the site for it’s intuitive user experience.
None of the three homepages makes use of responsive, theme based design off the shelf. Simple’s site looks and feels as though it was based on open source cms, we all have grown comfortable with from visiting blogs.

The web standard has not yet reached today’s popularity when these sites were built.

 

 


Banking websites by Simple,  Knab & Fidor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now we finally understand why Germans should switch to Fidor.

The German bank was first to offer peer-to-peer connectivity among its customers.
Numbrs, is no bank but an interesting application, made in Germany, capable of handling your fiscal needs, no matter what bank you are with and across several accounts with different banks.

 

 

Unlike Knab or Fidor, Simple was first to market with the convincing idea, that what we need is not a bank when we can have an app

What we need is banking not banks. Unlike numbrs, Simple is a bank and was first to market with an idea of how to build a business on a sensation of how banks and politics have failed us.

 

 

Apple Pay™


With Apple’s announcement of Apple Pay™, the theme of the game may change once more for both, banks and their counterparts listed here. Family run businesses, small businesses sadly excluded due to the assumed unprofitable expense of the electric receptor device.

 

 

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

August 29th, 2014 Comments off

 

 

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