2008

  1. 'Tis the season to be jolly

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    Whether the month of December has to you a religious significance or merely a cultural one, chances are you too are battling against the gloom of winter and early nights with light arrangements, decorations and the usual assortment of seasonal foodstuffs. The wollzelle team is, of course, no exception.

    This year, we are proud to introduce the wollzelle Santa, who, unlike his more traditional colleagues, opts for orange dress and winters in Vienna. It started innocently enough with an idea to spruce up our office for the holidays, which gradually turned into an ambitious wall decor project requiring the confection of special stencils and the consumption of many a delicious croissant, as evidenced by our Flickr photo-stream.

    As the project grew, so did Santa, and he now adorns a full wall of the office, from top to bottom, casting a gleeful eye over our busy operations. Acute viewers will notice we introduced an element of the third dimension in the mural, in the form of magic tokens springing out of his hat — and out of the wall, onto the tree.

    Of course, this is only the first of many outings for our Santa. He has already made an appearance on our holiday cards (front and back) and reliable sources have let it be said he may be back among us with renewed energy in 2009.

    In the meantime, we at wollzelle would like to grasp this occasion to thank you all for your continued interest in our work. Your energy and enthusiasm keep us energized, and we are very much looking forwards to spending another year in your company. To you and to yours, a very good month and a great many cheers!

  2. Revisiting an old favorite

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    wollzelle is a photo buff’s haven. Over the years, we have had the honour of devising identities for some of the biggest names in photography, design and fashion. fluxiom, our asset manager, is used by countless professionals to build books and portfolios.

    Today, we’re revisiting an old favorite, the web site of Peter Rigaud, a Vienna-based photographer with clients around the world and across all major industries.

    Whether working on one of his artistic projects, snapping shots for advertisements or framing portraits for personal or editorial use, Peter’s work always marries a strong, precise structure with fluid and unexpected movement.

    Peter’s home page originally went live in 2001. Its current design has evolved little since its inception in 2003. As his projects have grown and evolved, however, the time was ripe to add a new Publications section, presenting the many magazines into which his work is featured as well as the books dedicated to his work and career.

    If you aren’t familiar with Peter’s art, we encourage it to give it a look. As always, your comments and feedback are very much welcome!

    Feeling inspired? Let’s make something together today!
  3. Introducing Fluxiom's free plan

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    As a regular typestorming reader, you probably know us best for our design adventures. Indeed, you may have read about how we support fashion, seek out great music and craft interactive interfaces.

    Did you know, however, about our darker side? At night, wollzelle engineers come out of their orange coats and roam neon-lit data centres to manage heavy-duty storage gear, high-speed network links and redundant power supplies.

    Of course, we’re not quite the mad rocket scientists! We do, however, have a genuine passion for technology. Why, might you ask? Simply because aesthetics make design attractive, but method makes it work. We at wollzelle aim to excel in both.

    From this layered approach was born fluxiom, a novel online file manager that aims to annihilate all clutter through the effective use of the latest technologies in storage, search and sharing. Its technical core is wrapped in pure wollzelle design, making it a snap — and, we hope, a joy — to use.

    To celebrate fluxiom’s latest accomplishments, we have recently introduced our first free plan.

    If you too feel encumbered by files and dragged down by the demands of asset management, you can give fluxiom a spin, and try its most popular features for as long as you wish, without any financial commitment. Once you feel ready, heavier-duty plans are only a click away.

    Of course, we couldn’t let the occasion go by without putting together a little video for you. It presents fluxiom and its unique approach to data management better than words ever could. It also introduces a series of features designed to help you manage your own data more effectively.

    A high resolution version can be viewed over at fluxiom.com.

    We hope you enjoy the video and take fluxiom out for a spin. As always, we very much welcome your comments, questions and suggestions!

    Feeling inspired? Let’s make something together today!
  4. Don't vote

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    See the stars struggling to grasp the concept of using reverse psychology to get young people into voting booths for the United States presidential election of 2008, Tuesday November 4, 2008.

    One of my favorite quotes: “I can do anything, I was in a boyband, ok.” by Justin Timberlake.

  5. Let's make money

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    The new film from Austrian director Erwin Wagenhofer looks behind the scenes of the colourful backdrop of banks and insurance companies.

    The film is shown at this years Viennale and officially premiers on October 31 (the world saving day). It’s bizarre but the current economic situation seems to be the biggest worldwide advertising campaign promoting this movie.

  6. Esquire e-ink cover

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    The 75th Anniversary issue of Esquire (October 2008) attracts attention using e-ink technology. Yesterday while browsing newspapers at Grand Central Station in between tons of “static” newspapers this limited edition cover immediately wins your attention.

    See the video or drop by, we have an issue at wollzelle, I just don’t know how long it will keep blinking ;)

    Read more at structuralgraphics.com

  7. Wollzelle at CLICK NY

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    Yesterday Christina and I attended the CLICK Conference in NYC, an annual conference on advertising and digital media. It was an excellent line-up of forward-thinking people in the industry: Michael Lebowitz (Big Spaceship), Tom Ajello (Poke), James Cooper (Another Anomaly), Alex Lieu (42 Entertainment), Sergio Gordilho (Africa Propaganda), Alessandra Lariu (McCann/She Says), and Benjamin Palmer (The Barbarian Group), moderated by Liz Danzico of Happy Cog and the School of Visual Arts.

    Here are some of our favorite quotes, thoughts to read/think through and let the mind wander from time to time:

    Fat Pig Chocolate
    Beating Card by the Brooklyn Brothers
    Amen!
    “Signing” my first verbal N.D.A. with David Wales
    Benjamin Palmer: CNN Headline T-Shirts
    Alex Lieu: NIN Year Zero Campaign blurs the line between marketing and entertainment

    Thanks to Tina Roth Eisenberg and her fabulous swissmiss. She blogged live from Click NY and summed up some of the talks from James Cooper, Paul Parton, the SoDA introduction, passionate Tom Ajello, Michael Lebowitz and the Education Panel.

    Here are the slides from Michael Lebowitz.

  8. A great preemtive auto-reply

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    It’s holiday season— high season for auto-reply messages. Here is one of my favorites I received a couple of days ago:

    hi,

    You are receiving this email because we had email-contact within the last several month and/or I deem it likely that you will send me email within two weeks.

    But: not only will I be away from mail for the next two weeks, I will most likely delete all mails that get sent to me for the rest of august.

    The reason for this is that my vacation will be much more relaxed if I don’t have to be afraid of the approx. 700 unread emails (that’s a realistic estimate) that will wait for me when i come back.

    So, when I return from my vacation, I plan to litter all unread email. toss it. select all, delete. I believe that this plan will help me tremendously to chill. in fact, I can already feel it.

    Please forgive me, and if you have something urgent you want to share with me, please do so on or after sept. 1st. I’m looking forward to hear from you.

    regards
    p.

    ps: don’t even think about hitting “reply”! :)*

  9. Wanted: Multimedia Designer (f)

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    We are looking for an multimedia designer to join our team here in vienna permanently. At wollzelle you will be working across multiple clients and projects, as part of a team of designers and developers. You will create design concepts for print and digital campaigns, screen design, interface design and flash animations.

    So you’ll need lots of great ideas and the relevant Mac skills to bring them to life (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash…)

    you positivly have:

    • 3 years experience in a multimedia or advertising agency.
    • You are great with layouts and tremendous with type.
    • You have an excellent portfolio, showing you are versed in design for print and digital media.
    • You have experienced a full life-cycle of a digital project numerous times.
    • You know Adobe’s CS Suite on the Mac inside out (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Flash…).
    • Knowledge of pre-press file prep is helpful but not an essential.
    • Languages: English/(German).

    If you think you are the one, please send your CV, portfolio showing examples of your work (minimum of 3) to job[at]wollzelle[dot]com before August 18, 2008.

  10. Soziales Netzwerk issue 13

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    The latest issue of the magazine Soziales Netzwerk, which we art direct, features a very nice article about an elderly lady “aunt Nelly” who rearranged her home accommodation by getting rid of all the furniture, hiring an architect and turning it into her own space.

    Feeling inspired? Let’s make something together today!
  11. Multiple-select-widget

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    Lately we built a little widget we’d like to share. It allows you to skin a standard multiple selectbox. Here is the demo page you can also download the source via github it’s free. We have more in the drawer and hopefully find time to share those little snippets as well.

    Feeling inspired? Let’s make something together today!
  12. thierisch gut

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    Identity and naming for a conference room technology and interior design consultancy.

    Logotype and colors

    The Website

    Feeling inspired? Let’s make something together today!
  13. Wollzelle is looking for you to join us

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    We’re looking for a passionate flash designer to join our team here in vienna as employee or freelancer.

    you positively have:

    • Advanced knowledge in Flash and Actionscript 3
    • You know Photoshop, Illustrator inside out (additional knowledge of Final Cut, Maya, 3D Studio Max or Cinema4D are welcome but not necessary)
    • knowledge of object oriented programming.
    • good knowledge of HTML, XHTML, JavaScript and CSS.
    • working on cutting edge solutions that are far beyond the standard production work.
    • orientation on details and deadlines.
    • You have experienced a full life-cycle of a digital project numerous times.
    • An Apple Macintosh computer as your primary development tool.
    • Languages: German/English.

    personality:

    • You are a lively, positive, social and outgoing individual.
    • You can be firm and diplomatic at the same time.

    This is a full or part time position in Vienna, salary is based on experience. So, if you’re familiar with our work and think you could add to make it better don’t hesitate to send us:

    1. Your CV
    2. A link to your portfolio or at least 3 references of your previous work
    3. A salary expectation

    to jobs[at]wollzelle[dot]com.

  14. see ya!

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    With end of January Dieter and Philipp left wollzelle to focus on their work at abloom and before on exploring New Zealand.

    We love you guys and we will all miss you! Enjoy New Zealand and Good Luck at abloom! Shall the sun shine for you! Looking forward to continue the great collaboration!

  15. WHS turns 20

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    The Wiener Hauskrankenpflege turns 20. Wow! That is a great reason to dedicate the latest issue of Soziales Netzwerk to this whole year.

    wollzelle does the art direction, graphic design, and sometimes supervising the photo shootings ;)

    Well done and all the best for the next 20 years!

    Feeling inspired? Let’s make something together today!
  16. Job offer

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    We’re looking for a passionate front-end web developer to join our team here in vienna.

    • Minimum of 3 years experience in the online design world.
    • Very thorough HTML, CSS and JavaScript knowledge.
    • You are experienced with JavaScript libraries like prototype, script.aculo.us, mootools.
    • Additional knowledge of Flash, Flex, Actionscript 3 are not essential, but welcome.
    • You are continuously fascinated by interactive design and the opportunities it offers.
    • You care about everything you do creatively and you enjoy being part of a team of creatives and love a good discussion.
    • An Apple Macintosh computer as your primary development tool.
    • Languages: German/English.

    And last but not least: You like to work hard and you’re nice to people;) This is a permanent full or part time position in Vienna, salary is based on experience. So, if you’re familiar with our work and think you could add to make it better don’t hesitate to send us:

    1. Your CV
    2. A link to your portfolio or at least 3 references of your previous work
    3. A salary expectation

    to jobs[at]wollzelle[dot]com.

  17. Interface design guest lecture

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    Last wednesday Prof. Dr. Peter Purgathofer invited me to give a talk for his User Interface Design course at the Design and Assessment of Technologies Institute (Vienna University of Technology).

    The lecture was focused on our approach towards new projects and how we solve interface design issues by showing practical examples. These lecutres and the following questions are always a great source of inspiration. Thanks for the invitation!