17 Uhr 12


17 Uhr 12


Form Followers of Function

„Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.”

– Charles Eames

We designed a website once, in our minds, and then men took our ideas and built the site according to their purpose (what they thought looked good).
Alas! Ours will be a website for women (mostly). And the men eventually had to admit that there’s one thing they really don’t know too much about: what women want.

We do.

A Jolie Amazing Thing

She’s right. Well, she’s Angelina Jolie, isn’t she?

But even Angelina has her difficulties around this internet.

„Brad and I were on Amazon.com for the first time a week ago. But we got lost. After an hour, we just shut it off“, she tells USA Today (in Dec. 2011). „My brain is too scattered and the wires go in different directions. I’ll stick to catalogs.“

„My brain is too scattered and the wires go in different directions.“

I never felt more like Angelina.

We’re Rebels With A Cause

Yesterday we had a brief look at Funnyordie’s “iSteve”.

As I stopped watching after a couple of minutes into it (a very brief look indeed) I can’t say whether that movie sucks, but if Wired say so, there might be some truth to it.

Anyway! I can say, it’s not funny. But! I liked this dialogue in the that garage.

“Steve Wozniak”: “We’ve already seen the future, on Star Trek. And now we’re sitting here and waiting for that Star Trek stuff to happen”

“Steve Jobs”: “Are you insane, Wozniak? (…)
We’re the ones who decide what the future looks like (…)
The future belongs to the rebels.”

Yes. Indeed. We decide.
And we’ll let you know when we have decided what we have decided the future looks like.
It’s somewhat binary, that decision. Doesn’t make it easier.

Gotta go now. We’ve got some serious rebelling to do.


Fictionalizing Innovation

Today is April 8th. Seven days ago it was April Fools’ Day. That’s when people come up with really funny stuff to fool others.
That remote control bra thing, for example.
When I told my colleague about it, we pondered if it wouldn’t be a very good and indeed usable idea – remote-controlling your cleavage, remote-controlling this and that and everything …

In a recent Girls episode there was much talk about an app called “Forbid” that basically prevents you from dialling “forbidden” telephone numbers (mostly ex-lovers’) and punished you financially if you chose to make that call no matter what.
The person I watched it with became very excited and googled this app that probably came straight from Lena Dunham’s overflowing mind.
No “Forbid” in the App store, but obviously our colleagues over at the Huffpost reacted the same way my co-watcher did: They would have loved to have had the idea themselves.

Okay, people would like to have thought of these things. Maybe they even want these apps.
Maybe they’re avantgarde?

Sci-fi author William Gibson fictionally invented a whole lot of things, some of which have indeed become parts of our daily lives.

So maybe one day soon we’ll have the remote control bra thing and the “Forbid” app. Who knows?
I like it when things tell me what to do or how to look.
Gotta go now. Got a text from my smart fridge. Must buy milk.

Last Monday it told me to buy seven bags of crushed ice.
I really hope it was because of April Fools’ Day.

NB: Can I have a “Life” app, please? Do you hear me, coders of the universe?