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.

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

Fluid Living

1

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

Bachelor Thesis
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Summer Term 2018

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?

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.

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

Fuxblau

2

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

Job
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2014 – 2018

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. Read more on Medium.

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. Read more on Medium.

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. Read more on Medium.

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. Read more on Medium.

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.

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.

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
Founder & Business Strategist
Founder & Creative Lead
Participatory Design
Service Design
Interaction Design
Service Design

Evolin

3

Speculative design shortfilm about life without sexual desire

FH Potsdam University Project
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Summer Term 2017

»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

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 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
Direction & Production
Costume Support
Technical Support

Cast

Dra. Lara Engel
Matthias
Anna
Jonas
Sandra

NPR One Redesign

4

Redesign of the NPR One app without new features

FH Potsdam University Project
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Winter Term 2016

UI Components

In the current version it was hard to distinguish between a show, a single episode and other elements. We therefore redesigned the elements to be as distinctive as possible by adding more relevant information.

UI Components

In the current version it was hard to distinguish between a show, a single episode and other elements. We therefore redesigned the elements to be as distinctive as possible by adding more relevant information.

UI Components

In the current version it was hard to distinguish between a show, a single episode and other elements. We therefore redesigned the elements to be as distinctive as possible by adding more relevant information.

UI Components

In the current version it was hard to distinguish between a show, a single episode and other elements. We therefore redesigned the elements to be as distinctive as possible by adding more relevant information.

New navigation

In order to simplify the navigation, we decided to move the user settings to the general iOS settings and the search feature into the discover section. The additional space allowed us to introduce a third main section: the catch up section. Here we give an overview of all the user related content like followed shows, new episodes, favorite episodes and episodes saved for later.

New navigation

In order to simplify the navigation, we decided to move the user settings to the general iOS settings and the search feature into the discover section. The additional space allowed us to introduce a third main section: the catch up section. Here we give an overview of all the user related content like followed shows, new episodes, favorite episodes and episodes saved for later.

New navigation

In order to simplify the navigation, we decided to move the user settings to the general iOS settings and the search feature into the discover section. The additional space allowed us to introduce a third main section: the catch up section. Here we give an overview of all the user related content like followed shows, new episodes, favorite episodes and episodes saved for later.

New navigation

In order to simplify the navigation, we decided to move the user settings to the general iOS settings and the search feature into the discover section. The additional space allowed us to introduce a third main section: the catch up section. Here we give an overview of all the user related content like followed shows, new episodes, favorite episodes and episodes saved for later.

Mini-player

Our second main focus was the redesign of the actual podcast player. We instantly found it to be annoying to be unable to pause a podcast from within other sections. For this scenario we added a mini-player located in the bottom part.

Mini-player

Our second main focus was the redesign of the actual podcast player. We instantly found it to be annoying to be unable to pause a podcast from within other sections. For this scenario we added a mini-player located in the bottom part.

Mini-player

Our second main focus was the redesign of the actual podcast player. We instantly found it to be annoying to be unable to pause a podcast from within other sections. For this scenario we added a mini-player located in the bottom part.

Mini-player

Our second main focus was the redesign of the actual podcast player. We instantly found it to be annoying to be unable to pause a podcast from within other sections. For this scenario we added a mini-player located in the bottom part.

Research & Origami

We did a dozen of interviews with friends and fellow students to get a general understanding of why, how and when they consume podcasts, news and music. We even managed to interview one NPR One user from San Francisco. We also asked Reddit and received 10 detailed answers. Towards the end I finally had an opportunity to try out Origami to design micro-interactions like being able to play and pause a podcast show, swiping through the sections or scrolling through the discovery section.

Research & Origami

We did a dozen of interviews with friends and fellow students to get a general understanding of why, how and when they consume podcasts, news and music. We even managed to interview one NPR One user from San Francisco. We also asked Reddit and received 10 detailed answers. Towards the end I finally had an opportunity to try out Origami to design micro-interactions like being able to play and pause a podcast show, swiping through the sections or scrolling through the discovery section.

Research & Origami

We did a dozen of interviews with friends and fellow students to get a general understanding of why, how and when they consume podcasts, news and music. We even managed to interview one NPR One user from San Francisco. We also asked Reddit and received 10 detailed answers. Towards the end I finally had an opportunity to try out Origami to design micro-interactions like being able to play and pause a podcast show, swiping through the sections or scrolling through the discovery section.

Research & Origami

We did a dozen of interviews with friends and fellow students to get a general understanding of why, how and when they consume podcasts, news and music. We even managed to interview one NPR One user from San Francisco. We also asked Reddit and received 10 detailed answers. Towards the end I finally had an opportunity to try out Origami to design micro-interactions like being able to play and pause a podcast show, swiping through the sections or scrolling through the discovery section.

NPR (National Public Radio) is an American privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization. They are the leading provider of non-commercial news, information and entertainment programming to the American public. The course at FH Potsdam, supervised by Frank Rausch and Timm Kekeritz, was roughly structured like a Google Design Sprint. The course focused on iOS Human Interface Guidelines, prototyping, typography and screen design. Our restriction: to design only with the data we currently have. So rather than introducing new fancy features we concentrated on fixing the biggest pain points. We identified three core functionalities to be improved: 1. listen and easily define what to listen next, 2. discover new shows, 3. clear overview of user related content like shows I follow, new episodes or episodes saved for later.

At FH Potsdam students from different creative disciplines and years can take part in the same course. In this case Yaron had just started his studies and Sebastian was about to finish his bachelor. As I had proposed to redesign the NPR One app I was super motivated. The three of us were living quite far apart from each other so we decided to work from home and discuss our work via video chat. Work was fairly and evenly split, each of us contributing their strengths. Once a week we presented our drafts, discussed them and decided for specific solutions. I used this project to learn how to set up and use symbols in Sketch. Towards the end I took care of properly merging our designs and created an interactive prototype with Origami.

It takes more effort to enhance an existing design than to come up with a new feature
Online communities like Reddit can also be used for user research
How to take advantage of symbols in Sketch and animate in Origami
Digital Experience Designer
Interface Designer

Superclock

5

Internet connected clock shows you when the next subway is coming

FH Potsdam University Project → Side Project
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Winter Term 2013 – 2014

Final prototype: ceramic spheres with a NFC chip and tiny magnet are recognized and moved around the clockface

I turned the wooden body, laser cut the clock hands and modeled both the ceramic spheres and front plate. Just add some velcro, magnets, cables and a servo … tada!

Final prototype: ceramic spheres with a NFC chip and tiny magnet are recognized and moved around the clockface

I turned the wooden body, laser cut the clock hands and modeled both the ceramic spheres and front plate. Just add some velcro, magnets, cables and a servo … tada!

Final prototype: ceramic spheres with a NFC chip and tiny magnet are recognized and moved around the clockface

I turned the wooden body, laser cut the clock hands and modeled both the ceramic spheres and front plate. Just add some velcro, magnets, cables and a servo … tada!

Final prototype: ceramic spheres with a NFC chip and tiny magnet are recognized and moved around the clockface

I turned the wooden body, laser cut the clock hands and modeled both the ceramic spheres and front plate. Just add some velcro, magnets, cables and a servo … tada!

University prototype: two movable discs showing the next departures of the subway line U8

By rotating the discs you are able to postpone the departure time. The disc then moves to the next available departure position. At this point it was still a Wizard of Oz prototype so it wasn't showing real data. I used an arduino to make the discs move though.

University prototype: two movable discs showing the next departures of the subway line U8

By rotating the discs you are able to postpone the departure time. The disc then moves to the next available departure position. At this point it was still a Wizard of Oz prototype so it wasn't showing real data. I used an arduino to make the discs move though.

University prototype: two movable discs showing the next departures of the subway line U8

By rotating the discs you are able to postpone the departure time. The disc then moves to the next available departure position. At this point it was still a Wizard of Oz prototype so it wasn't showing real data. I used an arduino to make the discs move though.

University prototype: two movable discs showing the next departures of the subway line U8

By rotating the discs you are able to postpone the departure time. The disc then moves to the next available departure position. At this point it was still a Wizard of Oz prototype so it wasn't showing real data. I used an arduino to make the discs move though.

Co-working prototype: no interaction required

For some reason we got carried away, abandoned the idea of creating a personal clock and created one for the co-working space. This version did not need/allow any kind of interaction. At this point the clock was connected to the public transit system and showed live data.

Co-working prototype: no interaction required

For some reason we got carried away, abandoned the idea of creating a personal clock and created one for the co-working space. This version did not need/allow any kind of interaction. At this point the clock was connected to the public transit system and showed live data.

Co-working prototype: no interaction required

For some reason we got carried away, abandoned the idea of creating a personal clock and created one for the co-working space. This version did not need/allow any kind of interaction. At this point the clock was connected to the public transit system and showed live data.

Co-working prototype: no interaction required

For some reason we got carried away, abandoned the idea of creating a personal clock and created one for the co-working space. This version did not need/allow any kind of interaction. At this point the clock was connected to the public transit system and showed live data.

Final prototype: last version before putting the project to rest

After struggling for months with the technical execution we decided to put the project to rest. We just didn't see enough demand for this kind of product and didn't feel comfortable investing more time without the required technical expertise to launch an Internet of Things product.

Final prototype: last version before putting the project to rest

After struggling for months with the technical execution we decided to put the project to rest. We just didn't see enough demand for this kind of product and didn't feel comfortable investing more time without the required technical expertise to launch an Internet of Things product.

Final prototype: last version before putting the project to rest

After struggling for months with the technical execution we decided to put the project to rest. We just didn't see enough demand for this kind of product and didn't feel comfortable investing more time without the required technical expertise to launch an Internet of Things product.

Final prototype: last version before putting the project to rest

After struggling for months with the technical execution we decided to put the project to rest. We just didn't see enough demand for this kind of product and didn't feel comfortable investing more time without the required technical expertise to launch an Internet of Things product.

An internet-connected clock that shows you when your next train, bus or tram is coming. Instead of adding another screen to our lifes we created a more tangible experience. 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.

In spring 2013 my friends Giuseppe Burdo and Emanuele Libralato created a miniature bus that would change its color between red and green according to the waiting time. I got inspired and built upon their concept during my first university course at the FH Potsdam supervised by Reto Wettach. Emanuele eventually moved to Berlin and we kept working on our side project. During the next months we created various prototypes experimenting with different contexts, materials and interactions. Emanuele took care of the code and electronics while I designed the physical product. Nevertheless, we always discussed technological, service and design questions together. I had a rough idea of the code he was writing and he always had an eye on Superclock. After struggling with the technical execution we decided to make a final high-fidelity prototype before putting the project to rest at the end of 2014.

New tools and methods while building Superclock such as wood turning, arduino and the JTBD framework
Designing an object ≠ launching and running a viable IoT company
Don't overengineer — focus on your core challenge while testing simpler possibilities
Software Developer

Urban Dataobjects

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Abstract data converted into physical structures

FH Potsdam University Project
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Summer Term 2016

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

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.

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
Designer
Communication Designer
UX Designer
Motion Graphics Designer

Tiny work impressions

Screen & service design

Altersvorsorge Sprint
Altersvorsorge Sprint

Altersvorsorge Sprint

2018

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

European Spring Program
European Spring Program

European Spring Program

2019

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

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.

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.

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.

Ideas for free

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.

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

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.

Services

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

Crafting accessible, coherent 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.

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. Tito is very gifted in UX/UI and graphic design. 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.

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.

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!

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

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 and flatmate since ‘14

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.

Favorites

My favorite links you'll probably like too. Work in progress, constantly adding more.

Chill Playlist
Chill Playlist
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.

Chill Playlist
Lage der Nation
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.

Lage der Nation

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.

Paste
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

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

Small PDF
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.

Small PDF

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

Stoop
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

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

Swiss Miss
Swiss Miss
Swiss Miss

Weekly inspiration from Tina Roth Eisenberg

Weekly inspiration from Tina Roth Eisenberg

My all time favorite blog by my favorite human being I've only met online. If you are new to design, this is a great place to start. Tina publishes a link pack every Friday with the most interesting and inspiring links. Read all about Tina. I basically discovered design-internet through her.

Swiss Miss

A design blog/studio run by Tina Roth Eisenberg, a Swiss designer gone NYC.

Typeform
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.

Typeform

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

V for Wiki
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

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.

The Wirecutter
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.

The Wirecutter

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.

Wunderlist
Wunderlist
Wunderlist

Reliable and minimal to-do app

Reliable and minimal to-do app

Simple but also extremely reliable and fast to-do app.

Wunderlist

Wunderlist is the easiest way to get stuff done. Whether you’re planning a holiday, sharing a shopping list with a partner or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist is here to help you tick off all your personal and professional to-dos.

Splitwise
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

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.

Trendlist
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.

Trendlist

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.

Present & Correct
Present & Correct
Present & Correct

All-things stationary and graphic design

All-things stationary and graphic design

Keeps my Twitter feed fresh with new and timeless graphic design. From time to time they also share wonderful collections of things.

Present & Correct

P&C opened its virtual doors in 2009. A place for our own designs, things we love by other designers from around the world & vintage items which we discover on trips and foraging expedition. It's a showcase for the things we have enjoyed since school. A long-term obsession with stationery has culminated in a constantly evolving store. Paper and office objects which are inspired by homework, the post office and school. We are both graphic designers and go on sourcing trips around four times a year with the hope of finding some vintage gems. The hunting is fun and currently we stock stationery from 18+ different countries. We want to spark a distant memory, make you smile or look at the most mundane in a new, and fonder, light.

GOV.UK Design System
GOV.UK Design System
GOV.UK Design System
GOV.UK Design System

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.

Superflux
Superflux
Superflux

Intriguing and well crafted speculative design

Intriguing and well crafted speculative design

Studio creating the most intriguing and well crafted works in the field of speculative design. If you don't know Superflux, start with Anab Jain's TED talk on Why we need to imagine different futures.

Superflux

Superflux create worlds, stories, and tools that provoke and inspire us to engage with the precarity of our rapidly changing world. Founded by Anab Jain and Jon Ardern in 2009, the Anglo-Indian studio’s early work brought speculative design approaches to new audiences, working for some of the world’s biggest like Microsoft Research, Sony, Samsung and Nokia, and exhibiting work at MoMA New York, the National Museum of China, and the V&A in London. Over the years, the studio has gained critical acclaim for producing work that navigates the entangled wilderness of our technology, politics, culture, and environment to imagine new ways of seeing, being, and acting. The studio’s partners and clients continue to grow, and include Government of UAE, Innovate UK, Cabinet Office UK, UNDP, Future Cities Catapult, and Forum for the Future.

Formcard
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

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.

UI Typographers Reading List
UI Typographers Reading List
UI Typographers Reading List
UI Typographers Reading List

My favorite articles, essays, and books on typography and UI design.

1Password
1Password
1Password

Cross-platform password manager

Cross-platform password manager

Best designed password manager I’ve tried. I am currently also using Apple’s iCloud Keychain for convenience. But with 1Password you can better manage passwords and also safely store other sensitive information Safari can’t save like passports, licenses and notes.

1Password

With 1Password you only ever need to memorize one password. All your other passwords and important information are protected by your Master Password, which only you know.

Lisa Charlotte Rost
Lisa Charlotte Rost
Lisa Charlotte Rost

Dataviz queen based in Berlin

Dataviz queen based in Berlin

Great entry point if you want to get into dataviz. Have a look at her blog posts in which she compares 9 dataviz tools or at her slides on Github.

Lisa Charlotte Rost

Creating & writing about dataviz for @datawrapper. #visber & @datavisclub organizer. Fan of numbers, systems & overviews. I believe in maps, not the territory.

Webflow
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.

Webflow

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.

Future Fonts
Future Fonts
Future Fonts
Future Fonts

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.

Clue
Clue
Clue

Track and understand your menstrual cycle

Track and understand your menstrual cycle

Everybody I know who is tracking their menstrual cycle with an app, uses 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

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

Fluter
Fluter
Fluter
Fluter

Magazin der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.

Germany's digitalization scene
Germany's digitalization scene
Germany's digitalization scene

Link list for Digitalization in Germany

Link list for Digitalization in Germany

Great list of organizations and initiatives pushing digitalization in Germany by Victoria Boeck.

Germany's digitalization scene

In the last couple years that I've been living in Berlin, I've become increasingly interested in the topics of digitization -- particularly of government and public services -- and civic tech. In the interest of easing the path for any others who are interested in following these developments within Germany, here is a list of starting points, loosely organized by areas of interest and types of resources. It is of course not exhaustive (I'm open to any suggestions for additions!), but I hope it might be helpful for other people trying to get an initial lay of the landscape in Germany.

titel, thesen, temperamente
titel, thesen, temperamente
titel, thesen, temperamente

Weekly show about all things culture from around the world

Weekly show about all things culture from around the world

One of the few tv shows I still watch. Inspiring mix of politics, arts and culture.

titel, thesen, temperamente

Filme, Kunst und Zeitgeist: Das Kulturmagazin "ttt - titel, thesen, temperamente" berichtet einmal in der Woche über das Wichtigste aus dem aktuellen Kulturgeschehen.

Epic Llama
Epic Llama
Epic Llama
Epic Llama

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).

Dropbox Paper
Dropbox Paper
Dropbox Paper

Simple collaboration pad for smaller projects

Simple collaboration pad for smaller projects

Been using Paper since it was in beta a few years ago and immediately recognized its appeal. It’s a well crafted simplified version of Google Docs and therefore great for people without a lot of digital expertise. It think it’s especially good for smaller finite projects. I’ve used it to crowdfund presents for my flatmate’s birhday with more than 30 people, manage university projects and for the internal wiki at Fuxblau.

Dropbox Paper

A new type of document designed for creative work. Collaborate in real time, assign tasks, make to-do list and more. Start today!



Space10
Space10
Space10
Space10

SPACE10 is a research and design lab on a mission to create better and more sustainable ways of living.

Freitag
Freitag
Freitag

Swiss bags+ made from truck tarps

Swiss bags+ made from truck tarps

When I lost my wallet (also made from truck tarps) on my vacation in Madagascar, I was kind of excited to have an excuse to finally buy a product from Freitag. Read about the birth of Freitag.

Freitag

In 1993, graphic designers Markus and Daniel Freitag were looking for a functional, water-repellent and robust bag to hold their creative work. Inspired by the multicolored heavy traffic that rumbled through the Zurich transit intersection in front of their flat, they developed a messenger bag from used truck tarpaulins, discarded bicycle inner tubes and car seat belts. This is how the first FREITAG bags took shape in the living room of their shared apartment – each one recycled, each one unique.

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Service Design Drinks
Service Design Drinks
Service Design Drinks
Service Design Drinks

The goal is to bring people with a service-oriented mindset together and provide a platform for sharing experiences, exploring new tools and expanding knowledge.

Clue
Clue
Clue

Track and understand your menstrual cycle

Track and understand your menstrual cycle

Everybody I know who is tracking their menstrual cycle with an app, uses 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

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

Lab Technologiestiftung Berlin
Lab Technologiestiftung Berlin
Lab Technologiestiftung Berlin
Lab Technologiestiftung Berlin

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.

ThingsCon
ThingsCon
ThingsCon
ThingsCon

ThingsCon is a global initiative to explore and promote the development of fair, responsible, and human-centric technologies for the IoT and beyond. We create events, resources, publications and tools for a diverse community of practitioners to promote and implement better practices across IoT, artificial intelligence, machine learning and related technology with a human impact.

Germany's digitalization scene
Germany's digitalization scene
Germany's digitalization scene

Link list for Digitalization in Germany

Link list for Digitalization in Germany

Great list of organizations and initiatives pushing digitalization in Germany by Victoria Boeck.

Germany's digitalization scene

In the last couple years that I've been living in Berlin, I've become increasingly interested in the topics of digitization -- particularly of government and public services -- and civic tech. In the interest of easing the path for any others who are interested in following these developments within Germany, here is a list of starting points, loosely organized by areas of interest and types of resources. It is of course not exhaustive (I'm open to any suggestions for additions!), but I hope it might be helpful for other people trying to get an initial lay of the landscape in Germany.

Berlin Mini Jam
Berlin Mini Jam
Berlin Mini Jam
Berlin Mini Jam

Berlin Mini Jam is a monthly, ~8 hours long game creation jam that brings people together to try out game ideas and create prototypes.

Original Unverpackt
Original Unverpackt
Original Unverpackt
Original Unverpackt

Seit November 2012 arbeiten wir, das sind Milena Glimbovski und das gesamte Team, daran, unseren Traum vom plastikfreiem und unverpackten Einkaufen wahr werden zu lassen. Neben Job und Studium wurde der Geschäftsplan geschrieben, ein Lieferantennetzwerk aufgebaut und die Finanzierung durch eine Crowdfunding-Kampagne realisiert. 2014 hieß es in Berlin Kreuzberg dann endlich “Unverpackt für alle”: Milena Glimbovski und das Team eröffnen unter großem Getöse in den Medien den ersten Laden in Berlin. Seit 2016 versenden wir in unserem Online Shop auch Non-Food Produkte rund um den Zero Waste Lifestyle an all diejenigen, die nicht um die Ecke von Original Unverpackt leben. 2017 kam dann das OU Magazin dazu, in dem wir unsere Leser in leicht verdaulichen Geschichten zu nachhaltigen Themen rund um Ernährung, Lifestyle, Gesellschaft, Umwelt und Zero Waste informieren. Seit Anbeginn hält Milena Vorträge rund um die Themen Nachhaltigkeit und Trends im Einzelhandel, Zero Waste und Gründertum. Hier erfahrt ihr mehr.

Civocracy
Civocracy
Civocracy
Civocracy

Our civic engagement platform helps local government to effectively and efficiently connect with their citizens, and make better decisions collaboratively.

Berlin Letters
Berlin Letters
Berlin Letters

Festival for lettering, sign painting, calligraphy and type design

Festival for lettering, sign painting, calligraphy and type design

Unfortunately I only heard about this festival when it was already over. On my Berlin events list for next year!

Berlin Letters

A festival for lettering, sign painting, calligraphy and type design – International speakers, awesome workshops and general jamboree.

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Swiss Miss
Swiss Miss
Swiss Miss

Weekly inspiration from Tina Roth Eisenberg

Weekly inspiration from Tina Roth Eisenberg

My all time favorite blog by my favorite human being I've only met online. If you are new to design, this is a great place to start. Tina publishes a link pack every Friday with the most interesting and inspiring links. Read all about Tina. I basically discovered design-internet through her.

Swiss Miss

A design blog/studio run by Tina Roth Eisenberg, a Swiss designer gone NYC.

Present & Correct
Present & Correct
Present & Correct

All-things stationary and graphic design

All-things stationary and graphic design

Keeps my Twitter feed fresh with new and timeless graphic design. From time to time they also share wonderful collections of things.

Present & Correct

P&C opened its virtual doors in 2009. A place for our own designs, things we love by other designers from around the world & vintage items which we discover on trips and foraging expedition. It's a showcase for the things we have enjoyed since school. A long-term obsession with stationery has culminated in a constantly evolving store. Paper and office objects which are inspired by homework, the post office and school. We are both graphic designers and go on sourcing trips around four times a year with the hope of finding some vintage gems. The hunting is fun and currently we stock stationery from 18+ different countries. We want to spark a distant memory, make you smile or look at the most mundane in a new, and fonder, light.

Typewolf
Typewolf
Typewolf
Typewolf

I launched Typewolf as a side project in June of 2013. Working as a designer, I was always frustrated by the lack of good resources for choosing fonts for design projects. Seeing type samples set in “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” isn’t very useful when it comes to web design—seeing how real type performs on actual websites is much more helpful. I’ve also noticed that other typography sites tend to be written from a type designer’s perspective rather than from the perspective of someone who actually uses type in their day-to-day work. I’ve been a designer for 17 years, so everything on Typewolf is approached from a designer’s perspective. My goal is to make Typewolf the absolute best resource available for everything related to typography on the web. Typewolf will always remain an independent site that features typefaces from all type foundries regardless of where the fonts can be purchased.

Freunde von Freunden
Freunde von Freunden
Freunde von Freunden

Interviews of creatives

Interviews of creatives

Beautiful interviews with creatives from around the world. Make sure to watch the interview with Karen & Christian Boros.

Freunde von Freunden

We are an international network of individuals from diverse creative and cultural backgrounds, and have had the pleasure to meet and collaborate with like-minded people from all over the world. Our online magazine is the digital representation of a creative community brought together by a collective interest in art, culture, food, design, innovation, and social change. What began as a magazine to share the stories of our friends and the places they live in, developed into a platform that is driven by topics with change and tastemaking angles.

While our foundation is our online platform, we also collaborate with like-minded brands and organizations on creative projects like books, events, and video productions.

Kottke
Kottke
Kottke
Kottke

Founded in 1998, kottke.org is one of the oldest blogs on the web. It’s written and produced by Jason Kottke and covers the essential people, inventions, performances, and ideas that increase the collective adjacent possible of humanity. Frequent topics of interest among the 26,000+ posts include art, technology, science, visual culture, design, music, cities, food, architecture, sports, endless nonsense, and carefully curated current events, all of it lightly contextualized. Basically, it’s the world’s complete knowledge, relentlessly filtered through my particular worldview, with all the advantages and disadvantages that entails.

Ignant
Ignant
Ignant
Ignant

IGNANT is an award-winning online magazine featuring the finest in photography, design, art, architecture, fashion and travel. We are passionate about sharing a curated selection of the most captivating work from both established creatives as well as emerging talents.

99U
99U
99U
99U

99U is Adobe’s resource and event series to help creatives supercharge their work and make their ideas happen.

Whether you’re a designer, marketer, engineer, educator, artist, or CEO — if you approach your work creatively, 99U’s goal is to help you build an incredible career.

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Paste
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

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

Small PDF
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.

Small PDF

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

Wunderlist
Wunderlist
Wunderlist

Reliable and minimal to-do app

Reliable and minimal to-do app

Simple but also extremely reliable and fast to-do app.

Wunderlist

Wunderlist is the easiest way to get stuff done. Whether you’re planning a holiday, sharing a shopping list with a partner or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist is here to help you tick off all your personal and professional to-dos.

1Password
1Password
1Password

Cross-platform password manager

Cross-platform password manager

Best designed password manager I’ve tried. I am currently also using Apple’s iCloud Keychain for convenience. But with 1Password you can better manage passwords and also safely store other sensitive information Safari can’t save like passports, licenses and notes.

1Password

With 1Password you only ever need to memorize one password. All your other passwords and important information are protected by your Master Password, which only you know.

Fontstand
Fontstand
Fontstand

Try fonts for free and rent them instead of buying

Try fonts for free and rent them instead of buying

For when you are trying to find the appropriate typeface for your project. After you’ve rented a font for a total of 12 months, it will be yours to keep and use forever. Fontstand gives €20 of Fontstand credit per academic year to design students.

Fontstand

Fontstand is an app for Mac OS X and Windows that allows you to try fonts for free or rent them by the month for desktop and web use for just a fraction of the regular price.

Carbon Copy Cloner
Carbon Copy Cloner
Carbon Copy Cloner

Cloning hard drives

Cloning hard drives

I use it to make an exact backup of my external hard drives. CCC has been a true timesaver over the years. No more manually copying, comparing folders and duplicate files.

Carbon Copy Cloner

The simplest method to migrate to a new, larger hard drive, especially if you have lost your original Mac OS X Installation DVD. Support for block-level clones for super-fast upgrades. Fast, incremental backups copy only the items that have changed since the last backup. Archive past versions of your files and items that have been deleted. Back up to hard drives or to disk images. Schedule backup tasks on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Configure a backup task to run when the backup device is (re)attached to your Mac.

Notion
Notion
Notion

Personal all-in-one database

Personal all-in-one database

Discovered Notion around the same time as Dropbox Paper. Notion is basically the more powerful option. It’s become my personal database for everything except to-dos. Unfortunately it’s too slow to use as my daily to-do app. The biggest advantage I see in Notion is its modularity and integration with other tools. There are building blocks for texts, lists, to-do-list, quotes, code, vide, calendar, tables, boards and many more. It feels like a smart blank digital piece of paper. It’s been impressive to follow how the team has been constantly shipping new features oevr the past few years.

Notion

The all-in-one workspace - for notes, tasks, wikis, and databases.

Sketch
Sketch
Sketch

Prototyping master tool

Prototyping master tool

The biggest advantage are the hundreds of plugins for Sketch. Whatever need you have, there is a plugin for you. Make sure to instal Sketch Runner as it makes it really easy to install plugins + many more little usefull features.

Sketch

Sketch is the definitive tool for digital design. It’s used primarily by screen designers who create websites, icons, and user interfaces for desktop and mobile devices. For beginners and industry professionals alike, Sketch’s powerful tools, gentle learning curve and intuitive UI allow designers to focus on what they do best; design.

Wallcat
Wallcat
Wallcat
Wallcat

This app will update your wallpaper with a new, hand-picked desktop image every day. Wallcat has different themed channels to choose from, so your desktop image matches your taste.

Descript
Descript
Descript

Transcribe and edit sound or video by editing text

Transcribe and edit sound or video by editing text

I can’t wait to get a chance to use this for a project. The concept and interface looks promising.

Descript

At Descript, our mission is to give voice to your vision - to use technology to take away all the things that get in the way of your ability to express your creative intent, while leaving that intent untouched. Increasingly we’re all creators - but few have the time or technical mastery to craft what we've captured. By making an editor that's as simple as using words, Descript makes creation easy, fast, and fun. Based in San Francisco, Descript launched in December 2017 with funding from Andreessen Horowitz. You can read about our origins here.

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Service Design Drinks
Service Design Drinks
Service Design Drinks
Service Design Drinks

The goal is to bring people with a service-oriented mindset together and provide a platform for sharing experiences, exploring new tools and expanding knowledge.

ThingsCon
ThingsCon
ThingsCon
ThingsCon

ThingsCon is a global initiative to explore and promote the development of fair, responsible, and human-centric technologies for the IoT and beyond. We create events, resources, publications and tools for a diverse community of practitioners to promote and implement better practices across IoT, artificial intelligence, machine learning and related technology with a human impact.

Epic Llama
Epic Llama
Epic Llama
Epic Llama

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).

Berlin Mini Jam
Berlin Mini Jam
Berlin Mini Jam
Berlin Mini Jam

Berlin Mini Jam is a monthly, ~8 hours long game creation jam that brings people together to try out game ideas and create prototypes.

Berlin Letters
Berlin Letters
Berlin Letters

Festival for lettering, sign painting, calligraphy and type design

Festival for lettering, sign painting, calligraphy and type design

Unfortunately I only heard about this festival when it was already over. On my Berlin events list for next year!

Berlin Letters

A festival for lettering, sign painting, calligraphy and type design – International speakers, awesome workshops and general jamboree.

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Stoop
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

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

Wunderlist
Wunderlist
Wunderlist

Reliable and minimal to-do app

Reliable and minimal to-do app

Simple but also extremely reliable and fast to-do app.

Wunderlist

Wunderlist is the easiest way to get stuff done. Whether you’re planning a holiday, sharing a shopping list with a partner or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist is here to help you tick off all your personal and professional to-dos.

Splitwise
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

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.

1Password
1Password
1Password

Cross-platform password manager

Cross-platform password manager

Best designed password manager I’ve tried. I am currently also using Apple’s iCloud Keychain for convenience. But with 1Password you can better manage passwords and also safely store other sensitive information Safari can’t save like passports, licenses and notes.

1Password

With 1Password you only ever need to memorize one password. All your other passwords and important information are protected by your Master Password, which only you know.

Clue
Clue
Clue

Track and understand your menstrual cycle

Track and understand your menstrual cycle

Everybody I know who is tracking their menstrual cycle with an app, uses 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

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

Pocket Casts
Pocket Casts
Pocket Casts
Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts is a powerful, easy-to-use app for managing your podcast listening across Android, iOS, and the Web! Create an account and sync your subscriptions for access across all platforms - available to you anywhere, anytime. With a sleek design, helpful recommendations and an array of useful playback features, Pocket Casts is ready to be your new favorite app.

Notion
Notion
Notion

Personal all-in-one database

Personal all-in-one database

Discovered Notion around the same time as Dropbox Paper. Notion is basically the more powerful option. It’s become my personal database for everything except to-dos. Unfortunately it’s too slow to use as my daily to-do app. The biggest advantage I see in Notion is its modularity and integration with other tools. There are building blocks for texts, lists, to-do-list, quotes, code, vide, calendar, tables, boards and many more. It feels like a smart blank digital piece of paper. It’s been impressive to follow how the team has been constantly shipping new features oevr the past few years.

Notion

The all-in-one workspace - for notes, tasks, wikis, and databases.

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Ostrich Pillow
Ostrich Pillow
Ostrich Pillow

Circular neck pillow

Circular neck pillow

This is probably my favorite product. Always with me when traveling. People know me for being able to sleep anywhere and with the ostrich pillow it is even a bit more comfortable.

Ostrich Pillow

It all started with a dream, as so often happens with unexpected revolutions. Back in 2012, the world was suffering from a serious sleep deprivation. A clever device that would allow people to rest where they wanted, when they wanted to, needed to be invented.

Formcard
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

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.

Freitag
Freitag
Freitag

Swiss bags+ made from truck tarps

Swiss bags+ made from truck tarps

When I lost my wallet (also made from truck tarps) on my vacation in Madagascar, I was kind of excited to have an excuse to finally buy a product from Freitag. Read about the birth of Freitag.

Freitag

In 1993, graphic designers Markus and Daniel Freitag were looking for a functional, water-repellent and robust bag to hold their creative work. Inspired by the multicolored heavy traffic that rumbled through the Zurich transit intersection in front of their flat, they developed a messenger bag from used truck tarpaulins, discarded bicycle inner tubes and car seat belts. This is how the first FREITAG bags took shape in the living room of their shared apartment – each one recycled, each one unique.

Anker lightning cable
Anker lightning cable
Anker lightning cable

Lightning cable

Lightning cable

Best lightning cables. Get the long red version. It's easier to spot and has been especially useful while traveling and only having a power outlet on the other side of the room.

Anker lightning cable

Anker is the global leader in charging technology. This includes wireless charging, car charging, and our best-selling portable and wall chargers. Anker is pioneering Power Delivery technology to charge phones, tablets, and laptops at unprecedented speeds.

Opendesk
Opendesk
Opendesk
Opendesk

Opendesk is a global platform for local making. We host digital furniture designs that can be made anywhere in the world through a global network of local makers. By connecting customers to a library of designs, and a host of nearby craftsmen, we’re ensuring furniture is made on-demand - locally, sustainably and affordably. Unlike the traditional industry, which tends to squeeze designers and makers, our business model ensures that everyone in the supply chain is supported and rewarded fairly.

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1Password
1Password
1Password

Cross-platform password manager

Cross-platform password manager

Best designed password manager I’ve tried. I am currently also using Apple’s iCloud Keychain for convenience. But with 1Password you can better manage passwords and also safely store other sensitive information Safari can’t save like passports, licenses and notes.

1Password

With 1Password you only ever need to memorize one password. All your other passwords and important information are protected by your Master Password, which only you know.

Jumbo
Jumbo
Jumbo
Jumbo

One simple and efficient way to make privacy approachable is to design a universal interface to manage all your privacy needs in one place.

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Present & Correct
Present & Correct
Present & Correct

All-things stationary and graphic design

All-things stationary and graphic design

Keeps my Twitter feed fresh with new and timeless graphic design. From time to time they also share wonderful collections of things.

Present & Correct

P&C opened its virtual doors in 2009. A place for our own designs, things we love by other designers from around the world & vintage items which we discover on trips and foraging expedition. It's a showcase for the things we have enjoyed since school. A long-term obsession with stationery has culminated in a constantly evolving store. Paper and office objects which are inspired by homework, the post office and school. We are both graphic designers and go on sourcing trips around four times a year with the hope of finding some vintage gems. The hunting is fun and currently we stock stationery from 18+ different countries. We want to spark a distant memory, make you smile or look at the most mundane in a new, and fonder, light.

Lisa Charlotte Rost
Lisa Charlotte Rost
Lisa Charlotte Rost

Dataviz queen based in Berlin

Dataviz queen based in Berlin

Great entry point if you want to get into dataviz. Have a look at her blog posts in which she compares 9 dataviz tools or at her slides on Github.

Lisa Charlotte Rost

Creating & writing about dataviz for @datawrapper. #visber & @datavisclub organizer. Fan of numbers, systems & overviews. I believe in maps, not the territory.

Left At London
Left At London
Left At London
Left At London

Left At London (sometimes stylized and shortened as /@/), is the stage name of Nat Puff (she/her), a trans woman from Seattle, Washington who is not afraid to let herself be known intimately through her music, while still remaining accessible. Although Left At London mostly is known for her pop writing sensibility, she is mostly known for her deeply personal and introspective lyricism. Despite some of the songs subject matters being very specific to her life as a trans woman with autism, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, and PTSD, her songwriting style takes these concepts and makes them into something that’s uniquely abstract while still remaining relatable and honest.

Maps on the Web
Maps on the Web
Maps on the Web
Maps on the Web

Maps on the web, maps from the web, charts and infographics. The sources of the maps are mainly readers submissions, news sites, Flickr map pools and groups, MapPorn subreddit, and reblogs from other tumblrs.

Naval Ravikant
Naval Ravikant
Naval Ravikant
Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He previously co-founded Epinions and Vast.com. He is an active Angel investor, and have invested in dozens of companies, including Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Stack Overflow and Wanelo. He is regarded globally as one of the greatest thinkers and entrepreneurs of this generation. He often shares his insightful views on Mindfulness, Startups, Crypto/Blockchain and more on Twitter. His thoughts have reached massive audiences around the world in the past.

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Inter
Inter
Inter
Inter

Inter is a typeface carefully crafted & designed for computer screens. Inter features a tall x-height to aid in readability of mixed-case and lower-case text. Several OpenType features are provided as well, like contextual alternates that adjusts punctuation depending on the shape of surrounding glyphs, slashed zero for when you need to disambiguate "0" from "o", tabular numbers, etc.

UI Typographers Reading List
UI Typographers Reading List
UI Typographers Reading List
UI Typographers Reading List

My favorite articles, essays, and books on typography and UI design.

Future Fonts
Future Fonts
Future Fonts
Future Fonts

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.

Fontstand
Fontstand
Fontstand

Try fonts for free and rent them instead of buying

Try fonts for free and rent them instead of buying

For when you are trying to find the appropriate typeface for your project. After you’ve rented a font for a total of 12 months, it will be yours to keep and use forever. Fontstand gives €20 of Fontstand credit per academic year to design students.

Fontstand

Fontstand is an app for Mac OS X and Windows that allows you to try fonts for free or rent them by the month for desktop and web use for just a fraction of the regular price.

Typewolf
Typewolf
Typewolf
Typewolf

I launched Typewolf as a side project in June of 2013. Working as a designer, I was always frustrated by the lack of good resources for choosing fonts for design projects. Seeing type samples set in “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” isn’t very useful when it comes to web design—seeing how real type performs on actual websites is much more helpful. I’ve also noticed that other typography sites tend to be written from a type designer’s perspective rather than from the perspective of someone who actually uses type in their day-to-day work. I’ve been a designer for 17 years, so everything on Typewolf is approached from a designer’s perspective. My goal is to make Typewolf the absolute best resource available for everything related to typography on the web. Typewolf will always remain an independent site that features typefaces from all type foundries regardless of where the fonts can be purchased.

Fira
Fira
Fira

Free humanist typeface by Spiekermann

Free humanist typeface by Spiekermann

My go-to typeface when it's about openness or requires a humanistic touch.

Fira

Fira Sans is a humanistsans-seriftypeface designed by Erik Spiekermann, Ralph du Carrois, Anja Meiners and Botio Nikoltchev of Carrois Type Design for the Firefox OS. Fira was released in 2013 initially under the Apache License and later reissued under the SIL Open Font License. It is closely related to the Meta typeface designed and developed by Spiekermann in the late 1980s which is used as the brand typeface of the  Mozilla Foundation.

Replica
Replica
Replica

Geometric typeface for headlines

Geometric typeface for headlines

Fuxblau uses the Replica typeface. I love how at first sight it looks like the corners are smooth but once you look closer you notice the geometric corners.

Replica

Replica is a geometric sans-serif typeface designed by Dimitri Bruni and Manuel Krebs. It was released through Swiss foundry Lineto in 2008. The design was built around a strict grid that gives it a geometric feel, yet it still retains a classic grotesque appearance. Replica is available in four weights with matching italics.

Semplice’s favorite type foundries
Semplice’s favorite type foundries
Semplice’s favorite type foundries
Semplice’s favorite type foundries

The best type foundries we know and their most notable typefaces. Semplice is the first fully customizable portfolio system based on WordPress.

Berlin Letters
Berlin Letters
Berlin Letters

Festival for lettering, sign painting, calligraphy and type design

Festival for lettering, sign painting, calligraphy and type design

Unfortunately I only heard about this festival when it was already over. On my Berlin events list for next year!

Berlin Letters

A festival for lettering, sign painting, calligraphy and type design – International speakers, awesome workshops and general jamboree.

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Small PDF
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.

Small PDF

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

TinyLetter
TinyLetter
TinyLetter

Minimal newsletter service

Minimal newsletter service

Perfect if you want to start a personal and simple newsletter. Not too many confusing options, a straightforward interface and completely free. Once you need more features you’ll probably want to switch over to Mailchimp.

TinyLetter

TinyLetter is a personal newsletter service brought to you by the people behind Mailchimp. People use it to send updates, digests, and dispatches to their fans and friends. Though they're built on the same infrastructure, TinyLetter is for people who don't need all the business features that come along with Mailchimp. Simplicity is at the heart of everything we do at TinyLetter. TinyLetter is a completely free service.

Typeform
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.

Typeform

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

Splitwise
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

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.

Webflow
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.

Webflow

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.

Copy Paste Character
Copy Paste Character
Copy Paste Character

Special characters missing on your keyboard

Special characters missing on your keyboard

Find all those special characters you can't find on your keyboard.

Copy Paste Character

A web and iPhone application for copying the ‘hidden’ characters that comes with the computer’s typefaces, to be pasted into emails, tweets, text documents, forums and whatever else you might need to spice up with an extra ♔, ฿ or, ❒.

Slides
Slides
Slides
Slides

Slides is a place for creating, presenting and sharing slide decks. Slides is a suite of modern presentation tools, available right from your browser. Unlike traditional presentation software, there's no need to download anything. Working with collaborators to make an awe-inspiring presentation has never been easier.

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