QEPTR – our iOS app project – has begun it’s closed beta phase. We have been reaching out to a diverse range of demo partners – from local restaurants and bars to environmental groups and organic coffee grinders. Now it is time to enlist them in the app and create demo content that will allow us to bring the app to the light of the Appstore.
QEPTR as a concept has been around for quite some time now but the last twelve months have brought the idea back up to speed. We find it to exciting to simply let it drop out. And even though the technology has advanced since 2014 when the idea came up for the first time, we strongly believe QEPTR can still be a game changer on how people interact directly on products. If we are proven correct, we will go the next step and move the concept to AR / mixed reality using Apple’s ARKit. But one step at a time. For the time being, we keep our fingers crossed that the app will fill up with content until the end of the year so QEPTR can successfully launch. Yay!
Kirin is a mythical hooved chimerical creature known in the Japanese (and other East Asian) cultures, said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler – see Wikipedia for more enlightenment. Our friends at Philip Morris Japan selected this name for a new version of the Online DYO software project that we have been setting up for them. To make this project even more personal, a new feature was added to the design creation – a personalized icon. This new parameter that is now transported all the way from the mobile frontend editor onto the printed DYO package. We receive the data from the AWS Cloud via API and added meta data plus full image download data (first time a real file, former system handled meta data online in the renderer). All changes have been applied in time, running smoothly and successful. And honestly, we believe there is hardly a better name for a software release than Kirin!
What a post title! But indeed, we have been serving the markets in Vietnam and Japan lately. In an ongoing project with Philip Morris Japan we are currently enhancing our software project. More news to come on this soon, since the go live is approaching. For Vinataba in Vietnam we just finished an online tutorial on the DYO project via Skype last week – and really enjoyed the session, explaining the DYO project from ground up straight from our new office. This included a new Config for the iPad App that we had finished just in time for the tutorial. More to come.
‘May we all have a vision now and then’
(Benny Andersson, Bjoern Ulvaeus)
Happy New Year by ABBA on VEVO.
This new year just headed into week 3 and the velocity at what about kate feels great. We submitted version 1.2 of our amazing QEPTR App for iOS and Apple was kind enough to approve the release within a few days. Now we are pushing to get version 1.3 ready, which will be a much more vivid experience compared to the rather basic 1.2. If you are an advertiser or run any kind of venue, get in touch to find out what QEPTR can do for you. In addition to that we set up a new instance of Jira Service Desk back in December for a global client and it will go into review early this year. We would share a link as well, but since it is password restricted we could as well link you to a blank page. And, last but not least, we started to send out our New Year Mail which holds splendid news. Check it here.
All, a Happy New Year! The team at what about kate, Berlin.
Have you had your daily dose of kale yet? When you are in need of some extra strength and brain power, kale is a good friend at your side. Not only does it contain large amounts of vitamin K. It is also a rich source of vitamins A, C, B6, folate and manganese and a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamin E and several dietary minerals, including iron, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Say that again? It’s true! Kale empowers you to do the extraordinary and go that extra mile.
Speaking of the extraordinary, consulting in 2018 will focus even more on the virtuous of the digital transformation along with its catalysts like AI. We will remain to be ‚process driven‘ since we strongly believe that the process at a very granular level is the basis for change towards a digital future. That covers all of your departments, from procurement to production, from HR to R&D. Which of your processes will soon be obsolete due to digital innovation? How can we help to change or re-invent the process to make it future-proof? This requires disruption and great ideas which brings us back to brain power and kale.
Starting February 2018, stop by our new office what about kate ‚satellite east‘ to learn more about the way we massage raw kale to get the most nutrition out of it. And make it even more delicious. For those of you who haven’t gotten into kale yet, we will also have beginner classes. And if you just want to stop for a coffee and have a chat about your company’s processes, totally fine with us. We look forward to you in 2018 and encourage you to eat more kale.
The team at what about kate, Berlin 2018
coupa supplier portal
in case you want to do business with us and your procurement is using coupa’s supplier portal solution, we are listed! this will help make things easier for both sides. need a reason to do business with us? check our humble services or performances. or simply tell us what your challenge is and we will sketch a concept that will help you advance.
it happened – and we are extremely happy with it! as announced in out initial pattern-post ‘on patterns‘ back in may 017 we are committed to changing the background pattern of our website. every once in a while. to be honest, we planned to have it changed more often. every two months seemed like a pretty decent schedule. not too wild, not to boring. turns out, reality messed it all up. a detail called workload in relationship with something called work-life-balance simply did not allow to perform this change any earlier. and as much as we like patterns and freshing up the website with a little something, we believe in life after work. lots of it.
the new pattern is titled octopattern – since we are in the lovely month of october and we worship bond, james bond (that would be octopussy). it has a less clean approach to it, giving the site a far more organic look than the previous pattern. the white rectangles are not perfectly shaped and have a very subtle texture, reminiscent of cushions and making you want to lie down. at least that is what it reminds us of. and that also reflects the meaning that we transport with this new pattern. don’t take things too hard! the pattern originates from the inside view of the sunshade in an 86 rv. the original photo was taken in berlin with the sun shining strong, eating up the seam and providing a little light inside the vehicle. the image was aligned horizontally and a piece was cut out that would make a nice repeating pattern. inverting the image provides this light, white version. slightly shifting the black seam to a light grey helps the readability and gives the pattern a nice overall look and feel. and again, we are extremely happy with it!
admin’s advice: acquiring +30y old recreational vehicles can be challenging and should be considered thoroughly.
concept and realization of a web-based application for a client in Indonesia. content pulled via a (bit dusty) SOAP API and automatically scaled into three quality versions. mobile optimized design interface to place content in print frame. generation of qr code containing print frame meta data. enabling qr code scanner equipped printer to decipher data in code and render it into print image. including options for desktop usage. providing documentation for client to setup own frontend design.
concept and realization of a web-based application for a client in Japan. automatic distribution of orders in a network of printing stations. creating orders from external sources (sftp, local files, aws api). rendering meta data into actual print images. realization of a central administration unit and decentralized operation units. integration of operation unit’s web views into an existing iPad app.
we love patterns!
and the great thing is: patterns are everywhere. from acoustic patterns in music to visual and physical patterns in architecture, digital patterns in software architecture and problem solution to more general patterns in life.
find patterns in your daily business. patterns can be recurring across projects and clients. when discovered, patterns help us save time and can be the basis for fast progress. patterns provide us with confidence. and at the same time patterns are always creating options. with the main option being not to follow the schematic path that is inherent to the pattern, but re-think, re-consider and approach things differently. hereby possibly creating a new, even better pattern.
we started this website with a visual pattern of a topographical map as a repeating background image. today, we changes this to a new pattern. and we plan to change this every once in a while – since we do not provide the world with a sophisticated content creation plan we deeply believe a new background will compensate this loss. the very first topo pattern was a visual reminder for ourselves that there is always ‘up & down’. this second pattern has more street cred to it. we created this one ourselves based on the pattern we found on the south-west side of a local block. we hope you enjoy!
admin’s advice: keep your eyes open and see if you can spot a pattern that is so close to you but hasn’t caught your attention yet. in any case, don’t submit it to us.