The Cinder Cone

Das, was hier eine kleine Gruppe guter Freunde auf die Beine gestellt hat, ist extrem beeindruckend. Sieht wirklich nach verdammt viel Spaß und sehr guter Freundschaft aus.

Es gibt neben der Dokumentation noch eine Kickstarter-Kampagne für ein Fotobuch, in dem die Fotos und Skizzen gezeigt werden sollen, die vor und während dem Projekt entstanden sind. Sieht auch sehr vielversprechend aus, muss ich sagen.

Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action – Facsimile Edition

Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action - Facsimile Edition

Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action – Facsimile Edition

Today started a Kickstarter campaign by Designers & Books to reprint the iconic design book Visual Design in Action.

Out of print for decades, Visual Design in Action is one of the most beautiful books on modern graphic design. Written and designed by Ladislav Sutnar and published in 1961, it has been called a “lost milestone” and a “treasure.”

I backed the project to receive a reprinted copy of this beautiful book. The reward for just $55 is still available. Go get it!

San Francisco 2015

San Francisco Street Life

After attending SXSW in Austin (post is following soon…) I traveled to San Francisco for one week of vacation. Perfect timing because the days in Austin were as exhausting as awesome. I had the luck to stay with Rebekka und David (thanks again!) in their really nice apartment near Golden Gate Park. A perfect location to explore Haight Street or go for a run through the park to Ocean Beach. I had a great time and enjoyed just beeing in San Francisco without feeling the pressure to see everything.

Here are some impressions:

Arriving in San Francisco. #timehop #bart #lookingback

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2 weeks ago…

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Waiting for the Muni.

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Love this city! #sanfrancisco

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Mount Tamalpais 2

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Quick stopover in NY. #goinghome #goodbye

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Popular movies I haven’t seen in the last 15 years

In the morning I stumbled upon Marco Arments post about movies he hasn’t seen. It’s just a list of popular movies in the years between 2000 and 2015 and he marked the ones he hasn’t seen. I think there are a lot of information about a person in this list.

I asked myself how my ratio would look like. Here it is. It’s pretty obvious that I had much more time to watch movies than Marco. Maybe that’s why I haven’t build Tumblr or Instapaper ;)

But I also discovered that there are still some “important” movies to watch.

Key: Seen it, Haven’t seen it


  • Gladiator
  • Mission: Impossible II
  • Cast Away
  • The Perfect Storm
  • X-Men
  • What Lies Beneath
  • Dinosaur
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Traffic
  • What Women Want
  • Meet the Parents
  • Chocolat
  • Erin Brockovich


  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Ocean’s Eleven
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Shrek
  • Pearl Harbor
  • The Mummy Returns
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Hannibal
  • Gosford Park
  • In the Bedroom


  • Spider-Man
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Men in Black II
  • Die Another Day
  • Minority Report
  • Gangs of New York
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Pianist
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Signs
  • Ice Age
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Chicago
  • The Hours


  • Finding Nemo
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Lost in Translation
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Bruce Almighty
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • X2
  • Bad Boys II
  • The Last Samurai
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Mystic River
  • Seabiscuit


  • The Incredibles
  • Ocean’s Twelve
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • The Aviator
  • Shrek 2
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Spider-Man 2
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • Troy
  • Shark Tale
  • Meet the Fockers
  • Finding Neverland
  • Ray
  • Sideways


  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Munich
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • War of the Worlds
  • King Kong
  • Madagascar
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  • Batman Begins
  • Hitch
  • Crash
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  •  Capote
  • Good Night, and Good Luck


  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Casino Royale
  • The Departed
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown
  • Night at the Museum
  • Superman Returns
  • Happy Feet
  • X-Men: The Last Stand
  • Mission: Impossible III
  • Cars
  •  Babel
  • Letters from Iwo Jima
  • The Queen


  • Juno
  • Ratatouille
  • I Am Legend
  • Michael Clayton
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Transformers
  • The Simpsons Movie
  • 300
  • No Country for Old Men
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Atonement
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Shrek the Third
  • There Will Be Blood


  • The Dark Knight
  • Quantum of Solace
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Reader
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Hancock
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  • Iron Man
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • WALL-E
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Milk
  • Mamma Mia!


  • The Hurt Locker
  • Avatar
  • The Blind Side
  • District 9
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Up
  • Up in the Air
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  • 2012
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Angels & Demons
  • The Hangover
  • Precious
  • A Serious Man
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  • An Education


  • The Social Network
  • Despicable Me
  • Inception
  • The Kings’ Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • Toy Story 3
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • True Grit
  • Winter’s Bone
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Shrek Forever After
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • Iron Man 2
  • Tangled
  • How to Train Your Dragon


  • The Hangover Part II
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • The Descendants
  • The Artist
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Moneyball
  • The Tree of Life
  • War Horse
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1
  • Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Fast Five
  • The Smurfs
  • Cars 2


  • Skyfall
  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  • The Hunger Games
  • Men in Black 3
  • Amour
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • The Avengers
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln


  • Monsters University
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Captain Phillips
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Frozen
  • Despicable Me 2
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Man of Steel
  • American Hustle
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • Iron Man 3
  • Fast & Furious 6
  • Thor: The Dark World


  • The Imitation Game
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
  • Interstellar
  • Birdman
  • American Sniper
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Maleficent
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Mein Laufjahr 2014


Wenn ich das vergangene Jahr läuferisch betrachte, könnte ich es getrost als Rekordjahr bezeichnen. Alle meine Bestwerte habe ich 2014 neu gesetzt (Aufzeichnung seit 2011). Wichtig war allerdings auch, dass der Spaß am Laufen das ganze Jahr da war. So kann es weiter gehen.

Insgesamt bin ich im letzten Jahr 972 Kilometer gelaufen. Gedauert hat das genau 99 Stunden und 52 Minuten. Leider musste ich im Dezember krankheitsbedingt ein paar Wochen Pause machen, so dass ich knapp vor der 1000km-Marke stehen geblieben bin.

Highlight 2014 war natürlich meine Marathon-Premiere, auch wenn ich mit der Zeit (04:43:40) noch nicht ganz zufrieden bin. Aber der Anfang ist gemacht.

Noch ein paar Zahlen und Fakten:

  • Bester Monat war natürlich der Marathon-Monat April mit knapp 150km.
  • Der Juni war mit den meisten Läufen (12) und dem höchsten Durchschnittstempo (5:53 Minuten pro Kilometer) aber auch ziemlich gut.
  • Meine Lieblingsstrecke war mit Abstand die Außenalster-Runde. 53 Runden mit insgesamt 388km waren es am Ende.
  • Im März bin ich 2x in Norwegen gelaufen. Das hat mir direkt den Rekord für die meisten Höhenmeter (1.420 Meter) eingebracht.

Ziele für 2015

Ich würde gerne die 1000km knacken, beim Halbmarathon in Hannover (19. April) unter 2 Stunden bleiben und dann beim Hamburg Marathon (26. April) meine 2014er-Zeit verbessern.

Attention to Detail: displays popular searches

Because of all the mentions of Alibaba’s upcoming ipo I had a look at their website. I spotted a really nice way to display popular search queries only to visitors who are about to use the search field. I like it. popular searches in input

Clever way to display popular searcges on for users who actually are going to use the search field.

Cloudwash: The connected washing machine

Great work by @bergcloud. I’m really looking forward to the internet of things and how connectivity will change our live and the experience of activities of daily life.

Attention to Detail: Animated placeholder text on

Today I spotted an interesting UI idea on In order to highlight the search field on the main page and remind the users to use this function, eventim uses an animated placeholder text in the input field. They are showing 6 different examples of search terms (additionally, the terms seem to represent current popular artists and events).

I’m not quite sure about the effectiveness of this technique but like the approach. It would be really interesting to know some numbers or results of A/B and usability tests. What do you think?

Helpful? Animated placeholder text in search input on

“Attention to Detail”-Series: In this series I try to spot little details in user interfaces or ux design which make the difference. See more Examples.

Attention to Detail: Google Application Form

I love the fact that Goole wants to know how you want to be called in case this name is different to the legal name.

Lovely detail in Google’s application form.

“Attention to Detail”-Series: In this series I want to find little details in user interfaces or ux design which make the difference. See more Examples.

Marteria und Paul Ripke in Lukla

Ich freue mich verdammt auf das neue Marteria Album, das am 31.1. erscheinen wird. Und was Marteria und Paul Ripke hier abliefern ist verdammte Oberklasse. Geile Musik und beeindruckende Bilder.

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