there’s again a lot to catch up with.
We celebrated the Laskiainen, AKA Shrove Tuesday, at the office the other week. Girls made traditional buns and really traditional pea soup, starting from the actual peas and stuff. Excellent food. Thanks. My family also visited the office. Older kid stated that “Dad’s work is difficult”. It sometimes is.
After the younglings left, we also enjoyed some champagne like the small photo set shows. Note: we don’t normally drink champagne on working days, but these bottles were given to us by various clients. Which was nice.
A Glimpse Into the Near Future
Our friends in Berlin, The Third Wave guys, have created an interesting and long article about predictions of near future.
Our CD Sami was asked for his views too, along with six other experts, designers and researchers. It’s a really interesting read as Third Wave have done a good job at clustering views of the future from all these people. Here’s Third Wave’s slideset, but you really want to read the whole thing.
Copying is the best form of flattery, right? Well, we’re feeling the flattery again with this South Korean SGEN Club site.
Things we are not so flattered about:
- Stealing our website design, then calling it “COPYRIGHT 2012 SAMSUNG SDS sGenClub ALL RIGHTS RESERVED”.
- Leaving our Google Analytics code in the page source.
There’s a screenshot and small thread about this in our Facebook here.
Update: We have to give Samsung credit for taking a quick action in this issue once we brought it into their attention. The website has since been taken down completely. It seems to have been an oversight by some students.
There was another more serious copycat from LAB3 in Italy recently. Screenshot in our Facebook also.
Things we were not so flattered about with this implentation:
- Stealing our website design, then silently taking the site offline after we contacted them.
- (Again) Leaving our Google Analytics code in the page source.
Shortlisted in Some Competitions, Again
Urbanflow is shortlisted in categories “Service Design” and “Digital Categories” in the annual Vuoden Huiput 2011 design competition. See you in the gala. Forum Virium also has a Finnish post about this.
Scoopshot photography service is shortlisted in three categories (!) in the Grand One 2012 competition. The categories are “Best Consumer Service”, “Best UX Design” and “Best Mobile Service”. We are just one of many companies involved in this, but it’s fun anyway. See you in this gala too.
And a third competition: Scoopshot and Shadow Cities are also listed in Flurry’s Top 20 App Spotlight Finalists. Flurry has picked top 20 mobile apps from 700 candidates and the top three winners will be revealed at SXSW. You can read more about our involvement with the GPS-based Shadow Cities game on our website’s case studies section.
And congrats to all other companies and entities shortlisted in all of these competitions!
That’s it for now. See you next time.