Hans Walor - Senior Designer

Hans WalorHans is an extremely diversified artist. His ability to quickly assimilate new information and identify relevant issues makes him a design genius. His background includes creating content for online channels - email, landing pages, and Website design. 

Brand identity, art gallery curation, music industry design and promotion, action sports design, and apparel design are other strong passions for Hans. Most recently Hans created large scale illustrations for zipline structures at Burning Man 2011 in the Black Rock desert of Nevada.

Hans graduated from the College of Architecture and Plannning from the University of Colorado Boulder. He brings open ingenuity, and a fresh way of thinking to the Airways team. He is currently living and working in Venice Beach, California.

Finally a Photo App for Designers: Photoforge 2

Monday, July 29, 2013 by Hans Walor

As a designer, i've been on the hunt for a iPhone app that is made with functionality that you actually have control over. The newest version of Photoforge 2 is the best thing I have found to this point. I'm definitely not the first to blog or comment on this app.


The ISO50 blog did a great job of summarizing the most amazing features of this app:

Layers, layers, layers.
If anything, layer support is what sets this app apart from the rest – you can easily overlay other photos, create 50% Gray layers to add film grain, textures & vignettes, or drag to re-arrange layers as you please. It even supports layer masking, so you can edit-out imperfections or localize adjustments similar to how you would in Photoshop.

Powerful color curves.
Yep, same color adjustments as you would expect in popular photo editing software for desktop. In fact, many of the Instagram filters (Rise, Amaro, Sierra, Willow) were initially designed with this app, using this feature.
You can always undo with the edit history list.

As project management goes, Photoforge 2 preserves every stage of your edit across multiple projects. The one downside is how much space this takes up on your phone. Since we’re dealing with multiple versions of many full-resolution photos, this app will quickly become the heaviest app you have installed. Be sure to delete the photo projects you won’t be revisiting.

Grab the app for iPhone & iPad on iTunes for $3.99: Photoforge 2 [iTunes Link]

Ashes and Snow - a must see....

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Hans Walor

I'm not even sure where to begin, but lets just say Ashes and Snow is by far the best exhibition I have ever seen in my entire life. This Nomadic Museum Migration concept is genius and extremely powerful in conveying and telling a story to the world.

This particular exhibition explores the lost connection between man and other species. It portrays the harmony that once was and still could be...

Ashes an Snow - whale man

The Founder, Photographer, Film Maker, and Visionary of this project Gregory Colbert has captured some of the most beautiful visuals I've ever seen. 30 years work, leaves one speechless. He describes his vision as such;

" In exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards rediscovering the common ground that once existed when people saw themselves as part of nature and not outside of it. The destiny of whales cannot be separated from the destiny of man, and the destiny of man cannot be separated from the destiny of all of nature. I am exploring new narratives that help build a bridge across the artificial boundaries we have established between ourselves and other species." - Gregory Colbert

Just at the moment we are burning down what remains of nature’s living library, Colbert is creating an intangible library of the wonder of the natural world that reminds us of what is being lost. He began his thirty-year project two decades ago and he continues to work with animals on every continent, making his works the most comprehensive interspecies collaboration ever created.  Read More on the Gregory Colbert Site >>

Last, but definitely not least. This Nomadic Museum construction and model of migration is genius. The majority of the structure is built from the shipping containers which brought all of the Exhibition. Talk about self-sustaining and minimal impact. Pure genius... Here's a quick time lapse video on the consruction:

Good to know that there are children like this out there...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by Hans Walor

This post deviates from the design and art topics which i typically comment on.  Had to share it after being completely blown away by some of the knowledge that this kid was dropping. I must say that these two kids are more well spoken than the average US adult. It's encouraging to know that some of the children these days are contemplating vast topics such as our place in the Universe. One can only hope to that more and more of our society's youth will begin to understand life on this level.

Beautiful Branding Process

Monday, June 17, 2013 by Hans Walor

Even financial advisory and wealth management groups such as KAROL want an elegant design and branding. Recently ran accross some shots from Nemanja Čubrović and his design process for the KAROL logo and branding. Always love to see the gridwork for the typography and icon design. Just a glimpse of how much goes into a project such as this one. Really beautiful work from Nemanja from Serbia!





 

Throwback BMW R32 - The Beauty and Elegance in Retro Style

Saturday, June 15, 2013 by Hans Walor

Leave it to the Germans to create such a beautiful machine in 1923! The R32 - One of the most beautiful retro bikes I've seen, and the first motorcycle that BMW ever made. Not sure how comfortable that seat might be though...

A little history on BMW, courtesy of Wikipedia:
The company began as an aircraft engine manufacturer in the early 20th century and through World War I. BMW manufactured its first motorcycle in 1923, the R32, which featured a flat-twin boxer engine. BMW Motorrad still uses the flat-twin boxer configuration, but now manufactures motorcycles with a variety of engine configurations.

Check out this awesome short video

Video: 90 Years of BMW in 90 Seconds
 

Visual Eye Candy for the week from TYCHO

Thursday, May 9, 2013 by Hans Walor

Scott Hansen, also known as TYCHO - is a San Francisco based musician / designer - and has been a long-time favorite of mine not only for his music but his design as well. This music video is a beautiful combination of his most potent skills. To check out more of his work I've included some links here. Enjoy!
Design:  http://www.merchline.com/iso50/
Music:  https://soundcloud.com/tycho

 

Tycho "Ascension" from Charles Bergquist on Vimeo.

Sexy Blend of Throwback Style and Modern Technology at sea.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by Hans Walor

Loving this throwback style fused with modern functionality, its an aestheic masterpiece. The Ringle 39 is a blend of modern yacht technology with timeless values from the high art period of yacht design, reminiscent of the first half of the twentieth century. The highly experienced RIngle 39 team has really paid attention to every last detail in this high performance yacht.



 

F.E.D. - FIND.EAT.DRINK - a professional opinion on finding food and drinks

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Hans Walor

Travel guide iPhone app offers solid suggestions and tips from the "pros"

So often we find ourselves traveling or on the road for work, in a city that we may not know so well, and want to find a solid local suggestion. Up to this point it seemed that Yelp was the only "somewhat useful" app to help make decisions on what to check out as far as food and drinks. The only issue with Yelp is that it has such a broad range of people writing reviews, that some of the suggestions and recommendations come from very un-informed people who may or may not have a professional perspective on the scene.

We recently came across this new app, FIND.EAT.DRINK, that addresses this exact issue - with tips and suggestions from pros like Chef Richard Blais, coffee roasters and food writers. . After giving the app a whirl in our own neighborhood, we found the quality of their suggestions quite impressive, offering a more tightly edited selection than mass-marketed services like Yelp.

You can find this at the App store for Apple. Try it out!

Evocative Photography by Alexandre Deschaume

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Hans Walor

I recently ran across Alexandre Deschaumes's photography and was quite taken back by the evocative energy his shots capture. Such power and magnitude to each one. These photos truely take you to another place. Take a look at some of his collections to see more inspiring images.

Alexandre Deschaume Photography





 

Keeping up to speed with the interesting news on design, trends, and modern lifestyle taste-makers

Saturday, January 5, 2013 by Hans Walor


 

As the ammount of information on the web becomes more and more overwhelming, many of us search for a outlets of content that relates to our lifestyle, interests, or career path. Recently, I ran across this site called Protein. Protein is an insight platform that keeps you up-to-date on the latest global trends, behaviors and thinking through useful tools, daily reports and in-depth events. Sound interesting? I think so.

Protein does a great job of highlighting everything from design trends, entrepreneurial start up busineses, interesting interviews with taste-makers, relevant formum / lectures, new products, to insightful articles. Its defintely worth a few minutes of your time to check out.

Another great online news source for "Eye Candy"

Saturday, January 5, 2013 by Hans Walor



Here's another great resources if you are ever looking for some inspiration or just want to see some really cool projects that other artists / designers around the world are creating.

Visual News  is a place where you can find daily visual inspiration from around the world. This is an adventurous and socially aware group that believes the planet we live on is one of continual beauty and curiosities, so each day they strive to bring you some of the most interesting stories in art, design, technology and people.

As a collaborative project of Column Five Media, Visual News strongly advocates of the union between data and design, and continually searching for new ways to express the world around us in visually beautiful and easily understandable ways.

Find yourself doodling during meetings, lectures, or converstaions with friends? Good for you!

Thursday, October 11, 2012 by Hans Walor

Sometimes its just easier to listen to someone in a meeting while you are drawing a picture or doodling. It helps some of us think and stay awake :) This is a really interesting article discussing the benefit of being a doodler.  FULL ARTICLE  on Smashing Magazine >>

“I Draw Pictures All Day”  - Click on the image below to read the full artilce.
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Doodling a lightbulb

Doodling helps us Retain Information

The Anatomy of a Successful Social Marketing Campaign [INFOGRAPHIC]

Friday, September 28, 2012 by Hans Walor

- Salesforce Blog

It’s a business-eat-business universe and B2B marketers today must fully utilize social media channels if they want a chance at surviving alone in the deep recesses of space. A good social marketing campaign often times starts with the blog, or the mother-ship as I like to call it, then branches out to cover each of the social networks with tailored messaging optimized with keywords. Paying attention to the characteristics of each social platform and playing to their strengths is essential to optimizing for maximum virality.

See the full Article HERE >>

In the following infographic, we examine the elements of a successful B2B social marketing campaign to help you learn how to make your business move at the speed of light.


GOOD Grief - INFOGRAPHICS based on demographic studies of the US population as a whole

Friday, September 28, 2012 by Hans Walor

SUPER beautiful and VERY interesting Info-graphics from GOOD MAGAZINE and Gregory Hubacek // Based on demographic studies of the US population as a whole.
See Full article on Gregory's Blog HERE >>

ISO50 Design and TYCHO - Boulder, CO. show Poster

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Hans Walor




Check out some beautiful new design work from ISO50 aka TYCHO - Who is both a top notch designer and music producer.  He designed this poster specifically for the upcoming show in Boulder, CO. at the Fox Theathre on Sept. 26. Tickets are probably sold out, but if you can find some its well worth it. He not only plays and produces the music, but he also designs all of the visual projections for the show. The sound and visual combinations is qute stunning.

2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards // Go Ahead -- Wow Us!

Thursday, February 16, 2012 by Hans Walor

Vimeo Festival + Awards 2012

Riding the success of the inaugural event in 2010, Vimeo is celebrating the best of the best videos once agian June 7-8, 2012 in NYC . This Festival + Awards event will feature screenings, talks, workshops, and panels. The 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards are jam-packed with new judges, new categories, and new prize money — $5,000 grants for category winners and one $25,000 grand prize for "best in show". 

Since 2004 when Vimeo was founded, they have attracted 65 million unique visitors per month and more than 8 million registered users. They have developed a very respectable nitche with up-and-coming film makers, by providing an elegant / effective chanel to share their work with the world. According to Vimeo creative director, Jeremy Boxer, Vimeo is aiming at becoming the gold standard for creative online videos by discovering the best talent and providing a platform that will catapult their careers to the next level.

Click here for more info.
 

Sweden... Moving beyond the classrom confines.

Monday, January 23, 2012 by Hans Walor
Scandanavian countries have always seemed to be a step ahead of everyone else when it comes to healthcare, taking care of their citizens, and especially education. A new innovative approach to classroom design by the Vittra school - Telefonplan, in Sweeden, is just another example of forward thinking by one of the nordic countries. 
Vittra school design
from Liz Dwyer of GOOD Magazine:
The traditional setup of school classrooms—straight rows of desks with accompanying chairs—doesn't do much to foster creativity or collaboration. Many experts have proposed redesigning classroom furniture, but a Swedish school system wants to take things a step further. Vittra, which operates 30 schools in Sweden, is seeking to ensure learning takes place everywhere on campus by eliminating classrooms altogether.

The newest Vittra school, Telefonplan, opened its doors last August. Students can work independently on their laptops while lounging on one of the "sitting islands" in the photo above. If they need to collaborate with their peers on a project, they can take advantage of spaces like "the village"—a tiny house for group work—or the more open "organic conversation furniture" pictured below.
Vittra School design_2
Jannie Jeppesen, the principal of Vittra Telefonplan writes on the school's website that the design is intended to stimulate "children's curiosity and creativity" and offer them opportunities for both collaborative and independent time. Vittra doesn't award traditional grades, either—students are taught in groups according to level—so maximizing diverse teaching and learning situations is a priority.

The open nature of the campus and the unusual furniture arrangements reflect the school's philosophy that "children play and learn on the basis of their needs, curiosity, and inclination." That's true for kids all over the world, so let's hope educators in other countries begin to pay attention.

Photos courtesy of Kim Wendt and Rosan Bosch


Photographers that Inspire

Thursday, March 10, 2011 by Hans Walor
Cole Rise PhotographyPhotography and Music... Two of my biggest design/life inspirations next to traveling which all go hand in hand. Here's a brilliant and rediculously talented photographer that I ran across recently. I love the shots of people levetating, especially this one with the kid playing in the rain... we all should more often! 
Check out more of Cole Rise's photography here.



This fancy app proves to be quite useful as well.

Thursday, January 20, 2011 by Hans Walor
Ipad app - Live View
by: ISO 50 Blog
LiveView is a nifty app for your iPhone or iPad that allows you to instantly screencast from your computer to your mobile device. It works over your network connection in conjunction with a desktop app. it was created by Nicolas Zambetti, a San Francisco based interaction designer.

"To be able to quickly see how your graphics look in the intended environment is priceless,
especiallywhen compared to the alternative option, which usually involves dev simulators, wires, syncing, and TIME. This app essentially allows me to view Photoshop on my Iphone, live, while I make adjustments." - Scott Hansen , ISO 50

Information Experience on a whole new level!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 by Hans Walor
The closest thing to downloading information strait to your brain yet... Well, almost...
This upstart company has been catching eyes across the world with a revolutionary technology that gathers and presents information in a whole new format. Introducing Qwiki.

by Cypher 13:
The future of information consumption is changing and Qwiki is leading the charge. With Qwiki, information becomes an experience. While only in “Alpha” Qwiki is poised to be a leader in creating the new information experience. Qwiki is an exciting platform built on intriguing technology. As information becomes more accessible and more experiential the process of learning and the potential to learn changes.

Take a look at this TED presentation: