A while ago, Elle Kirshner of Second Spaces offered us a spot in a new and cozy shopping village next to her store and club. We experimented a bit with satellite locations lately, but the results are mixed. So I was a bit reluctant. However when I TPed there, I was impressed by the beautiful look of the place.

For the upcoming St. Patrick’s weekend, Elle has planned sort of an official opening event for the place. Each of the stores was asked to offer a free item, and of course GREENE concept participates as well.

Please join us in the hunt for the golden pots at Carribean City!

With the position of our photographer having become vacant, we looked who among the people whose works we know might be suitable to ask, and very quickly decided that Trinity would be the perfect candidate. She was both excited and reluctant at that offer, due to her time constrains. But after a long time of consideration she finally agreed.

“Having been a long time supporter of the GREENE Concept, concept, I was thrilled to be asked to take over the design of product imagery. With such a range of innovative products and the appointment of a new designer, I discussed the idea of updating the product designs and taking them to the next level. The impending Halloween Specials allowed me to test a few different design treatments.

I am no stranger to the original product designs and subsequently I found it a little difficult to steer the newer designs away from that look. I decided at this stage to take a step back, speak to Peter and reassess what the brand wanted to portray.

Many issues face product images; for instance the constraints that SecondLife/ XStreetSL/ OnRez place on them. OnRez for instance forces square image listings, therefore a landscape or portrait shot appears squashed. It’s a rather annoying, yet unfortunate fact of life. So at this stage I designed a square template. It will not be squashed online and is also straight 1:1 proportion in-world.

Obviously GREENE Concept prides itself on low prim sculpt furnishings, that speaks for itself in the images. I wanted to draw attention to other main key elements in the GREENE Concept range. Firstly the wonderful variation of sit poses and how these products look in situ and secondly, the amazingly detailed hand drawn textures on all of these products.

From here the new design template was confirmed and now the update of older image shots begins over the coming weeks.”

Advertising design

July 13, 2008

Ike DeCuir, the graphic designer who created our logo, finished a graphical banner and an advertising for the Print Perfect magazine. He took up the visual ideas of the logo, and wove them cleverly with the outstanding product photography of Seikatsu Koba. The banner will appear on our OnRez and SLX storefronts, as well as in-world in our shop.

When “The History Of A Virtual Couch” showed up on my blog aggregator, I had a strange feeling in my stomach already. I recalled having submitted this blog to Hamlet Au’s call for new blogs recently, and of course I hoped he might sooner or later check us out and like what he sees. I did not expect it that early though.

Now, as the New World Notes (NWN) are probably one of the most influential and far reaching publications about Second Life, this will surely bring us a lot of exposure. Which is a problem at this time. Why a problem?

  1. Ivanova is upgrading her PC right now, and unavailble
  2. Neither the San Jose’s, nor the Berlins are fully done yet – so we have no merchandise to sell for another few days
  3. Second Life experiences severe technical problems right now, so that I could not even put up a notecard vendor, sign-o-matic or group adder for people who might check out our workshop

In one word: I created a PR disaster! (Well, ok that’s like, five words. Six if you like.)

Of course the GREENE concept blog was open to the public before, but few people knew about it. That was OK, since I wanted to have a “history” before we went live, so that potential clients could get a feel for what we stand for. In fact I started only two days ago to put together a PR list with influential people, blogs and magazines, as well as putting together a press kit.

So now we’re in the same position as some huge corporations were when one of their new releases got unexpectedly leaked to the press a week or a month too early. This calls for damage control!

While I write this, an email from Ivanova comes in:

“There goes my private Slife! 🙂 It figures you know? I have gotten the newly upgraded computer all set up, client installed. I put back all the design work I backed up. And now logins are disabled.”

Yes, Ivanova, you’re right. Don’t plan anything for today. As soon as SL is up and running again, the following needs to be done:

  1. Ivanova work highest speed on putting the final versions up – no time for intricate vendors, just rez them in the workshop and set them for sale, since the pricing has all been discussed already
  2. Peter work highest speed on an introductionary notecard, and set up a notecard kiosk in the workshop

Well, Hamlet, thanks for featuring us, maybe that’s the kick in the rear end we needed to draw the line and go into the limelight. But man, do you know what power you have?

Update 8:44 am SLT: SL was gracious with me and let me rez a notecard vendor. The text inside is not perfect, but at least we have something to give out and can contact the visitors later with more detailed information.