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Monochrome was yesterday.

In fashion it’s a big trend: all over patterns with geometric shapes and loud colours. Collections for women and men feature this trend. On shirts, jackets, coats, jeans, pants and dresses. The dernier cri is to mix and match the most diverse eye-catching patterns within one outfit. And just think of the crazy and flashy designs the sneaker world offers.
There might be lots of people who think: „patternizing“ my outfit is not my cup of tea.  And to put the mind of critics at ease one might answer: „Relax, it’s just a trend. By next year, all-over-prints are out.“

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Making-of: Car Photography Ford Mustang 2015

When I was asked to photograph the brand new Ford Mustang in the European specification for the Geneva Motor Show I was amazed. I saw myself staging the father of all muscle cars somewhere on Route 66 or on a lonely highway in a far far away country. Unfortunately this was not supposed to happen. Due to time and car availability restrictions, we had to move fast and shoot in Cologne. Weather conditions were bad and the racing red Ford Mustang was already prepared for the presentation at one of the most important motor shows this year – Geneva International Motor Show 2015. Even though the car had already been presented earlier to the public, this specific model is the first EU spec car Ford ever had in Europe. Ok – I can deal with pressure. Conditions could have been easier. When it comes to body color, presentation, logos, gap width or (most important) reflections for example, car executives can be really really picky. I experienced that with Volkswagen, Bentley, Audi and BMW before, so I was alarmed. Although this was not a catalogue shooting, I knew details and design lines are important.

There is no ultimate recipe for car photography shootings. It’s a lot about the right location, timing, light setup, camera, format and last but not least post production including 3D usage. At VUCX we have a lot of experience especially with the compositing, 3D creation and retouching post production process. The shooting was scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 24 – we had the car in front of our lense for five hours only. As location we (client and me) decided to shoot in a giant hangar on the Ford factory premises in Cologne. With the beautiful window arches, patinated columns and an industrial floor an ideal location with nice urban flavour.

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A glimpse of imm Cologne 2015

Custom Nature: The next furniture mentality

Fo-r the design world, imm cologne – the international interiors show, is the kick-off event at the beginning of the year. VUCX visited the great show, that was complemented by the LivingKitchen Show this year. Our team took a look at latest interior trends, new companies and products and met with inspiring designers and business leaders to talk about what`s on for 2015 and what moves them.

 

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Ist Deine Website so mobile wie Deine Zielgruppe?

Studien haben schon lange den Trend in der mobilen Endgerätenutzung erkannt. Zum Jahreswechsel wird die weltweite Suchanfrage durch mobile Endgeräte die 2 Mrd. Marke knacken und damit die meist genutzte Technologie bei Suchanfragen sein. Damit wird sie die altehrwürdige Desktop Nutzung von Platz eins ablösen. Google hat diesen Wandel in der Endgerätenutzung nun aufgegriffen und die sogenannte „Mobile-Friendliness“ in die Welt gerufen.

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Creating Digital Products – It´s all about understanding

Creating digital products can be a very complex process. Even if many use cases and patterns repeat, each product is unique and will challenge you to walk on unknown paths. To keep the focus it´s important to have a detailed idea of what you are building and for whom. And frankly this idea shouldn´t be only in your head. Collaborate closely with your colleagues and clients which  means spreading your idea, receiving feedback and adapting it throughout the entire production phase.

To ease your life while producing you should find the right tools and processes for each job. During the last years working as an UX Designer I learned several techniques which improved my everyday work significantly. Let me introduce you to two of them.

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Why Concepts are not optional

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Many times in the life of the designer they feel tempted to work as make-up artists. It sometimes makes me wonder why having the power and know-how to create the entire body and soul, they seem pretty content with merely doing some superficial work on top of it. Even when they know or feel that what is underneath is nothing close to a solid foundation…

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Ein Sommerloch mit der Canon C300

Das Sommerloch – viele kennen es. Nach wochenlangen Feedbackrunden für verschiedene Aufträge, 100% Auslastung – und darüber hinaus – plötzlich alles abgeschlossen ist, ist es plötzlich da. Diese Tage, an denen man Zeit hat Luft zu holen, bevor es an neue Aufträge geht.

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VUCX und Blogger Relations

Seit einiger Zeit sind Blogger heiß begehrt. Viele Unternehmen wollen mit den digitalen Meinungsführern zusammen arbeiten. Die professionelle Beziehungsgestaltung zu Bloggern wird daher für Kommunikationsabteilungen von Unternehmen und Agenturen immer wichtiger. Die Bloggerszene hat sich in weiten Teilen professionalisiert, in ihrer Umgebung gut vernetzt und ist sich über ihren Wert mittlerweile durchaus bewusst. Blogger Relations kostet daher Zeit und man benötigt zudem das nötige Fingerspitzengefühl.

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Why ‘Crossmedia’?

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Each Era comes along with its own terms and jargon. If we look back on the past decades, in the 80s we’d talk about ‘Advertising’ to refer to the way of communicating a product or service’s assets with the aim to persuade or manipulate a massive audience. Moving on to the 90s, people would start talking about ‘Corporate Image’ and ‘corporate values’, as instruments to encourage consumers to behave in certain ways; from the year 2000, expressions like ‘Experience Design’, ‘User Centered Design’ and ‘Branding’ have appeared in the worldwide market scene and have awoken many controversies on how to engage ad-sceptic consumers in an interconnected technology-driven world… So, what should we be talking about nowadays?

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