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Only when used right, technology will let everybody enjoy life and maybe even prevent the end of our universe. Let’s make this transition as smooth as possible — exploring small & big challenges, harmonizing physical & digital worlds while having lots of fun.

I am a German-Nicaraguan interaction designer based in Berlin. I joined Fuxblau, a Berlin service design agency, in the spring of 2014 as their first employee. Our mission: translating user needs into business models. This includes research, wireframing, prototyping, testing, visual design and running workshops. Currently I am finishing my Interface Design Bachelor at FH Potsdam and evaluating opportunities in the US, Europe and Japan.

Evolin
a life without sexual desire

Berlin 2064.
Evolin — a pill eliminating the sexual desire of the human got introduced a few years back.
The sexual therapist Dra. Engel explains the reasons for the intake and the effects on four of her patients.

Berlin 2064.
Evolin — a pill eliminating the sexual desire of the human got introduced a few years back. The sexual therapist Dra. Engel explains the reasons for the intake and the effects on four of her patients.

Berlin 2064.
Evolin — a pill eliminating the sexual desire of the human got introduced a few years back. The sexual therapist Dra. Engel explains the reasons for the intake and the effects on four of her patients.

Berlin 2064.
Evolin — a pill eliminating the sexual desire of the human got introduced a few years back. The sexual therapist Dra. Engel explains the reasons for the intake and the effects on four of her patients.

Context

This fictional documentary is the result of a course on speculative design supervised by Boris Müller. Together with my friend, flatmate and fellow student José we developed the concept and scenic design. Frida helped us with the costumes and Jan with the camera and technical advice. Instead of a script, each of the actors recevied a detailed character description. I then played the role of the interviewer which allowed them to improvise and be more authentic on set. In–depth making–of is in the works.

Starring
Lia von Blarer, Stephan Brändle, Sabrina Frank, Carolin Maiwald, Michael Schröder

Direction & Production
José Rojas
José Ernesto Rodríguez

Camera: Jan Schulz
Costume: Frida Grubba

Superclock
tangible time indicator

Superclock is an internet-connected clock that shows you when your next train, bus or tram is coming. The ceramic spheres are linked to a specific public transportation line: once a sphere is positioned on the clock face, it will move, signalling the next departure.

Inside each ceramic sphere is an NFC chip and a tiny magnet in order to recognize and move it around the clockface.

MVP & development at uni

In 2013 my friends Giuseppe and Emanuele built a little bus that would change its color between red and green according to the waiting time. I got inspired and kept working on this concept during my first university course at FHP supervised by Reto Wettach. My final prototype had two discs showing the waiting time for the subway U8 going in both directions. By rotating the disc you can postpone the departure time.
With this prototype we participated in the Betapitch and won 6 moths of coworking space. Emanuele then moved to Berlin and we continued working on it.

Exploring interactions

Just adding another screen to our daily life is not the most elegant solution. In the coming months we developed a few more prototypes with rather complex gear mechanisms. The first were designed to work in public spaces and thus had no direct interaction. Eventually we decided to design it for the private space as the uses cases are more interesting. Now it had a more direct and tangible interaction that worked for the majority of uses cases at home. After the initial setup you place one the of the spheres on the clock face and it shows you the next departure of one public transportation. Simple as that.

Our last prototype

After struggling for months with the technical execution we decided to make a final high-fidelity prototype before putting the project to rest. We just didn't see enough demand for this kind of product and didn't feel comfortable investing more time without the required technical expertise to launch an IoT product. In the coming weeks I turned the wooden body using a wood lathe, made the ceramic spheres and front plate with the help of a local ceramics workshop and laser cut the clock hands. Just add some velcro, magnets, cable, servo … tada!

Urban Dataobjects
data physicalization in the city

We wanted to confront and disrupt people from their daily routine. Thus we brought the data back to where it came from: the public space. For each data set we selected its appropriate medium and context.

Context

It's such a pity that so many interesting data-driven stories don't reach the general public. So why not take the data and put it where people can't look away? When I read the description of Boris Müller's course I had to join: translating abstract data into tangible structures. After presenting my idea we ended up being a group of 5: Mario, Merle, Philipp, Thomas and me. Thomas is deaf and therefore always had a translator during the course. This meant we couldn't discuss ideas for hours and as fast as we usually did. It made us communicate more efficiently by keeping our speeches short and sweet and always sketching out our ideas.

First explorations

My fellow team mates were a bit sceptical at the beginning. But after an aftertoon stroll through Berlin and a prototyping session it quickly became clear that there were endless possibilities. After creating small data objects in the city it became clear they had a stronger impact if its topic was combined it with the appropiate location and medium. During the next phase we combed through the data of the Bertelsmann Foundation looking for interesting topics, collected promising locations and made first material tests.

Execution

As we had different interests, each of us developed and lead their own data object. We exchanged our ideas, refined them and adressed any issues together. Once the concept, location and material was ready we went out in groups of at least three: one person would help out building the data object while the other one documented the process. At the end Philipp put our all material into this lovely video.

Berliner Box
modular wooden storage system

A modular and versatile box with the perfect size for vinyls and office folders. Thank to its 45° miters on top and bottom they can be stacked and rotated to all four sides, creating shelves and room dividers.

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Produced by local carpenters

JoseErnestoRodriguez_BerlinerBox_Vynil

Perfect size for vinyls & folders

JoseErnestoRodriguez_BerlinerBox_Durability

Durable multiplex or cheap OSB

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Modular system

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Use it as a stool, table or shelf

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Aalways ready to move

Create a cube 36 × 36 cm

The Berliner Box emerged during a course supervised by Hermann Weizenegger. The challenge: create a cube 36 × 36 cm. That semester I had just moved to a new shared flat and was annoyed by having to disassemble & reassemble my furniture, putting my things into cardboards boxes etc. So I set out to create an affordable and easy-to-handle cube for the typical student in Berlin moving at least once a year. The first weeks we visited metal, wood and acrylic workshops around Berlin and started creating our first concepts out of cardboard.

DIY approach

After coming up with the basic modular concept the bigger challenge was to combine the right material with the right manufacturing process. During the course I imagined it to be a DIY process to keep the box as affordable as possible. You would buy the pre-cut wooden panels at your local carpenter and put them together with wooden dowels, hammer and express wood glue. Unfortunately only a few people seemed eager to go through this tedious process just to avoid the assembly costs.

Manufacturing process & price

During the next 2 years  I sold more than 50 Berliner Boxes. I currently have various prototypes in my flat with different materials, thicknesses; some even have holes on the side to make them easier to carry.
Price-performance ratio dilemma: People love the look and price of the OSB material. Multiplex however, is way more durable and environmentally friendly but also more expensive. And people who could afford the multiplex version usually don't move that often.

Want some Berliner Boxes?
Get in touch: mail@jer.design

Currently I produce the Berliner Box on demand. I could imagine creating a proper DIY video tutorial, crowdfunding a batch of DIY kits in Berlin, finishing the CNC design and uploading it to Opendesk or cooperating with a bigger company. But I guess I will not reopen the case until I move again.

mail@jer.design

mail@jer.design

mail@jer.design

mail@jer.design

mail@jer.design

+49 176 812 75 316

+49 176 812 75 316

+49 176 812 75 316

+49 176 812 75 316

+49 176 812 75 316