“Once in my life.” Your Sunday Song.


Toward new shores:
Decemberists exit shanties in favour of pop.

The Decembrists | Once In My Life

One of the first, I thought of as hipster band that consumes me, be it for their music, self-marketing savviness, or ever changing fabulous website design. My daughters love them, one even got to be at their life concert in Portland, Oregon. Back then they performed shanties which Colin Meloy does so well.

“The Decemberists used to live for these sorts of epic, carefully scripted flights of historical fantasy. A decade ago the band might have even dedicated an entire album to this murderous mermaid—you can almost hear the Baltic instrumentation and picture the lithographed cover art—but here the song is just a pit stop on an album that otherwise avoids the excesses of yore. Since hitting peak fancifulness on 2009’s The Hazards of Love, the Decemberists have streamlined their music into something more direct and less fussy.”

Evan Rytlewski

Even so in less fuzzy, they now exit shanties in favour of pop.
I’ll Be Your Girlby Evan Rytlewski



Not my car

Not my car - Marc Johns

Original drawing is available here.
Ink & watercolor on hot press paper, 8 x 10 inches.



Start me up

Everthing must change

Nach MAD Magazin, National Geographics und AdAge, erneuert auch Rolling Stone seine Gestaltung.

After Mad Magazine,
National Geographics und AdAge, it’s on Rolling Stone to update its design.



The new logo is following the tendency to flat design.

The new logo is following the tendency to flat design.

Apart from the flattened version of the logotype and some structured processing, the magazine and its website are rolling by without revising its content to adjust to new behavior that comes with the new era.

For the magazine to be responsive toward behavior in the new era, it would have to apply content of relevance to the mindset of kids. They would have to move their focus from rock to pop, From a male (productivity, rationalality) to a female (receptional, sensitive) perspective.

Should good design no longer dissolve in behavior?

Here’s a song by the New York band Public Access TV who believe to have heard…

“the kids don’t love rock’n’roll anymore”

…and that it’s alright. Let us embrace Newton’s law of marketing—for every trend there is an equal and opposite counter-trend. It’s easy to tell by its name sake, the Rolling Stone magazine, even though I have never held a copy in my hands, is hard coded in rock.

The end of an era | Public Access TV

Now that Public Access TV has made us think that kids no longer like rock ‘n’ roll, where do they go to learn about music?

To pitchfork.

In defence of a throwback mindset

The Rolling Stone magazine people place their bets on the demographic change. People now live longer. And the Grandpas who dwell in the rock bubble have another 20 or 30 years to live. Both pitchfork and demographic change are more of a reason not to move away from hard coded rock. Even if they did, the kids would likely still go to pitchfork, and Rolling Stone would lose their die hard readers by the same token.



The 4 cylinder story that gave Tesla a rusted look

On December 18, 2017 the BMW headquarters in Munich lit up in a new light to demonstrate it's designed for electric driving pleasure.

On December 18, 2017 the BMW headquarters in Munich lit up in a new light to demonstrate it’s designed for electric driving pleasure.

Registered e-vehicles in Germany (2017)

  1. BMW i3 ( 4407 vehicles)
  2. Renault Zoe (4323 vehicles)
  3. VW e-Golf (3026 vehicles)
  4. Smart Fortwo Electric Drive (2988 vehicles)
  5. Kia Soul EV (2933 vehicles)
  6. Tesla Model S (2241 vehicles)
  7. Tesla Model X (1091 vehicles)
  8. VW E-Up (1078 vehicles)

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