God damn, weeks just fly when you’re waiting for the Spring and dodging the snowy comebacks of the Winter. Luckily we’re not the only ones. But let’s give it a go again.
On of the TV projects I hinted about last time is for Connected TV. In this Connected TV project we are designing a TV applications for various hardware platforms. The project is moving a long as planned. Concepts were approved earlier and recently we delivered all detailed designs to the client. The first application is now being implemented by the client’s tech partner and we should see a demo of it really soon.
These somewhat new platforms are fun to design for as the path is not so beaten yet.
Few weeks back I mentioned that we on a shortlist in three categories in the Grand One 2011 competition with Scoopshot, a (mobile) tool for photographers and journalists to work together in a crowdsourced manner.
Scoopshot ended up winning one category, The Best Mobile Service. It was a joined effort by several companies and the client was nice enough to list us all as participants. We were involved in the early phase of this product, helping with communications design. To give creadit where it’s due, this was Panu’s strategy gig. Congratulations. We also congratulate the whole winning Scoophot team: Idean, Nordkapp, Exove Design, Exove, Latomo Design, Ezpa, Lingsoft, Rakettitiede, Kinetik, Partaheikki Technologies, Tesnet and Ixonos.
Anyhow, being shortlisted gave us a good reason to revisit the Grand One gala after a few years. We don’t often participate in this competition as it is more directed towards (digital) advertising and most categories are about campaigns and the like. Althought, the times are changing I suppose as there’s nowadays categories like “Best UX Design” and “Best Design”. It was great to see some old friends again and also to make some new ones. Several people also indicated that they enjoy reading our weeknotes, which was great to hear, even though they’ve gotten a little shorter and further paced recently. There’s some personal reasons for that. To remedy this, there might be a drastic change in how we make our weeknotes in the future, but it requires a completely different production flow, so we’ll have to see when and if we get that off the ground.
What’s fun is that we also had a sort of Bi-Winning moment with another entry, but let’s not get into details on that.
Oh yes, and Sami and his friends were individually shortlisted (as in not a Nordkapp project) with their grassroots level social media work for a presidential candidate in Finland in earlier this year. They and other similar groups almost made an underdog candidate the new president, but not quite. Maybe the time ran out. Nevertheless, it was the first time social media and internet were an active part in the presidential campaigns in Finland.
Sami wasn’t too happy about the fact that their efforts eventually lost to some Facebook design-your-hamburger campaign or something. I guess historical importance wasn’t in the jury’s things-to-review chart.
Until next time.