Today, the critical skills of a web professional aren’t technical. They’re skills like advocacy, facilitation, diplomacy, pragmatism, and patience. Technical skills still matter, but they don’t differentiate us in the market anymore, and we can’t use them effectively without tackling organizational change. Jonathan Kahn is right. The world could indeed use some skilled agents of [...] Read more – ‘An Agent of Change’.
Copenhagen design & fashion darlings Femmes Regionales approached Lequick Design for background animations for a fashion show at the Danish pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. The Femmes created images for the show’s theme, H.C. Andersen fairy tales, and after some hard work and a little magic, Lequick Design returned them as a [...] Read more – ‘Femmes Regionales, World Expo 2010’.
PallesGavebod is the brainchild of the talented people at Copenhagen Bombay. This is Denmark’s new national online library universe for 8-12 year olds. Integrating books, music, film, games, sites and more with staff recommendations, user favorites, filmclips, quizzes, social networking and a group of colorful characters to guide the way, Palles Gavebod is solidly positioned [...] Read more – ‘PallesGavebod’.
Lequick Design just moved to a cozy location in the heart of Nørrebro, Copenhagen. Nørrebrogade 5C, to be precise. Come visit, I’m almost as good at making tea as I am at making websites. Read more – ‘Lequick Design joins GangArt’.
Mike Sheridan is a Copenhagen-based electronic musician, composer and DJ, and something of a prodigy on the Danish electronic music scene. The new site, MikeSheridan.dk, is designed to balance an electronic media look and feel with an influence of Scandinavian simplicity, achieved via monospace typography and a minimal grid. Perhaps most importantly, such a site [...] Read more – ‘MikeSheridan.dk’.
Copenhagen-based T2B delivers unique signage and modelling solutions to Scandinavia. Custom 3-D forms is where T2B’s talents really shine through. T2B’s impressive portfolio is now fittingly showcased on a new website, t2b.dk. In this case, the site is a quiet throne where elegant slideshows, impressive photography, quality writing and a careful attention to usability to [...] Read more – ‘T2B’.
VagabondTours.dk is a Danish travel agency specializing in active tours and vacations all over Europe. This project was run and managed by Ebita, with Lequick Design just stepping in to deliver a fresh, light and user-friendly web design solution. Read more – ‘VagabondTours.dk’.
Thank you Krabbesholm Højskole for a wonderful week of Flash animation with the graphic design students. Most of them opened Flash for the first time Monday morning, and by Friday morning all had created animations for party visuals. Midweek I also debuted the roughcut of The Passion of Joan of Arc [rematched]. More about this [...] Read more – ‘Krabbesholm Flash, Fall ’09’.
The Aeronautical Association, to be precise. This site was built to showcase an original radio film based on William Faulkner’s The Pylon, published in 1935 when radio dramas were all the rage. You can read this short summary of the story if you aren’t familiar with the book. The Aeronautical Association sound film was sponsored [...] Read more – ‘The Association’.
Beautiful frames, beautiful color. This is the essence of the 2009 motion graphics retail spot for Ørgreen Optics. Ørgreen blends Danish design and Japanese handcraft. Learn more at orgreen.dk. Read more – ‘Ørgreen’s 2009 Retail Spot’.
People AS is a new company with a new business model. And a new identity to match. The backstory: People’s business concept incorporates a new model of structure and internal relationships, based in part on recently proven concepts from the worlds of micro-financing and crowd-sourcing. Unlike a traditional company, no one in People can own [...] Read more – ‘People AS’.
Clean, clear and carefully controlled design anchors the new web presence of LêLê Nhàhàng, a street smart Vietnamese restaurant and a Vesterbro staple. The new site is built in xHTML with a sprinkling of Flash elements throughout. The original grid was drawn by Jon Kort Pedersen, and the site is powered by the Umbraco CMS [...] Read more – ‘LeLe-Nhahang.com’.
This was originally published at Ebita.dk, but I am reposting it below for a slightly different audience, namely you. This was sparked by Merlin Mann’s clever-as-usual thoughts on the subject over at 43folders. Creativity is always a fascinating topic to ponder and discuss, and what has me thinking about it most recently is one of [...] Read more – ‘Creativity is work.’.
allezallez.dk: Vietnamese take-away for Vesterbro from the fine people behind LêLê. You’ll see a familiar UI used for a new application: a restaurant menu. The flow is simple: browse the menu, make your selections, order, then take to Vesterbrogade 56 to collect your food. A handful of xHTML pages optimize the site for search engines, [...] Read more – ‘Allez Allez’.
Right Owner Systems produce software for the recording industry. Their product is called MBAS, Music Business Administration Software. This newly designed flexible identity system is anchored by a powerful new logo. It’s equal parts minimalism, Swiss and Scandinavian design. Read more – ‘Right Owner Systems’.
Part sculptor, part performance artist, and part installation artist, Ole Lorin has just taken his artistic presence from Copenhagen into cyberspace with the launch of OleLorin.dk. We used a sleek slideshow viewer from the good people at triptracker.net and some development expertise from Michael Willemoes. Read more – ‘OleLorin.dk’.
Today the internet sees the launch of VapourFilms.co.uk, the London-based dynamic film-making duo of Ninna Pedersen and Gabrielle Le Bayon. The Flash-based site features a tasty collection of one-minute clips from Ninna’s and Gabrielle’s various film projects to date. Best of luck, VapourFilms! Read more – ‘VapourFilms’.
This project started with acrylic paint on canvas, and wound up in Illustrator and Flash. These portraits were done to experiment with facial recognition when limited to only one color of paint. Read more – ‘Vector Portraits’.
Hotel Pro Forma is “a vehicle for dramatic composition at the boundary of theatre and exhibition.” Hotel Pro Forma’s Relief debuted yesterday at Kaleidoskop. Relief runs until 22 May here in Copenhagen, then travels to Odessa and Varna. It’s based on the life of Vladimir Nabokov. Assisting Hotel Pro Forma with the video animations this [...] Read more – ‘Hotel Pro Forma’s Relief’.
Ebita is a web concept and strategy studio, with in-house experts on business consulting, backend development, graphic design and usability. As of 1 April 2008, I’ve joined this talented team as Art Director. Read more – ‘Ebita’.
Planning the longterm growth for the Øresund region 32 years into the future was a challenge taken on by an international team of architects comprised of Dominic Balmforth, Oliver Seidel and Verena Brehm, the latter two partners of City Förster. With research assistance from the Future Studies Institute and voice talent from København architect Rikke [...] Read more – ‘Øresund 2040’.
The 2007 Fall update software hit Xboxes around the world 4 December 2007. Not only will your XBox play DivX now, but it will also be easier and faster to navigate. All icons in the dash now belong to one refreshed and extended library, scrollback lists have been added, and transitory animations have been reconstructed [...] Read more – ‘XBox 360 Dashboard’.
The new Zunes are out, with a new UI designed and built from the ground up. Of course, I can’t make a completely neutral review of it. But Paul Thurrott can. The new firmware is strikingly visual, and quite a bit different from what Apple provides on the iPod nano and classic. It’s also a [...] Read more – ‘Zune 2.0’.
This hauntingly sublime video is the creation of W. Jack Strain of Seattle. Designed and displayed as an installation for three screens, it was shot on the rarest of occasions: a sunny Seattle weekend in December. I provided Jack with what is known in the business as “talent.” Read more – ‘Rex’.
What says “Poetry Festival” better than a parade of balloon animals? Gerald the Balloon Giraffe, above in icon form and a still from his cinematic debut, was the core component of the 2007 Seattle Poetry Festival identity. He even had his own music video, Gerald on Parade. Read more – ‘Gerald & The Seattle Poetry Festival’.
This is a collection of quotes adhering to one of four themes: Art, Politics, Life and Death. The material was collected over a few years of assorted reading. Available for download as .pdf. Read more – ‘Art Politics Life Death’.
Krabbesholm is a højskole for architecture, design, photography and fine art in Skive, Denmark, situated between a forest and the edge of a fjord. Students come to study and live together for four or eight months at a time. As for me, I’ve come to assist a talented staff teach graphic design for the next [...] Read more – ‘Krabbesholm Højskole’.
The Seattle Central Graphic Design program site was built with potential students, their parents, and alumni in mind. For this project, I had the privilege of collaborating with David Cusak of Idle Hand Studios. UPDATE: As of June 2008 this site has since been updated by the ’08 graduating class. Read more – ‘Seattle Central Graphic Design’.
GitterWetter.com is the virtual home of Gitte Wetter, a clever Copenhagen-based apparel designer specializing in men’s fashion. UPDATE: Gitte’s new line is out, and with it a new site at the URL above. The monster site has moved here. Read more – ‘Gitte Wetter’.
For Seattle’s annual Grand Slam of Poetry, a new unique micro-identity was created. The standard, muscle ripped flexed arm is replaced with a skeleton arm clenching a microphone, with the addition of the tagline Down to the Bone. This was carried over to business cards to promote the event, including a special edition by Linden [...] Read more – ‘Down to the Bone: The Grand Slam’.
This ancient Chinese text needed a refresh for the 21st Century. From one large illustration of a tree created by blowing ink across a page, a vector rendition was made and then sliced into 81 pieces on a 9 by 9 grid — one slice for each verse of the Tao. Throw in a spacious [...] Read more – ‘The Tao Te Ching’.
Robert Rauschenberg paints, silk screens, and converts trash into art. Turning his artwork into a day planner was as simple and natural as going to bed at the end of a long day. Read more – ‘Rauschenberg Day Planner’.