30 December 2006
Yesterday Snow was bying... at la paix
Fin de saison, had diner with Leentje in Rugantino, pokergame till late night a grande île...
29 December 2006
A year’s worth of search speaks to our collective consciousness, and 2006 is no exception. To compile these year-end lists and graphs, we compared frequent queries this year against 2005 to see what sorts of things were top of mind. Click on all the tabs to learn something new — or confirm that you too reflect the spirit of the times. Except where noted, all of these search terms are global for Google.com. The same procedure as every year: A look back at 2006 wouldn't be complete without some lists from Google Zeitgeist.
27 December 2006
Some people say that pixeldesign is "outdated", but hey (*sorry) the hell with them. This stuff is just mindblowingly sweet. Seymore at eBoy.
Their 'newCenturyCompanies'-poster (ref. web 2.0), covers all new company stars...
24 December 2006
Time goes by...
You know a good tune is like a bottle of rare wine, the older it gets the more mellow it becomes. A good old song has the wonderfull habit of returning a bringing back memories. Sometimes even when you think you forgotten about a childhood sweetheart or a schoolchom you haven't seen in years, up pops that song, and maybe for a few fleeding moments you relive the past all over again. The picture I've posted affects me just that way, and perhaps it will brush away a few cowlips for some of you...
– Hippy market, Camden Town, London.
Remember, if you were the only girl? (Oh you're not into fifties-songs, right?)
– Dean Martin
Something about this blog:
I always post /or interesting stuff (or at least things that are in my interest) /or stuff I like /or articels with statements I think other people might want to consider picking up. But there's a load of work I produce daily, now or in the past, that never gets online just because I don't ever find the time producing it into my portfolio. From now on there will be more of my own personal stuff posted. This way new /and existing clients will be able to get a scope of my present /more accurate portfolio. (Personal work will be tagged under "portfolio", which is very obviously indeed)
* Please keep your dignity and be inspired without stealing. Interpret don't imitate.
I'm open for suggestions, businesspropositions and/or debate. I've added my home mailadress in my profile section on the right so I can be reached easily. There's no reason you should be suppressing any feelings, let it go and contact me if you think things aren't rightfully done. I'm open 24/7.
** Important note: my superbly playfull environment at the Snowoffice - job is not to be sacrificed! Therefor I will always prior interactive jobs to be re-directed to the carefully skilled hands of my directors. I'm obligated to do so, in the end they've learned me a lot and I'm building parts of their future. But off course not all offered jobs, clients and budgets suit my employers activities, in that case I will be happy to grant my personal services.
By Edward Tufte (has written several books on information-visualisation, worth considering his efforts!)
Imagine a widely used and expensive prescription drug that promised to make us beautiful but didn't. Instead the drug had frequent, serious side effects: It induced stupidity, turned everyone into bores, wasted time, and degraded the quality and credibility of communication. These side effects would rightly lead to a worldwide product recall. [read more]
22 December 2006
Descent Into Chaos
Descent Into Chaos
Originally uploaded by Steve Stone.
Smoking cause death, cancer, heartattacks but can in some cases be very eye appealing. Some guys make these artworks thru shooting their smoking friend, others by mathematical systems and coding... to me it's more a metaphore to the endlesness of time
It's about us, and we, this you is only a one person/voice. 'You' could never've been the one to make the so called information age boom, WE did that. As in a collective 'us' in terms of all users create this content. So the real person of the year should be WE, not YOU.
Btw, Time points out the YOU, but they forget that they (Time) are bloggers and creators of content and information too. So they couldn't 've been fingerpointingly giving the whole world an award and excluding themselfs by calling us, you. Don't you agree. What are they, God of the information age?
21 December 2006
New Amber at LG&F
I like it when the sun filters her contours thru the curtains, the red of the darksand-pew ads virtue to time. Mornings are the best, I love the way she gets ready. Appearing wet from the shower, then putting layers of makup on her face... highlighting her perfect features. I catch her smiling at herself in the mirror happy with her work. Then she parades before me sometimes doing a little twirl, before heading off into the outside world. I used to feel jealous when she left me for the day.
Look at her...
I decided long time ago not to ask her where she goes at nights. I used to feel so insecure about us two. But hat's ok now because i know she needs me as much as i need her. We're partners both giving what can as in the situation. Putting as much in as we get out, which has something else to say about. This is the truth about me an Michelle, this is what real life, real love is all about.
20 December 2006
groovy light and sound installation... by UnitedVisualArtists
Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me
Get a stick from coolzOr.
1. I have legs and am able to walk and move, so I-Do do other things than sitting, designing and posting.
2. I talk besides typing, I link without tagging and i drink without getting drunk.
3. I'll sleep when I'm dead.
4. I'm the youngest asshole on the board.
5. Above all, I am human. (Owh yeah almost forgot, I'm that guy that hates cars!)
Fuck art let's play.
All work and no play make Jack a dull boy
19 December 2006
*Sigh, yes it still happens... but don't blame them that's why it's still a BETA
Plug-ins that failed to load:
AltiVecCore NO VERSION
AltiVecCore.plugin/”Embed Watermark NO VERSION
Digimarc/DigiSignMachO.plugin/”PPCCore NO VERSION
Extensions/PPCCore.plugin/”Read Watermark NO VERSION
Digimarc/DigiReadMachO.plugin/”Installed TWAIN devices: NONE
But on the other hand the toolspalette and other palettes are superbly-integrated and easy to use, a refined design is at order (transaprancy, finesse, ... ;) ) And it uses collapse-able toolbars and boxes (like in CS2s InDesign, and that's really really awesome) Owh yeah, and these toolboxes also, STICK TOGHETER, no no more resizing every palette seperatly, yeui
Originally uploaded by сdнarriѕoη.
Some others have been taking screenshots as well.. guess a lot of users have been awaiting finger-itching for this new cs3. Tlking 'bout branding and especially HYPE :)
18 December 2006
Web 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.0 or whatever
Top 10 reasons why it should be called “web 7.0″ or something similar
Incredibly, people are thinking this is the first big, huge, jump from what we had - but guess what? It’s not the first time.
Top ten things that changed long before anybody even knew of “Web 2.0″:
We went from ARPANET to the Internet.
We went from bulletin boards and a protocol called “gopher” to webpages and http.
We started using Hypertext Markup Language.
We started using XML & CSS instead of plain HTML.
Development of TCP/IP.
DNS instead of plain IP addresses.
Unicode instead of plain DOS text.
The Top Ten differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 by ZDNet's David Berlind -- I'm not a big believer in Web 2.0. Your opinion may differ, but the word "Web" is a fancy catch-all phrase for the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP, the protocol used for transferring information between a Web server and your Web browser) and the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML, the markup language that tells your browser how [...]
Photoshop Beta Cs3
Yes, that's right.. I have it up and running-------------------- Jihaaaa*/
Adobe released the beta of Photoshop CS3. This beta which can be downloaded from Adobe Labs is free for all licensed users of either the Photoshop CS2 (full, upgrade, and education), Adobe Creative Suite 2 Standard or Premium (full, upgrade, and education), Adobe Production Studio Standard and Premium (full, upgrade, and education), Adobe Video Bundle (full, upgrade, and education) or Adobe Web Bundle (full, upgrade, and education).
If you’re not a licensed user of any of these products, then you’re only allowed to try out the product for 2 days.
Some of the new features/improvements:
- Auto align layers
- Auto blend for stitched images
- Smart filters (non-destructive filters (including Shadows and Highlight) which you can combine with a mask)
- Quick selection tool
- Device Central 1.0
- Adjustable Cloning and Healing with preview overlay
- Zoomify (Google maps style zoom interface for web based images)
- Improved Curves
- Enhanced Channel Mixer (filter presets)
- Refine Edge (to modify the edge of any selection)
- Refined interface (see examples below)
- Enhanced Brightness/Contrast
- New advanced Black and White conversion tool
- Improved print window
- 2 new blend modes: Lighter Color, Darker Color
- Enhanced Photo Merge function
- Enhanced Merge to 23-Bit HDR
- New Bridge version
- Improved vanishing point with multiple, adjustable angle perspective planes
- Camera Raw 4.0
Poster design exhibition at Eneo Magazine launch event
Originally uploaded by kultnation.
Ene-O Magazine Issue 8 was released today in a event that included among other things a poster design exhibition from several designers and illustrators.
The magazine features an interview to Kultnation Dot Com and the magazine cover was design by Kultnation too.
17 December 2006
A rather unusual post this one, I've noted there are different types of bloggers. There are people that log their daily activities, like in a diary... but for everybody to know. There are bloggers that inform or speak from a teaching perspective. They know and learn and pass on that info (oftenly technology related, sometimes design) And there are bloggers that use this way of communicating there own creations, in terms of selfpromotion. Well what I want to conceive is a perfect blend of best of all worlds. And sometimes i post a lot from the informational point of view, rather then to show own works (but I'd rather not display work in progress too much of course).
Anyway, this post it is my birthday and what have I done. I had a delicious steak at the Skievelat. With the kindest guy in the world, Stijn. Then we talked a bit in the office, discussing design. And how we scoop on the future. He really speaks from the heart and that's something I take at heart. Then I had a drink with few of my friends (Nath, Wim, Elfs and Lexn) at Zebrabar. A supersweet minimal set was shaping the good feel. A last call at the Beurscafé. A closing post (*this one) and of for a short sleep. In a few hours spending some quality time with me beloved granny, mother and father. Heehhe, they rarely see me last few months so gotta mention them.
So far for the diary stuff. (the posted picture suits my mood)
13 December 2006
Noted top 20
Yes yes yes, after three months of blogging I start to get the hang of the whole fuzz :) Jeui, never though that I'd enjoy the fact that people actually read my own web-jingles. I've entered the top 20 of daily visitors-chart on Webstats4u, categorized web design.
"Real" (hardcore) bloggers have these live online stats bars in the side-wrapper, but I'm to busy shifting different projects (and problems) so ll sweet y'all with that stuff later ;)
Our office is expanding and hiring. So good news for anyone who fits into the profile :) There have been several announces, here's the one I like most. At CPLUV or where else would a self-respecting online advertising agency find decent re-enforcements.
Someone like Pedro
We’re looking for a multimedia developer. Someone like Pedro* (our multimedia developer) would be ideal. He puts the designs online that our designers have designed, based on the concepts that our conceptualists have conceived. Yes, Pedro understands.Just like the designer, he brings the idea to another level by adding animation and by suggesting the right technical approach. He works in team with everybody involved in the project. They call him a nerd. But Pedro calls them ‘advertising boy’. He wins.
In the at least 2 years you’ve been working, you learned the following things:
» Flash Actionscript and Flash animations
» optional ASP.net
» knowledge of servers in function of deployment
» optional DVD-authoring
» Photoshop, Illustrator and/or Fireworks
(*) Pedro is not Pedro’s real name.
Interested? Mail Snow
12 December 2006
But maybe consider taking a look at MTFR's blog.
This img is a grasp out of their latest release, a manual for the new Wii. Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, is not to be swallowed or eaten :)
Break dance not hearts
Jane Doe's way of getting my own back at the B*stard who I have devoted most of my adult life to, only to find out he is a piece of lying cheating scum! If you live somewhere around Birmingham you may know me as Jane Doe. I am the lady who has been emailing Caroline at Brmb to ask for advice about my husband. If you haven't, be warned girls, ALWAYS TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!
Read more at JanesRevenge
By the way you can befriend me on MySpace from now on, major updates are to be expected in the near future. The adress is right here. Enjoy
11 December 2006
Chart on number-favorites
Blooming Numbers is Yuri Lee's thesis project in the MFA Computer Graphics Design program at Rochester Institute of Technology. The goal of the project was to demonstrate the relationships between cultural contexts and the preference of numbers, in an interactive and dynamic way. As Yuri explains: "People from different cultural backgrounds have distinct opinions about numbers. My basic idea was to explore effective visualization based on this interesting observation".
Each flower represents a number. The size of the flower is generated according to the numbers of people who choose the number placed in the center of the flower. The center color represents the proportion of favorite numbers and least favorite numbers.
Radially placed around the flower's core, each petal portraits a person. The main orange color represents a favorite number and the black color represents a least favorite number. When you click on a petal it automatically links it to two other petals from the same person while showing additional information about the selected user.
Super-lovely project by Yurie Lee
Fly to case
07 December 2006
Please use the web well
But enough of jabbering on and on... I've added this superb "add to my Google homepage" feature. This way you can read my latest blogs without having to return to the blog. Google integrated this nicely into their homepages, positioning themselfs firmly again onto my opening page of every browser.
For people that don't have a gmail account yet, I advise you to do so. ( You must be invited by a member but, I'll be happy to grant you that invite if necessary :) ) With the gmail-account working as an overall Google-account one can use google's homepage as a personalised fast and easy rss-reader.
But of course these things everyone of you allready knows long long long time huh. Keep up or drop out
Ten video sharing services compared
I took 10 of these sites out for a test drive, and picked some winners. If you want to post, watch, share, or edit video online, this post's for you.
To test each service, I uploaded my demo reel (a 15MB Sorenson 3-encoded Quicktime file) to each site and compared video quality, site interface, community features, and functionality. Where applicable I also tried to embed the resulting video in a Wordpress page. Many of these sites are still in beta, and their functionality could change in the coming months, but if you're looking to post and share video today, this is the current state of things.
* The I in this text is Ryan Bilsborrow-Koo
Read more by clicking the fastlink :)
For all fevers there's a cure, but I still haven't one that cures mine. But hey it's wintertime so.. whatever. Busy busy busy finishing some larger corporate projects and heavely engaging a pitch (can't tell you which one though) Be little patient..
"De Sint" was greatfull on tuesday, I won an i-Pod at the latest Shapeshifters-event, jeuyie i guess. Jon Wozencroft, who smokes golden Bensons like I used to, held a very rare lecture. Talking more in philosophical terms on about the greater positioning of design and it's burst in the 90s (still bursting on btw) Anyway he's the founder of TOUCH, a recordlabel company. He's also a teacher at the Royal College of Arts in London. He wondered why many graphic designers ask themselfs "what is graphic design" while it is unneaded to create again this box of a medium that has finally been a bit liberated. But on the contrare he also points out that this so loud and shouted form of creation has narrowed itself to be caught in a tight realm of no-movement because it is oftenly led by the limitations of software and technology.
Why is it that, mostly, young graphic designer are given the fealing that they're not designing 'the right way' when they're not on or at the computer. Handcraft is still the most pure and human way of designing... Toss your mind a bit on that while surfing on wild.
» THIS is a good spot to oftenly check updates on the work produced by SNOW.
To view our latest release, click here (design by Elke)
27 November 2006
The visual design of Web 2.0
A few days later the “visual elements” addition had been removed after a vote by wikipedians. The objection, I suppose, is that no set of visual criteria can accurately define something as being characteristic of Web 2.0 - if Web 2.0 can be understood as an approach to generating and distributing content, then it needn’t be tied to a particular visual style.
Nevertheless, it’s true that many Web 2.0 sites do share a distinctive aesthetic. Wikipedia’s editors may not think it’s a worthy part of the Web 2.0 discussion, but I say bring it on!
Read more here
This is Tim O'Reilly's add
Nowadays it seems to be all about awards and recognition, just too bad..
23 November 2006
How to be thankful
Practice acceptance. Stop dwelling on how things should be, what could've been, and what you don't have. Recognize what you do have--whether you like it or not, it's yours to keep or to change. Accepting your lot in life is not about resigning yourself to unhappiness. It's about not wasting time lamenting or denying your problems. Take them for what they are and...
Become a problem solver. Use your lemons to make lemonade. Get in the habit of asking yourself how you can turn the negative into a positive. The most successful people in life, and those who have the most to be grateful for, are also those who've endured tremendous trials and managed to persevere and turn it all around.
Learn to see hardship as a chance to develop character. Imagine yourself looking back ten years from now and recounting your difficult circumstances, and being proud of how you handled it and worked through it.
Focus on what you can control. Stop concentrating on your situation, and on conditions and incidents that happened to you and that you have no control over. Instead, shift your focus on what you can control: your response, and your behavior.
Take joy in the small things. Blow bubbles with your kids. Play with a puppy. Get lost in the park. Goof off and have a good laugh. Life's treasures are the small pleasures. Give thanks for each small gift you receive!
Stay creative, like THIS woman
1. A pixelwall made out of post-it notes. very sweet indeed. I wish I had it as a wallpaper in my room » check it
2. *Sigh* why all the fuzz and the buzz, i guess i'll just join in huh: Click here to read further topics on what blogging has become. Luckely I'm young enough to be part of it :)
3. Flickr is of a much greater value than we all might think, check it
Enough lessons for today, back to the design ... luckely
Didn't really have the time to check her profile yet.. getting late again.
Anyway, she makes splendid pieces, so now you can go and check out yourself for I have styled my Flickr to Blogspot addddddddddddss.
My Flickr is on http://www.flickr.com/photos/grapplica
21 November 2006
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19 November 2006
I've posted a new gallery on cpluv. And I've decided to head for a new goal in the new future. No more bullshit :) huh a man has got to have a dream aiight. I'm going to London in spring, that's for sure.. what m I going to do there » that's still a secret (I want you'all to come back and check regularly off course.) But anyway, this new goal involves "sqeezing my lemon" and so I posted a new gallery to give birth to the event.
All a bit mysterious, but hey life moves in mysterious ways don'it. WORD!! systematic
Cimatics brings you an extensive overview of what's taking place at the crossroads of sound, image, media, design, cinema and performance art and also have a mySpace a Flickr and a YouTube page to visit, it's worth it!!
18 November 2006
A man has got to keep up with stuff, this is something I should have done long time ago. :)
Spider me all you want crawlers, see y'all in the next era.
All you need to do is create a post using the code below and publish it to your blog! After Technorati's spiders have seen it, you can delete it. (You'll know they've seen it when you come to your Technorati account page and this blog shows as claimed, and not "in progress").
10 November 2006
Me and Maeda
Me and this funky-smart-very-funny-in-a-way-master of new media designers all around the globe. He lectured in Brussels, 30 march 2006. The day after i attended his workshop on "understanding coding and it's realm, on designing by numbers". ll post some more stuff later on,.. i have some funny movies and all. Why this post only pops up now, well » check earlier posts: i'm cleaning up my system and stumbling upon a lot of stuff which i archived over the past couple of years.
So expect a lot more... very very very sooooooooon :)
Meanwhile ll have a nap, it's getting late, i'm talking to the screen again and i have to get up in few hours to meet Mieke and have hardcore discussion on classified usabilty-design uhuegh what have i gotten myself into ;) Damn, i love my work more then life now ain't that somethin'
09 November 2006
There comes a time when a men has to sit down and clean up his desktop and mailbox. Suffering it's called in the e-mind of a heavy computer-user. But I'm brave and so I began, I notified some old friend.. it was actually fun you know. You should "get up and get out, start doing it yourself", your desktop looks like a mess.
Anyway here's something I stumbled upon I'd long forgotten, there was a day when I was totally into 3D design, not those asshole CAD-CAM programs no, just rigid parameter itteration-minded freeware programs written by a hermit growing a beard getting fat. But hey that's perfectly ok you know. I guess I'll wind up being one of them one day too... But enough dissing these brave gentlemen who conquer the world designing the greatest virtual architecture ever made.
It was at the advent of the year 2005 that I downloaded Gaston 3D, it was this thing called portraitware = you have to send the developper a portrait picture of yourself and then he/she sends you a copy of the program finely crafted by hand. I did, I send Leo Fink my picture and received a free copy of his baby called Gaston.
(a picture of me at Trafalgar Square)
These things keep us busy day and night, luckely I have some poker winning friends to take myself back, off, down to earth :)
How to be... me ?!
I'm waiting for this book to arrive, but today's lecture at Shapeshifters looked very promissing.
Btw Adrian Shaughnessy dude really did some nice work.
Big up, next lecture is about J.Wozencroft
08 November 2006
Towards An Ethical Blogger Approach For Marketers
1. Don't lie; 2. Be nice and 3. Don't manipulate.
The ten points in full are below:
» I will always be truthful and will never knowingly relay false information.I will never ask someone else to deceive bloggers for me.
» I will fully disclose who I am and who I work for (my identity and affiliations) from the very first encounter when communicating with bloggers or commenting on blogs.
» I will never take action contrary to the boundaries set by bloggers.I will respect all community guidelines regarding posting messages and comments.
» I will never ask bloggers to lie for me.
» I will use extreme care when communicating with minors or blogs intended to be read by minors.
» I will not manipulate advertising or affiliate programs to impact blogger income.
» I will not use automated systems for posting comments or distributing information.
» I understand that compensating bloggers may give the appearance of a conflict of interest, and I will therefore fully disclose any and all compensation or incentives.
» I understand that if I send bloggers products for review, they are not obligated to comment on them. Bloggers can return products at their own discretion.
» If bloggers write about products I send them, I will proactively ask them to disclose the products' source.
Trackback from i-Wisdom
07 November 2006
denkbeelden in tegenlicht / notions with backlighting
Johan Stuyck & Steven Devleminck
Academici doorgronden processen en zoeken verbanden. Kunstenaars rekenen op inspiratie
om ideeën te genereren. Ontwerpers bevinden zich meestal in de doorsnede
van beide werelden. In dit boek steunen de auteurs op hun ervaring als ontwerper en docent om hun visie over grafische vormgeving te toetsen aan de praktijk. Binnen en buiten de muren van een hogeschool. Dit boek is geen bijbel. Het reflecteert maar wil vooral beelden tonen. Beelden bedacht door jonge ontwerpers. Denkbeelden in hedendaagse communicatie.
taal: Nederlands - Engels
formaat: 165 x 220 mm
papier: Munken Print White 150 g
volume: 128 bladzijden
Nearly one month?
Anyway I want to let him know that I've been there and I'm calling a shout out for to get him back to posting :)
Go see his stuff, and comment comment comment. Hilarious huh, e-world what a world.
06 November 2006
AdVerbatims: I need it 4 yesterday
My contributions are #227 #226 #225 #224, sometimes it's not about making your point.
But still, and for the record, I love working here » at SNOW.
Big love to my co-workers Valley and Elky.
And a special thanks to Carlito & Johnny for granting me the chance of learning here.
05 November 2006
A clear message
Just a sunday post, ampersand. From the E-A-T exhibition in Varsovie ( jan.2006 )
Big kiss to Leen at Milano, I wish her the best of luck.
03 November 2006
Designed by Elke
01 November 2006
20 October 2006
Anyway, here's a small blogdesign for a medic-company as apart of a PR campaign for a product helping alcoholics out.
Microsoft launches Explorer 7
It is the first explorer update since.. years, about time Microsoft accomplished something in this 21st century. It is because of Microsofts lack of innovation and standarisation that browsers such as firefox get foot a ground this internet-landscape. Microsoft lost a lot of credibility due to older Explorer versions, although still most of the world uses Microsofts browser.
Explorer 7 intigrates most functions taht are allready adapted by browsers like Firefox, extra security and the tabbrowsingsystem. Unsecure site will also be indicated with a colorsystem, or something like that.. Explorer 7 also holds RSS integrated feeds en improved build-in search navigators (improved, yeah right)..also printing service from browsers should be up to date according to Microsoft.
If you're interested and surfing a pc you can, download Explorer 7 here.
* ps, I won lastnights pokertournament (buy-in was 3€, 11 players that makes a winner payoff for 20€, 2nd 10€ and 3th 3€) My top hand was a FullHouse of 8s over 5s, but the triple 2s hooked me for the win about the when still 6 players were running up the table, labdance!!
18 October 2006
..to be nice
Currently thinking, and reading
So, me? I can't complain.
But still with the winter comming up, time and tell, it raises my sadness year and year again strangely for another year again i can feel november striking with his darned blue rod.. Let's hope it sparkles still some flakes in december. But for now, i'll have you all think with me, for advertising is a bit like life and life is what you make it huh...
Watch this ad
Land And Environmental Art by Kastner J.
How To Be A Graphic Designer, Without Losing Your Soul by Shaughnessy A.
And last but certainly not least for this post, Nathalik is continuing process and research, involving design and human behaviour mainly, in a postgraduate course called Transmedia.
Congratulations, you're gonna make it girl! I'm sure of that.
10 October 2006
02 October 2006
In the News
Only time can tell how the clock 'll tick..
29 September 2006
Gold directory adapts typepic-gallery
The Typepic gallery ended up in the cpluv Golddirectory recently. You can either visit the site on the typo-project ( typepic.be ), which is to be extended very soon by the way, or you can go and view the gallery on my personal cpluv-account.
Scope on tomorrow, or better, the near future:
I'm finishing some bisniss for some very ambitious advertisers.
I'm planning to publish some galleries containing handdrawn illustrations.
I intend to finish my typeface, and update the typepic website.
Since the typepic-gallery was such a success I'll efford to add some more compositions.
And next week is Outlandish week..
27 September 2006
E-commerce on fertility
So, one thinks there's nothing else to do as a designer than to "do special and weird, but goodlooking" stuff... But yet, false as stated. Specially here, at the agency, it is clear that a designer is not at all the mastercomposer. As a designer you must bend your mind, creativity and thoughts so to sort and fit them with all others on the floor. And most of the times even if you're right, you're not, ther's always someone around who's older more experienced.. thus knows better how and what (uhu right)
But anyway, you're young, dynamic, (ya wanna kill'em all but yow) you just move onto the next case and hope that.. You keep quiet and go home, where there's more work for you.. freelance yeah!! Those're the jobs a designer can do whatever the **** he wants to do... party >> and WRONG again. Forgot about that client huh, after all it's he's money.
So bending again, making sacrifices.. keep it cool and make the best of it. *sigh
I've been working with "De verdwaalde ooievaar" on their site on fertility. It's a website where people can go and get some info on what to do when you, or somebody you know can get some kids on 'natural' ways. For all the good purposes!
Now it's testing week, so please go and visit, read and bleed.. and notify me, please, about the design, usability and possible bugs in the coding. (And favor me, it's very serious business so please be polite)
25 September 2006
Dutch women show off
Finally someone found how to blend voyeurism and advertising. And yes it's someone I worked for here at the agency. Creative director of LG&F Amsterdam, Joeri Jansen, almost shocked a nation that is about to get ready for Pink Ribbon Month (october) During that period there will be advertised about breast-attention, in order to prevent and notify people (women) to take extra care for their breasts. Pink Ribbon is LG&F A'dam's second client, and together they were teasing Holland and it's audience for several weeks. All around in the media, breasts were popping up and out.. out of control.
And happy customers we are.. let's just hope people really do have more "positive" attention for a breastcancer.
Conflict is good for business
They realize the value of a good rivalry.
- Hip-hop artists like 50 cent use “beefs” as a source for publicity and promotion all the time.
- Chavez is getting lots of mileage out of casting himself as the Anti-Bush. You may disagree with his views but he’s certainly been effective at getting himself on the world stage (how many other South American presidents can you name?).
- Apple’s Get a Mac campaign uses the Mac-PC rivalry as a frame for defining the advantages of going Mac.
Conflict gets attention
Want people to empty a bar? Tell ‘em there’s a fight going on outside.
It’s a fact of life: Conflict gets people’s attention.
That’s why the right kind of conflict can be a good tool for business. When you have an enemy or disagree with someone else’s ideas, people notice. It helps define you. It shows you stand for something. It clarifes what’s different about you. Just be sure to go for a healthy debate of ideas — not name-calling, flaming, cheap shots, etc. (There’s enough of that crap in the web world already.)
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- Conflict attracts people, hossip > publicity and attention
- People have to choose sides, they're either with you or against you, nothing much in between.
- Title also counts in a social network environment, in dutch we call it "zalven en genezen". Kick your boss in the balls, get ready (better study teh case before striking and hold strong arguments ready for backfire!), don't wait to long to give an apology, but firmly mention why and how... If you handled that kick well, didn't kick too hard and firmly called the excuse you'll have gained at least a notifier and maybe just maybe some respect and earning a more and specific place assignment next time. It places you out of the context of ignorance, and hey it's mighty fun sometimes too.
Note; allways remind yourself that "you don't need them", and never be sorry to get fired :D
“A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.”
- Oscar Wilde
21 September 2006
But hey I found a minute or five to update my CpLuv Account with 2 new galleries. Jeuiy!!
Oh by the way, I didn't know a Junior Designer is not in the right position to advice his ceo..?!
18 September 2006
No rules, great design.
Graphic designers can't operate in a vacuum any more. Gone are the days when you could sit in your room creating beautiful layouts in wonderful isolation. So collaborate; meet illustrators, ad agencies and film makers. Make friends with a copy writer. Visit an architect. Listen to product designers. The more interesting people you meet, the more interesting you'll become. Hopefully.
2. Present passion not perfection.
20 years of Mac means we've lost a lot of energy from graphic design, so let's try and get it back. Turn the computer off, get up from the desk, draw, sketch, make roughs, present your roughs. Always remember a sketch sells an idea better than a finished visual, because the client uses their imagination to buy into the idea. We recently did a whole presentation on post it notes. Present passion not perfection.
3. Create and understand content.
Everyone is talking about content these days, from ad agencies to brands. In fact they've been talking about it for ages and it's starting to filter down to graphic designers. Communication is getting more complex and more varied and looking less like sales pitches and more like stories, so you're going to have to understand great content. Or at least know where to find it.
4. Understand your clients and their clients.
Read lots and read everything. Understand your audience and how society consumes media and design. Never forget that not everyone likes Big Brother or the World Cup. Think about the end user, which leads me nicely into...
5. Understand usability.
Great usability is the ultimate in good design. This is so obvious, but we're only just starting to talk about it. There are so many examples around us everyday, the Underground map, the BBC News website, almost all Apple products. As David Ogilvy said, "You can't save souls in an empty church".
6. Realise that design is the new management consultancy.
An odd one this, but it's an idea that's starting to get a lot of airtime. Who better have an impact on a business than the problem solvers? The ones who can generate ideas from a blank sheet of paper? The ones who create new ideas all day, every day. The designers. You will hear a lot more about this, trust me.
7. Remember that ideas will always transcend stuff.
The world of communication is changing as I write this. Who know what it will look like in 10 years time? Maybe one day you'll be designing an animation for a 1 pixel square screen? Maybe you'll be putting a logo on the roof of a building so it's visible on Google Earth. Whatever happens you'll still need ideas.
Many thanks to Snow, Mr.Maeda and the Ad's (anonymous designers)
Blog on corporate changes and more
Maeda on SimplicityBlog
Check the latest Snow project :: ontsnapaanmigraine.be
A clock? Timing ideas.. now!
08 September 2006
LG&F NL launched
So it's finally there, the first finished project. LG&F, the company group of Snow, has settled a new company in Amsterdam. My first task here at Snow was to design their little space on this web. Of course the site had to be inline with the existing company site (made by my heroes at Milk). I had to stick with the font and the color, but that left me still enough to move my own design around. It's finally published and launched.
Check it out, click here, my first Snowpublishment.
Credits: Multimedia Develoment by Valley, Art direction: Carl De Mey and Jonathan Detavernier, Design and concept by Grapplica
01 September 2006
I'm a board with Snow for the next 6 months.
JippieCayEha, let it Snow let it Snow let it Snow...
25 August 2006
I have also updated my cpluv-Blog.. go there or check my entries on ComputerLove
Tomorrow I'm moving out to my new adress: Groot Eiland 19, 1000 Brussels
02 August 2006
I've been working my ass around the clock this summer.
First job was washing them dishes, cleaning and cooking for those monkies at Milk, for about a week or two. Boring as hell I can tell ya, but I learned a lot on how they handle bisnis and all.. They finally pubst that secret project of theirs, bananas. Word on the street is Stijn's having an affair with one of them apes.
Next thing on my mind was, housing facility.
Damn finding a residence suited for 4 people isn't a small obstacle. Due to family-related incidents, we're now down to 3. And finally, after looking for over a month, we've found our spot.. Well at least we're in pitch for it.. Groot Eiland 19, 1000 Brussel will be my new adress then, otherwise I'll install my stuff at the Milk office ;p
Third, a poll for getting the job at Snow by LG&F.
LG&F, has recently opened a new office in Amsterdam. I designed the new website (online soon) and they seemed to like it. So, now I'm working my ass of at Snow. I'm employed as "interaction designer" there untill the 6th of september, and longer without further notice.
The work at Snow? Strictly confidential untill published, so hold your horses.
Last but not least, I'm giving up my spare time to design more freely driven assignments (3)
- OUTLANDISH, a brand new Photography agency. They invited me to design the logo and website. But for now there are more pressing matters.
- I THINK I GOT IT, a recently created concept on advertising has invited me for a talk. They'd like to expand and lift of so in need of a portfolio-website. More later.
- DE VERDWAALDE OOIEVAAR This last project at first looked more of a charitymission but it seems whole lot bigger then they first admitted. Anyway I'm having fun allready and ain't that what it's all about. Helping out people who're having fertility problems.. a website on useability (online at the dawn of october)
24 June 2006
22 June 2006
It's a kind of online databas, still needs a lot of 'sharpening the edges but hey, it's completely Css based and Xhtml valid.
"Zij die gaan sterven groeten U" — Caesar
19 June 2006
So i went to 'Aarschot' to print and test the document. The project will be printed out 2880mmx1380mm. After a horribly long riptime and discovering a lot of new features a pre-press document was printed on scale. A good result set the green light for production and within a few days the print will be at my disposal.
Thumbs up i guess.
** Very good services at Grafixprint
17 June 2006
For the good times
Publication of my last workflow :: launch remote
Finally the end is near. All last minute arrangments are set. Next friday, 14:45, i have to give a presentation on my project. A 7 men/women strong jury will then decide and give a quotation. Week after that will be extremely hectical. There's the building up of our exhibition, wednesday there's our closing-party (soireedirty.be)Thursday the graduating forms will be handed over, if suceeded and on friday our graduation-projects will be presented in the KVS Brussels, that same evening our catalog (which will include all the graduating projects of my class) will be published.
Thank God it's summer.
12 June 2006
Typepic is a project made with letrasets. My interest is focused on the graphical quality of form. Mostly the letterforms create their own world... The letters are used out of context with readability which grants them a kind of abstract form without meaning. They become pure forms and shapes that generate an own, because we know these forms so well we generate a sort of story to the form we can "read". The site I recently started shows some of the early works of this project, online graphix are scans from my journal.
I'd like to thank my neighbours, Nanou en Fairuz, for the using of their so precious stuff.
07 June 2006
In very short notice I'll be graduated (or not..) Yet I'm working deep into the night and trying to keep pace with all this stuff that I still have to do.. Anyway here's a fast update of my progress on the project. I presume some portable document files will do, for I hope that the screenshots will be self-explaning enough.. It's still in progress as we speak (read/type) so hold your horses on the comment ;)
Still and all I'm happy,
reason is you see once in a while along the way love's been good to me.
— From the Reprise album "A man alone", Frank Sinatra
04 June 2006
— Bruce Mau
For over a period of two years I've been working on a graphic mapping project. It all started with some small nonsense drawings. I noticed I couldn't resist to draw all over my desktop, so I allways make sure to have some paper at hand. My agenda is messed up; all important notes and appointments are written on several pieces of paper mixed with drawings. These drawings emerge from 3 main inspirational sources; graffiti & streetart, a strong urban interest and Lebbeus Woods, head of the RIEA (Research Institute of Experimental Architecture). The whole is in fact a graphic representation of my own stream of consciousness. As the project went along I started working on surfaces of maps to increase input, this way new guidelines for the project were set.. Thru adding new information to these maps the main issue now is to manipulate the viewer and distract him from reading these maps and not knowing what information was originally printed or which was added.
There's a small "vernissage" comming up :: invitation
I'm very busy at the moment but I'll try to upload some pictures of the presentation as soon as possible.. You can check out some scans of my work on my portfolio.
16 May 2006
In order to extend this graduating project I had to write an essay/ theoretical research paper about why and what I am doing. It's mainly about "how people interact, on an 'emotional' level, with computers." It also includes a historical overview on 'the computer' and I've included lots and lots of fun philosophical spin-offs, pictures, notes and links (which you can just click in the pdf itself, so in fact you can use the pdf as a webpage)
Unfortunatly it is written in dutch, but hay I had to learn english too so just get a dutch course and you're in ;)
View pdf, now!
Let me know once you've finished it.
Have fun reading.
14 May 2006
I ♥ Berlin
AUF is a student-project. It maps an alphabet of letters found in the forms of buildings screenshot on GoogleMaps.
I checked our globe and found some buildings resembling as typography. That made me figure, so I'm making a typeface out of the forms of buildings I spot on Google Earth 'critters'. Thanks to Farfields for adding me up with this new Typeface called "Boks". Launch Typo Berlin website.
Front of t-shirt
The print of the coordinates of where the building is to be found.
Back of t-shirt
outline of the building emerging the letterform.
> I handed out the bags of letter-cookies at the conference as extras with my vcard, as a promo for my project and my portfolio.
07 May 2006
03 May 2006
A map of computers, love and colors
All send pictures on the survey where transformed into their "ColorLevelsOutputChannel". I extracted the graphic equalizer from the Photoshop software and used it in the layout of the Chart, this gives the me the opportunity to display how computers interpret the colors. Or better "how your/my computer sees the pictures".
The "picture" above displays all, 25 selected participants, submitted pictures in levelOutput.
Publishing a concept
• naam: Lander F. Janssens
• adres: Haspeslaghstraat 14, 8460 Oudenburg
• datum: 17 december 1984
• titel: Man’s best friend.
• medium: kaart — boek — online toepassing
Gelukkig is uw computer net zo betrouwbaar als uw partner.
(Luckely your computer is just as trustworthy as your partner.)
Computers zijn oorspronkelijk ontwikkeld om rekenkundige bewerkingen uit te voeren, maar gaandeweg ontwikkelde dit medium zich tot hét communicatiemiddel bij uitstek. Men communiceert niet langer alleen via de computer maar ook steeds meer mét de computer. Mijn doel is mensen erop attent te maken dat ze wel degelijk meer tijd besteden met hun computer dan met hun partner, of andere mensen. Er werd een onderzoek gedaan naar hoe verschillende mensen met hun computer omgaan. Dit onderzoek werd via een grafische representatie in kaart gebracht.