Since mid of December quite a lot of web-travellers come to my page from CommandShift3 "where websites do battle" (The title of the website stands for the screenshot hot key on a Mac). On this website you are presented with the screenshots of two websites side by side and you can click the screenshot of the site you think looks better. In this competition www.max-longin.com - i.e. my homepage, not my blog you currently read - was voted as winner for December 07.
Another large portion of my visitors finds my website through search engines. Especially image search results for furniture design, design bed or design chair attract precisely my target group to my website.
All above is my delight, but it's the merit of my friend Ivo who designed and developed my website so elaborate.
Though the slogan of his website iconified Webdesign Mannheim is "Standards, not Standard" he coded my website so thouroughly that it even works fine in Internet Exporer ;-).
... was the slogan, goal and claim of the "Volksb?hne" (German for "People's Theatre") which was founded in the early 1890's in Berlin.
But to introduce my last project in Mannheim before I left to Denmark let my start with telling you that 2007 is 400th City Anniversary of this lovely southern German metropolis.
This anniversary brought 3 Mannheimian women (www.mein-mannheim.de (German only) - I. Krueger, N. Enke, S. Ballhause) to the idea to describe Mannheim through the eyes of its inhabitants. That is, they interviewed and photographed 30 citizens and the 3 women's work was published as a book.
(The book "Mein Mannheim" is published by the "Verlag Edition Quadrat"- ISBN 978-3-923003-94-5, the contents of the displays you can see on the website mein-mannheim.de).
But isn't it a little unsatisfying to show the view of the common people only to those who are willing and can afford a high gloss book?
So the three women came to me with the idea to make an exhibition of their result on a public free accessible place. The City of Mannheim supported the idea and provided a 800 square meter place between the fountains on the central "Alter Messplatz" for a three months exhibition. So I designed heavy weight (to resist the wind) displays and manufactured them in my workshop to install them in a public place for an entrance free exhibition.
This is why "Die Kunst dem Volke" was my singsong during my last project in lovely Mannheim.
Ever wondered how such a little one-man firm as mine makes it to have such perfect photos on its website?
Lucky I am to have a brilliant photostudio next door, and my luck is hard to put in words: the award-winning grandmaster of the camera who runs this studio is my brother Stefan Longin! The gorgeous photo on the left (click to enlarge) recently was awarded at the BFF, the German Association of Free-Lance Photographers. To see more such sophisticated shots feel free to visit him on his posh website www.longin.com.
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Max Longin is a German mathematician living and working in northern Denmark. He designed the float bed in 2004 and the stream chair in 2006. A blow-by-blow presentation of his products can be found on his website at www.max-longin.com. Feel free to contact him.