7 Were Tested: 2 Prototyping Tools Are Must For Visual Designers

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Testing some prototyping tools

At Wildstyle Network we are supporting brands to interact with their audience and always searching for new creative ideas. Some say, we’re developing apps and any other digital interaction between men and machines. Trust us, visual designs are necessary to attract searchers and be user friendly. Therefore, project developers must first be able to show their first output and see how it could get the interest of people. Well, this requires lots of creativity. Project managers, web designers, and developers need wireframing and prototyping tools to put up their proposed sitemaps and application flow. Continue Reading ›

Our Team’s 20+ Apps For Android, iOS & Windows Phone To Make Your (Creative) Week Smarter

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Everybody does a couple of projects and is creative all day long, here at Wildstyle Network. Of course we need apps to manage our creative week and some to inspire us or help to work in another way.
We sat down with every Wildstyler and asked them which apps they can’t live/work without. Next to the classics there are some helpful apps to make your creative week smarter.

Daily creativity, news and inspiration

Screen-shot-2011-07-20-at-11.48.47-AMZen Brush (iOS & Android)

This app is very useful to write your ideas down or to make some scribbles. To use ink and brush for writing and painting without any colour patches on your desk, is a very cool way to be creative. Our digital operation Team and the designers appreciate the simplicity of this app.

MashableMashable (iOS & Android)

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Second Round For „So geht sächsisch“

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Since May 2013 the federal state Saxony advertises with the campaign of Ketchum Pleon “So geht sächsisch.” for Saxony.

Wildstyle Network oversees the digital format for this campaign. The CMS based website is bilingual, accessible and in a responsive design. The website is designed and implemented by Wildstylers.
Success stories about tourism, business, culture, education, sport and life in the most beautiful federal state in Germany combined with great pictures invent everybody for a visit in Saxony.

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Infographic Tattoo’d

tattoo'ed_infographicsNot sure how they’ve done the white ink and if all skin types are able to show this effect. But it’s awesome.
Another fact I don’t understand is why so many people like tattoos if you consider that 47% of people (Americans) without tattoos think tattoos make people less attractive?!

Wildstyle’s Chalkboard Love And Anti-Digital UX Design Desk

After posting a chalkboard picture on my Facebook page, I was later asked by a 22y old UI design applicant why we’re working on a chalkboards and if the dust isn’t destroying keyboards or Wacom screens – instead of using UX and wireframing tools like UX PIN, Photoshop or Sketch?! Sure, he wanted to demo his skills but after chatting about pros and cons of working analog, it just came to me that the traditional way of sketching wireframes and UX is about to become outdated. Hey, I think it’s fatal to underestimate this way of sketching, especially the sexiness of dried chalk on your hands, the slowdown of the process and emptyness of a white paper.
Let’s summarize this discussion in a longer blogpost including seven of our favorite tools which we use during work in our Wildstyle Atelier.

1. A Chalkboard Helps You To Focus And To Team-Work

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MY START-UP SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS: 6 LESSONS LEARNED IN TWENTY MONTHS

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We’re reviewing all our start-up adventures, developments and even our mental health on a regular basis. This time we thought it’s helpful for others who are planning to run the same path as we did. We (the Team like to share some insights with you every first Friday of the month.

Co-Founders Steve & Alex

Steve Nitzschner (CXO and Co-Founder) and Alexander Bierling (CEO and Co-Founder of Compass.to)


1. VCs, thanks for turning us down in 2012. Start-Ups: Keep pitching but try to avoid to raise capital too early!

(by Alexander Bierling, Compass.to Co-Founder and CEO)

In 2012, right after the end of the financial crisis but in the middle of the Series-A/Angel money crunch, we’ve been approaching all kinds of investors to finance the next steps of our new venture. We spend a third of our time over the year on researching investors, building relationships, preparing pitch decks (executive summary and 15 page slider) and meeting and presenting. All while we’ve been working on the product at the same time. We thought we’re ready with a MVP (most viable product) and ready to launch with a bunch of features to improve life.

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Google Glass And My First Thoughts

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WHAT THE F**K!

I DON’T LIKE IT BUT I’LL BUY IT.

THIS IS ALL I EVER WANTED!

DID GOOGLE MADE THIS?

NO, DON’T LIKE – TOO MUCH TECH!

YOU’LL NEVER NEED A CAM ANYMORE?!

WILL MY KIDS BE USING THIS IN 10 YEARS?

HELL YEAH!

WHEN I’M WATCHING MY 2 MONTHS OLD SON, THIS IS IT!

Facebook’s Future Is Contextual

Bildschirmfoto 2013-01-20 um 12.54.03Robert Scoble went to Facebook’s headquarter and interviewed various teams about where the future of Facebook lies. Before using this for his book „The age of Context“, he summed up some of his interviews in a four point thesis:

1. Everything you do on Facebook will affect what comes in your view in the future. If you like crappy things that you don’t care about, you’ll see more crappy brands that you don’t care about in the future and it might even affect your experiences when you walk into bars, churches, schools, shopping malls, etc. Using Highlight, for instance, I can see what kinds of things you like and I’ll treat you a lot differently based on what you’ve liked.

2. Facebook is teachable. If you hide items, you’ll see fewer of those kinds of items in the future. Like more items and you’ll see more of those in the future.

3. Facebook is looking to help you distribute content to who you want to distribute to. Facebook gets a lot better if you put each of your friends into either your “close friend” or “acquaintance” list. Put family members on your family list, and you’ll be able to send photos just to your family members very easily. Spending some time tuning your friends lists dramatically increases the quality of your feeds and also lets you see items from your friends and family so you don’t miss them.

4. Facebook’s new gift feature will be able to build new kinds of stores in the future. If I buy a gift, like I did for Sam Levin, who got engaged last night, Facebook can learn about what kinds of things I like to buy for people, but it also lets Sam switch his gift without letting me know, so now Facebook knows more about the kinds of things Sam likes to receive.

After all, this sounds promising and makes Facebook look exciting again. Next to some insights, he collected some photos from the campus.
Read the interview here. Follow Robert on Twitter: @Scobleizer

 

Startups, Don’t Launch On Kickstarter!

Mark Cuban, an entrepreneur and tech investor, said in a NextMarket podcast: „Kickstarter should be a requirement for every startup. It’s a way for you create demand and sell the product without giving up any equity. That is a compliment to what an investor might do. […] I’m not a big fan of money investors, which is what most angel investors turn out to be, because they just want their money back.“

Let me pick one slice of Mark’s statement. Something that can lead to misinterpretations. I don’t think his statement “Kickstarter should be a requirement for every start-up” is a 100% fit for every start-up or one of the blooming ideas you have in mind. And here are three reasons why:
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