April 2008

It first emerged in 2007. It turned out to be highly contagious. And it was bright yellow – SMPSONIZE ME! The online application launched by Burger King transformed portrait photographs into cartoon characters. And instantly went viral. The annoying aftermath can still be seen in countless online profile pictures.

Now here’s a refreshing response: An anonymous digital artist turns cartoon characters into … well … humans. The slightly disturbing detail is that he sticks to the original cartoon proportions.

Here is a Photoshop time-laps of how he did it.


A couple of years ago, french photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand amazed us with a breathtaking perspective on ourselves: THE EARTH FROM ABOVE is a series of aerial photographs that reveal the stunning beauty of our planet.

Now Yann is back. And he has landed his helicopter. To meet the people that inhabit the landscapes he’s been portraying all those years.

In his long-term project 6 BILLION OTHERS, 6 directors set off across the world to interview 6.000 people from 65 countries. They filmed 4.500 hours of interviews. And compressed them into 450 hours of translated and subtitled video portraits.

Well-lit and tightly framed, the short interviews are intimate, emotional close-ups of the people that populate our planet.

The interactive website was created by the french design company THE BLAST MACHINE.


The all new Citroën C5 just hit Germany’s streets. Along with the launch commercial


Translation: More style to the street. The new Citroën C5.

MAKING OF – Impressions from the shoot in L. A.


Agency: Euro RSCG Duesseldorf

Creative Directors: Torsten Pollmann, Florian Meimberg, Felix Glauner

Art Directors: Martin Staubach, Jean-Pierre Gregor

Copywriters: Christoph Mueller, Till Koester

Account Executive: Daniel Grube

Agency Producer: Meike van Meegen

Film Production: Radical Media

Director: TARSEM

In a forgotten club on the outskirts of the universe, the PALM BEACH, an old cleaning lady found a box with curious content. Inside, there were hundreds of shiny metallic books, full of black and white illustrations. And on the cover – in quirky letters – it read:


The old cleaning lady had heard this word before. In conjunction with excessive art- and comic exhibitions that used to take place in Duesseldorf a long time ago. And this had to be it: The legendary lost issue. HERRENSAHNE # 11!

Also in the box: An old flyer. The paper was cracked, the colors faded …



Storyboard artist and illustrator Marc Ewert is a member of the independent comic collective HERRENSAHNE from Duesseldorf. The release party for the latest issue of their cult comic will take place on April 26 in the PALM BEACH in Duesseldorf.

By the way: Marc also writes a wonderful film blog with excellent movie reviews: MONDO BIZARR



 Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. 


(Hannah Arendt)

The before / after comparison – Probably the oldest method of illustrating the effectiveness of a product. And the most boring one. Except when it happens in an unexpected place …

An “ambient media cinema commercial”:

Agency: Euro RSCG Duesseldorf

Creative Directors: Torsten Pollmann, Florian Meimberg, Harald Linsenmeier

Art Director: Jörg Sachtleben

Producer: Christian Käutner

A little off-topic, but this is just too funny!

A couple of months ago, Google‘s web mapping service GOOGLE MAPS launched a new feature: GOOGLE STREET VIEW. A panoramic street level environment lets you descend from the sky and virtually travel through the streets.

Impressive. And contentious! The feature has raised privacy concerns. This scene from a Chicago street shows why:


UPDATE: The original picture has been deleted. Always good to make screenshots! 😉