Out now: rampstyle #26 – Good News

Good news: Just ten silly minutes can make the whole world a happier place. And if the term “framing” means anything to you, you’ll know: It’s not what you say, but how you say it. The other good news? You’ll find those lurking, merrily and cheerful as always, inside this issue. Happy reading!
Text Michael Köckritz
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Dear ramp community,

Two thin ovals far up inside a circle, a curved arc below, sketched on sunny yellow. In a split second, our brain has combined the elements into a smiling face, instantly putting us in a good mood. Wonderful! A smiley like that just feels good.

The smiley was invented twice: once in 1963 by Harvey Ball, a graphic designer and advertising expert, who was commissioned by a U.S. insurance company to create something to motivate its employees. The company paid $45 for it, but Ball never had the idea of applying for trademark protection. Franklin Loufrani, a French management consultant, was more enterprising. He placed his smiley in the newspaper »France Soir« in 1972 as an indication of good news and had it legally protected. So much for the first round of inventions.

We owe the second invention to Scott Fahlmann. The professor of computer science wrote on the Carnegie Mellon University electronic discussion forum on September 19, 1982: »“I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-). Read it sideways.« It was probably the ten silliest minutes of his life, Scott Fahlmann revealed extremely gleefully in conversation. So let's take note right here: Just ten minutes of silliness can make the world a happier place.

With this in mind, we wish you a lot of fun!


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Teenage Rampage in a Lambo

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The New York Power Couple

It's been a good two years since photographer Chris Colls and his girlfriend, model Alexandra Agoston, found their loft in New York's SoHo district. We took a look around it and talked to the hottest creative couple of the time.

A very rare conversation with stylist Jo Hambro

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The talented Jude Law

An interview with actor Jude Law about greatest happiness and lousiest self-doubt. By the way: He has very green eyes.

Interview with Sebastian Fitzek

As Germany's most successful thriller author, Sebastian Fitzek keeps countless readers awake. We called him and were surprised to find out: The man is an optimist!

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The :-) inventor

U.S. computer science professor Scott E. Fahlman told us how he came up with the smiley. Spoiler: He wanted to prevent misunderstandings.

Juliane Marie Schreiber on the terror of positivity

In her book, Juliane Marie Schreiber does deal with compulsive optimism, but it doesn't mean you can't be happy, as she says. We think that's great.

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Porsche design chief Michael Mauer looks to the future

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