Author Archives: johannes

iAchiever

In my last seminar devoted to the topic of future interfaces, I asked students to analyse current developments of Interface Culture and interpolate them in the the close future. iAchiever by Kay Schefferski offers a glimpse at the future where well known achievement systems of today are brought to a new level. Nowadays our gaming [...]

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Interface Art goes Lifestyle

Recently I discovered an article about Interface Art in “m — Das Magazin”. It is a young german magazine on the lifestyle aspects that come with the many new Apple gadgets. This time, the nicely done glossy also features “iPhone Killer” Michael Tampert and web design guru Jacob Nielsen. The author points out that I [...]

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Bliss Again

I always wanted to stand on the meadow of the famous XP wallpaper. Thanks to Microsoft’s self-reference to their their own iconic XP wallpaper in XBox Live avatar icons I now can. I decided to let my avatar sing. P.S. Ignore the hinted mountain in the back. For me it is still Bliss.

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Drop Shadow Talks 3.0

First of all: Sorry for not posting quite some time :) I am very glad that I was allowed to do a third round of Drop Shadow Talks in the starting semester. And this semester there will be guests I cannot wait to hear to speak in the digital shade. I hope my students will [...]

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Fakebook Pro

Thanks to my highly regarded colleague Brendan Howell, Fakebook now reached its second level. By the means of now included Rich Snippets, Fakebook now shows up even more similar to Facebook in Google’s results. These snippets are meant to offer a convenient summary information about search results at a glance. When listing Facebook results for example, Google [...]

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Poly Carbonate with a High Gloss Sealer

In the new trailer for Toy Story 3 the toy protagonists enter a stage-like corner of a child’s room. They have been trying to create a logotype for the upcoming movie and as it seems it had to be done by simple means—their roughly shaped Toy Story 3 is made of a ball, Lego bricks, [...]

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Protest letters and fake books

Social networks are the drop shadow of our lifes. Today I left Xing. As a response the oh so professional platform gave back a very snappish response. Hidden in the CAPCHA literally was a protest letter on my abandoning (screenshot from xing.de, April 15, 2010). As it seems, social networks do not wanna be forsaken. [...]

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Device-Inspired Product Design

Besides Interface-Inspired Print Design there also is Device-Inspired Product Design as it seems. At Platoon Kunsthalle in Seoul I discovered chairs that looked as if greatly influenced by the iPhone. On the photo it seems as if a gigantic iPhone (without the built-in ear-piece) was leaning against the table. I repute this to be not [...]

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Drop Shadows = Streamlining?

“Streamlining” was a design style which emerged during the 1930s, especially in architecture and product design. The style was applied to electric clocks, sewing machines, small radio receivers and vacuum cleaners, for example. Though manufacturing required new developments in materials, the functionality of the re-designed product was hardly changed. During the Drop Shadow Seminar at BTK [...]

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Interface-Inspired Print Design, Pt. 3

In mobile devices’ current striving for more significance (and readers) a vivid and sometimes funny exchange of visual styles takes place. For example the photorealistic references to paper are quite numerous on the interface of the quite paperless iPad, iPhone applications like Notes and icon for YouTube remediate their counterparts in older media forms almost [...]

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