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About

Designer in Berlin. Harmonizing physical, digital + human worlds. Currently looking for a job in civic tech, urbanity or alternative futures.

Only when designed right, technology will let everybody enjoy life and maybe even prevent the destruction of our world. Let’s make this transition as smooth as possible — exploring small & big challenges while having lots of fun.

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Transitioning to civic tech

I've come to realize that I don't want to primarily design for a specific target group anymore. Instead, I want to use my time, energy and skills to ideally design for all people, regardless of their passport, background or abilities. Too often, our resources are misused by only serving a fraction of our society and neglecting our basic necessities. I am convinced that by adopting the mindset, approach and tools of todays designers, governments will be able to better meet the needs, wishes and expectations of its citizens. Let’s build the open government, together!

My nickname is Tito

The small Ernesto, Ernestito, Tito. I am a 27-year-old German-Nicaraguan designer. I grew up bilingually in Hamburg, Berlin and Mexico City. Instead of going to high school I completed a graphic design apprenticeship at the Lette-Verein in Berlin. Towards the end of my apprenticeship I discovered service design and realized I wanted to do more than just designing logos and posters. Since then I've shifted to a more holistic approach, studied interface design at the FH Potsdam, did the Basic Track at the d.school and worked at Fuxblau for 4.5 years, a service design agency in Berlin Schöneberg.

Some random facts

I eat lots of sweets and unhealthy food but somehow never hardly gain weight. I am seriously afraid of the end of the universe. I make my favorite guacamole. Always up for sports and board games. The best purchase for my flat was a slow closing toilet seat. I still enjoy watching Spongebob Squarepants and Dragon Ball. I love chocolate but not chocolate ice cream. Humanist technologist. I keep misspelling neighborhood again and again. I am an optimist. I enjoy observing how people observe other people. I like to take care of my fingernails. Aperol Spritz was my favorite summer drink before it became cool.

6 Selected Works

Works at the intersection of service, interface, graphic and critical design.

European Spring Program

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Goal and action focused policy program

Most of todays policy programs are just extremely long and complex PDF’s. As European Spring was a new movement, this is were I saw the biggest potential. My pitch: redesign their program from a topic focused perspective to a goal and action focused perspective. Together with David Adler, the policy coordinator, we rephrased the headlines and classified each policy into one of the 4 big goals and one of the 24 newly defined subgoals. We gave the big goals and subgoals a short description which allows visitors to get a quick overview of the program. Once they want to dig deeper they can explore each subgoal and all its related policies in detail on one page. By making the connection between a single policy, a subgoal and the big goal visible, the bigger message is reinforced.

Honorary Work
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Winter 2019

When I saw that Bianca Praetorius [my pitch trainer for my Superclock presentation at Betahaus in 2014] cofounded Demokratie in Europa, it seemed like a great opportunity to get involved in the upcoming European elections. After pitching my idea and a few emails later I ended up working with David Adler and designed the website of the program of European Spring — the movement bringing together parties across Europe with a common policy program. I imported and classified the policies in Webflow and was then able to directly design with the content. Thanks to the CMS feature of Webflow, content and design changes were easy to implement. We went live the 6th of May, received great feedback but unfortunately the movement was not able to win any seats in the European parliament. Nevertheless, Varoufakis’s Mera 25 party [European Spring partner] won 9 seats in parliament during the Greek elections in July 2019.

A concise and visual PDF pitch which people can forward via email was essential to convince stakeholders
How to work with Webflow’s CMS feature
Parties need to make their policies more accessible for normal citizens
Program Website

From a topic focused perspective to a goal and action focused perspective

Most if not all parties structure their policies around topics. My assumption was that it’s far more engaging to treat policies merely as an instrument and focus on the goals instead. This new approach had to be applied wherever possible such as headlines, descriptions, colors and shapes.

From a topic focused perspective to a goal and action focused perspective

Most if not all parties structure their policies around topics. My assumption was that it’s far more engaging to treat policies merely as an instrument and focus on the goals instead. This new approach had to be applied wherever possible such as headlines, descriptions, colors and shapes.

From a topic focused perspective to a goal and action focused perspective

Most if not all parties structure their policies around topics. My assumption was that it’s far more engaging to treat policies merely as an instrument and focus on the goals instead. This new approach had to be applied wherever possible such as headlines, descriptions, colors and shapes.

From a topic focused perspective to a goal and action focused perspective

Most if not all parties structure their policies around topics. My assumption was that it’s far more engaging to treat policies merely as an instrument and focus on the goals instead. This new approach had to be applied wherever possible such as headlines, descriptions, colors and shapes.

Structure of goals and policies

Each of the 4 big goals has 3 subgoals and each subgoal several related policies.

Structure of goals and policies

Each of the 4 big goals has 3 subgoals and each subgoal several related policies.

Structure of goals and policies

Each of the 4 big goals has 3 subgoals and each subgoal several related policies.

Structure of goals and policies

Each of the 4 big goals has 3 subgoals and each subgoal several related policies.

Subgoals page

Once the visitor digs deeper we had to make sure the visitors understand where they are. At the top we show the big goal, its three subgoals and emphasize the active one. Below is a summary of the subgoal and an overview of the policies. The full policies are further down so visitors slowly get more information and don’t feel overwhelmed.

Subgoals page

Once the visitor digs deeper we had to make sure the visitors understand where they are. At the top we show the big goal, its three subgoals and emphasize the active one. Below is a summary of the subgoal and an overview of the policies. The full policies are further down so visitors slowly get more information and don’t feel overwhelmed.

Subgoals page

Once the visitor digs deeper we had to make sure the visitors understand where they are. At the top we show the big goal, its three subgoals and emphasize the active one. Below is a summary of the subgoal and an overview of the policies. The full policies are further down so visitors slowly get more information and don’t feel overwhelmed.

Subgoals page

Once the visitor digs deeper we had to make sure the visitors understand where they are. At the top we show the big goal, its three subgoals and emphasize the active one. Below is a summary of the subgoal and an overview of the policies. The full policies are further down so visitors slowly get more information and don’t feel overwhelmed.

Designing with data in Webflow

Webflow’s CMS feature was a game changer. It took me quite some time to wrap my head around its possibilities and constraints. But after a few days I was able to test my different designs with real data. Change padding, size or color? A matter of minutes.

Designing with data in Webflow

Webflow’s CMS feature was a game changer. It took me quite some time to wrap my head around its possibilities and constraints. But after a few days I was able to test my different designs with real data. Change padding, size or color? A matter of minutes.

Designing with data in Webflow

Webflow’s CMS feature was a game changer. It took me quite some time to wrap my head around its possibilities and constraints. But after a few days I was able to test my different designs with real data. Change padding, size or color? A matter of minutes.

Designing with data in Webflow

Webflow’s CMS feature was a game changer. It took me quite some time to wrap my head around its possibilities and constraints. But after a few days I was able to test my different designs with real data. Change padding, size or color? A matter of minutes.

Altersvorsorge

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How to encourage young people to think about their retirement

We at Fuxblau wanted to create a case study with a topic relevant to society while using this opportunity to try out new methods and tools. The overall concept ought to touch both, the service experience from the users’ perspective as well as the overall business model: Create a service which supports people in their 20s to start doing something for their retirement plan. Our concept guides the user through all phases from 1. get interested, 2. recognize the importance of starting now, 3. understand the current financial situation, 4. identify saving & investment potentials to 5. actually start saving and staying motivated.

Internal Design Sprint at Fuxblau
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February 2018

Through having the space and time to push ourselves into different roles internally — designers practicing their research skills, researchers working on wireframes — we created a safe space to learn and better understand what the others do and how we can support each other in future projects. To help us frame our problem and test our assumptions we started our project with a brief set of guerrilla interviews with people in their 20s. We discovered mental as well as informational barriers. Guided by the insights and our ‘How Might We …? Questions’ we created, tested two concepts with people between the age of 26–32 and realized that we needed to approach the issue more holistically. People were looking for guidance throughout the whole process. As it became clear what we wanted to provide, we took a closer look into the business model that could carry this service. As the main aim is to break down the barriers of young people looking into and making a retirement plan, the service needs to be free of charge until booking an appointment with one of the coaches. Reports, consisting of behavior analysis and trends, could be sold to banks, insurances and retirement providers in order to improve their services. We concluded our design sprint with a final test and an article on Medium.

Using paper prototypes to start conversations so early on in the process led us to design a more holistic user journey
Each person has very individual life and saving goals — keeping it simple and clear while allowing it to be very individual was key
The retirement system in Germany is not sustainable
Article on Medium

Phase 4 — identifying saving & investment potentials

The total saving potential consists of monthly surplus + saving tips. These tips may include how to save more money through small behavioral changes like cooking more at home. It then recommends the user 3 investment options, explaining their pros and cons. In this example the user receives the proposals to invest in their education, ETF funds and a gym membership to reduce health costs and improving quality of life at old age.

Phase 4 — identifying saving & investment potentials

The total saving potential consists of monthly surplus + saving tips. These tips may include how to save more money through small behavioral changes like cooking more at home. It then recommends the user 3 investment options, explaining their pros and cons. In this example the user receives the proposals to invest in their education, ETF funds and a gym membership to reduce health costs and improving quality of life at old age.

Phase 4 — identifying saving & investment potentials

The total saving potential consists of monthly surplus + saving tips. These tips may include how to save more money through small behavioral changes like cooking more at home. It then recommends the user 3 investment options, explaining their pros and cons. In this example the user receives the proposals to invest in their education, ETF funds and a gym membership to reduce health costs and improving quality of life at old age.

Phase 4 — identifying saving & investment potentials

The total saving potential consists of monthly surplus + saving tips. These tips may include how to save more money through small behavioral changes like cooking more at home. It then recommends the user 3 investment options, explaining their pros and cons. In this example the user receives the proposals to invest in their education, ETF funds and a gym membership to reduce health costs and improving quality of life at old age.

The new concept guides the user through 5 phases

1. get interested, 2. recognize the importance of starting now, 3. understand the current financial situation, 4. identify saving & investment potentials to 5. actually start saving and staying motivated.

The new concept guides the user through 5 phases

1. get interested, 2. recognize the importance of starting now, 3. understand the current financial situation, 4. identify saving & investment potentials to 5. actually start saving and staying motivated.

The new concept guides the user through 5 phases

1. get interested, 2. recognize the importance of starting now, 3. understand the current financial situation, 4. identify saving & investment potentials to 5. actually start saving and staying motivated.

The new concept guides the user through 5 phases

1. get interested, 2. recognize the importance of starting now, 3. understand the current financial situation, 4. identify saving & investment potentials to 5. actually start saving and staying motivated.

Our first two paper prototypes

The application calculates what your desired life style would roughly cost. Your avatar is created and behaves like a Tamagotchi giving you visual feedback based on the current saving habits. If users save more than usual, their avatar might move into a nicer apartment, have different holiday pictures on the wall and look happier. Our second paper prototype was a website with videos of real people talking about their life style, profession and retirement plan. The aim is to make pension more tangible by bringing the topic alive via real people and their experiences.

Our first two paper prototypes

The application calculates what your desired life style would roughly cost. Your avatar is created and behaves like a Tamagotchi giving you visual feedback based on the current saving habits. If users save more than usual, their avatar might move into a nicer apartment, have different holiday pictures on the wall and look happier. Our second paper prototype was a website with videos of real people talking about their life style, profession and retirement plan. The aim is to make pension more tangible by bringing the topic alive via real people and their experiences.

Our first two paper prototypes

The application calculates what your desired life style would roughly cost. Your avatar is created and behaves like a Tamagotchi giving you visual feedback based on the current saving habits. If users save more than usual, their avatar might move into a nicer apartment, have different holiday pictures on the wall and look happier. Our second paper prototype was a website with videos of real people talking about their life style, profession and retirement plan. The aim is to make pension more tangible by bringing the topic alive via real people and their experiences.

Our first two paper prototypes

The application calculates what your desired life style would roughly cost. Your avatar is created and behaves like a Tamagotchi giving you visual feedback based on the current saving habits. If users save more than usual, their avatar might move into a nicer apartment, have different holiday pictures on the wall and look happier. Our second paper prototype was a website with videos of real people talking about their life style, profession and retirement plan. The aim is to make pension more tangible by bringing the topic alive via real people and their experiences.

Stakeholder-Map

As the main aim is to break down the barriers of young people looking into and making a retirement plan, the service needs to be free of charge until booking an appointment with one of the coaches. The Service provider receives a provision for each consultation. Reports, consisting of behaviour analysis and trends, could be sold to banks, insurances and retirement providers in order to improve their services.

Stakeholder-Map

As the main aim is to break down the barriers of young people looking into and making a retirement plan, the service needs to be free of charge until booking an appointment with one of the coaches. The Service provider receives a provision for each consultation. Reports, consisting of behaviour analysis and trends, could be sold to banks, insurances and retirement providers in order to improve their services.

Stakeholder-Map

As the main aim is to break down the barriers of young people looking into and making a retirement plan, the service needs to be free of charge until booking an appointment with one of the coaches. The Service provider receives a provision for each consultation. Reports, consisting of behaviour analysis and trends, could be sold to banks, insurances and retirement providers in order to improve their services.

Stakeholder-Map

As the main aim is to break down the barriers of young people looking into and making a retirement plan, the service needs to be free of charge until booking an appointment with one of the coaches. The Service provider receives a provision for each consultation. Reports, consisting of behaviour analysis and trends, could be sold to banks, insurances and retirement providers in order to improve their services.

Fluid Living

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Cities, cultures, governments, businesses and services are getting more fluid — chances & challenges

In my bachelor thesis I envision a future in which cities can physically, legally and digitally adapt to the changing needs of its inhabitants: Most of the physical infrastructure is decentralized — water treatment, manufacturing as well as the production of food and electricity. Self-sufficient tiny houses allow everybody to create nomad communities with their own rules. Todays rigid housing structures have dramatically lost their value. Remote work allows the majority to move back into the suburbs and countryside which drastically reduces commuter traffic. Public transport and cycling is the norm while driving a car has become the exception. Thanks to small autonomous vehicles the collaborative economy conveniently shares our products and reduces the demand for resources.

But all these developments also bring new threats and challenges: Who owns and runs these cities and their algorithms? Who can and who can not join a community? How will the decision making processes have to adapt? How will we deal with common challenges like the climate crisis and climate migration? What about the public infrastructure that is used by several independent communities? Who can live at the most beautiful places? Which rights will be granted to flora & fauna?

Instead of offering a clear blueprint, ready to build and scale tomorrow, I want to inspire. I want people to question, rethink and explore new directions of how we want to live. Minimal and striking dioramas visualize the abstract trends and speculative mobile screens make the future tangible.

Bachelor Thesis at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
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Summer Term 2018

When I was a kid I had this idea of having all my loved ones, school, supermarket, cinema, playground and so on in one big house. Inspired by this idea I explored how this might actually work. My research phase led me to explore urban design, governance, self-driving vehicles, smart cities, business models, policies, privacy, tiny houses and so much more. I collected links, videos and quotes in a Dropbox Paper document. It became clear to me that the democratization of digital and physical infrastructure offers a huge chance to improve the way we live. If not done right though, it might end up only reinforcing the inequities we have today. That’s why I ultimately decided to make all kinds of chances & challenges as tangible as possible. Due to time constraints I settled for minimal but striking dioramas to visualize the abstract trends and concepts. To make the future vision more concrete I created screens based on todays apps. This bachelor thesis opened a Pandora’s box for me — I now see connections to Fluid Living multiple times a day. This will certainly not be my last project around the topic.

My bachelor thesis at FH Potsdam supervised by Prof. Boris Müller.

Don’t frantically hold on to things you promised, it’s ok to change plans
Work in a team to combine your skill sets, discuss ideas and push each other
In this case it made sense to examine many topics and their interconnection rather than just one in detail

Trends, chances and challenges

There are a series of trends on which the concept of fluidity builds upon: improved mobility, decreasing need for mobility, climate migration, tiny house movement, sharing economy, smart cities and autonomous vehicles. The thesis also explores the chances and challenges: business model, autonomy, communities, spatial privilege, flora & fauna, serendipity, privacy and access to services and goods.

Trends, chances and challenges

There are a series of trends on which the concept of fluidity builds upon: improved mobility, decreasing need for mobility, climate migration, tiny house movement, sharing economy, smart cities and autonomous vehicles. The thesis also explores the chances and challenges: business model, autonomy, communities, spatial privilege, flora & fauna, serendipity, privacy and access to services and goods.

Trends, chances and challenges

There are a series of trends on which the concept of fluidity builds upon: improved mobility, decreasing need for mobility, climate migration, tiny house movement, sharing economy, smart cities and autonomous vehicles. The thesis also explores the chances and challenges: business model, autonomy, communities, spatial privilege, flora & fauna, serendipity, privacy and access to services and goods.

Trends, chances and challenges

There are a series of trends on which the concept of fluidity builds upon: improved mobility, decreasing need for mobility, climate migration, tiny house movement, sharing economy, smart cities and autonomous vehicles. The thesis also explores the chances and challenges: business model, autonomy, communities, spatial privilege, flora & fauna, serendipity, privacy and access to services and goods.

Example: Spatial privilege

Some regions have always been more attractive than others. Some have a more fertile soil, others have better terrain to defend against attackers, while others have a more pleasant climate and scenery. Self-sufficient houses will allow us to live in the most remote areas. However, the issue of spatial privilege will persist. We’ll have to come up with a system that gives everybody fair access. Otherwise, I fear that popular areas of earth will increasingly be inhabited and owned by the wealthy minority.

Example: Spatial privilege

Some regions have always been more attractive than others. Some have a more fertile soil, others have better terrain to defend against attackers, while others have a more pleasant climate and scenery. Self-sufficient houses will allow us to live in the most remote areas. However, the issue of spatial privilege will persist. We’ll have to come up with a system that gives everybody fair access. Otherwise, I fear that popular areas of earth will increasingly be inhabited and owned by the wealthy minority.

Example: Spatial privilege

Some regions have always been more attractive than others. Some have a more fertile soil, others have better terrain to defend against attackers, while others have a more pleasant climate and scenery. Self-sufficient houses will allow us to live in the most remote areas. However, the issue of spatial privilege will persist. We’ll have to come up with a system that gives everybody fair access. Otherwise, I fear that popular areas of earth will increasingly be inhabited and owned by the wealthy minority.

Example: Spatial privilege

Some regions have always been more attractive than others. Some have a more fertile soil, others have better terrain to defend against attackers, while others have a more pleasant climate and scenery. Self-sufficient houses will allow us to live in the most remote areas. However, the issue of spatial privilege will persist. We’ll have to come up with a system that gives everybody fair access. Otherwise, I fear that popular areas of earth will increasingly be inhabited and owned by the wealthy minority.

Example: Serendipity vs. homogenity

The system will gradually become more efficient in meeting the needs we define. The risk is that we might end up in a highly polarized environment. We would hardly ever meet somebody with different interests or background. There would be less coincidences and less surprises. Therefore the system will incorporate a global, local and personal degree of randomness to allow for more unforeseen encounters.

Example: Serendipity vs. homogenity

The system will gradually become more efficient in meeting the needs we define. The risk is that we might end up in a highly polarized environment. We would hardly ever meet somebody with different interests or background. There would be less coincidences and less surprises. Therefore the system will incorporate a global, local and personal degree of randomness to allow for more unforeseen encounters.

Example: Serendipity vs. homogenity

The system will gradually become more efficient in meeting the needs we define. The risk is that we might end up in a highly polarized environment. We would hardly ever meet somebody with different interests or background. There would be less coincidences and less surprises. Therefore the system will incorporate a global, local and personal degree of randomness to allow for more unforeseen encounters.

Example: Serendipity vs. homogenity

The system will gradually become more efficient in meeting the needs we define. The risk is that we might end up in a highly polarized environment. We would hardly ever meet somebody with different interests or background. There would be less coincidences and less surprises. Therefore the system will incorporate a global, local and personal degree of randomness to allow for more unforeseen encounters.

Making the vision tangible with a screen for each chance or challenge

The screens are based on apps and services we use today but set in this alternative future. What if Ikea sells a self sufficient house for the cost of a car? What if an ecosystem has the legal authority to expel and sue the humans living within it? What if anybody could easily start a new community with their own rules? What if the infrastructure software of our cities is open source?

Making the vision tangible with a screen for each chance or challenge

The screens are based on apps and services we use today but set in this alternative future. What if Ikea sells a self sufficient house for the cost of a car? What if an ecosystem has the legal authority to expel and sue the humans living within it? What if anybody could easily start a new community with their own rules? What if the infrastructure software of our cities is open source?

Making the vision tangible with a screen for each chance or challenge

The screens are based on apps and services we use today but set in this alternative future. What if Ikea sells a self sufficient house for the cost of a car? What if an ecosystem has the legal authority to expel and sue the humans living within it? What if anybody could easily start a new community with their own rules? What if the infrastructure software of our cities is open source?

Making the vision tangible with a screen for each chance or challenge

The screens are based on apps and services we use today but set in this alternative future. What if Ikea sells a self sufficient house for the cost of a car? What if an ecosystem has the legal authority to expel and sue the humans living within it? What if anybody could easily start a new community with their own rules? What if the infrastructure software of our cities is open source?

Fuxblau

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Translating user needs into business models at a service design agency for 4.5 years

The service design studio Fuxblau was founded 2013 by Olga Scupin and Manuel Grossmann and I joined them in spring 2014 as their first employee. We helped our clients to better understand what their customers really want and how their overall offer can become more customer-centric. Our clients were a mix of Berlin startups, SME’s and recently also bigger companies like Arriva, Bosch and Sennheiser. Our common project process: establish a common understanding within the team, sharpen the concept and create a first prototype based on qualitative user research. It was very important to us to leave our clients with tangible and actionable outcomes they could keep working with like prototypes, action plans and service blueprints.

Job
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2014 – 2018

Being the first hire I had lots of different responsibilities from the start eg. wireframing, printing, desktop research, user testing, screen design, creating all kinds of templates and an icon library. After moving to a bigger office I signed a 36-hours a month contract and assumed more responsibility. As we were slowly growing I took care of keeping the tech running, streamlining design processes and setting up an internal wiki in Dropbox Paper. During an average week I would support a colleague during a workshop or sprint, help my colleagues with all kinds of tech and design questions as well as update design templates and our internal wiki.

Working with a team — clear communication, tidy file management and having fun
Avoid meaningless labels or placeholders and use every chance to reinforce the core message
Work efficiently — set up templates and symbols and make them easy to find and use
Olga Scupin
Olga Scupin
Founder & Business Strategist
Manuel Großmann
Manuel Großmann
Founder & Creative Lead
Birga Schlottmann
Birga Schlottmann
Participatory Design
Maya Mcbeath
Maya Mcbeath
Service Design
Marion Couesnon
Marion Couesnon
Interaction Design
Magdalena Milly
Magdalena Milly
Service Design

Fuxblau Website

Addressing transportation trends with specific service offerings for Arriva

During the research phase our team travelled through seven European countries, experienced various modes of transport ourselves and talked to more than 40 users along the way. Based on our research we developed ideas for transportation services that fit to changing customer needs and an evolving market. Photo: Birga in front of our most complex service blueprint.

Addressing transportation trends with specific service offerings for Arriva

During the research phase our team travelled through seven European countries, experienced various modes of transport ourselves and talked to more than 40 users along the way. Based on our research we developed ideas for transportation services that fit to changing customer needs and an evolving market. Photo: Birga in front of our most complex service blueprint.

Addressing transportation trends with specific service offerings for Arriva

During the research phase our team travelled through seven European countries, experienced various modes of transport ourselves and talked to more than 40 users along the way. Based on our research we developed ideas for transportation services that fit to changing customer needs and an evolving market. Photo: Birga in front of our most complex service blueprint.

Addressing transportation trends with specific service offerings for Arriva

During the research phase our team travelled through seven European countries, experienced various modes of transport ourselves and talked to more than 40 users along the way. Based on our research we developed ideas for transportation services that fit to changing customer needs and an evolving market. Photo: Birga in front of our most complex service blueprint.

Internal sprint to encourage people in their 20s to start thinking about their retirement

Most of our clients signed a non-disclosure agreement. Only recently we started to offer clients discounts in return for the permission to present the project on our website. This led us to create a non-commercial case study and allowed us to try out new methods and tools. We set ourselves the challenge of encouraging people in their 20s to start thinking about their retirement. The concept guides the user through all phases from getting interested, recognizing the importance of starting now, understanding the current financial situation, identifying saving & investment potentials to actually start saving and staying motivated.

Internal sprint to encourage people in their 20s to start thinking about their retirement

Most of our clients signed a non-disclosure agreement. Only recently we started to offer clients discounts in return for the permission to present the project on our website. This led us to create a non-commercial case study and allowed us to try out new methods and tools. We set ourselves the challenge of encouraging people in their 20s to start thinking about their retirement. The concept guides the user through all phases from getting interested, recognizing the importance of starting now, understanding the current financial situation, identifying saving & investment potentials to actually start saving and staying motivated.

Internal sprint to encourage people in their 20s to start thinking about their retirement

Most of our clients signed a non-disclosure agreement. Only recently we started to offer clients discounts in return for the permission to present the project on our website. This led us to create a non-commercial case study and allowed us to try out new methods and tools. We set ourselves the challenge of encouraging people in their 20s to start thinking about their retirement. The concept guides the user through all phases from getting interested, recognizing the importance of starting now, understanding the current financial situation, identifying saving & investment potentials to actually start saving and staying motivated.

Internal sprint to encourage people in their 20s to start thinking about their retirement

Most of our clients signed a non-disclosure agreement. Only recently we started to offer clients discounts in return for the permission to present the project on our website. This led us to create a non-commercial case study and allowed us to try out new methods and tools. We set ourselves the challenge of encouraging people in their 20s to start thinking about their retirement. The concept guides the user through all phases from getting interested, recognizing the importance of starting now, understanding the current financial situation, identifying saving & investment potentials to actually start saving and staying motivated.

Steep learning curve

Before joining Fuxblau I had a strict idea of work. It took me quite a while to ask allegedly dumb questions and to realize it’s also possible to have fun at work. Apart from the technical and creative skills I especially improved my communication and time management abilities. Photo: Our first office in Kreuzberg.

Steep learning curve

Before joining Fuxblau I had a strict idea of work. It took me quite a while to ask allegedly dumb questions and to realize it’s also possible to have fun at work. Apart from the technical and creative skills I especially improved my communication and time management abilities. Photo: Our first office in Kreuzberg.

Steep learning curve

Before joining Fuxblau I had a strict idea of work. It took me quite a while to ask allegedly dumb questions and to realize it’s also possible to have fun at work. Apart from the technical and creative skills I especially improved my communication and time management abilities. Photo: Our first office in Kreuzberg.

Steep learning curve

Before joining Fuxblau I had a strict idea of work. It took me quite a while to ask allegedly dumb questions and to realize it’s also possible to have fun at work. Apart from the technical and creative skills I especially improved my communication and time management abilities. Photo: Our first office in Kreuzberg.

Olga & Manuel

I am tremendously grateful I had this job during my studies. Olga and Manuel always put me and my studies first. Especially Manuel was extremely supportive with his mentorship. You felt how Olga and Manuel strived to create an environment in which everybody feels welcome and is able to grow. I admire them for leading by example, both taking parental leave and completely embracing it. This is exactly how I would like it to be once I become a parent.

Olga & Manuel

I am tremendously grateful I had this job during my studies. Olga and Manuel always put me and my studies first. Especially Manuel was extremely supportive with his mentorship. You felt how Olga and Manuel strived to create an environment in which everybody feels welcome and is able to grow. I admire them for leading by example, both taking parental leave and completely embracing it. This is exactly how I would like it to be once I become a parent.

Olga & Manuel

I am tremendously grateful I had this job during my studies. Olga and Manuel always put me and my studies first. Especially Manuel was extremely supportive with his mentorship. You felt how Olga and Manuel strived to create an environment in which everybody feels welcome and is able to grow. I admire them for leading by example, both taking parental leave and completely embracing it. This is exactly how I would like it to be once I become a parent.

Olga & Manuel

I am tremendously grateful I had this job during my studies. Olga and Manuel always put me and my studies first. Especially Manuel was extremely supportive with his mentorship. You felt how Olga and Manuel strived to create an environment in which everybody feels welcome and is able to grow. I admire them for leading by example, both taking parental leave and completely embracing it. This is exactly how I would like it to be once I become a parent.

Evolin

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Speculative design shortfilm about life without sexual desire

Berlin 2037. Evolin — a pill to eliminate the sexual desire of the human which 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.

University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
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Summer Term 2017

This fictional documentary is the result of a speculative design course supervised by Prof. Boris Müller at the FH Potsdam in 2017. The goal of this course was to develop future scenarios and to make them as tangible as possible. The end results were supposed to be provoke and to encourage discussions. Boris Müller defined 27 topics and assigned them randomly. Together with my fellow student José I explored the topic of sexuality. We worked together in all fields: from research, moodboards, storyboards, costumes, planning and filming to cutting. José’s sensibility for art direction and cinematics were invaluable. My personal contribution was to document the process and create the pillbox and poster.

Polishing the concept by creating prototypes with different mediums
Inviting the actors with a briefing including concept, moodboard, role and schedule in Dropbox Paper
Not having a script and interviewing the actors instead, allowing them to play their role and improvise
José Rojas
José Rojas
Direction & Production
Frida Grubba
Frida Grubba
Costume Support
Jan Schulz
Jan Schulz
Technical Support

Cast

Sabrina Frank
Sabrina Frank
Dra. Lara Engel
Michael Schröder
Michael Schröder
Matthias
Lia von Blarer
Lia von Blarer
Anna
Stephan Brändle
Stephan Brändle
Jonas
Carolin Maiwald
Carolin Maiwald
Sandra
Full Shortfilm

»Sexuality is an integral part of human nature. Evolin is the tragic climax of our performance oriented society.« — Dra. Lara Engel

»Sexuality is an integral part of human nature. Evolin is the tragic climax of our performance oriented society.« — Dra. Lara Engel

»Sexuality is an integral part of human nature. Evolin is the tragic climax of our performance oriented society.« — Dra. Lara Engel

»Sexuality is an integral part of human nature. Evolin is the tragic climax of our performance oriented society.« — Dra. Lara Engel

The patients

Matthias is addicted to masturbation; Sandra needs to stay focused at work; Anna and her partner make sure they don't cheat while Michael suppresses his fetish.

The patients

Matthias is addicted to masturbation; Sandra needs to stay focused at work; Anna and her partner make sure they don't cheat while Michael suppresses his fetish.

The patients

Matthias is addicted to masturbation; Sandra needs to stay focused at work; Anna and her partner make sure they don't cheat while Michael suppresses his fetish.

The patients

Matthias is addicted to masturbation; Sandra needs to stay focused at work; Anna and her partner make sure they don't cheat while Michael suppresses his fetish.

The recovery rate is currently at 2%

More than half of the European population is taking Evolin and deliberately living without any form of sexuality.

The recovery rate is currently at 2%

More than half of the European population is taking Evolin and deliberately living without any form of sexuality.

The recovery rate is currently at 2%

More than half of the European population is taking Evolin and deliberately living without any form of sexuality.

The recovery rate is currently at 2%

More than half of the European population is taking Evolin and deliberately living without any form of sexuality.

Trailer

Urban Dataobjects

6

Abstract data converted into physical structures

Every year the Bertelsmann Foundation publishes the Social Justice Index. We brought the data back to the public and disrupted people from their daily routine. We created more than a dozen of dataobjects around Berlin, combining each dataset with its appropriate medium and location. The cross-national survey of the Bertelsmann Foundation comprises 27 quantitative and eight qualitative indicators, each associated with one of the six dimensions of social justice: 1. poverty prevention, 2. equitable education, 3. labor market access, 4. social cohesion and non-discrimination, 5. health and 6. intergenerational justice. Course at FH Potsdam and supervised by Prof. Boris Müller.

University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
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Summer Term 2016

From the very beginning I had planned to create physical data sculptures in the public space. After pitching my idea Philipp, Mario, Thomas and eventually Merle joined the team. I took a leading role throughout the project and made sure we were all on the same page. At the beginning my team struggled and it took some time to understand the benefits of creating protoypes. In addition, the Bertelsmann Foundation had so many different data topics we didn’t really know where to start. But after a stroll through Berlin we quickly realized that there are endless possibilities to visualize data. And after a few prototyping rounds in Berlin, Potsdam and at our university we understood that we just had to find the right combination of data, location and medium. As we all had different interests and ideas we decided to split and each execute their own ideas. After discussing and refining the concepts in the team we formed groups of at least 3 people: the lead, the supporter and a documenter. At the end Philipp created the making-of video.

As my teammate Thomas is deaf it forced all of us to communicate more concise and visual which facilitated our process tremendously
Combining data with the appropriate location and medium makes the dataobject more relevant
Object labels with further information about the topic and source make the dataobjects more credible
Merle Ibach
Merle Ibach
Designer
Mario Klemm
Mario Klemm
Communication Designer
Thomas Miebach
Thomas Miebach
UX Designer
Philipp Strixner
Philipp Strixner
Motion Graphics Designer

Share of women in European parliaments

We used black plastic sheets to convert the lights in front of the federal chancellery in Berlin into pie charts.

Share of women in European parliaments

We used black plastic sheets to convert the lights in front of the federal chancellery in Berlin into pie charts.

Share of women in European parliaments

We used black plastic sheets to convert the lights in front of the federal chancellery in Berlin into pie charts.

Share of women in European parliaments

We used black plastic sheets to convert the lights in front of the federal chancellery in Berlin into pie charts.

People in risk of poverty and social exclusion

We put up the cardboards in the city center of Potsdam — a posh and touristic neighbourhood.

People in risk of poverty and social exclusion

We put up the cardboards in the city center of Potsdam — a posh and touristic neighbourhood.

People in risk of poverty and social exclusion

We put up the cardboards in the city center of Potsdam — a posh and touristic neighbourhood.

People in risk of poverty and social exclusion

We put up the cardboards in the city center of Potsdam — a posh and touristic neighbourhood.

Global CO₂ emissions in 2018

As part of the German evangelical church assembly we installed hundreds of beach balls in the Nicolai church in Potsdam. Each beach ball represents 100 millions tons of emitted CO₂ in 2018.

Global CO₂ emissions in 2018

As part of the German evangelical church assembly we installed hundreds of beach balls in the Nicolai church in Potsdam. Each beach ball represents 100 millions tons of emitted CO₂ in 2018.

Global CO₂ emissions in 2018

As part of the German evangelical church assembly we installed hundreds of beach balls in the Nicolai church in Potsdam. Each beach ball represents 100 millions tons of emitted CO₂ in 2018.

Global CO₂ emissions in 2018

As part of the German evangelical church assembly we installed hundreds of beach balls in the Nicolai church in Potsdam. Each beach ball represents 100 millions tons of emitted CO₂ in 2018.

Making-of

Tiny work impressions

Screen & service design

Arriva
Arriva

Arriva

2017

Fuxblau travelled through seven European countries, experienced various modes of transport ourselves and talked to more than 40 users along the way. Based on our research we developed concepts for transportation services that fit to changing customer needs and an evolving market.

Hopper
Hopper

Hopper

2014

The book Hopper by Ivo Kranzfelder reimagined as a digital experience. Collaboration with Ioannis Sarakasidis at FH Potsdam.

NPR One Redesign
NPR One Redesign

NPR One Redesign

2017

The course at FH Potsdam, supervised by Frank Rausch and Timm Kekeritz, was roughly structured like a Google Design Sprint. So rather than introducing new fancy features we concentrated on fixing the biggest pain points. Collaboration with Yaron Zimmermann and Sebastian Rauer.

Volksverschlüsselung Redesign
Volksverschlüsselung Redesign

Volksverschlüsselung Redesign

2015

We redesigned the desktop interface of Volksverschlüsselung. An initiative from the Frauenhofer Institute to make it easier to send and receive encrypted emails. Collaboration with Marizon Bilano and Bodo Pahlke.

Physical design

Handkerze
Handkerze

Handkerze

2011

My hand as a candle created just for fun.

Superclock
Superclock

Superclock

2014

An internet-connected clock that shows you when your next train, bus or tram is coming. Magnetic ceramic spheres are linked to specific public transportation routes. Once a sphere is positioned on the clock face, it will move to the next available departure position. Collaboration with Emanuele Libralato at FH Potsdam and supervised by Prof. Reto Wettach.

Weather Object
Weather Object

Weather Object

2016

Stones of different sizes and temperatures make the global CO₂ emissions tangible. Collaboration with Katja Budinger at FH Potsdam.

Kahn Klangbild
Kahn Klangbild

Kahn Klangbild

2014

Translation of an interview with Oliver Kahn into a sound object using dough at FH Potsdam.

Berliner Box
Berliner Box

Berliner Box

2014

Berliner Box — modular & stackable box for the urban nomad made at FH Potsdam.

Hat Controller
Hat Controller

Hat Controller

2013

During an exercise at FH Potsdam we hacked regular keyboards. Each hat has two tilt sensors triggering the keyboard buttons which allow the players to control the direction of their line in the game Achtung, die Kurve!

Mago
Mago

Mago

2013

Successful application homework for the integrated design study program at KISD. The homework topic was Try. The game Mago consists of 27 wooden cubes with a magnet of a different polarity on each side.

Storytelling

2115
2115

2115

2015

Five-part photo series imagining possible futures in 2115 using tonic water, gelatine and ultra violet lights. This photo shows a victim of an intergalactic pandemic. Collaboration with Mario Hamborg, Moira Berit Joachim, Dominik Manikowski, Nina Tschirner at FH Potsdam.

Gofios Doña Olivia
Gofios Doña Olivia

Gofios Doña Olivia

2013

Video of my grandmother making gofios, a traditional Nicaraguan sweet. Bigger picture business idea: a platform to order food on demand from ladies* in Nicaragua who would love to share their creations but are too old to sell the food on the market.

Oro Nica
Oro Nica

Oro Nica

2013

Mini documentary in Spanish about the extraction and processing of gold in Santa Rosa del Peñón, Nicaragua.

Kopfsache
Kopfsache

Kopfsache

2012

German idioms and metaphors reimagined as a series of 19 photographs. Collaboration with Flora Karger.

The first ascent of K2
The first ascent of K2

The first ascent of K2

2016

Recounting the story of the first ascent of the K2 by projection mapping the route and weather onto a laser cut mountain. Collaboration with Mario Klemm, Thomas Miebach, Philipp Strixner at FH Potsdam.

Graphic design

Business Card
Business Card

Business Card

2011

My own business card made of old and expired bills from my fatherland Nicaragua. Technical support regarding the golden embossing from Daniel Bauer.

Carbon Works
Carbon Works

Carbon Works

2011

Branding for the carbon manufactory Carbon Works in Berlin made at Lette-Verein.

Bunga & Bunga
Bunga & Bunga

Bunga & Bunga

2013

Business card for DJ duo Bunga & Bunga with marbled and laser cut paper and silver foil.

Raschelbuch
Raschelbuch

Raschelbuch

2014

My mother wrote about our neighbor Peter, who passed away in 2013 after struggling with Alzheimer for several years. I illustrated his story in this booklet during a course at FH Potsdam supervised by Dipl. Graf. Hans-Jürgen Willuhn.

Handschrift
Handschrift

Handschrift

2011

Experimental typeface made using my hands and a photocopier.

Business Card for the architect Antonio Festa
Business Card for the architect Antonio Festa

Business Card for the architect Antonio Festa

2015

Laser cut business card for the architect Antonio Festa. The laser marked lines on the back represent his favorite piece of architecture: the National Parliament House in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr. Super
Dr. Super

Dr. Super

2015

Logo proposal for a superfood box.

Fuxblau Business Card
Fuxblau Business Card

Fuxblau Business Card

2015

Experimental laser cut business card for Fuxbalu.

Autobahn
Autobahn

Autobahn

2015

A series of 10 paper landscapes of streets passing through nature. Inspired by a song from my Mexican cousin and supervised by Prof. Hans-Jörg Kotulla at FH Potsdam.

Berliner Box Business Card
Berliner Box Business Card

Berliner Box Business Card

2014

Business Card for the Berliner Box made of OSB.

Lichtblick Festival
Lichtblick Festival

Lichtblick Festival

2013

Poster and flyer for the music festival Lichtblick using dough.

Carflux
Carflux

Carflux

2013

Logo made during the codemotion hackathon for an ODB dongle that processes the data of the car to enhance the drivers experience.

Arts University Bournemouth
Arts University Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth

2012

Generative logo proposal for the Arts University Bournemouth. Collaboration with Flora Karger.

It’s all about type
It’s all about type

It’s all about type

2012

Typographic photo series for fun. Collaboration with Alexander Jesipow, Flora Karger, Gülcan Uluyurt, Tina Wehder.

Free ideas

I decided to share all my stupid and genius ideas with you. Let’s collaborate!

CO₂ dashboard with infographics that compare how much certain industries, companies, countries and lifestyle impact our planet the most

Every day we are confronted with new numbers about how we are destroying our planet. But where should we start? By visualizing the CO₂ emissions we can better understand where to start.

Digital maps to discover the local stories from everyday people.

Imagine walking through the city and being able to listen and see the stories people have shared on the internet. Basically a story aggregator with a map. And now imagine how people in 10 or 100 years will able to re-live and re-experience our lives. History will be written and documented by everyone.

Video of people dancing in a club which then zooms into individuals and shows them during their everyday life

Could also work as an interactive video.

Recognize a playlist by adding this information to an inaudible frequency

Imagine you could not only shazam a song but also the playlist.

Ability as a sender to define the kind of notification the recipient will get

What if the sender could classify a message as non-urgent so the recipient does not get a notification. The recipient then gets a reminder once a day for all the non-urgent messages.

Maps showing you the safest route home based on criminality data

Note: this should not exist.

The »Helper Gym« is a platform to post and find fitness tasks like helping with a relocation, a construction or chopping wood

So instead of going to the gym you work out by helping your fellow humans.

Feel-good-box includes all kinds of objects that feel good to touch, squeeze and rip apart

Of course only using scraps.

Website that allows to create beautiful and simple signs to print out

At the same time those ugly signs people create in Word or PoewerPoint are also kind of beautiful.

Weekly physical newspaper with all the articles I didn’t read

Apparently this has been done before but they ran into copyright problems and had to shut down.

Everywhere chair

Replacing the four legs with adjustable and extendable legs, similar to tripod legs. Now you can take this chair wherever you go and always sit evenly.

Service that improves the accessibility of memes by identifying the original image and making the text more legible

Weather app showing how you should dress instead of the weather conditions

To prevent the overuse of a typeface it can only be bought a certain amount of times

Onesie with an integrated pillow

Search engine congratulates you when you searched for something the first time ever

Hammock with guitar strings

Infographics visualizing the prices of basic items like light, bread etc.

A beautiful Faraday cage for smartphones in restaurants that also wirelessly charges them

Sticker mit »Wer wird Millionär?« Fragen über Klingelschilder kleben

Stone with a headphone jack

Two daily curated 3-minute videos for brushing your teeth

Messages organized by persons instead of apps

Print a face on a hand fan

App recognizes the voice of different people and tracks how long they speak during a meeting

Infographic of how the median human would have to live to prevent the destruction of our world

Visualizing a CV as a map or comic

Platform comparing the services, advantages and disadvantages of nations

Joint-calendar-poster is a perforated A2 poster with 365 paper tips with the date and an inspirational quote

Platform or Facebook app to find people in a similar situation eg. studying design, recovering from a breakup, same dream etc.

Translate a sentence from sign language to spoken englisch and back and forth a few times to understand how much information is lost

App which converts text into a sign language video

Translate and rebrand the news from another country to make it look like it happened here

Recreate the army pattern with mold

Everyday objects which make fart sounds so you always have something to blame

Sticker of a doorbell with Jérôme Boateng’s name

Smartphone recognizes if somebody else is using your phone and deactivates all those embarrassing notifications

Alternative national flag made of all the flags of its immigrants

Clothes borrowing service at airports

Bookmarking apps that show from where and whom I got the link

Smart stethoscope allows you to listen to the stories of objects

Interactive timeline with all the necessary inventions to create the lighter

Exhibition of walls and borders throughout history

Sweets, fruits or nuts at the top of every bouldering route as a reward

Interactive timeline with all human inventions and interconnections

The »Three-sip-beer« is the size of a standard bottle but only has three sips of beer and basically 95% glass

Humorous integration kits for different countries and cultures

New language based on the phonetic alphabet

Collection of digital fears like duplicate files

Create a brief user experience report and then offer it to the company to get the next job

Page on my website with all the stuff I want to get rid off

Parabolic mirror grills in public parks

Make the dishwasher sound like the sea

Print Pinterest boards as a book

Photo series of a seat in a subway showing all the people that sat on it throughout the day

Illustrators from around the world illustrating their favorite sex position

Beautiful spherical tokens with a NFC chip to link to a music playlist

Logo made of jelly

An array of switches to keep track of who cleaned the kitchen, bathroom and living room the last time

A series of blog posts describing hidden design details

Photo series of children in their bedroom with their stepparents

Smart book plays sound and background music depending on which page you are

App or website recognizes your reading speed and automatically scrolls for you

When paying taxes or getting money from the state I also see the first name and approximate location of my fellow citizens who payed or received that money

A dumb watch made of a beautiful stone that doesn’t show the time

Ability to zoom in by moving your phone closer to your face

Weather app that shows you how to dress instead of the weather conditions

Collection of the most neglected interfaces around the world

In monitor-mode your printer will take a screenshot and print it as fast as possible

Attach all kinds of shakers to cleaning utensils to make music while you clean

Mobile app that visualizes sound as a circle and by placing a glass of water on top of the screen you get disco glass

Photo series of thousands of people to show the infinite sexual spectrum

Interactive painting of a glass of water showing how much water you should drink today

Infographic showing number and location of active soldiers around the world

Meal recreated with painted rocks

Coloring book but with beautiful black and white photos and only a black pen

Recycle old stuffed animals into one big pillow

Create a spicy salsa with my Mexican friend José and call it »Los José’s«

Alphabet made by connecting the moles of my flatmate José

Business card made of pcb to create different electronical devices

Smart water tap shows water consumption by shortly interrupting the waterflow

Photo series of 404 errors but in real life

Decorate a leafless tree with green plastic waste

Photo series at the airport of people before and after their holidays

Services

I can help you with prototyping & design, qualitative research and facilitation.

Crafting inclusive, accessible and responsible services

Prototyping & Design

A prototype can fulfill various end goals such as to test the overall concept acceptance, technical feasibility, usability of an interface, convince stakeholders or to simply communicate an idea within the team. After the scope of the service is defined we’ll build many prototypes along the way balancing fidelity and resources. But apart from the process I believe an empowered and diverse team as well as a welcoming environment are way more important to create accessible, coherent and responsible services.

Understanding people’s needs and their contexts

Qualitative Research

As everything else builds upon it, qualitative research is the most effective way to develop better services. We can only confirm or disprove our assumptions by talking to the people using the product or service. What are they currently struggling with? What are they trying to accomplish? Where, when and in which conditions are they? By observing and making the appropriate questions we can better understand their goals and motivations and design accordingly. A rough prototype is a great way to break the ice and start the conversation during an interview.

Aligning and enabling the whole team to deliver

Facilitation

Before diving into a new project I like to make sure we are all on the same page. I am a big fan of the vision workshops we had at Fuxblau. The team talks about its concept, motivations and concerns while we ask questions and take notes on a whiteboard à la graphical recording. Visualizing the status quo and vision allows the team to clarify and unite behind a common understanding. Other explicit visual tools such as service blueprints then help us throughout the process to better understand and communicate the service we want to build.

Experience

4.5 years at a service design agency, interface design bachelor, d.school and a graphic design apprenticeship.

Translating user needs into business models at Fuxblau

2014 – ‘18

The service design studio Fuxblau was founded 2013 by Olga Scupin and Manuel Grossmann and I joined them in spring 2014 as their first employee. We helped our clients to better understand what their customers really want and how their overall offer can become more customer-centric. Our clients were a mix of Berlin startups, SME’s and recently also bigger companies like Arriva, Bosch and Sennheiser. Our common project process: establish a common understanding within the team, sharpen the concept and create a first prototype based on qualitative user research. It was very important to us to leave our clients with tangible and actionable outcomes they could keep working with like prototypes, action plans and service blueprints. During an average week I would support a colleague during a workshop or sprint, help my colleagues with all kinds of tech and design questions as well as update design templates and our internal wiki.

Basic Track at HPI in Potsdam

Summer Term 2016

Even though I was familiar with the approach and many methods from my work at Fuxblau, the basic track at the School of Design Thinking gave me more confidence to apply it. Having the freedom to experiment with new methods and processes with a group of like minded people with diverse backgrounds made a huge difference. During the 3-week project we developed Culture Coach, a service which connects you with a fellow immigrant or expert to help you navigate the new environment. Read more about the concept and process. During the 8-week project we helped the Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies to create a sustainable strategy to organize their yearly symposium. The outcome: clearly defined processes and responsibilities between BCRT staff and PhD students. A set of organizational tools give the students guidance but enough independence to grow while organizing the symposium. Our final concept pitch and rough documentation.

Interface Design Bachelor at FH Potsdam

2013 – ‘18

At the FH Potsdam I learned how to translate the design principles to digital interfaces and I explored its peculiarities. The studies were interdisciplinary — courses are open to interface, product and communication designers. Therefore, I also participated in many non-digital courses such as wood workshop, product design, calligraphy and ceramics. Throughout my studies I explored alternatives and additions to screen based interfaces. Be it a clock that tells you when your next bus is coming, physical objects visualizing data or a speculative short film about a future without sexual desire.

Graphic Design Apprenticeship at Lette-Verein

2008 – ‘11

Coming from an artistic family it was pretty obvious I would become a creative professional. Instead of attending high school I completed a graphic design apprenticeship at the Lette–Verein in Berlin. It was a rather technical apprenticeship focused on classic design techniques and print. Our classes ranged from analog photography, design sketching, design history, illustration, typography, poster design and dtp to screen printing. At the end of my apprenticeship I discovered service design at the Global Service Jam and realized I wanted to do more than just designing logos and posters. I concluded with a six-month graphic design internship at the Arts University Bournemouth.

Some of the clients I've directly or indirectly worked with:

References

What my colleagues, fellow students, flatmate and mother say about me.

Martin Jordan
Martin Jordan

Head of service design at Government Digital Service

Sometimes you have the opportunity to observe a person’s progress over years and be genuinely impressed by what they’ve become. In 2011, I met @jerdesign at @GSJAM after finishing his A-levels. Today, he’s an experienced designer with a strong portfolio — www.jer.design

Marion Couesnon
Marion Couesnon

Interaction designer at Fuxblau — colleague in ‘18

[…] Tito is at the origin of many processes, ideas, workflows that Fuxblau uses nowadays. Therefore he is also a mindful person who takes responsibility for his ideas. As we have similar profile focussed on prototyping, I have acknowledged the quality of his work, but also his curiosity, that leads him to always try new tools and visual effects. Finally, Tito is a very kind and committed person. He welcomed me with open arms, allowing us to have very constructive and critical dialogs. He was actively crafting a benevolent atmosphere in Fuxblau, while setting himself higher standards project after project.

Lydia
Lydia

Mother since ‘91

Tito is my most beautiful gift to myself: a tall young man, a mirror image of his father, cheeky and charming. […] At times he brings me to the point of despair when he tries to get me enthusiastic about his newest ideas demanding long discussions. But I feel instantly reconciled once he asks me for advice or just gives me a hug. A lovable tormentor!

Manuel Großmann
Manuel Großmann

Founder and creative lead at Fuxblau — colleague from ‘14 – ‘18

[…] Tito ist unglaublich interessiert und scheint immer über jeden neuesten Designtrend und neue Tools Bescheid zu wissen. Somit habe ich ständig von ihm Neues gelernt und er hat immer frischen Wind in unser Team gebracht. In der Zeit in der ich mit Tito arbeiten durfte, hat er eine unglaublich steile Entwicklung hingelegt. Mittlerweile ist Tito ein top Interfacedesigner mit sehr gutem Gespür für UX und auch für visuelle Ausgestaltung. Die Arbeit mit ihm war mir immer eine Freude — sowohl fachlich als auch menschlich.

Olga Scupin
Olga Scupin

Founder and business strategist at Fuxblau — colleague from ‘14 – ‘18

[…] Tito is an extremely curious and open-minded person. He is eager to learn new tools and methods and highly motivated to acquirsee new skills. Although Tito works as a user experience and service designer in our company, we also highly value his skills as a maker and tinkerer.

José Rojas
José Rojas

Visual storyteller, fellow student at FHP, flatmate since ‘14 and co-creator of Evolin

Tito is, from all of my friends, the one who’s most passionate about his work. It’s usually hard to talk without him interrupting because he has a new idea. He will open his eyes until they’re about to pop out and then shout into the conversation “Guys, guys … I have an Idea! Imagine …” […] But the thing that amazes me the most, is that all of his projects always have the goal of making people happy. Whether it is by trying to make their lives a little less complicated or just by paying attention to details that others underestimate.

Thomas Miebach
Thomas Miebach

UX designer, fellow student at FHP and co-creator of Urban Dataobjects

I worked together with Tito on the Urban Dataobjects project at FH Potsdam. He proved to be a great team lead by facilitating the process, planning ahead and sharing tasks among our team. He has a great team spirit and always looked after each and everyone of us. I am deaf and rely on sign language interpreters. I noticed again and again how much he cared to involve me in our project. I still can feel his positive energy just thinking of him.

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