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 No comments



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…”




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?




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



Voice Over
Guinness – In Pursuit of More
Quaker City Mercantile
Philip Montgomery
Cillian Murphy
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).




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







Leica T

August 23rd, 2014 Comments off



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



The Internet’s Original Sin

August 20th, 2014 Comments off



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 Tripod.com 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:



A new New Yorker.com

July 22nd, 2014 Comments off



The New Yorker.com



Launch of redesigned New Yorker magazine



A new New Yorker.com

The New Yorker launches revamped website.
A cleaner more organised look and feel, easier to read and navigate and the reader can work with it too.
You can collect section with your cursor. And you can now run your cursor through the characteristic New Yorker typeface as well.

John O’Nolan, founder of ghost has coined WordPress to be the operating system of the web. The New Yorker makes good use of it with a customised, responsive theme. Readers profit from a more agile, more responsive organisation serving up more immediate, frequent updates.



mobile first illustration by Barry Blitt.



With its popularity and broad readership, the New Yorker is now the flagship for journalism heralding a global web standard in the early 21. century.

Way to go for a branch seeking orientation.

I like to hold on to the illusion that a poke of mine contributed to the introduction of the characteristic New Yorker font as web font.

Here now, greater orientation and a much improved reading experience across all devices. Excellent use and proof of what can be accomplished with graphic design in acceptance of proven and tried technology.

Read the editors announcement in full.



Social Ranking

July 20th, 2014 Comments off



Archie first



Good Bye Bloglevel

Since 2009, Bloglevel offered a widget to help with evaluating your digital activities against Bloglevel’s metrics. Good enough and likely a better answer than other offerings as far as ease of use and immediate usability goes.

Klout, PeerIndex and Twitter Grader all lack the availability of a real-time widget. With bloglevel all you had to do is enter the url and there it was, the percentages of how your site or blog scores in the four categories influence, popularity, engagement and trust. Better yet, you could copy the code and place it anywhere on your blog or site.Bloglevel is no more. Instead they offer the Edelman Berland dashboard. A complex brand evaluation tool way over my head. Same goes for Klout, PeerIndex or Twitter Grader.



Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Jughead Jones, Reggie Mantle

Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Jughead Jones, Reggie Mantle



All this involvement is making me itch

Social ranking site creates a new battleground for agency egos.
Pivotstack tallies audiences, and Ogilvy’s on top. Alas, yesteryear’s ego trip and academia overcomplicating things.



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