Olaf Breuning

Olaf Breuning is a Switzerland based artist. His work makes me look:


CAN SOMEONE TELL US WHY WE ARE HERE ??, 2006


SNOWMEN, 2006


INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1997


CLOUDS, 2008

Retro Photography of Modern Switzerland


Project Clack! by Zürich photographer Matthias Bünzli is an artistic throwback to the beginnings of travel photography.

(via NewlySwissed)

The 80s in Swiss TV

Now here’s a video that my Swiss Readers will appreciate. It’s a quick overview of Swiss TV shows in the 80s. I do remember pretty much all of them. (I’d love to see an equivalent of US TV shows.)

(via bloggingtom)

Steff La Cheffe

Steff La Cheffe is a 23 year old Swiss from Breitsch, Switzerland. Yes, in case you were wondering, that language in the above song is indeed swiss-german. For those of you that don’t know. Swiss-German is a spoken-only language and most of the time sounds like you have a sore throat. I send a hat tip to Steff La Cheffe for pulling it off to actually make swiss german sound hip and cool.

(thank you Pascal)

UFOS flying around my head

The latest issue of FREITAG’s The Daily Reference made me smile. More info here.

FREITAG am Donnerstag: Talk 3

This thursday will be last of our three «FREITAG am Donnerstag» talks, a mini lecture series I am curating and partially moderating for FREITAG, to celebrate their new REFERENCE collection.

So far, Khoi Vinh and David Rowan have been so generous to share their thinking and insights in two exciting talks. This thursday, Peter Hossli will be sharing his thoughts on the topic of journalism at the FREITAG REFERENCE editorial space in Zurich that the bros. have set up for the month of September. (read more here)

Space is extremely limited (50 spots max). 25 spots will go to a carefully selected group of people but 25 slots will each time be available for swissmiss readers. Maybe you? (No worries, for those of you who can’t make it either because you are too far away or you didn’t get a slot, we will tape the talks and then share here on swissmiss.)


Peter Hossli, Reporter SonntagsBlick Magazine
September 23rd, 8.30am – 1oam
Moderated by the FREITAG bros.


Send us an email if you’d like to attend this thursday’s talk with Peter Hossli. (These talks will be in a rather intimate setting and we anticipate a lively discussion after each talk. We’d love to have people attend with a serious interest in the topic of journalism and media.)

Send your email to [email protected]. (Please note this event is in ZURICH!)

We will get back to you and let you know if you made it on the list.

Base

I dream of a loooong (!) table in my home. I never want to run out of space for dinner guests to join the table, conversation. This beauty of a table caught my eye. Designed by Switzerland based This Reber.

Zurich/CreativeMornings Video: Ario Jafarzadeh

2010/09 Ario Jafarzadeh | Google from Zurich/CreativeMornings on Vimeo.

Our speaker at the first official Zurich/CreativeMornings was Ario Jafarzadeh, Experience Designer on Google’s Gmail Team. In his fantastic talk, Ario shared the thinking and processes applied while working on Priority Inbox. The event was generously hosted and sponsored by Google Zurich. Thanks to Steve Rogers, Director of User Experience EMEA, for making this possible.

A big giant thank you to the team of Redsmoke Productions for their amazing work on documenting the event. (How adorable is that YAY-bubble-blob-sound in the beginning?)

Follow Zurich/CreativeMornings on Twitter.

The Daily Reference


For the month of September, FREITAG is printing a daily newspaper, called THE DAILY REFERENCE. Above is the latest issue. (printed on a 200 year old letterpress machine) Find out more here.

“FREITAG am Donnerstag”: Khoi Vinh

I had the pleasure to travel to Zurich last week to moderate the first of three breakfast talks curated by me and hosted by FREITAG called “FREITAG am Donnerstag” (Friday on Thursday).

Our first speaker was Khoi Vinh, blogger, author, and former NewYorkTimes Design Director. Needless to say that the crowd of approximately 50 at the FREITAG Editorial Space was impressed by what Khoi had to share. Some of my favorite quotes of his talk are:

“Analog media is a document. Digital media is a conversation.”

“Great journalism is its own justification! But great journalism is not a substitute for great user experience.”

“A maximum of elegance with a minimum of ornamentation.” (speaking about the NYTimes.com design)

While Khoi was talking about the world of online newspapers and journalism, right behind him, Markus was printing on his 200 year old letterpress machine. It was quite a poetic clash of news mediums.

This week’s talk is by David Rowan, Editor of Wired UK. We are currently full, but you can get your name on a waiting list, if you’d be interested in attending. (Even though the series is called FREITAG am Donnerstag, we had to be somewhat flexible on the dates as David Rowan was only able to make it on Friday morning. So, consider this week’s event more a FREITAG am FREITAG.)

If you want your name added to the waitinglist for David’s talk or sign up for Peter Hossli on September 23rd, please send an email to [email protected].

Here are photos of the event.

More about the “FREITAG am Donnerstag” Breakfast Talk Series.
Check out the brandnew FREITAG Reference line.

swissgerman lessons via twitter

Here’s a twitter account that I just discovered that made me chuckle: @swiss-german teaches you a swiss german word a day. While I don’t fully agree with some of the words, as we say things a little differently in my Heimat corner of the alps, but nevertheless, it made me smile. G, this is for you!

FREITAG am Donnerstag

I am happy to announce «FREITAG am Donnerstag» (Friday on Thursday), a mini lecture series I am curating and partially moderating for FREITAG, to celebrate their new REFERENCE collection.

Three renowned international speakers are going to share their thoughts on the topic of journalism and media. The «FREITAG am Donnerstag» talk series will take place at the FREITAG REFERENCE editorial space in Zurich that the bros. have set up for the month of September. (read more here)

Space is extremely limited (50 spots max). 25 spots will go to a carefully selected group of people but 25 slots will each time be available for swissmiss readers. Maybe you? (No worries, for those of you who can’t make it either because you are too far away or you didn’t get a slot, we will tape the talks and then share here on swissmiss.)


SPEAKERS:
Khoi Vinh, former NewYorkTimes.com Design Director
September 9th, 8.30am – 10am
Moderated by swissmiss.


David Rowan, Editor WIRED Magazine UK
September 17th, 8.30am – 10am
Moderated by the FREITAG bros.
(We realize that the series is called Friday on Thursday but this event is happening on a friday. Consider this one talk ‘Friday on Friday’)


Peter Hossli, Reporter SonntagsBlick Magazine
September 23rd, 8.30am – 1oam
Moderated by the FREITAG bros.


HOW TO SIGN UP:

Get your name on the list of potential attendees by sending us an email with your preferred date/speaker in the subject line. These talks will be in a rather intimate setting and we anticipate a lively discussion after each talk. We’d love to have people attend with a serious interest in the topic of journalism and media.

Send your email to [email protected].

We will get back to you and let you know if you made it on the list.

FREITAG Reference Collection

I can’t get over how unbelievably cool this brand new FREITAG Reference bag collection is. They sure are starting a new chapter in their book. The Reference line is a collection of 14 horse-messenger inspired bags and accessories bags for medialites and urbanites.

My personal favorites?


R102 HANDBAG


R301 LAPTOP SLEEVE


R504 BUSINESS BAG LARGE

Swiss Supermarket Commercial

Migros is the largest supermarket chain in Switzerland and enjoys somewhat a cult status. (Especially for people like me, living abroad.) The below Migros commercial made me smile. The countryside scenes you see there, that’s pretty much how I grew up.

(thank you @the12dude)

FREITAG / The Daily Reference

FREITAG, the swiss truck tarp bag and accessories company is one day away of launching just launched a fantastic (!) new collection of bags called REFERENCE Line. They’ve chosen and unusual and superinteresting approach in celebrating this new launch:

More than 15 years after they started FREITAG, they finally know what they’re about: cycles. They cycle to work. They cycle tarps. And they think in cycles. So they are devoting one month (this month) to creating a newspaper called THE DAILY REFERENCE which cycles content:

How does it work?

1. They get newspapers
2. They cut them up
3. They transcreate, you transcreate
4. They manufacture a recontextualized print product

From September 3rd through 30th, daily at 8:00am a team with the Bros. and guests comes together for coffee and snippets at the REFERENCE editorial space in Zurich. They cut up newspapers like they cut up tarps – with an eye for visual junctures – and comment on them in 140-character statements. The same snippets are uploaded for your own 140-character transcreation which reach Grüngasse by means of a ticker. Best line wins.

The next morning at 8:00am THE DAILY REFERENCE is sealed: The ultimate commentary makes the front page. The others are collected on the B-side and printed on their lead press for distribution. This happens every day. For the finissage on September 30th, all THE DAILY REFERENCES are reunited and published simply as THE REFERENCE. A user aided, cycled content compilation that mimicks FREITAG, in thought, word and deed.

From September 3rd through September 30th, the REFERENCE editorial space is open at Grüngasse in Zurich (Mo-Fr 7.30am thru 7.00pm, Sat 11am thru 5.00pm). During this time, what used to be the two founders’ studio is turned into a newsroom and printing facility – with a two hundred year old bookpress, a coffee machine, the REFERENCE line on display and the Bros. (no promises, but yes, they are working out of Grüngasse in September).

The bros are asking for your 140 character input for their daily newspaper. FREITAG would like you to send them your transcreational commentary (max. 140 characters). Make sure to start your message with the number of the snippet you are commenting on. (check on their site and scroll down to THE DAILY REFERENCE section.)

The REFERENCE editorial space will also serve as reading room, where coffee, current international newspapers and the new product line are on display for your enjoyment.

You can go by the REFERENCE editorial space and hand deliver your 140-character commentary. And, if you’re lucky, you get to say hi to the bros. You can watch the editorial team in action and get your copy of THE DAILY REFERENCE if you show up after 5pm. And, of course, you get to check out their new bag collection and buy a REFERENCE bag.

And I’ll be at the editorial space sometime wednesday (september 8th) mid-afternoon myself. Why? I’ll let you know a little bit later today. Check back!


More info: Freitag-Reference.ch | freitag.ch
Map to REFERENCE Editorial Space

minimalist advertising

We all know, the Swiss are minimalists when it comes to their aesthetics. But, now, can any of my Swiss readers explain this ad campaign to me? Are the Swiss going über-minimalist and don’t even explain what an ad is for? Sure, it made me look.

5moms.ch

As I always say, I love when people get together and ‘do things’. The 5 swiss ladies behind 5moms.ch get my thumbs up. They sell all kinds of adorable hand-made stuff on their site. A few of my favorites are:

The “Pharmacy pouch” to keep bandaids, arnica creme and bo-boo-juice handy in your purse. The stuff we moms carry around, right?

A bicycle bag for your little one.

Reversible Beach Bags that come in all sorts of fun designs. Cellphone pouch to protect your phone and which also that let’s you hang it off your charger, when plugged in. Nifty. An adorable shopping bag for our little ones.

(They obviously need help with a more professional site, but they get my two thumbs up no matter what. It’s all about putting yourself out there, following through with an idea. Hope they’ll be successful. )

logged in

(thank you emanuel)

Crutch

So, you just moved into a new place and all you have is a big giant piece of wood but no actual table? Don’t you worry. There’s a solution: Crutch by Nicola Enrico Staeubli. Metal frames are put over the edges of a tabletop and contracted with lashing straps creating a highly solid linkage. Made me look. Not your usual solution, is it?

719 candles

Happy 719th Birthday Switzerland! I’ll be raising my Bratwurst to you all the way from Brooklyn! Yay Swiss National Day!

Jura Chrome Toaster

The Swiss Jura Chrome Toaster is one of the items I regret having given away when I moved to NYC. It’s a beauty of a toaster. I love its analog on/off button and that you have to move the handle down to flip the toaster.

(via Annabelle)

Thorough Swiss

We are already one week into our Switzerland visit and I am amazed. This is where I grew up, this is where I have my roots. While I am Swiss at heart, I am no longer a true Swiss, the past 10 years living in NYC contribute to that, no question.

While visiting a Swiss farm I couldn’t help but notice with what diligence, care and thoroughness this farmer piled his fireplace wood. Do you see how much love went into this stack of wood? How he built a roof to protect it? There were about 5 of these on his property. Each one of them a work of art. And he is not an exception, the Swiss are thorough when it comes to how they stack their wood, or do anything, really.

The Swiss do it right or not at all. While I admire this mentality it also drives me crazy. We should be able to marry the playfulness and joy to experiment that Americans tend to have with the thoroughness of the Swiss. No?

Zopf

For the month of july I will be broadcasting from Switzerland which means I’ll be indulging in way too much Zopf. (pictured above) Zopf is a traditional swiss sunday bread, usually found twisted or plaited.

Zopf Recipy German / English (ther german link has instructions on how to get the Zopf into its typical shape)

Arnold Odermatt

Swiss police officer and photographer Arnold Odermatt became famous in his retirement on the publication of Karambolage, his photographic journal about the traffic accidents that were part of his professional life in the Swiss canton of Nidwalden.

Arriving at the scene of an accident, Odermatt would take one set of photographs for the insurance or police reports, and then take another for himself. His reasons for doing so are mysterious, but the results are often strangely beautiful.

Swiss Institute Exhibition Info
Write up over on LensCulture