Gotta Love ICOs

ICO Comic
GOTTA LOVE ICOs
03.03.2019
ILLUSTRATING OVERHYPED ICOS IN A COMIC
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
With the general growth of the cryptocurrency market over the past couple of years, we saw a mass influx of ICOs. While investors have constantly been chasing the next Ethereum or Iota (in terms of 1000x gains since the ICO), most projects see the ICO market as an opportunity to gather funds for their idea in a mostly unregulated environment. While there are certainly high-quality and well-respected projects arising from ICOs, an incredibly high amount of projects have overhyped their plans, underdelivered on their product releases or had to quit because they mismanaged their funds. With this comic, I wanted to illustrate some of the most common patterns of overhyped/underdelivering projects after completing their ICO. Enjoy!

Skycoin First Generation Infographics

INFOGRAPHICS
23.04.2018
1ST GENERATION OF SKYCOIN INFOGRAPHICS
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
Ecosystem 01
The scope of the Skycoin project is enormous. The team behind it aims to develop an ecosystem of hardware, platforms and applications. Their motivation is to find applications, that are popular among consumers and also to identify use cases for blockchain. However, in a market where most cryptocurrency projects focus on the development of just one application, Skycoin can seem overwhelming to newcomers, who just found out about the project. Moreover, it is hard to grasp all the different parts of the project and the connections between them. This is why I decided to develop graphics, that show the complete scope of the Skycoin project.

Three different parts
Keeping it simple, the first graphic only contains the, in my opinion, three most important parts of the project. The starting piece is Skycoin, the cryptocurrency. By the way, it can be a bit confusing that Skycoin is the name of the cryptocurrency as well as the name of the project. That is why I wrote Skycoin in capital letters in the graphic. Alongside the cryptocurrency, the two other parts are the blockchain platform Fiber, that can be used as an underlying layer by applications and the independent mesh network Skywire, which is basically a new internet. Here we go:
SkywireFiberSKYCOIN
Going into detail
While these three parts are pivotal, the graphic itself is not self-explanatory. People new to the project will not know what Fiber is, or what the features of Skycoin as a cryptocurrency are. That is why I went more into detail with the second graphic. I added two attributes to the three core parts of the project, to underline what their purpose is. I also made the background of Skycoin softer, so that its edges are not as rough as in the first picture. You can see it below:
SkywireOpenAnonymousAppsFiberICOFastFees0SKYCOIN
Fine-tuning
However, some fine-tuning could still be done. First of all, I further modified the blue background of Skycoin and gave it the same shape as the Skycoin logo, which makes the picture look way more interesting. With the resulting additional space of that action, I added Coin Hours as a feature to Skycoin. Speaking about Skywire and Fiber, I placed both in the corners of their respective areas and inserted lines to outline the connection between them and their corresponding attributes. Take a look:
SkywireOpenAnonymousAppsFiberICOCoin HoursFastFees0SKYCOIN
Visualizing the whole Skycoin project in one graphic is not an easy task. With my first three graphics, where the third is the most advanced one, I included just the three core parts of the projects, with Skycoin as cryptocurrency, Fiber as blockchain platform and Skywire as a new internet.

Ecosystem 02
This approach to visualize the Skycoin ecosystem is different to the first infographic I created about Skycoin’s ecosystem. Instead of visualizing only the three core parts of the project, I wanted to include all important aspects of Skycoin. Therefore, I placed the Skycoin logo in the middle and identfied seven core parts of the project with Skycoin, Coin Hours, Skywire, CX, Fiber, Applications and Hardware. I placed these seven parts in an ellipse around the logo and labeled them with their functions:
LanguageCXPlatformCurrencyAppsHardwareCoin HoursInternetSKYCOIN
This graphic is a nice alternative to the first infographic. I decided to rather include the functions of the different parts of the project than the names of it (e.g. Platform instead of Fiber), to display the overall scope of the project for people new to the project. It shows, that Skycoin really is an ecosystem consisting of several elements.

Infographics
I also made downloadable versions of the infographic displayed in this article, which you are more than welcome to share, to spread the word about Skycoin. Download them here:

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Skycoin Second Generation Infographics

INFOGRAPHICS
22.05.2018
2ND GENERATION OF SKYCOIN INFOGRAPHICS
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
Ecosystem 03
The Skycoin team stated recently, that there is a lack of infographics floating around, so I decided to create some! This infographic therefore represents the first one in a series of new infographics about Skycoin, although it is already the third one I created about the Skycoin ecosystem. It divides the project in four different parts. Skycoin (the currency), Fiber (the platform), Skywire (the new internet) and Skycoin (the ecosystem). Three icons were assigned to each of the different parts. The currency Skycoin was associated with zero fees, Coin Hours and the hardware wallet. The platform Fiber is described by the blockchain (blockchain provider), custom (customizable) and 300+ TPS (transactions per second). The three icons assigned to Skywire are nodes, privacy and antennas. In addition to these three core parts I also wanted to outline, that Skycoin is not only a platform, but also develops applications. That’s why I assigned the three icons exchange, apps and games to the ecosystem Skycoin:
COIN HOURSWALLETFEESSKYCOINCURRENCYSKYWIREINTERNETPRIVACYNODESANTENNASSKYCOINECOSYSTEMGAMESEXCHANGEAPPSCUSTOMBLOCKCHAIN300+ TPSFIBERPLATFORM
In my opinion, the result is visually appealing. All elements are in-line and the color scheme is consistent. Overall speaking, it has a great modern design and shows all relevant aspects of the project in a compact manner, which makes it my favorite infographic this far.

Ecosystem 04
I created a new infographic about Skycoin! This time, I experimented with displaying the different parts of the project in a circle. I divided the project in three core parts, where each of them was assigned one third of the space in the circle. The circle itself contains different layers. The white Skycoin logo on a blue background in the middle is the first layer. It is surrounded by a second layer, that contains images for the three parts Skycoin, Skywire and Fiber on a grey background. To outline, which part of the project is displayed in each part of the picture, I included a third layer with a description of the different parts. The fourth layer is on the outside. It contains several icons associated with the different parts of the project. Whereas I considered specific icons more important than others, I made them bigger. I also differentiated the colors per project. Icons describing Skywire are white on a darker blue background, icons associated with Fiber are in a dark blue on a lighter blue background and icons displaying Skycoin are held in blue on a grey background. Check it out:
SKYWIRESKYCOINFIBERFEES
The above displayed infographic is multifaceted, yet easy to overview. Its three parts can be identified immediately because of clearly distinguishable colors. The three transparent icons in the middle add some style to the infographic. In general, the colors in the graphic range from black and white in the middle to a variety of colors on the outer layer. In opposite to that, the Skycoin logo is placed on a colorful blue background in the middle, which makes it the focal point of the picture.

Ecosystem 05
My newest infographic about Skycoin has a different look than the previous ones. I placed different types of displays in the middle of the picture, going from a smartphone and a tablet to a notebook alongside a big screen. The notebook shows the Skycoin logo on a blue background, while the other displays (except the smartphone) extend the picture on the notebook. The displays are surrounded by different icons. On the right side, you can find the icons associated with Skycoin and Skycoin Fiber. They are not placed seperately, because Fiber tokens use the same technology as Skycoin and therefore share some of the same functions. In the upper left corner, you can see icons associated with Skywire. All icons that are not directly associated with Skycoin were placed in the lower left corner of the picture. Check it out:
This infographic is more diverse than the previous ones. The infographics I posted before had a clear structure and everything was aligned, while I tried a more ‘chaotic’ design approach this time. To my eyes, it makes the picture look more interesting and it is a type of graphic I haven’t seen used for Skycoin so far.

Solar Bankers in Turkey

Solar Bankers Turkey
TURKEY
29.10.2018
SOLAR BANKERS PARTNERSHIP
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
Solar Bankers in Turkey
Recently, the Solar Bankers team traveled to Turkey to bring two important milestones of the project forward. On one hand, they wanted to set up a prototype micro-grid installment to test energy trading, on the other hand they aimed to further advance plans to open a local manufacturing facility. But before we dive deeper into their achievements during that trip, let’s take a look at the overall energy consumption in Turkey.

Energy Consumption in Turkey
Turkey has the 17th largest economy in the world.1 With its economy and its population steadily growing, the overall energy demand has risen as well. However, in 2012 nearly 90% of its amount of energy consumed was imported from other countries,2 leading to high electricity prices within the country.3 Moreover, the Turkish energy demand is estimated to increase up to 90% from 2011-2023.4 Accordingly, in late 2014 the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources published an action plan that promotes the further usage of renewable energy. They aim to increase the share of renewable energy in Turkish electricity generation to at least 30% and 127.3 TWh in 2023,5,6 which amounts to 61,000 Megawatt of renewable energy in 2023.7 While a large part of that will be provided by hydropower (34k MW) and wind energy (20k MW), the Turkish government also aims to deploy 5 thousand MW of solar energy,8 which is rather high concerning only 600 MW of solar power were connected to the grid at the end of 2013.9

Cooperation with the Turkish Government
To further facilitate this increase in solar power usage, the Solar Bankers team was recently invited to the Ministry of Renewable Energy as well as the Ministry of Trade, both located in Turkish capital Ankara, to discuss its plans for a local manufacturing project. The Ministry of Renewable Energy granted Solar Bankers full support and labeled it as a strategic investment.10 The Ministry of Trade granted Solar Bankers a credit line of at least 60% of the total costs of their local manufacturing project.11

Micro-Grid Prototype
To fulfill their targets in Turkey, Solar Bankers opened a new branch (Solar Bankers Turkey). Its headquarters are based in the Technopark Izmir,12 a research institute that hosts about 80 R&D companies and is located 40 km away from the city of Izmir.13 Solar Bankers will also implement a prototype for their energy trading/energy exchanging platform in the Technopark, by equipping two buildings with solar devices and connecting them so they can form a micro-grid system. Energy production and consumption will be monitored using smart meters.14

Infographic about the partnership
To further outline Solar Bankers’ pilot project in Turkey, I designed an infographic in a poster format about the partnership, that displays its core elements:
Poster
I also made a downloadable version of the poster displayed in this article, which you are more than welcome to share or print, to spread the word about Solar Bankers. Download it here:

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Sources
1
The International Monetary Fund listed Turkey as the 17th largest economy in the world with a GDP of 0.85 trillion USD in 2017.
International Monetary Fund; Official Website; World Economic Outlook Database; 29.10.2018
2
“Turkey is the 17th largest economy in the world and the 6th largest in Europe. With a growing economy and population, energy demand in Turkey has steeply risen, which has ranked security of supply at the top of the government’s agenda, both for electricity and for other primary energy sources. The Turkish economy is heavily dependent on imported energy supplies, and its primary energy consumption is mainly based on fossil fuels, which was approximately 90% in 2012 where majority of this supply was imported from other countries. In the upcoming years, it is forecasted that Turkey will continue with the major economic development, which will require an increase in the demand of energy supply.”
Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey; December 2014
3
“Turkey, currently holding the highest wholesale electricity prices in Europe will be the runaway winner of the grid parity race as simulated by Pöyry.”
Andy Colthorpe; pv-tech.org; Solar to beat wind to wholesale grid parity in Europe – report; December 2014
4
“According to current estimates, an increase of around 90% in primary energy demand will take place during the period of 2011-2023. Aside from investments for the creation of new capacity within the field, the source of energy (for instance, the need for local and renewable sources) and maximizing energy efficiency are also critical points for Turkey. In order to both avoid the risks linked to a high level of energy dependency and to develop a sustainable energy model, the Government is committed to promoting alternative solutions based mainly in renewable energy. Therefore, Turkey has initiated a forward-looking and innovative energy policy in which renewable energy plays a significant role.”
Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey; December 2014
5
“The Government has established very ambitious objectives for 2023 regarding electricity generation based on the high availability of renewable energy resources: hydro, wind, solar irradiation, geothermal, etc., which would increase the share of renewable energy in electricity generation to at least 30% and 127.3 TWh in 2023.”
Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey; December 2014
6
“Given the targets presented above, the gross electricity generation in 2023 would be 91,800 GWh for hydropower; 50,000 GWh for onshore wind energy; 5,100 GWh for geothermal energy; 8,000 GWh for solar energy; and 4,533 GWh for biomass. All in all, the total gross electricity generation would be 159,433 GWh. This quantity represents 37% of the total forecast consumption in 2023; the commitment of the Government is 30%, 127,324 GWh.”
Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey; December 2014
7
“By 2023, 61,000 MW of renewable energy will be installed to generate approximately 159 TWh.”
Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey; December 2014
8
“The objectives for the different technologies are 34,000 MW of hydropower, 20,000 MW of wind energy, 1,000 MW of geothermal energy, 5,000 MW of solar energy (photovoltaic and concentrated solar power) and 1,000 MW of biomass (the biomass target is not yet included in the official documents).”
Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey; December 2014
9
“TEİAŞ announced a total of 600 MW capacity that can be connected to the grid by December 31, 2013.”
Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey; December 2014
10
“The Solar Bankers team was invited to the Ministry of Renewable Energy, Ankara, to discuss its manufacturing project. During this meeting, the company was granted full support from the local ministry, being labeled as a strategic investment from the Turkish government.”
Solar Bankers; Official Blog; Update from Turkey; 14.09.2018
11
“The Solar Bankers team was also received by the Ministry of Trade in Ankara. Dr. Maragliano and Mr. Jost presented the company’s manufacturing project in front of a team of experts. After an in-depth technical discussion, Solar Bankers project was deemed eligible to receive an investment certificate, which will grant the company a credit line from state banks for a minimum of 60% of the total project cost.”
Solar Bankers; Official Blog; Update from Turkey; 14.09.2018
12
“Solar Bankers opened a new branch in Izmir, Turkey. The company, Solar Bankers Turkey, has its headquarters at the Technopark, a research institute located 40 km away from the city of Izmir.”
Solar Bankers; Official Blog; Update from Turkey; 14.09.2018
13
“Established on a 218 hectare area in 2002, the facility operates within the İzmir Institute of Technology. The region is 45 km to the İzmir city center via the İzmir – Çeşme Highway and 30 km to the Çeşme Port. Major regions of the city are easily accessible via highway. There are currently 80 R&D companies operating in the region. Among them are global firms such as Accenture and Netsis. Companies in the region can benefit from Computer Application and Research Center, Material Research Center, Environment R&D Application and Research Center, Geothermal Energy Research and Application Center, Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center Research Laboratory and Continuing Education Center. There are two incubation centers in the region. The incubation centers have enough offices and infrastructure to host over 100 entrepreneurs. Located at the centers are Promotion, Patenting and Technology Transfer Office; Shareholders Office; Qualified Social Equipment Area; Technical Training Halls; Meeting Halls; Technical Workshops and Leasable Offices.”
Invest in Izmir; Official Website; Technopark Izmir; 29.10.2018
14
“Two buildings in the Technopark (see below picture) have been successfully connected to form a micro-grid system. Each building will be equipped with a 2.4 kW solar installation and a 10 kWh storage unit (battery pack). Energy production and consumption will be monitored using smart meters. The smart meter database will be integrated with Solar Bankers’ energy trading platform to allow energy trading (exchange) between the two buildings.”
Solar Bankers; Official Blog; Update from Turkey; 14.09.2018

Solar Bankers in Dubai

Solar Bankers Dubai
DUBAI
30.09.2018
SOLAR BANKERS PARTNERSHIP
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
Solar Bankers in Dubai
Solar Bankers’ flagship product DPV (deflecting photovoltaic) tackles different inefficiencies of regular photovoltaic devices. Not only does it offer a higher energy production output than regular solar devices while keeping production costs low, it also has a proven durability of over 25 years.1 The innovative approaches behind this technology have led to Solar Bankers’ selection as one of only 3 companies to partner with the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) in the 2017 cycle of Dubai Future Accelerators,2 a program that uses the city of Dubai as a testbed to develop solutions for local and global challenges.3 Therefore, the company has made an agreement with the DEWA to test Solar Bankers’ devices in a high-temperature environment.4

These tests have started in 2018. In the first half of the year, Solar Bankers tested in how far the performance of regular solar devices can be increased by mounting them on top of an azimuthal tracking system. This tracking system, which is capable to perform 360 degrees rotation as well as 12 different inclinations, is following the sunlight throughout the day to ensure, that the solar devices mounted on top of it are exposed to the sun light in the best possible angle.5 The results of these tests have shown a 46% increase in energy production compared to fixed systems.6 From August on, the performance of Solar Bankers’ own solar devices will be tested, after prototypes of the devices have been manufactured in Lithuania.7,8

Infographic about the partnership
To further outline Solar Bankers’ pilot project in Dubai, I designed an infographic in a poster format about the partnership, that displays its core elements:
Poster
I also made a downloadable version of the poster displayed in this article, which you are more than welcome to share or print, to spread the word about Solar Bankers. Download it here:

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Sources
1
“Solar Bankers’ Holographic Module, also referred to as Deflecting Photovoltaic (DPV), is a solar panel designed for high temperature environments that enables higher performance at a lower cost when compared with standard solar modules. … Solar Bankers’ module is up to 30% more efficient than standard panels at high temperatures; Solar Bankers’ DPV module uses only 25% of the silicon used in standard panels (silicon is the most expensive components in solar modules); Solar Bankers’ module is tested by the Fraunhofer Institute and has a proven durability of over 25 years; Solar Bankers’ module implements a highly hydrophobic film that renders its front surface self-cleaning and thus significantly reduces dust/sand deposition, which usually incurs high maintenance costs.”
Solar Bankers; Official Website; Devices; 15.08.2018
2
“In April of this year, Solar Bankers was awarded a contract with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for a pilot project to test its core technology. It is one of only three companies selected by DEWA from the 2017 cycle of the Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA) for a partnership that seeks to “provide innovation to transform the utility company’s business model.” Solar Bankers had previously gained admission to this year’s cycle of the DFA – the world’s largest government-backed accelerator program for developers of emergent technologies – and spent 9 weeks in February and March working closely with technology startups from all around the world.”
Solar Bankers; Official Blog; Solar Bankers signs contract with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority; 07.08.2018
3
“Dubai Future Accelerators is an intensive 9-week program forward-thinking public and private sector organizations and start-ups using the city of Dubai as a living testbed to co-create solutions for global and local challenges of tomorrow.”
Dubai Future Accelerators; Official Website; Dubai Future Accelerators Program; 29.09.2018
4
“Solar Bankers is delivering its hologram-based solar concentrator module to DEWA for performance testing in a high-temperature environment. In April, Solar Bankers was selected to participate in the Dubai Future Accelerators program (www.dubaifutureaccelerators.com/en) and spent 9 weeks working closely with other developers of emergent technologies from around the globe. At the end of the program, Solar Bankers signed a contract with DEWA for a test pilot in Dubai. In addition to Solar Bankers’ patented refractive foil, the modules to be tested with DEWA feature a smart tracking system which makes use of a circular pivot to minimize the amount of moving elements required for adjusting module positions. This has particular benefits in desert environments, where dust and sand dispersed in the air quickly accumulate in the joints between moving parts and thus substantially reduce the durability of the tracking system. Solar Bankers is partnering with Mulk Holdings for the integration of the smart tracking system in its panel design.”
Solar Bankers; Official Blog; Solar Bankers kicks off its pilot project with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority; 07.08.2017
5
“Azimuthal tracking system, 360 degrees rotation to follow the sun throughout the day and 12 different inclinations to adapt to seasonal changes … In addition, the tracking system has no exposed mechanical parts. This is done to avoid that sand particles get inside and damage the system”
Solar Bankers; Telegram; Channel: Solar Bankers (SLB); 04.05.2018
6
“The project in Dubai reached an important milestone. The holographic modules will be shipped next week and test will start. In the meanwhile, we tested the azimuthal tracker with standard solar panels. The results were outstanding. Compared to a fixed system, the modules mounted on our tracker produced 46% more energy!”
Solar Bankers; Telegram; Channel: Solar Bankers (SLB); 28.07.2018
7
“The team is traveling today to Vilnius, Lithuania, to verify in person the status of the development of the modules that will be installed in Dubai”
Solar Bankers; Telegram; Channel: Solar Bankers (SLB); 18.04.2018
8
“Update from the Dubai project: the solar modules arrived in the Emirates and installation will start in the coming days.”
Solar Bankers; Telegram; Channel: Solar Bankers (SLB); 06.08.2018

Numbers of Solar Bankers

Numbers of Solar Bankers
NUMBERS OF SLB
23.09.2018
SOLAR BANKERS QUANTIFIED
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
From different solar devices, to smart meters, an energy trading app and their own cryptocurrency, Solar Bankers is a multi-faceted project. I wanted to illustrate the project in a poster and therefore broke it down into several quantifiable aspects. Whether it be their number of innovative energy devices, their ambitious pilot projects or percentages showing their competitive advantage, the numbers cover many key areas of Solar Bankers. Concerning the design of the graphic, I chose an approach pairing different bright colors together on a black background, while only elements that belong together were painted in the same color.
Poster
I also made a downloadable version of the poster displayed in this article, which you are more than welcome to share or print, to spread the word about Solar Bankers. Download it here:

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Source – 6 innovative energy devices
1
See my introductory article about Solar Bankers for more details on the six innovative energy devices.
Christian Ott; Official Website; Solar Bankers – Equipping Energy Prosumers; 23.08.2018
Source – 25+ years
2
“Solar Bankers’ module is tested by the Fraunhofer Institute and has a proven durability of over 25 years;”
Solar Bankers; Official Website; Devices; 23.09.2018
Source – 50% less costs
3
“50% less expensive – Solar Bankers’ DPV module uses only 25% of the silicon used in standard panels (silicon is the most expensive components in solar modules).”
Solar Bankers; Official Website; Devices; 23.09.2018
Source – 70,000 households
4
“While the majority of us in the Western developed world live with access to power 24 hours a day, more than half a billion people in Africa live without access to electricity. Now, in an initiative financed by the World Bank, US-based energy firm Solar Bankers is using a Blockchain to power 70,000 Nigerian households. In the sub-Saharan continent of Africa, nearly 600,000 people are without a reliable means of electricity, and more than 55 percent of residents living in outlying rural areas do not have access to an electric grid, according to data compiled by the World Resources Institute.”
Solar Bankers; Official Blog; Solar Bankers, US Blockchain-Based Firm, Powers 70,000 Nigerian Households; 20.07.2018
Source – 600 nodes
5
600 nodes powered by renewable energy will be shipped in the first batch of hardware distribution. See the section about the solar nodes on the Solar Bankers website for more information.
Christian Ott; 23.09.2018
Source – 46% energy production increase
6
“The project in Dubai reached an important milestone. The holographic modules will be shipped next week and test will start. In the meanwhile, we tested the azimuthal tracker with standard solar panels. The results were outstanding. Compared to a fixed system, the modules mounted on our tracker produced 46% more energy!”
Solar Bankers; Telegram; Channel: Solar Bankers (SLB); 28.07.2018
Source – 27.5 watts per hour
7
“the node consumes approximately 5,500 mAh per day, in Wh is ca. 27.5”
Solar Bankers; Telegram; Channel: Solar Bankers (SLB); 19.09.2018

Skycoin Posters

SKYCOIN POSTERS
27.08.2018
CREATED FOR BLOCKCHANCE 2018
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
Skycoin Posters
Last weekend (August 24th and August 25th, 2018) the Blockchance conference took place in Hamburg, Germany. Skycoin was the main partner of the conference: The two key notes were about Skycoin, projects based on Skycoin Fiber like Solar Bankers, MDL or GL Brain held brief presentations and a lot of Skycoin merchandise was handed out to visitors. I had the pleasure to design two posters about Skycoin for the conference, which are based on infographics I created in the past. Both posters are held in the DIN A2 format and use the Skycoin font. The first poster divides the Skycoin ecosystem in the three parts Skycoin, Fiber and Skywire.
Skycoin poster about the three parts of Skycoin
The second poster shows Skycoin’s growth in these four different sections: Number of addresses over time, location of nodes in the Skywire testnet, number of Skycoin transactions over time and the logos of apps being built on Skycoin Fiber.
Skycoin poster about the growth of Skycoin
Posters
I also made downloadable versions of the posters displayed in this article, which you are more than welcome to share or print, to spread the word about Skycoin. Download them here:

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Skycoin Infographic Growth 01

SKYCOIN
01.08.2018
A GROWING ECOSYSTEM
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
Introduction
Aside from all the price speculation going on with cryptocurrencies, it is actually great to see the userbase of coins increasing and companies adopting the underlying technology. With an analysis of the location of Skywire nodes as well as an analysis of Skycoin’s blockchain I recently published two articles, that showed the growth of Skycoin’s ecosystem. I took the information offered by these articles and placed them together with a list of companies building on top of Skycoin Fiber in one infographic. Enjoy!

Skylo

SKYLO
06.05.2018
DESIGNING A SKYCOIN MASCOT
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
HALA GEORGES
ARTIST
Introduction
Parallel blockchains, decentralized consensus algorithm or multi protocol label switching: While these terms might cause nerdgasms among tech-interested people, they might be very boring for everybody else. Let’s face it: Not only the tech behind a cryptocurrency will decide if it becomes popular, the marketing plays an important role as well. So we wanted to put all the technical stuff aside and had the idea to develop something, that makes Skycoin relatable. Something that adds a personality to the project, entertains consumers and generally adds lots of fun. And what would suit better for this task than a mascot that represents Skycoin?

Sketches
The most obvious idea for a Skycoin mascot was to design it in the shape of a kitty. Cats are popular and Skycoin is developing KittyCash, which is a next generation blockchain game, so a great looking kitty would be a perfect fit. Another idea involved a fantasy character in the form of the Skycoin logo. Therefore we took the shape of the logo and drew a nice looking face as well as arms and legs onto it. However, that idea was not as great looking as the kitty, so we decided to go with idea number one. Rough sketches of both ideas can be seen here:
Skylo
That rough sketch of the kitty was the birth of Skylo, our vision of a Skycoin mascot. Since Skylo is representing the most ambitious cryptocurrency project, his facial expression had to be proud and self-confident. Furthermore, Skylo is of course not looking like a regular kitty, he is a serious businessman, since Skycoin is an uprising business with serious technology. Introducing him a little closer, Skylo is a young dude, whose main interest is Skycoin, since he sees the flaws of most cryptocurrency projects and the current internet and wants to be a part of the Skycoin revolution. So without further ado, let me show you two sketches of the process of creating Skylo as well as the final result:
Wrap-up
It was about time for a Skycoin mascot. If used correctly, a mascot could add a personality and fun to the project and make it more relatable. And look at this bad boy! Our man Skylo looks really good and you can see his contagious confidence about Skycoin’s bright future in his eyes. Skylo is here to stay and we are pretty confident, that we will see him more often in the future.

Artworks – Title Picture

TITLE PICTURE
20.04.2018
DESIGNING A PICTURE FOR THE FRONTPAGE
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
Introduction
When I first started with the creation of my website, I wanted it to look great. Although I prefer simplistic, monochromatic designs, I can’t deny, that a good-looking, eye-catching title picture raises the frontpage of your site to another level. So, how could a title picture for my site look like? Certainly, it had to contain pictures of the two main elements: Cryptocurrencies and football. Additionally, it could contain a logo of my site as well as an avatar of myself.

Elements of the picture
Starting off, I made a list of elements that could fit in a title picture. For the football part, I wanted to use the logo I already created for my former site, which has the shape of a footballelixir. I also thought about including a stadium in the picture, which could surround either the footballelixir or all the elements contained in the site. For the cryptocurrencies part, I created a scheme of lines, which are ended by circles, which should represent a blockchain. In this scheme I included logos of Bitcoin, Ethereum and Skycoin. As the logo of the site, I chose a combination of my initials C and O and placed the O inside the C. In addition to the logo, I created an avatar of myself, which could also be used in the title picture. As a supplementary element I decided to include a floodlight, which would also match well with the stadium. These were the ideas for the mentioned elements:
Position of the elements
Ok, so I had the elements and knew in which direction I wanted to go but positioning them in the picture was challenging, since they had to look in sync with each other. I started with the positioning of the logo. The logo and the avatar would be placed best in the middle of the title picture. Both would be seen immediately by viewers and if the sides of the title picture would be cut in a mobile view, the logo and avatar would still be visible. I positioned the logo in the upper middle of the picture, while the avatar itself was placed inside a display below the logo.

Next up was the positioning of the symbols for the main topics of the site. Since there are just two main topics, each could be placed on one side of the picture. I decided to place the Footballelixir logo on the left side and the cryptocurrencies symbol on the right side. For the football part, I discarded the idea of a stadium that would surround the Footballelixir logo, since this idea contained way too many elements and would distract viewers from the important part, which is the Footballelixir logo. However, to make the logo look less loosely, I modified the view on it to be in a shape of a star.

Connecting the part of cryptocurrencies on the right side to the other elements, could be done by making it seem like it is under the surface, which refers to a blockchain being a database and therefore an underlying layer of applications. With a darker color for this part, the rendering of this optical illusion became possible. A smaller part above the cryptocurrencies on the right side was still open, which I filled with a floodlight. Take a look at the final result:
Wrap-up
The resulting title picture fits perfectly to the site. The logo can be seen immediately and with football and cryptocurrencies, it includes the main elements of my site. The color range is consistent and it is perfectly scalable, because the whole picture is a vector graphic. Personally, this picture has been the most advanced vector graphic I created from scratch this far, but the great looking end result motivated me to create more complex vector graphics and establish an own art section on the site.