Chris Wallon wird Kreativchef

Am 1. April tritt Chris Wallon (32, im Bild links) als Kreativgeschäftsführer von SinnerSchrader an. Er kommt von Interone Worldwide aus Köln und komplettiert die Geschäftsführung von SinnerSchrader.
Mit Sven Meyer (Beratung, im Bild links), Rainer Sax (Technologie) und Gregory Jacob (Flash/Kreation, re.) verstärken uns zudem drei neue Teamleiter.
Alle Details hier.


While standing outside having a smoke this morning, colleague Gregory Jacob brought me back to the subject of web design “theft”, which I wrote a couple articles about in 2006. Back then, the discussion showed that there are many varying opinions of where inspiration stops and theft starts. Greg’s example, which absolutely takes the cake in my experience, is without question way over the border.

Greg’s a Flash guy, with a pleasingly minimal personal site. He received a mail from a friend this morning, with a link to a stunningly similar site. Have a look:

After a little research it was clear that Foued, due to laziness, deficient creativity or most likely a combination of both, had simply downloaded Greg’s SWF and the XML which defines the site’s content, and after a little text editing, uploaded both on his site.

It Gets Better

Not only did he shamelessly rip off Greg’s work, but he then submitted his rip-off to numerous awards sites, and won on four of them.

It Gets Even Better

Not only did Foued win awards with stolen goods, but one of them, Dope, had already awarded Greg for the exact same site.

I’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate Greg. Not only a 1:1 rip-off (as we all know, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”), but four awards, and one of them twice. Well done Greg!

Too Easy to Do, But Also to Find

Things like this just leave me extremely confused. Let’s assume that Foued Azzone is not remarkably naïve, and knew full well how wrong this is. So he uses a stolen design, right down to the file itself, to promote himself and his talents. And in a medium which is so fast, and so everywhere, that the chances of this theft remaining undiscovered are zero. And in a medium where stuff like this gets publicised like wild-fire, irrevocably poisoning is own Google-juice. What could he possibly think this would do for his career? How could he ever dream of this being good for him?

Originally published at Matt Balara works as Senior Art Director at SinnerSchrader, Gregory Jacob is Head of Flash.

Is Obama a Mac and Clinton a PC?

Clinton vs. Obama (Illustration: New York Times)
Illustration: New York Times
Die New York Times vergleicht die Websites der beiden demokratischen Kandidaten im US-Wahlkampf. Und siehe da: Hillary Clinton kommt im Web eher wie ein PC daher, Barack Obama wie ein Mac.

Mr. Obama’s site is more harmonious, with plenty of white space and a soft blue palette. Its task bar is reminiscent of the one used at Apple’s iTunes site. It signals in myriad ways that it was designed with a younger, more tech-savvy audience in mind — using branding techniques similar to the ones that have made the iPod so popular.

In contrast to, Mrs. Clinton’s site uses a more traditional color scheme of dark blue, has sharper lines dividing content and employs cookie-cutter icons next to its buttons for volunteering, and the like.

Die gute, alte Metapher von Umberto Eco trägt hier übrigens nicht: Obama ist nicht katholisch und unter katholischen Wählern nicht mehrheitsfähig.

Platz 1 für

Der Marktanteil der Billigflieger nimmt weiter zu. 2007 erreichten die Low-Cost-Carrier einen Anteil von 22,5 Prozent am gesamten Flugverkehr in Deutschland. Im Vorjahr waren es 19,1 Prozent, im Jahr 2001 weniger als fünf Prozent.
Die drittgrößte Airline Deutschlands, ein Low-Cost-Carrier, setzt rund 80 Prozent ihrer Tickets über das Internet ab. Ihre Website ist die meistfrequentierte Website aller deutschen Airlines. Im Februar besuchten fast 1,5 Millionen Reise- und Fluginteressierte die Website von
Mit einer Reichweite von vier Prozent und einer Nettoreichweite (Unique Audience) von 1,487 Millionen kommt TUIfly nach aktuellen Zahlen von Nielsen/Netratings auf Platz 1. ist ein Kunde von SinnerSchrader.
Der Wettbewerber und möglicherweise künftige Fusionspartner Germanwings gibt übrigens in diesen Minuten eine Pressekonferenz auf der ITB in Berlin.