Weeknote 523

November 30th to December 6th

Svenja is back! Now that her son can walk, she’s ready also to take care of precious. We’re all very happy to have her around again. We are also very glad that Aisha will stay. Originally she was hired as a stand-in while Svenja was on parental leave, but we’ve found a solution to keep her where she belongs.

Which makes us 9 people. Plus: another person signed a contract with her blood this week. Which will increase the headcount to double digits next year.

The current issue of PAGE magazine arrived. We almost forgot about it because it's been a while since we designed the cover. If you wonder why it looks so … bare … well, it’s a kind of joke. It’s a HTML page sans CSS file. Printed full page, the “ugliness” of this unstyled website looks almost elegant. We like that. So actually it’s not really a joke.

Michael, Sean, Arved and Silke locked themselves up for a product design sprint. Together with three more people from a client, they developed a prototype for a new product from scratch. Inspired heavily by Google Ventures, but enhanced with some of our own methods, this five-day process was pretty intense, but also fun and in the end very productive. At least that’s the impression I got. I didn’t dare to ask them, because they were so in the zone. I’m looking forward to see the result and learn about their experiences.

As I mentioned earlier, we supported More Than Shelters as part of our precious one-tenth program (giving away 10% of our profits for social causes). The money we donated was used to make and install more of their DOMOs (housing system) in German refugee camps. To see what they look like in action, some of us went to the opening party of a new tea lounge – housed in four connected DOMOs at Hamburg’s largest facility for asylum seekers. The idea of More Than Shelters, as their name suggests, is not just to provide a roof over one’s head. In Hamburg, they use these shelters as social rooms where people can retreat. Which is absolutely necessary to avoid friction in a camp where 3000 people – many of them traumatized – are living in containers and tents next to a highway. If you also want to support this cause, check out More Than Shelters' website.

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