Let's create responsible, accessible and beautiful services that ideally benefit all, while also having lots of fun.

José Ernesto Rodriguez

. UX Designer and Berliner. Harmonizing physical, digital + human worlds. Currently looking for a job in civic tech, urbanity or alternative futures. Occasionally also taking on freelance projects that pique my interest. Want to collaborate on a side project? Let's go for lunch, coffee or a drink.

When done right, we can all enjoy life without destroying our planet. Let’s make this transition as smooth as possible while exploring small & big challenges.

Transitioning to civic tech

Future

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!

What I’m Doing Right Now

Present

Apart from enjoying the Berlin summer and constantly updating my website I am basically trying to figure out what's next. I just got accepted for the Urban Futures Master at FH Potsdam and therefore also looking for related jobs. I've been researching initiatives and companies, contacting people and going to several events related to governance. My primary side project right now is co2andyou.webflow.io. The goal is to present the biggest CO₂ polluters in a visual and actionable way. I'am also trying to come up with an idea around Engineering Trust to apply to the Prototype Fund.

My nickname is Tito

Past

The small Ernesto, Ernestito, Tito. I am a 28-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

Others

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.

Interface & service design

Altersvorsorge

Altersvorsorge

2018
How to encourage young people to think about their retirement

Internal sprint for fun at Fuxblau to encourage people in their 20s to start thinking about their retirement. Read more on Medium.

Fuxblau

Fuxblau

2018
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 + 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.

European Spring Program

European Spring Program

2019
Goal and action focused policy program

Program redesign of the transnational party European Spring classifies its 100 policies into goals and subgoals. Built with Webflow.

Fluid Living

Fluid Living

2018
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. As people get more independent they can create communities based on their priorities.

Arriva

Arriva

2017
Research and development for better mobility services

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

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

2017
Redesign of the NPR One app without adding new features

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

2015
Redesign of the email encryption application from the Frauenhofer Institute

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

Superclock

Superclock

2014
Internet connected clock shows you when the next subway is coming

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.

Urban Dataobjects

Urban Dataobjects

2016
Abstract data converted into physical structures

Every year the Bertelsmann Foundation publishes the Social Justice Index classified by six dimensions: 1. poverty prevention, 2. equitable education, 3. labor market access, 4. social cohesion and non-discrimination, 5. health and 6. intergenerational justice. 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. Course at FH Potsdam and supervised by Prof. Boris Müller. Collaboration with Merle Ibach, Mario Klemm, Thomas Miebach, Philipp Strixner.

Handkerze

Handkerze

2011
My hand as a candle

Created just for fun. Why not?

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

2014
Translation of an interview with Oliver Kahn into a sound object using dough

Made at FH Potsdam. Make sure to watch the interview with Oliver Kahn in German.

Berliner Box

Berliner Box

2014
Modular & stackable box for the urban nomad

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

Hat Controller

Hat Controller

2013
Wired hats allow you to control your game character by tilting your head

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

2013
Playful wooden cubes with a magnet of a different polarity on each side

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

Evolin

Evolin

2017
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.

This fictional documentary is the result of a speculative design course supervised by Prof. Boris Müller at the FH Potsdam.

2115

2115

2015
Five-part photo series imagining possible futures in 2115

This photo shows a victim of an intergalactic pandemic. Made with tonic water, gelatine and ultra violet lights. Collaboration with Mario Hamborg, Moira Berit Joachim, Dominik Manikowski, Nina Tschirner at FH Potsdam.

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

2013
Mini documentary in Spanish about the extraction and processing of gold in Nicaragua

Santa Rosa del Peñón, Nicaragua.

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

2016
Recounting the story of the first ascent of the K2

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

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

2011
Branding for a carbon manufactory

Carbon Works is based in Berlin. Made during my graphic design apprenticeship at Lette-Verein.

Bunga & Bunga

Bunga & Bunga

2013
Business card for DJ duo

Made with marbled and laser cut paper and silver foil. Check out their Soundcloud: Bunga & Bunga.

Raschelbuch

Raschelbuch

2014
Peter's story illustrated

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

2011
Experimental typeface made using my hands and a photocopier

You can buy prints on Society6. Made during my graphic design apprenticeship at Lette-Verein.

Business Card for the architect Antonio Festa

Business Card for the architect Antonio Festa

2015
Laser cut business card for an architect

Antonio Festa is a Berlin based architect. The laser marked lines on the back represent his favorite piece of architecture: the National Parliament House in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Fuxblau Business Card

Fuxblau Business Card

2015
Experimental laser cut business card for Fuxblau

Fuxblau is a Berlin based service design agency.

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

2014
Business Card for the Berliner Box made of OSB

The Berliner Box is a modular and versatile box with the perfect size for vinyls and office folders. Thanks to its 45° mitres on top and bottom they can be stacked and rotated to all four sides, creating shelves and room dividers. Made at FH Potsdam.

Keyboard Hackparty Poster

Keyboard Hackparty Poster

2013
Poster for the Keyboard Hack Party

Made at FH Potsdam using keyboard buttons and a photocopier.

Lichtblick Festival

Lichtblick Festival

2013
Poster and flyer for the music festival Lichtblick

Made using dough.

Carflux

Carflux

2013
Logo for an ODB dongle that processes the car's data

The ODB dongle  processes the data of the car to enhance the drivers experience. Made during the codemotion hackathon.

Arts University Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth

2012
Generative logo machine

Logo proposal for the Arts University Bournemouth. Collaboration with Flora Karger.

It’s all about type

It’s all about type

2012
Typographic hair photo series

Collaboration with Alexander Jesipow, Flora Karger, Gülcan Uluyurt, Tina Wehder.

Bernd Flach

Bernd Flach

2007
Corporate design for a dance teacher

Bernd Flach is a Berlin based dance teacher. Made during my graphic design apprenticeship at Lette-Verein.

I can help you with prototyping & design, qualitative research and co-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 inclusive, 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

Co-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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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

Martin Jordan

Head of service design at Government Digital Service

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

Interaction designer at Fuxblau — colleague in ‘18

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

Mother since ‘91

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Some of my favorite podcasts, apps, links, websites, products, fonts, services, playlists, projects and more.

All My Favorite Links

Lage der Nation

Lage der Nation
Weekly German news podcast

Weekly German news podcast

Beste Option wenn man sich einen Überblick der politischen Situation der letzten Woche in Deutschland und der Welt verschaffen möchte.

Der Podcast besteht aus einem Dialog zwischen dem Journalisten Banse sowie dem Richter und Bürgerrechtler Buermeyer, in dem diese die tagespolitischen Ereignisse der vergangenen Woche aufarbeiten. Das Gespräch zeichnet sich durch eine häufig wiederkehrende Struktur aus: Regelmäßig werden die Themen zuerst objektiv hinsichtlich der gegenwärtig vorliegenden Fakten auf der Basis von Primärquellen und Zeitungsartikeln beleuchtet und daraufhin von den Moderatoren persönlich kommentiert. In jeder Folge setzen sich die Moderatoren auch mit dem Feedback der Hörer auseinander.

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Paste

Paste
Clipboard manager

Clipboard manager

I was previously using Jumpcut — a free and super simple clipboard manager. Paste won me over with 3 core featrues: 1. Organizing snippets you use frequently in Pinboards 2. Visual clipboard history and preview any type of content 3. iCloud sync. There is also an iOS app as well but I've never really used it.

Paste automatically stores everything you copy across all your devices and keeps your clipboard history organized.

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Small PDF

Small PDF
All things PDF like compress, convert, edit

All things PDF like compress, convert, edit

Primarily use Small PDF to compress PDFs but it can also edit, unlock, merge and convert from/to many other formats such as PowerPoint, Word, JPG.

We are Smallpdf, the first PDF software you'll actually like.

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Stoop

Stoop
Separate email inbox as app for newsletters

Separate email inbox as app for newsletters

I was going crazy getting so many great newsletter into my inbox and feeling guilty for not having the time to read them all. With Stoop you get a separate email address for all your newsletters. Now I consciously open the Stoop app from time to time and don’t feel pressured to read them or feel bad for deleting them anymore.

Stoop helps you discover, subscribe, and consume great content all in one place. Get those newsletters out of your inbox and onto your Stoop.

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V for Wiki

V for Wiki
My default Wikipedia-app

My default Wikipedia-app

I usually use V for Wiki when I have no idea what building I am looking at. The nearby map view shows Wikipedia posts around you and therefore super useful when traveling.

V for Wiki is a unique combination of a high-class encyclopedia and an interactive travel guide. The signature Nearby Map view highlights Wikipedia content about places in your area. A daily updated overview shows which articles are currently the most read. The app’s thoughtful typography makes reading long articles pleasant. Using the app feels quick, cheerful and elegant.

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The Wirecutter

The Wirecutter
Thorough tech & gadget reviews

Thorough tech & gadget reviews

I always check Wirecutter before buying new tech. Their JTBD approach to recommendations is so useful.

Wirecutter is a list of the best gear and gadgets for people who want to save the time and stress of figuring out what to buy. Whatever sort of thing you need—tableware or TV or air purifier—we make shopping for it easy by telling you the best one to get.

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Splitwise

Splitwise
Track household budgets

Track household budgets

Have been using Splitwise for a few years now to track expenses with my roommate and on trips with friends! And yes, it’s ugly but it works great!

Splitwise is a free tool for friends and roommates to track bills and other shared expenses, so that everyone gets paid back. On the web, iPhone, and Android.

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Trendlist

Trendlist
Trends in graphic design

Trends in graphic design

Whenever I am uninspired I checkout Trendlist. Not a fan of all trends but it is refreshing to see more unconventional work. There is a handy popularity timeline for each trend like Left, Right, Up & Down.

Trend List's task is to search, name and sorts these graphic design tendencies. Trend List tries to spot where and when they rise, which countries they're popular in and how they evolve over time. Trend List showcases posters, books, catalogs, magazines, album covers, and invitations for the cultural sphere.

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GOV.UK Design System

GOV.UK Design System
Service styles, components and patterns by GDS

Service styles, components and patterns by GDS

The GOV.UK Design System is for everyone, with a strong community sitting behind it. It brings together the latest research, design and development from across government to make sure it’s representative and relevant for its users.

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Formcard

Formcard
Remoldable plastic using hot water to fix things

Remoldable plastic using hot water to fix things

Backed this a few years ago on Indiegogo. Basically like Sugru but reusable. Has been useful a few times already.

Formcard is a handy, pocket sized card of strong, meltable bio-plastic that you can use to make, fix and modify the world around you. Just drop it in a cup of hot water and it's ready to use. Keep one in your wallet, toolbox or kitchen drawer so that it's always around when you need to use it.

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Future Fonts

Future Fonts
Buy the freshest typefaces in development and support the creators

Buy the freshest typefaces in development and support the creators

For when you are looking for a new font that hasn’t been used anywhere else.

Where type designers sell experimental work in progress. Access to experimental styles designers are currently working on. All these designers are vetted and have a track record of great work. Buy early for the best deals. Prices increase with each new version.

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Clue

Clue
Track and understand your menstrual cycle

Track and understand your menstrual cycle

Most of the people I know who track their menstrual cycle with an app, use Clue. Its design is approachable, has great resources to better understand your body and it’s possible to share the data with your partner. They seem to be taking privacy and research really serious. Clue is based in Berlin.

Clue is a menstrual tracking app, an encyclopedia, a resource for your health, and more.

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Epic Llama

Epic Llama
Surprise weekend trip with strangers and fun challenges

Surprise weekend trip with strangers and fun challenges

Would you like to break out of your comfort zone, meet inspiring people and discover a new city? Last year I met 5 strangers at the airport, flew to Bucharest for a weekend, drank shots with strangers, got a piggyback ride from strangers, ended up giving free hugs to strangers, went on a scavenger hunt… and came back to Berlin with 5 new friends. 100% recommended if you want to break out of your daily routine, meet new people and challenge yourself!

Photo of me with sunglasses, an inflatable banana in the right hand and a free-hugs sign in the left.

We plan epic adventures to surprise destinations where you will have to complete a series of fun challenges that will make you discover the city in a totally unique and fun way! You won't know where you're going until 1 hour before departure. You can either plan your own adventure with friends (from anywhere in Europe) or join a small group of awesome, like-minded travelers (aged 20-35s).

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Pumpipumpe

Pumpipumpe
Share your stuff with neighbours and strangers

Share your stuff with neighbours and strangers

Such a great project. They also have a map so you can share with more people than just your direct neighbours.

Pumpipumpe is committed to more conscious and sustainable consumption. What do we really have to own and what are we able to easily share? How often do we actually use our power drill? How many vacuum cleaners does an apartment building need?

Pumpipumpe makes all the useful things which are rarely used that are hidden in homes, cupboards, boxes and basements, visible. The mailbox stickers draw attention neighbours who pass on a daily basis. The goal is to create a dialogue between neighbors and discuss the potentials of urban neighborhoods being real active networks, especially in the age of increasing digitization.

Pumpipumpe is not a ready to use product but a tool that can and will help you activate your own real network in the neighborhood.

Stick the stickers of the items you are willing to lend on your mailbox and then share the rest with your neighbours! Pass on the remaining stickers to your neighbours, this way you can find people who have items that you do not have. Spread the word about Pumpipumpe. The more households join in, the better it works!

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Signal

Signal
Messaging app — state-of-the-art security, non-profit and open-source

Messaging app — state-of-the-art security, non-profit and open-source

Finally deleted Whatsapp, Facebook and Telegram. Now only using iMessage and Signal.

Signal is an easy-to-use app with state-of-the-art security that lets you privately talk, text, and share videos with your contacts.

Signal uses Curve25519, AES-256, and HMAC-SHA256. The security of these algorithms has been tested over many years of use in hundreds of different applications. Signal messages and calls are end-to-end encrypted, which means that they can only be read or heard by your intended recipients. We make it easy for you to verify that you are communicating with the right people and that no man in the middle attack has occurred.

The Signal service does not have access to the contents of any messages or calls sent or received by Signal users. Additionally, the complete source code for the Signal clients and the Signal server is available on GitHub. This enables interested parties to examine the code and help us verify that everything is behaving as expected. It also allows advanced users to compile their own copies of the applications and compare them with the versions we distribute.

The Signal Protocol is the most advanced cryptographic ratchet available. It ensures that new AES keys are used for every single message, and it provides Signal with both forward secrecy and future secrecy properties. The Signal Protocol also features enhanced deniability properties that improve on those provided by OTR, except unlike OTR all of these features work well in an asynchronous mobile environment.

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Spotify Chill Playlist

Spotify Chill Playlist
My go-to playlist on Spotify

My go-to playlist on Spotify

My go-to playlist when I don’t know what to listen to. Great for cooking, a roadtrip or an evening with friends.

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July 13, 2019

Typeform

Typeform
Create beautiful forms and questionnaires

Create beautiful forms and questionnaires

If you are doing a survey or similar Typeform is the best option today + based in Barcelona and not Google. Great backend and frontend design. The interface might look simple but Typeform has many customization and integration options.

Forms & surveys for the people. The most important online interaction for a business is the exchange of information.

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July 13, 2019

Webflow

Webflow
Powerful visual website builder

Powerful visual website builder

After spending countless hours on Wordpress, configurating the server and domain, searching plugins, fixing bugs, optimizing for different breakpoints… I finally settled for Webflow. I prefer spending a bit more so I don’t have to worry about all that anymore. It’s really well thought out, their tutorials are on point and the support also has been excellent. If you don’t need control over every element I’d go for Squarespace. It’s impressing how they communicate with their community. They have a forum, wishlist platform, blog, and Youtube channel with dozens of videos in which they explain new features in detail, answer questions from the community, recreate websites and talk with Webflow employees.

On a mission to democratize creation for the web. Webflow is a visual web design platform, CMS, and hosting provider perfect for building production websites and prototypes.

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July 13, 2019

Prototype Fund

Prototype Fund
Funding public interest tech

Funding public interest tech

The Prototype Fund is a funding program of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that is supported and evaluated by the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. Individuals and small teams (of freelance coders, hackers, UX designers and more) can receive funding in order to test their ideas and develop open source applications in the areas of Civic Tech, Data Literacy, IT Security and Software Infrastructure.

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July 13, 2019

Lab Technologiestiftung Berlin

Lab Technologiestiftung Berlin
Berlin lab covering open data, digitalization and urbanity

Berlin lab covering open data, digitalization and urbanity

One of the most promising initiatives in Berlin pushing technology in Government.

The Ideation & Prototyping Lab is the development space of the Technologiestiftung Berlin. We develop and test digital tools and solutions in order to shape digital change in Berlin together with administrations, science and urban society. We are the team behind ODIS and run the CityLAB Berlin.

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July 13, 2019

Jung & Naiv

Jung & Naiv
Politische Interviews und Ausschnitte aus der BPK

Politische Interviews und Ausschnitte aus der BPK

Die Interviewgäste und Fragen von Tilo Jung sind super. Ein Muss für alle politisch Desinteressierte.

Politik für Desinteressierte ist eine regelmäßig ausgestrahlte politische Interview-Sendung. Die erste Folge erschien am 7. Februar 2013 bei YouTube.

Tilo Jung spielt für seine Interviews einen naiven jungen Mann, der seinen Gästen entsprechend unvoreingenommen grundlegende Fragen stellt. Er stellt dabei „einen Durchschnittsahnungslosen auf dem intellektuellen Niveau eines 14-Jährigen“ dar, der grundsätzlich jegliche räumliche und sprachlich formale Distanz zu seinem Gesprächspartner missachtet. So wird der Interviewpartner geduzt, darf keine Fremdwörter benutzen und muss Fachbegriffe von Grund auf erklären. Die Interviews werden ohne genau abgesteckten zeitlichen Rahmen aufgenommen und in voller Länge veröffentlicht.

Anfang 2015 verlagerte Tilo Jung seinen Schwerpunkt auf die Berichterstattung in der Bundespressekonferenz und veröffentlichte die dort aufgenommenen Folgen auf seinem Youtube-Kanal unter der Rubrik BPK für Desinteressierte. Im Gegensatz zu den anderen Hauptstadtjournalisten war sein „Ansatz... (zu) informieren, wie die Bundesregierung informiert.“. Ab Mitte April begann er kurze Clips aus den sehr langen Folgen anzubieten, bald darauf auch themensortierte Zusammenschnitte verschiedener Folgen, so genannte Super-Cuts.

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July 13, 2019

Letterboxed

Letterboxed
Movie diary and platform

Movie diary and platform

Best movie platform I found so far. You can rate movies, create lists and follow other people.

Letterboxd is a global social network for grass-roots film discussion and discovery. Use it as a diary to record and share your opinion about films as you watch them, or just to keep track of films you’ve seen in the past. Showcase your favorites on your profile page. Rate, review and tag films as you add them. Find and follow your friends to see what they’re enjoying. Keep a watchlist of films you’d like to see, and create lists/collections on any given topic. We’ve been described as “like GoodReads for movies”.

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August 18, 2019

Kochhaus

Kochhaus
Delicious foodbox with simple recipes and local stores

Delicious foodbox with simple recipes and local stores

I’ve been a long-time fan of Kochhaus. They have physical stores around Germany where they not only sell the the recipe and ingredients in a package but also serve delicious food. Their recipes are tasty, diverse and easy to prepare. I tried HelloFresh but their recipes were boring after a few months. Their recipes were complex with too many ingredients and steps and the layout of the recipes was confusing.

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August 18, 2019

Klub Kitchen

Klub Kitchen
Unconventional asian fusion in Berlin Mitte

Unconventional asian fusion in Berlin Mitte

My favorite restaurant in Mitte. Fast, unconventional and delicious. Usual Mitte prices.

Unconventional urban cross over kitchen

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September 29, 2019

Tattly

Tattly
Temporary tattoos from designer and illustrators

Temporary tattoos from designer and illustrators

A great last minute present.

Tired of putting poorly designed temporary tattoos on her daughter’s arm, Tina Roth Eisenberg took matters into her own hands. After soliciting a dozen renowned artists and designers, hiring the first two team members, and learning what a temporary tattoo was actually made of, Tattly was born.

In July of 2011, Tattly launched online, featuring an all-star lineup of professional designers and illustrators. Starting with just a handful of designs, Tattly received thousands of orders from around the world.

At Tattly, we believe that great design and art can make people happy. We believe that quality products and great customer support are the only options. And we believe that, whether for a child or an adult, every Tattly should come with a smile.

Designed by professional artists who get a cut of every sale. Safe and non-toxic, printed with vegetable-based ink. Shipped with love out of Brooklyn, NY. FDA-compliant and fun for all ages.

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July 19, 2019

Berlin datavis links

Berlin datavis links
Selected links to guide you through Berlins datavis scene

Selected links to guide you through Berlins datavis scene

Great link collection by my fellow student Jonas Parnow.

if you are new in town, welcome to Berlin, and to everyone new or already involved in data visualisation, this website aims to guide you to the local scene. It is inspired and maintained by the Data Visualization Meetup Berlin. You are very welcome to join us for our ~monthly meetings. Meanwhile, here are some links to help you around. If you have any additional questions, want to participate or contribute to this website, feel free to contact me through jonas-at-datavis.berlin or on Twitter. Follow #visber or our experimental Telegram Channel for more up-to-date information.

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August 23, 2019

How to Manage E-Mail

How to Manage E-Mail
Tips on How to Manage E-Mail from my professor

Tips on How to Manage E-Mail from my professor

Everyone uses e-mail. But a lot of people are struggling with organising their e-mail workload. So in this essay, I discuss strategies for a more efficient e-mail management and how to write e-mails that work.

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August 18, 2019

Volksentscheid Transparenz Berlin

Volksentscheid Transparenz Berlin
Initiative for more transparency in Berlin

Initiative for more transparency in Berlin

Was verhindert die Sanierungen der Berliner Schulen? Welche Lobbyverbände nehmen Einfluss auf die Berliner Politik? Werden an der nächsten Ecke bezahlbare oder Luxuswohnungen gebaut? Warum geht es beim BER nicht voran? Wo ist die Luft in Berlin besonders schlecht? Wie werden Steuergelder verschwendet? Die Berliner Verwaltung besitzt die Antworten auf diese und viele weitere Fragen. Sie gibt sie aber fast nie aktiv heraus. Bürger*innen müssen nachfragen, wissen aber meist nicht, wie und wo. Oft werden Anfragen auf Herausgabe von Informationen abgelehnt. Die Informationsrechte der Berliner*innen sind schlecht geregelt. Politische Kontrolle und Engagement werden damit ausgebremst. Öffentlich finanziertes Wissen muss für alle zugänglich sein!

Wer derzeit von Behörden Informationen erfragt, muss nach dem Gesetz dafür Gebühren zahlen. Sogar E-Mails von Behörden sind kostenpflichtig. Wir schaffen Gebühren für Auskünfte ab. Informationen des Staates müssen für alle zugänglich sein, nicht nur für Personen mit einem dicken Geldbeutel! Das Land Berlin hält über 200 private Unternehmen, darunter die Flughäfen, Wohnungsunternehmen, Investmentfirmen und Krankenhäuser. Bisher gibt es keine öffentliche Kontrolle dieser Bereiche. Das ändern wir! Mit dem Transparenzgesetz müssen auch Unternehmen, die öffentliche Aufgaben wahrnehmen, wichtige Informationen offenlegen. Außerdem muss der Senat transparent machen, welche Organisationen und Lobbygruppen Einfluss auf Gesetze haben und mit welchen Interessenvertreter*innen sich Verwaltungsmitarbeiter*innen treffen.

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September 29, 2019

Sidebar

Sidebar
Every day, the 5 best design links

Every day, the 5 best design links

Since 2012, Sidebar has been collecting the best links about UI design, typography, CSS, user research, and all other facets of design. It's now become a trusted resource for thousands of designers across the world, both to stay on top of the latest news, trends, and resources; as well as to share their own work with the community.

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September 3, 2019

Animated Knots

Animated Knots
Collection of animated Knots

Collection of animated Knots

Animated Knots by Grog is the web’s premiere site for learning how to tie knots of any kind. From Boating Knots, Fishing Knots and Climbing Knots to tying a tie, or even Surgical Knots — we’ve got it covered.

Follow along as ropes tie themselves, showing just the essential steps, so you can master a knot in no time. Jump into any category to get started. If you’re unsure where to begin, try starting with the Basics, our Knot of the Day or check out every knot we’ve got!

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July 14, 2019

Deepl

Deepl
Machine learning trained translator

Machine learning trained translator

Whenever I am not using Linguee I use Deepl to find more natural translations. By the way, Deepl is created by the same team behind Linguee.

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July 15, 2019

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

Board game prototyping kit

All the materials you need to prototype a new game such as dice, cards, tokens, chips etc.

Card set with rules for card games

I am very bad at remembering card game rules. Imagine  a visual summary of the rules of a card game on a single card so all the cards fit in the same deck. Ideally 2 copies of each rule card.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Maps showing you the safest route home based on criminality data

Note: this should not exist.

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

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.

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

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

Of course only using scraps.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.