• Weeknote 559

    August 8th to 14th

    Another design sprint. 9 guests spent the week at our studio to understand, ideate, decide, prototype and evaluate ideas. It was the first sprint for me, so I was happy to have Michael by my side who already has some more experience with the format.

    Looking back at it, the word “sprint” – while not inapplicable – may give a wrong impression about those five days. It’s not the 100 meters that Usain Bolt just won once again.

    I would say it’s more like a 3000 meter steeplechase, where you are at a constant pace, but always careful about not overstraining yourself. And not trying to stumble.

    Speaking of... I hear a Swedish sports reporter on the TV in the other room. Back to watching the Olympics.

    (Next week more about Sweden)

    Posted by Johannes.
  • Weeknote #556

    July 18th to 24th

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  • Weeknote #555

    July 11th to 17th

    I almost skipped this weeknote, but then I realized that we would be missing #555 (which we call a “Schnapszahl” in German).

    So here is what I still remember:

    Michael and Florie went to Berlin for very spontaneous gig. A four-day workshop for a very large organization. It was a pretty tough job on such a short notice, but fearless as they are, they accepted the challenge. And succeeded. Well done!

    Although Christoph’s internship hasn’t ended not just yet, the team went out to celebrate his time with us. Unfortunately I couldn’t join, so I don't know exactly what happened. It seemed to be fun night, because next day everybody else was coming in a little later than usual.

    Posted by Johannes.
  • Weeknote 554

    July 4th to 10th

    We started to work on a new precious website. After a few half-assed attempts for a relaunch, Arved and Maja took over what I started. We’ve been quite far in the process, when we realized that the half-assedness (is that a word?) didn’t go away. The direction I set led to something trivial. It looked like every other design studio website. It was okay, but not precious.

    So we pulled the plug. Not without disgruntlement, though. Since we didn’t have a better solution, it was demotivating. The decision came too late in the process. But some of us felt it was necessary.

    Mistakes were made and we will learn from them. But I also learned something else: that we as a team cope well with unpleasant situations like this.

    It just took a few days to set the record straight, pull ourselves together and start over anew. And within a week we’ve been on a new path that looked promising. And with every design critique this path took form until we knew that it is the way to go. We found what was missing. We hope to show it to you soon.

    Posted by Johannes.
  • Weeknote 553

    June 27th to July 3rd

    We have a new team member – although only temporary: Paul, 15 years old, hailing from Switzerland, spends two weeks of his school holidays at our studio. Christoph, our 21-year old intern took him under his wings. The Youth of Today, the Next Generation… it’s a pleasure!

    We have a new thing at precious: one-on-ones. Every week, a secret algorithm only Florie knows selects 5 pairs. In each pair, one person has the role of the “listener”, while the other one is free to pour his/her heart out. Or just talk about football if he or she prefers. Most one-on-ones are done over lunch, but on Friday evening I saw Christophe and Christoph opening a bottle of wine in the studio for their private meeting. We’ve been doing this for 4 weeks now and it already led to some really interesting conversations for me.

    Posted by Johannes.
  • Weeknote 550

    June 6th to 12th

    A quiet week at the studio. Michael and Aisha were on vacation, Svenja on sick leave. Christophe recovered from a jet lag and hit the road again towards Malmö, where he met a lot of people. His schedule looked like a speed dating event.

    The rest of us enjoyed the tranquillity. Christoph, after focussing on Open Color Tools in the last weeks, decided to do something entirely different for a change. He’s designing a poster (yes, a poster!) about the history of drum machines. Florie worked on some more internal matters. Maja lay the final touches on the parenting app, and pondered the next iteration of the Product Field Guide. Sean was “tagging, tagging, tagging”, which is a laborious, but necessary task to ensure that all elements in the design system we are building for Puichon are colored correctly. Arved supported Sean a little and also continued to write patterns for the website. David and I spent quite some time defining line-spacings. Who knew that you could spent so much time on this? We didn’t, now we do.

    Posted by Johannes.