This year Less Rain is the only German agency to win a coveted Webby Award, aka "The Internet Oscar". Nominated from almost 10.000 entries, our Red Bull Soapbox Racer won the People's Voice Award in the Game or Application category. Thanks again to everyone who voted!
Andreas Lutz wins the only other Webby going to Germany, in the Student category for his portfolio "Because clicking is so 90s!". Congratulations!
German artist Philipp Hennevogl talks about his linocut prints, that baffle with their insanely intricate details.
Tokyo is famous for its apparently chaotic mix of old and new, tradition and trash, stillness and shrillness. An exciting and inspirational place for any designer, that Ralf Bähren walks you through in his brand new book, Tokyo Clash. The book will be on sale on the evening, and is available on Amazon.
German-Japanese designer Akari Luig tells the story of her Deer Vase, developed from initial sketches to finished product in 6 month, together with porcellaine artist Maria Volokhova. The Deer Vase is available on CharlesAndMarie.com.
Christian Ridder recently escaped from managing innovations projects at Sony and Deutsche Telekom. But, as soon as he emptied his mind and deleted all thoughts about corporate business, the Quatschtronauts started to spam his mental inbox. These mice-like creatures just can't stop developing „fantastic“ inventions, based on quasi-scientific theories. This talk will present some of their visionary ideas.
Berlin's renowned chocolate pioneer Holger In't Veld has been producing and selling exclusive gourmet confectionary for the past eight years.
This year however started with a storm - while he successfully launched his book "Schokoladen-Rebellen" to critical acclaim, he had to watch his business sinking.
Holger will talk about what it means to sail against the wind of mainstream chocolate business, read from his book, and - as a very rare treat - prepare cocoa beans at the event for you to taste. His book and chocolate will be both on sale.
During Design Tide 2009 i came across Koshi Kawachi´s work in Axis gallery.
The picture above is from his "Pote-taku" series, using a traditional japanese form of fish printing (Gyo-taku) to record the biggest catch. His piece was made to record the biggest chip in a potato chip pack.
Our friend Hawken just released his first iPhone app, Facemakr, and apparently I'm in it. So if you ever wanted to create a portrait based on my likeness, now you can!
Following the recent nominations we are now competing for a Webby as well, in the coveted category Interactive Advertising / Game or Application. And again, we need you! Please vote for the Red Bull Soapbox Racer at the People's Voice Award for a chance to win a Good Deed of the Day-Medal.
Update: Soapbox Racer wins the People's Voice Award. Thank you, people!
Soapbox predecessor Flight Lab won at both events in 2008: bronze at The One Show, and winner of the 3D category and a Best in Show award at FITC.
Update: You can now vote for the Red Bull Soapbox Racer at the FITC Peoples Choice Award - Look for the box that says Flash Game or 3D Flash.
Update 2: We won! Red Bull Soapbox Racer came first in the category 3D Flash. Many thanks to all of you at FITC!
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Our experimental short film about OUBEY was shown publicly for the first time on 23 March 2010 at the Opening Event of Oubey’s web site.
This film is a portrait of a German artist who voluntarily isolated himself from the public for ten years to create more than 1200 paintings. When Oubey finally began considering the possibility of a new exhibition, he was killed in a traffic accident in August, 2004, at the age of 46.
The project MINDKISS posthumously realises his plan. Dagmar Woyde-Köhler, initiator and head of the Mindkiss project, commissioned Stefan Sagmeister / New York to design a book about the project and as:if Film Matters and Less Rain / Berlin to create an experimental cinematic portrait of Oubey.
Our aim was to explore not only the complexity of Oubey’s world, but also the material potential of his work and, not least of all, himself in the artistic process. In a first stage we selected private super 8 and video clips from Oubey’s legacy as well as HD material we shot in his studio to edit an 11 min long cut of the final version.
For the final piece up to 100,000 particles are animated simultaneously in 3D, each one corresponding to a pixel of the movie. They align, dissolve, mimic the motion within the movie itself and react to the user. All of this is precisely timed to fit the story arc and the music. Everything happens in real-time, nothing is prerendered. The software is running in Adobe Flash.
Oubey’s interactive portrait is accompanied by a mesmerizing soundscape of french composer Kangding Ray.
The movie has a running time of 11 min and can be downloaded only until April, 4th at http://www.oubey.com/en/loft/welcome
(Links to PC and MAC versions are on top of the page, the link under the image is just a short trailer.)
Director Spike Jonze´s made a new one. "I´m here" can be watched online, whereas the nice cinema-interface only “seats” 5,000 viewers a day. Enjoy.
The Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin shows 100 examples of contemporary Japanese product design - modern interpretations of traditional items. Many are crafted from equally traditional materials, using techniques perfected over centuries, like these lacquer ware bowls.
Die leise Form aus Japan
03.03.2010 – 02.05.2010