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“Mit Ohne.”

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

April, 27th was World Graphic Design Day. I celebrated it with the release of a little bookmarklet I’ve named “Mit Ohne.”. The english transcription would be something like “with without”.

You can find the bookmarklet here:
http://lrrm.de/mitohne

Just drag the “Mit Ohne.” link to your favorites bar, visit a website, press the bookmarklet and see what happens. This is how the internet looks like without CSS stylesheets. Scary, isn’t it. This is how our web would look like without the constant work of designers.

So, why did I made this? To be honest: it wasn’t only my idea.

Some graphic designer friends and I met a couple of months ago to talk about the current situation of graphic design, the design business and politics. We were disappointed how the things developed and how bad the branch was organized. There were a lot of opinions about our problems ranging from social welfare to strikes.

To shorten this: we found out that we were to busy to do something and decided to leave the things like they are. The pressure wasn’t high enough. I know that we were not the only group who’s discussing these problems but there is a fundamental lack of engagement. Not because we don’t want to do anything but because there is no point were we could apply our leaver.

What my friend Aniko and I talked about was a strike. How a strike in the creative branch could be organized and how it would impact the public. Graphic Design is everywhere but it becomes visible not before something goes wrong. Our idea was to remove graphic design from the public and see how the people react. Obviously this was just a nice idea and it will never happen. Graphic Design is powerless because it is a meta discipline. We are not producing anything. We are neither the printers who produce print products nor are we the programmers who produce the software we use. If we would like to remove some of our work we simply couldn’t because we are not responsible for the media itself. Not to mention that the market structure wouldn’t allow a broad range strike without ruining a lot of smaller businesses.

The only thing I could do was to release this bookmarklet. Initially we had the idea to blacken everything except the fotos. The typefaces are some sort of graphic design too. I didn’t managed it to write the necessary Javascript code. The removal of the CSSs remained the only thing that worked. Sorry, maybe next year.

The concept has some major flaws but it is important to start somewhere. Of course there won’t be any resonance outside of the designer crowd because the user needs to drag and drop this bookmarklet, trigger it and remove it afterwards. Unlikely that someone without interest in design would do so.

Nonetheless I’m happy to say that the bookmarklet got some resonance in the major german design blogs.
http://page-online.de mentioned the bookmarklet in the newsticker
http://designerinaction.de wrote a blog post about it.

Thanks to everyone!

A little Something for You

Friday, March 15th, 2013

badge The relaunch is more or less done so we can open the champagne bottles: Here’s a free badge template I made! The .eps vector file is public domain and comes with no restrictions. Free for personal and commercial use.

Download it!

First results of my next app

Friday, July 13th, 2012

ATM I’m working on an app which makes time lapse movies. This means capturing a lot of images, encode them, save them on the disk and then load them again to make a video. Not to mention this takes some time to code and optimize for mobile devices. But I’m always proud when the first results come out and are good. I arranged them into a animated gif of poor quality .. but who cares :)

The only thing I want is AIR 3.3 on the PlayBook. StageVideo and the option to draw a videos content directly into a ByteArray seems so alluring. ATM I’m struggling with CPU encoded video which leads to 8-11fps. Not really what I would call performance.

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