Archiv für Februar 2011


23. Februar 2011 - 18:20 Uhr


In a way It seems like everybody has quietly accepted the fact that our being is no longer limited to the constraints of our body but only by the devices we operate. There is a number of solutions out there not just google streetview to expand ourselves into networks and places. It ranges from actual surgeries done in telepresence, over education of disabled to very popular examples such as Microsoft’s Kinect hacks which can be telepresence at it´s best.

As a future geek I have tried to keep track of the telepresence movement and monitor it´s implication for us as designers on a professional level. My business card says “brand and design strategist”, and from this point of view remote presence technologies really do have a lot in common with brands.

In short a brand not only allows me to enjoy it´s well crafted products, garments, service etc. but on a meta-level it also allows me to participate in it´s cosmos of experience. If I wear Prada, I also slip into the aura of Prada, and I do so because I want to feel good in it, and I want to impress others -this I believe is how brands are sold.

So let´s put skepticism aside for a second and look into a future filled with telepresence technology. People might be a lot more locally rooted but still participate around the world in work, education or leisure activities. We already know this experience from the internet in which we can claim to be what we want to be. But what if this experience becomes a tangible one to those involved at the point of interest.

It is not just that these “units” have to be designed to transport a presence (because currently most of them are not more than a screen on a stick), but also we´ll have to think about how to transport not just information but… well presence, -an individual presence.

So when I fantasize, to me one of the most exciting questions is what range of experiences will be offered to a person using telepresence and how to provide let´s say that Prada Feeling of telepresence. Of course on the other end a question of equal importance is how will we reassure that this aura is transferred to- and perceived at the point of interest.

Ahead of us lies uncharted land with many whitespots to fill, products to design and thoughts to think. As the mist dissolves in the years to come we will see a lots of crazy prototypes, futuristic visions and I am sure there is going to be plenty of debate.

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Brand Driven Innovation

23. Februar 2011 - 18:04 Uhr


Brand driven innovation is a book by Erik Roscam Abbing which „explores the premise that branding, innovation and design are merging disciplines; that they benefit from each other and in many cases even need each other.“ It describes the theory behind brand driven innovation and features case studies (e.g. „innocent smoothies“) as well as conversations between expert practitioners.

The book is well layed out and knows how to inspire the reader with a useful insight into how branding, design and innovation might fruitfully interconnect.

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Street (Art) Credibility

23. Februar 2011 - 16:53 Uhr


If anyone still thinks that street art is a subcultural phenomenon, Red Bull and Google’s street art view project will prove you wrong (in case Banksy has not already done so). Just as Adidas showed with their urban art guide, for brands that rely on street credibilty it is vital to detect subcultural currents and trends and to apply them to their brand images.

However, the street art view project is a pretty nice idea, the picture above shows the notorious Schlachthofviertel in Munich.

Here’s one of the best and oldest street art blogs:

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23. Februar 2011 - 15:00 Uhr

Als Telekinese wird die Fähigkeit bezeichnet, phyische Objekte mittels Gedankenkontrolle zu manipulieren.
Diese Fähigkeit, bzw. deren reale Existenz ist immer noch hoch umstritten, wobei der Gedanke daran doch verlockend scheint.

Einen ersten Schritt Menschen ähnliche Fähigkeiten zu verleihen, ist nun einem Team der Freien Universität Berlin gelungen und ermöglicht mittels Gedankenkontrolle ein Auto zu lenken.

Benutzt wird dazu ein portables EEG-Gerät der in San Francisco ansässigen Firma Emotiv. Dieses überwacht welche der Gehirnregionen gerade aktiv sind, und nach einigen Runden eines „Lernspiels“ erkennt es die einfachen „Denk-Befehle“ für Links und Rechts – damit kann der Fahrspaß dann theoretisch beginnen.

Das Projekt dient jedoch nicht dazu den Fahrer das Auto ausschließlich über Gedankenkontrolle steuern zu lassen, sondern um zukünftige autonome Systeme zu unterstützen.

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But does it float

10. Februar 2011 - 19:01 Uhr

„But does it float“ ist der Titel eines größtenteils visuell geführten Dialoges zwischen Folkert Gorter und Atley G. Kasky. Eine Wundertüte und Inspirationsquelle für alle, die sich in der Bildwelt gut aufgehoben fühlen.


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Stille Stars

10. Februar 2011 - 17:28 Uhr



Extreme Materialien in extremenAnwendungen

Menschen sind, um überleben zu können, auf Hilfsmittel angewiesen. Wir brauchen Kleidung, um nicht zu erfrieren, Wrkzeuge, da wir mit unseren Händen keine Steine bearbeiten können. Ohne diese Produkte um uns herum wären wir vollkommen hilflos und der Natur ausgesetzt.

Unsere Hilfsmittel und Materialien werden immer ausgeklügelter und raffinierter. Durch neuartige Methoden können wir Dinge an die extremsten Anwendungen für uns anpassen.

Eine Ausstellung in Wilhelm-Wagenfeld Haus in Bremen zeigt seit Oktober neuartige Hightec Materialien in konkrenten Anwendungen.  Bei der Ausstellung werden die Materialien in Eigenschaftskategorien vorgestellt (heiß-kalt, hart-weich, leicht-schwer, plus-minus, glatt-rau, flexibel-fest, sowie einsam.gemeinsam)

Empfehlenswert ist nicht nur die Ausstellung selbst, sondern auch der Katalog dieser, der auch im Internet eingsehen werden kann und die verschiedenen Materialien vorstellt. (

Die Ausstellung selbst geht noch bis Ende Februar.

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photography: all time favourites

10. Februar 2011 - 15:17 Uhr

Photographer Patrik Budenz:
patrik budenz photography

Photographer Janne Peters:
janne peters photography

Photographer Markus Heumann:
markus heumann photography

Photographer Elena Kalis:
elena kalis photography

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Making telecommunication more emotional

7. Februar 2011 - 10:21 Uhr

There are two reasons for telecommunication, one is information exchange, speech and text are perfect for transporting this. The second is being in touch with someone, a rather emotional need which could be served with a smily in a text-massage or blowing a kiss in a video call. But is this
Fabian Hemmert writes his PhD thesis at the Universiät der Künste in Berlin about being in touch physically trough mobile phones. With three experiments he gives a glimpse how
telecommunication can emerge in future. The first experiment is about tightness; the grasping mobile has a strap over oneʻs back ofthe hand, imitating the movement whenever the other side squeezes the phone. The ʻkissing phoneʻ is an investigation into moisture as a means of interaction. Equipped
with a sponge and a semipermeable membrane the system allows the usage of liquids over distance. Well, definitely not a function for everyone. An important feature of communication, when people are close, is the airflow when whispering or speaking tight. The ,whispering phone‘ imitates that via air-jets.


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I am super curios how this project evolve and how findings can be implemented in modern

More about this project: On his homepage and on TED

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