Thanks for visiting our brand spanking new website. This is a work in progress, an experiment without a version number. Things will change and evolve over time once we figure out what we want to do with this thing. One thing’s for sure—calling this a beta would be just lazy. We don’t wanna be like that, do we? "
We're proud to present the brand new Finnair Windows 8 application as one of the centerpieces of Microsoft's Scandinavian launch campaign.
Whichever way you look at it, Windows 8 is one of the largest launches in recent IT history. There are estimates flying around stating the potential install base being over 1.1B devices by the end of 2013, spanning from corporate IT systems to gaming on Xbox to mobile consumer devices, and of course the 700M [...]
What happens in Redmond doesn’t stay in Redmond — or in other words — how we became the go-to Windows 8 designers in Finland.
In addition to cranking out Windows 8 applications all the time here at home, we had the luxury to attend an official Windows 8 Train The Trainer event at Microsoft’s premises in Redmond, USA. We are the first and only ones from Finland who’ve had this privilege.
Design for startups, launching Ruutu.fi, iPad first vs. Windows 8 first
Dang, August was busy! We were hammering projects left and right in August. That’s why some weeknotes were missed again. Nevermind, let’s see what we’ve done recently.
To keep up with the tradition started last year, here's ten things we see meaningful in the year 2012. This time we've devided them into three overarching themes which will form their own interplay in the grand scheme of things. Enjoy, and do join the conversation at the comments below.
THEME 1: Mobile Previously, we proposed year 2011 being the year of the mobile. It’s happening, albeit not quite as fast as we expected mostly due bad economy. Here is our take on 2012, divided into three themes —larger contexts, if you wish— we see as the most dominant catalysts for the change for the [...]
Another weeknote, still filling in for Teppo. This time more about reinvention, failing, student visits and public speaking.
We’ve been doing quite a lot of interesting bits and pieces. First, we did a bit of a facelift to our own work. A large web service, actually one of the largest in Finland in terms of content, launches soon after being hidden in corporate pipes for a while. There were some accessibility concerns we [...]
Autumn projects have more or less kicked into high gear and we're busy again + thoughts about utilizing user research data, the Microsoft way.
Autumn projects have more or less kicked into high gear and we’re busy again. And some discussion about research data, the Microsoft way.
A downloadable Windows Phone 7 Cheat Sheet to help mobile interaction designers.
Hello, here’s a little something helpful for all you interaction designers out there — Windows Phone 7 Cheat Sheet! We did it here at Nordkapp to help us design some of our recent WP7 projects. It’s somewhat ashamedly based on Microsoft’s Design Guideline document(s). We’ve dug out only the important bits, added some other comments [...]
It must be the spring— Nordkapp is growing quite steadily these days. Here's a brief introduction to some of our newest designers;
First, from behalf of everyone at Nordkapp I’d like to welcome our newest addition Jukka Koops. As it seems to happen quite often nowadays, he’s switching industries back to design after a stint in marketing communications at Finnish advertising agency Kirnauskis 2.0. But there’s more than that— he’s a recording artist, has a history in [...]
Thinking out loud about design getting cluttered with methodologies and dogmas trying to overexplain each other. Why can't we just get along?
During the past decade, the design industry has gone through a tremendous change. First the Internet changed everything, while making parts of the industry obsolete, and then design became the golden boy of business world and vice versa. The change in the environments where the craft was applied, and not to mention the evolution of [...]
A story about the daily life in a design consultancy, and when you should consider hiring one.
Why hire a design consultancy? Designers in consultancies are always into something new. Their key competences are to acquire, digest, combine, create, and deliver new. People, who love this and are good at this, work in design consultancies like Nordkapp. Therefore, hiring a design consultancy is a good choice when you create new business, new producs or services, new releases – anything new.