Weeknote 306

October 1st to 7th

This was my first week in the studio after a month of road-tripping New England and Eastern Canada. I didn't have a laptop with me and my phone was shut off all the time. But with the iPad in my bag, I couldn't resist scanning emails occasionally. Christophe, however, did a great job handling everything and keeping me out of it.

For the last three years I've taken September off for traveling. These weeks are the most precious time of the year for me. Not only on a personal level, but also regarding work. Freed from the daily routines at the studio, in a foreign country thousands of kilometers away from home, it is the perfect setting to reflect on the previous months, plan for the future and charging the batteries to make these plans a reality.

I don't think in calendar years anymore. The chunk of time called "year" ends with my timeout from the studio. Hence, this week started a new year!

On my first day back, we finalized a new version of our portfolio presentation, which Philipp and Christophe developed during my absence. It's got a revised layout and features new projects. We sent it to a prospective client and presented it at another new business meeting this week. Although our old portfolio was OK, it feels so much better with this shiny new presentation.

On Thursday, Michael, Christophe and I met the re:publica team. A first brainstorm session produced some crazy ideas for the upcoming conference. The vibes went from motivated to psyched.

We're also pretty psyched about the release of iMaschine from NI. We worked on this iOS app a long time ago and we are happy that it is finally available to the public. First reactions were mostly positive and judging from the iTunes charts, people buy it like hotcakes. Native Instruments invested a lot of time and effort to enter this new market and we're glad to see them succeed.

iMaschine – and most other projects we did in the last years – wouldn't exist, if Steve Jobs hadn't pushed the computer industry where it is now. With his focus on users and his attention to detail, he also did more for the design profession than any designer. More and more companies understand the value of design and I'm sure that Steve Jobs has played a major role in that. His massive success proofed that design should not be a mere paint job, but at the core of a product or even business. Obviously a studio like ours benefits from this development.

Thanks for that, Mr. Jobs.

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