Long summer hiatus is over and we are back at work and rocking and rolling again.
It’s been a surprisingly long time since the last weeknote. Reason for this was my extremely busy end of the season workload that was immediately followed the next day by a very long paternity leave + summer holiday, which again was quite busy and away from the computer.
Well anyhow, let’s recap some things through May, June & July.
Our Irish junior super designer Kate left us & Helsinki to travel the world a bit more. She had much to do with our Urbanflow project for example, but she was involved in many other projects as well. We miss her, but perhaps she’ll come back to Finland and Nordkapp one day!
Our website had two more copycat over summer. This time from Spain and Jaipur, India. These cases have been mostly dealt with by now. But still, look at some of those photos in the post header. Huggable dudes!
Two Blog Posts
Panu was pondering the issue of reference rights, which seems really hard to get in our business. Sometimes it is totally understandable that we can’t show something super secret that won’t be coming out for a year or more, but why we cannot even say we work with you? Panu answers the question: What’s in it for you?
Sami went to Berlin to give a talk ‘Stories, Behaviour and Purpose’ at Mashable Innovation Series / BMW Guggenheim Labs Berlin. Check out the transcript of his talk and slides to get a grasp of what is happening in cities, design and technology currently.
The summer was busy with Nordkappers breeding. Sauli, Matti and Sami all had a babies during the summer and all within just two months of each other. Sauli & Matti had their first ones so they must be on the edge all the time currently and older estate man Sami had his second one.
Urbanflow ruled this time in the Core77 2012 Design Awards SPECULATIVE Category.
We basically only lost to an effort by Toyota, so we had a good run.
What makes us super happy was the comment on the judgement video (at 9:26) from jury captain Bruce Sterling: “Urbanflow Helsinki is one of the finest works of design fiction that I’ve ever seen”.
Until next time, internet.