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.
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.
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.
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.
May 30th to June 5th
There would have been so much to write about, but I missed it.
Thankfully Aisha made sure to celebrate all these great events properly. That was on Thursday evening. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it, but I’ve been told that whisky was involved.
Christophe also couldn’t be present, because he went on a spontaneous Puichon related trip. Judging from the photos he sent us, it looked more like “Explore California in a week”-tour, but he actually got some work done in and in between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Palo Alto and Los Angeles. Sean and David stayed in Hamburg, but were in constant contact with the temporary Californian outpost.
Also very exciting: the private beta release of Open Color Tools. Michael and Christoph (the one without the e), together with Florian and Jan, worked hard to deliver the software to the first couple of hundred people who requested a beta invite.
Maja was busy with an app for young parents and another round of revisions for the Product Field Guide. Arved build patterns for our future website, Florie prepared some internal workshops and other initiatives that make us a better company. Me, I was supporting Maja, doing some legwork for Christophe and took care of new business inquiries with Michael.