Category Archives: General

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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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, 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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Drop Shadow Workshop @ Merz Aka

I knew there would be a lot to document after my Drop Shadow Workshop at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart. Again all of my students there made very nice projects. This time we collaborated on a Tumblr-Blog. I came to love Tumblr’s simplicity during the seminar. Its standard theme (which we used, slightly modified) is a [...]

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Energy-Saving Lamps Do Not Weaken Drop Shadows

With Apple being an intertwined hard- and software maker, its self-reference in icon design is only understandable. For example, Cinema Displays, Mighty Mice and the latest track pads (recognizable by the new aspect ratio and the missing button) made their way into the graphical user interface. Being usually present in the interface before the majority [...]

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Patron Survives Google Pin Incident

Recently my patron of the arts Tobias Müller from Erlangen almost got struck by a Google Maps pin falling from the sky. Contemplating about the calm atmosphere at N 49° 35.4561 E 11° 0.3963 and up to no mischief, he decided to set a bookmark pin on the Google Maps application of his iPhone (screenshot). [...]

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Windows Bio

I am looking at the new package design of Windows 7 and I am contemplating. What is it supposed to tell me? It is green and in the upper left corner of the windows logo, there is a fir tree. In the upper right one, there is a shininess dazzling me. In the lower left [...]

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Pioneering Swabian Automakers, Once Again

Yesterday Lars Harmsen from Magma Brand Design gave the first of the Drop Shadow Talks. At the beginning he spoke about the visual enrichment of corporate identities. As it seems, especially the German automobile industry uses enrichment effects a lot. BMW, Audi, Opel, Volkswagen, they all updated their logotypes and corporate styles with drop shadows, [...]

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No Gloss Talks

Recently I made the web page for The Drop Shadow Talks. Because the page is quite optimized for mobile viewing, I added an iPhone icon as well. I was startled seeing a shiny gloss effect overlaying my nice minimalistic Helvetica design! Of course, the Drop Shadow Talks should not have an icon showing a gloss [...]

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