Berlin datavis links
Berlin datavis links

Selected links to guide you through Berlins datavis scene

Great link collection by my fellow student Jonas Parnow.

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

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Find the best playgrounds in Berlin

Find the best playgrounds in Berlin

Playground Guide Berlin

We love Berlins Playgrounds!

Thats why we created this online guide. Jari (my daughter) and I have been exploring and photographing amazing places in this city for years. And finally we managed to put them online. Berlin is such an amazing place for children with adventures around every corner. But the best playgrounds are often hidden – Dragons, Pirate ships, water slides, carousels, huge climbing meshes and giant climbing domes, artificial rocky mountains and so much more. It’s much more fun than any Disneyland could be!

We love Berlins Playgrounds!

Thats why we created this online guide. Jari (my daughter) and I have been exploring and photographing amazing places in this city for years. And finally we managed to put them online. Berlin is such an amazing place for children with adventures around every corner. But the best playgrounds are often hidden – Dragons, Pirate ships, water slides, carousels, huge climbing meshes and giant climbing domes, artificial rocky mountains and so much more. It’s much more fun than any Disneyland could be!

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September 6, 2019

Collection of nerdy interviews asking people from all walks of life what they use to get the job done

Collection of nerdy interviews asking people from all walks of life what they use to get the job done

uses this

Uses This, published twice a week, asks a random selection of people all about the tools and techniques they're using to get things done.

Uses This, published twice a week, asks a random selection of people all about the tools and techniques they're using to get things done.

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Updated on
September 6, 2019

Schick Toikka

Schick Toikka is an independent type foundry established in 2010 by Florian Schick and Lauri Toikka. Located in Berlin and Helsinki we create high quality retail fonts, as well as custom typefaces for a wide range of large and small organizations.

Schick Toikka is an independent type foundry established in 2010 by Florian Schick and Lauri Toikka. Located in Berlin and Helsinki we create high quality retail fonts, as well as custom typefaces for a wide range of large and small organizations.

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August 29, 2019

Design patterns and screenshots of iOS apps

Design patterns and screenshots of iOS apps

Mobbin

Mobbin is a hand-picked collection of the latest mobile design patterns from apps that reflect the best in design. Get inspiration from over 170 iOS apps and 10,000 patterns available on the platform.

Mobbin is a hand-picked collection of the latest mobile design patterns from apps that reflect the best in design. Get inspiration from over 170 iOS apps and 10,000 patterns available on the platform.

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August 29, 2019

Monthly talks before work hosted by IXDS on Tuesdays

Monthly talks before work hosted by IXDS on Tuesdays

 Pre-Work Talk

We love inviting in the community for our monthly Pre-Work Talks,

We love inviting in the community for our monthly Pre-Work Talks,

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August 16, 2019

Initiative for more transparency in Berlin

Initiative for more transparency in Berlin

Volksentscheid Transparenz Berlin

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

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

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

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

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August 23, 2019

Making the lives of people with different incomes visible

Making the lives of people with different incomes visible

Dollar Street

Imagine the world as a street ordered by income. Everyone lives somewhere on the street. The poorest lives to the left and the richest to the right. Everybody else live somewhere in between. Welcome to visit all homes on Dollar Street!

Dollar Street was invented by Anna Rosling Rönnlund at Gapminder.  For 15 years she spent her workdays making global public data easier to understand and use. Over time her frustration grew: carefully selecting data to present it in colorful and moving charts made overall global trends and patterns easier to understand. But it did not make everyday life on different income levels understandable. Especially not in places far from home. “People in other cultures are often portrayed as scary or exotic.” Anna explains: “This has to change. We want to show how people really live. It seemed natural to use photos as data so people can see for themselves what life looks like on different income levels. Dollar Street lets you visit many, many homes all over the world. Without travelling.”

Imagine the world as a street ordered by income. Everyone lives somewhere on the street. The poorest lives to the left and the richest to the right. Everybody else live somewhere in between. Welcome to visit all homes on Dollar Street!

Dollar Street was invented by Anna Rosling Rönnlund at Gapminder.  For 15 years she spent her workdays making global public data easier to understand and use. Over time her frustration grew: carefully selecting data to present it in colorful and moving charts made overall global trends and patterns easier to understand. But it did not make everyday life on different income levels understandable. Especially not in places far from home. “People in other cultures are often portrayed as scary or exotic.” Anna explains: “This has to change. We want to show how people really live. It seemed natural to use photos as data so people can see for themselves what life looks like on different income levels. Dollar Street lets you visit many, many homes all over the world. Without travelling.”

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July 25, 2019

Collection of animated Knots

Collection of animated Knots

Animated Knots

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

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

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

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

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July 14, 2019

Designer, engineer and thinker

Designer, engineer and thinker

Samim

I'm a designer, engineer and thinker, operating at the intersection of Machine Learning, Flora-Fauna-Human-Computer-Interaction, reGenerative Culture, OpenSource, Mindfulness and Creativity. I'm interested in a range of Ideas, but my attention lies on developing instruments and habits to simply sit & breath, here and now.

I'm a designer, engineer and thinker, operating at the intersection of Machine Learning, Flora-Fauna-Human-Computer-Interaction, reGenerative Culture, OpenSource, Mindfulness and Creativity. I'm interested in a range of Ideas, but my attention lies on developing instruments and habits to simply sit & breath, here and now.

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July 13, 2019

Mapping the bike friendliness and improvements in Berlin

Mapping the bike friendliness and improvements in Berlin

Fix My Berlin

Wir wollen, dass Berlin eine richtig gute Fahrradstadt wird. Auf dieser Plattform begleiten wir das kommende Berliner Mobilitätsgesetz. Auf der Karte siehst du, was die Stadt alles für den Radverkehr plant. Der von uns entwickelte Happy-Bike-Index zeigt dir wo du zur Zeit in Berlin schon entspannt und sicher Radfahren kannst und wo es noch gefährlich ist. Nach und nach bereiten wir weitere Daten zum Radverkehr auf und veröffentlichen Sie hier auf der Plattform. In Zukunft wollen wir auch den Dialog zwischen Verwaltung und Bürger*innen stärken und konstruktiv gestalten. Denn gemeinsam kommen wir schneller zu einer Stadt, die nicht nur für Radfahrer*innen sondern für alle Berliner*innen lebenswerter ist.

Wir wollen, dass Berlin eine richtig gute Fahrradstadt wird. Auf dieser Plattform begleiten wir das kommende Berliner Mobilitätsgesetz. Auf der Karte siehst du, was die Stadt alles für den Radverkehr plant. Der von uns entwickelte Happy-Bike-Index zeigt dir wo du zur Zeit in Berlin schon entspannt und sicher Radfahren kannst und wo es noch gefährlich ist. Nach und nach bereiten wir weitere Daten zum Radverkehr auf und veröffentlichen Sie hier auf der Plattform. In Zukunft wollen wir auch den Dialog zwischen Verwaltung und Bürger*innen stärken und konstruktiv gestalten. Denn gemeinsam kommen wir schneller zu einer Stadt, die nicht nur für Radfahrer*innen sondern für alle Berliner*innen lebenswerter ist.

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August 27, 2019

Water quality of Berlin swimming spots

Water quality of Berlin swimming spots

Berliner Badestellen
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August 29, 2019

Unconventional asian fusion in Berlin Mitte

Unconventional asian fusion in Berlin Mitte

Klub Kitchen

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

Unconventional urban cross over kitchen

Unconventional urban cross over kitchen

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August 18, 2019

Best Vietnamese restaurant in Kreuzberg

Best Vietnamese restaurant in Kreuzberg

Green Rice

Green Rice has been in Adalbertstr. 11 for many many years and haven’t had to change their small menu. Whenever I have people visiting Berlin I make sure to bring them to Green Rice as part of the Kreuzberg tour.

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July 13, 2019

Interdisciplinary research group at FH Potsdam situated between interface design, computer science and the humanities

Interdisciplinary research group at FH Potsdam situated between interface design, computer science and the humanities

Urban Complexity Lab

We are an interdisciplinary research group at Fachhochschule Potsdam situated between interface design, computer science, and the humanities. Our work revolves around information visualization with a particular focus on the challenges and questions arising from social, cultural, and technological transformations. Our mission is to make sense of comprehensive datasets and complex issues by developing creative and critical approaches to visualization. All our research projects are collaborative in nature. We are working with academic and cultural institutions as well as public and private organizations, especially in the contexts of digital humanities, smart cities, and science communication. The lab is a collaboration between the Department of Design and the Institute for Urban Futures. At the junction of design teaching and visualization research, we strive to have an impact in both academia and the world of practice. For the physical and social space of the lab, our ambition is to cultivate a stimulating environment for a transdisciplinary community of designers, developers, and scholars engaging with contemporary issues of societal relevance. We are keen to share our work with the broader public via interactive prototypes, exhibitions and workshops, and with our academic peers through conferences and journals. The research lab is jointly directed by Marian Dörk, research professor for information visualization, and Boris Müller, professor for interaction design. Located in the main building on the FHP campus in Potsdam, the lab is a place where researchers and students with varying backgrounds especially interface design, informatics, and cultural studies are working together. We frequently invite practitioners and researchers to our public lecture series information+visualization to speak about current topics in data visualization.

We are an interdisciplinary research group at Fachhochschule Potsdam situated between interface design, computer science, and the humanities. Our work revolves around information visualization with a particular focus on the challenges and questions arising from social, cultural, and technological transformations. Our mission is to make sense of comprehensive datasets and complex issues by developing creative and critical approaches to visualization. All our research projects are collaborative in nature. We are working with academic and cultural institutions as well as public and private organizations, especially in the contexts of digital humanities, smart cities, and science communication. The lab is a collaboration between the Department of Design and the Institute for Urban Futures. At the junction of design teaching and visualization research, we strive to have an impact in both academia and the world of practice. For the physical and social space of the lab, our ambition is to cultivate a stimulating environment for a transdisciplinary community of designers, developers, and scholars engaging with contemporary issues of societal relevance. We are keen to share our work with the broader public via interactive prototypes, exhibitions and workshops, and with our academic peers through conferences and journals. The research lab is jointly directed by Marian Dörk, research professor for information visualization, and Boris Müller, professor for interaction design. Located in the main building on the FHP campus in Potsdam, the lab is a place where researchers and students with varying backgrounds especially interface design, informatics, and cultural studies are working together. We frequently invite practitioners and researchers to our public lecture series information+visualization to speak about current topics in data visualization.

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July 13, 2019

Artist crafts and humorously documents complex inventions

Artist crafts and humorously documents complex inventions

Uri Tuchman

Uri is a friend of a friend based. I am amazed by the creative people living in Berlin. Be sure to also have a look at his portfolio full of crazy inventions.

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July 13, 2019

Innovation lab started by the German ministry for family, seniors, women und youth

Innovation lab started by the German ministry for family, seniors, women und youth

Innovationsbüro

Das Innovationsbüro Digitales Leben ist ein Projekt des Bundesministeriums für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ). Wir sind ein Think Tank und Innovationstreiber zur positiven Gestaltung der Digitalisierung innerhalb und außerhalb des Hauses. Dabei bündeln wir verschiedene Projekte und Prozesse und helfen dabei, auf allen Ebenen eine neue, digitale Gesellschaftspolitik zu entwickeln.

Das Innovationsbüro Digitales Leben ist ein Projekt des Bundesministeriums für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ). Wir sind ein Think Tank und Innovationstreiber zur positiven Gestaltung der Digitalisierung innerhalb und außerhalb des Hauses. Dabei bündeln wir verschiedene Projekte und Prozesse und helfen dabei, auf allen Ebenen eine neue, digitale Gesellschaftspolitik zu entwickeln.

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July 12, 2019

Platform to sell and buy icons

Platform to sell and buy icons

The Noun Project

The Noun Project is a website that aggregates and catalogs symbols that are created and uploaded by graphic designers around the world. Based in Los Angeles, the project functions both as a resource for people in search of typographic symbols and a design history of the genre.

The Noun Project is a website that aggregates and catalogs symbols that are created and uploaded by graphic designers around the world. Based in Los Angeles, the project functions both as a resource for people in search of typographic symbols and a design history of the genre.

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August 29, 2019

Twitter directory of accomplished women in the design industry

Twitter directory of accomplished women in the design industry

Women Who Design

Women Who Design is a Twitter directory of accomplished women in the design industry. It aims to help people find notable and relevant voices to follow on Twitter by parsing Twitter bios for popular keywords.

Women Who Design is a Twitter directory of accomplished women in the design industry. It aims to help people find notable and relevant voices to follow on Twitter by parsing Twitter bios for popular keywords.

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July 2, 2019

Discover brilliant diverse speakers for your next event

Discover brilliant diverse speakers for your next event

Women Talk Design

Women Talk Design is on a mission to see more diverse speakers on stage. We elevate brilliant women and gender non-binary speakers and their talks, empower event organizers with tools, approaches, and information to engage more diverse speakers, and facilitate events, training and an online community for new speakers.

Women Talk Design is on a mission to see more diverse speakers on stage. We elevate brilliant women and gender non-binary speakers and their talks, empower event organizers with tools, approaches, and information to engage more diverse speakers, and facilitate events, training and an online community for new speakers.

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July 2, 2019

Dumplings made from excess ingredients and therefore fresh recipes every week

Dumplings made from excess ingredients and therefore fresh recipes every week

Dings Dums

DingsDums ist ein Wortspiel aus dem Chinesischen Dim Sum („das Herz berühren“), kleine Gerichte, ähnlich wie spanische Tapas und dem phonetischen Ausdruck für etwas Unbekanntes, DingsBums. Wir, Mau - Anna - Jilianne, haben es uns zur Aufgabe gemacht, eine Variante zu finden der enormen Lebensmittelverschwendung entgegenzuwirken und das Bewusstsein der Gesellschaft nachhaltig zu schärfen. Dürfen wir vorstellen: Unsere Dings! Unsere handgefertigten Dings sind eine innovative Art D(umpl)ings - Teigtaschen in jeglichen Formen und Farben mit schier endlosen Kombinationen an Füllungen, die in puncto Nachhaltigkeit neue Maßstäbe setzen. Denn was uns und vor allem dich zum Foodsaver macht, ist die Einzigartigkeit unserer Zutatenbeschaffung. Wir verwenden größtenteils überschüssige, aber qualitativ einwandfreie Waren von Partnern aus dem Lebensmitteleinzel- & Großhandel, die sonst sinnlos vernichtet werden. Somit vereint der Begriff DingsDums, die spontane Erstellung von Rezepten durch unvorhersehbare Zutaten und die Freude aus ungeliebten Lebensmitteln schöne und leckere Designobjekte zu erschaffen, die sich keiner besonderen Art von Dumplings unterordnen lassen - die perfekte Tasche!

DingsDums ist ein Wortspiel aus dem Chinesischen Dim Sum („das Herz berühren“), kleine Gerichte, ähnlich wie spanische Tapas und dem phonetischen Ausdruck für etwas Unbekanntes, DingsBums. Wir, Mau - Anna - Jilianne, haben es uns zur Aufgabe gemacht, eine Variante zu finden der enormen Lebensmittelverschwendung entgegenzuwirken und das Bewusstsein der Gesellschaft nachhaltig zu schärfen. Dürfen wir vorstellen: Unsere Dings! Unsere handgefertigten Dings sind eine innovative Art D(umpl)ings - Teigtaschen in jeglichen Formen und Farben mit schier endlosen Kombinationen an Füllungen, die in puncto Nachhaltigkeit neue Maßstäbe setzen. Denn was uns und vor allem dich zum Foodsaver macht, ist die Einzigartigkeit unserer Zutatenbeschaffung. Wir verwenden größtenteils überschüssige, aber qualitativ einwandfreie Waren von Partnern aus dem Lebensmitteleinzel- & Großhandel, die sonst sinnlos vernichtet werden. Somit vereint der Begriff DingsDums, die spontane Erstellung von Rezepten durch unvorhersehbare Zutaten und die Freude aus ungeliebten Lebensmitteln schöne und leckere Designobjekte zu erschaffen, die sich keiner besonderen Art von Dumplings unterordnen lassen - die perfekte Tasche!

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July 13, 2019

Art, technology and design workshops run by a lovely Berlin community

Art, technology and design workshops run by a lovely Berlin community

School of Machines

The School of Machines, Making & Make Believe provides one-of-a-kind hands-on learning experiences in the areas of art, technology, design, and human connection. Our philosophy is centered around the idea that we are all lifelong learners. We would love for our students to leave our programs activated; not only equipped with technical and hands-on tools and skill sets, but also critically-minded, more deeply engaged with their surroundings and with themselves.

Artists, designers, technologists, makers, researchers and the like come to us to explore new topics, develop and expand their practice, and wrestle out the courage to begin something new. We support them in these endeavors while encouraging curiosity, confidence, and the enthusiasm to say something with their work.

Our instructors are distinguished artists and technologists working directly with the tools they teach and our programs provide an opportunity for our students to work with them to expand their fields of knowledge and build towards a more interdisciplinary practice. Program sizes are small and students actively engage their new-found skills and collaborators each step of the way, creating individual and group work towards a public exhibition at programs end.

We encourage people without previous experience to apply, as we believe the formative qualities that make each of us distinctive humans-- our beliefs, attitudes and unique experiences-- can guide us towards the creation of something more magical than what technology alone can achieve. We must all start somewhere!

The School of Machines, Making & Make Believe provides one-of-a-kind hands-on learning experiences in the areas of art, technology, design, and human connection. Our philosophy is centered around the idea that we are all lifelong learners. We would love for our students to leave our programs activated; not only equipped with technical and hands-on tools and skill sets, but also critically-minded, more deeply engaged with their surroundings and with themselves.

Artists, designers, technologists, makers, researchers and the like come to us to explore new topics, develop and expand their practice, and wrestle out the courage to begin something new. We support them in these endeavors while encouraging curiosity, confidence, and the enthusiasm to say something with their work.

Our instructors are distinguished artists and technologists working directly with the tools they teach and our programs provide an opportunity for our students to work with them to expand their fields of knowledge and build towards a more interdisciplinary practice. Program sizes are small and students actively engage their new-found skills and collaborators each step of the way, creating individual and group work towards a public exhibition at programs end.

We encourage people without previous experience to apply, as we believe the formative qualities that make each of us distinctive humans-- our beliefs, attitudes and unique experiences-- can guide us towards the creation of something more magical than what technology alone can achieve. We must all start somewhere!

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June 27, 2019

Many great resources for designers in one place

Many great resources for designers in one place

UI Goodies

UI Goodies is a home to all the best resources for designers and includes 300 resources across 15 categories such as Icons, Typography Photography, Illustrations, Color, Sound and more! Easily browse using categories or search for what you're looking for.

UI Goodies is a home to all the best resources for designers and includes 300 resources across 15 categories such as Icons, Typography Photography, Illustrations, Color, Sound and more! Easily browse using categories or search for what you're looking for.

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July 13, 2019

Liquid Democracy

Our vision is a democratic culture in which active participation is a given for everyone. Democratic decision-making needs to be more flexible, dynamic and transparent. Our mission as a non-profit organization is to promote the advantages of civic engagement through online participation. Liquid Democracy is an innovator in the field of participatory democracy. We believe participation is key to individual empowerment and active citizenship. Our work is based on the belief that democracy in its current form would benefit from increased flexibility and greater opportunities for direct engagement in the political process. In short, that the barriers to direct democracy become »liquefied.«

We are a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Berlin. We like to describe ourselves as a ‘Think & Do Tank’. Since our founding in 2009, we have worked on developing innovative techniques and methods to promote citizen participation. The core of our work revolves around the development of Adhocracy, a free and open-source software and digital participation tool providing users with various civic participation tools.
We employ digital technologies to integrate individuals in the decision-making process. Recognizing that technology use differs throughout the world, our software tools are designed to be as efficient, open and accessible as possible to ensure they can be used by a variety of users at any given time.

Our vision is a democratic culture in which active participation is a given for everyone. Democratic decision-making needs to be more flexible, dynamic and transparent. Our mission as a non-profit organization is to promote the advantages of civic engagement through online participation. Liquid Democracy is an innovator in the field of participatory democracy. We believe participation is key to individual empowerment and active citizenship. Our work is based on the belief that democracy in its current form would benefit from increased flexibility and greater opportunities for direct engagement in the political process. In short, that the barriers to direct democracy become »liquefied.«

We are a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Berlin. We like to describe ourselves as a ‘Think & Do Tank’. Since our founding in 2009, we have worked on developing innovative techniques and methods to promote citizen participation. The core of our work revolves around the development of Adhocracy, a free and open-source software and digital participation tool providing users with various civic participation tools.
We employ digital technologies to integrate individuals in the decision-making process. Recognizing that technology use differs throughout the world, our software tools are designed to be as efficient, open and accessible as possible to ensure they can be used by a variety of users at any given time.

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June 24, 2019

Politics for Tomorrow

Wir sind eine parteiunabhängige Initiative, ​die Innovationen für und mit dem öffentlichen Sektor für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung durch mensch-zentrierte und ko-kreative Lernformate fördert. Wir vernetzen Innovationspioniere, die eine nachhaltige Transformation unserer Gesellschaft zum Ziel haben und kulturelle Veränderungsprozesse mit technologischen Neuerungen unterstützen möchten. Unsere Arbeit fokussiert die Gestaltung
​von wünschenswerten und zukunftsfähigen Interaktionen zwischen Menschen in öffentlichen Organisationen sowie zwischen Staat und Gesellschaft im gesamten Politikzyklus. Die Verbindung von Wissen und Handeln stehen bei uns im Fokus. Mut und Offenheit sind maßgeblich, um einen neuen Status Quo der Zusammenarbeit im öffentlichen Sektor zu fördern und sichtbar zu machen.

Wir sind eine parteiunabhängige Initiative, ​die Innovationen für und mit dem öffentlichen Sektor für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung durch mensch-zentrierte und ko-kreative Lernformate fördert. Wir vernetzen Innovationspioniere, die eine nachhaltige Transformation unserer Gesellschaft zum Ziel haben und kulturelle Veränderungsprozesse mit technologischen Neuerungen unterstützen möchten. Unsere Arbeit fokussiert die Gestaltung
​von wünschenswerten und zukunftsfähigen Interaktionen zwischen Menschen in öffentlichen Organisationen sowie zwischen Staat und Gesellschaft im gesamten Politikzyklus. Die Verbindung von Wissen und Handeln stehen bei uns im Fokus. Mut und Offenheit sind maßgeblich, um einen neuen Status Quo der Zusammenarbeit im öffentlichen Sektor zu fördern und sichtbar zu machen.

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June 24, 2019

Sabine Junginger

Sabine unterstützt als promovierte Designforscherin internationale Regierungen, die sich um neue Ansätze und Methoden der Policy Gestaltung und der Policy Implementierung bemühen. Ihre theoretische und praktische Arbeit schlägt Brücken zwischen Human-Centered Design, Interaction Design, Managementforschung, Policy Studies und Organisationslehre. Sie hat die Entwicklung von Design im öffentlichen Sektor von Anfang an reflektierend begleitet und war unter anderem langjähriges Mitglied des wissenschaftlichen Beirates von Mindlab in Dänemark. Ihre jüngsten Projekte involvieren Public Innovation Labs in Brasilien, Chile und Mexiko, oftmals in Kollaboration mit OECD, Nesta (UK) und Design for Europe (UK).

Sabine unterstützt als promovierte Designforscherin internationale Regierungen, die sich um neue Ansätze und Methoden der Policy Gestaltung und der Policy Implementierung bemühen. Ihre theoretische und praktische Arbeit schlägt Brücken zwischen Human-Centered Design, Interaction Design, Managementforschung, Policy Studies und Organisationslehre. Sie hat die Entwicklung von Design im öffentlichen Sektor von Anfang an reflektierend begleitet und war unter anderem langjähriges Mitglied des wissenschaftlichen Beirates von Mindlab in Dänemark. Ihre jüngsten Projekte involvieren Public Innovation Labs in Brasilien, Chile und Mexiko, oftmals in Kollaboration mit OECD, Nesta (UK) und Design for Europe (UK).

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July 2, 2019

Civic engagement platform

Civic engagement platform

Civocracy

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

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

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June 24, 2019

Tech4Germany

The Tech4Germany digital transformation fellowship pairs talented technologists with top civil servants working at the highest levels of the federal government to tackle some of Germany’s biggest challenges. Tech4Germany is a dedicated team of young tech professionals working under Germany’s Federal Chief of Staff and in coorperation with Germany's Federal IT Department.

The Tech4Germany digital transformation fellowship pairs talented technologists with top civil servants working at the highest levels of the federal government to tackle some of Germany’s biggest challenges. Tech4Germany is a dedicated team of young tech professionals working under Germany’s Federal Chief of Staff and in coorperation with Germany's Federal IT Department.

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June 24, 2019

Polyteia

The smart governance platform for cities and towns. Polyteia automatically and seamlessly aggregates relevant data from various kinds of enterprise software. Data kept in excel-sheets, PDFs, and other types of documents is imported through our upload service.

The smart governance platform for cities and towns. Polyteia automatically and seamlessly aggregates relevant data from various kinds of enterprise software. Data kept in excel-sheets, PDFs, and other types of documents is imported through our upload service.

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June 23, 2019

Link list for Digitalization in Germany

Link list for Digitalization in Germany

Germany's digitalization scene

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

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.

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.

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July 13, 2019

Global initiative organizing events around fair, responsible, and human-centric technologies

Global initiative organizing events around fair, responsible, and human-centric technologies

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.

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.

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July 12, 2019

Surprising, inspiring and funny maps

Surprising, inspiring and funny maps

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.

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.

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July 2, 2019

Berlin store selling food without packaging

Berlin store selling food without packaging

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.

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.

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June 14, 2019

Berlin lab covering open data, digitalization and urbanity

Berlin lab covering open data, digitalization and urbanity

Lab Technologiestiftung Berlin

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

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

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

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July 13, 2019

Funding public interest tech

Funding public interest tech

Prototype Fund

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

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

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July 13, 2019

re:publica

re:publica Berlin is Europe’s largest internet and digital society conference. More than 19 500 participants from 80 countries came together to discuss current issues of digital society at the three-day festival re:publica 18. re:publica participants represent a cross-section of (digital) society, which include professionals from economics, politics, business, hacker culture, NGOs, media, and marketing, as well as bloggers, activists, artists, and social media experts. Roughly 50 percent of re:publica 18 speakers were women, ranking the event as one of the most inclusive of its kind.  

Active visitor participation makes re:publica a unique event. Anyone can propose topics, ideas, or projects for the program, which creates a diverse set of subjects and exceptional networking opportunities.

Founded in 2007 by Tanja Haeusler, Andreas Gebhard, Markus Beckedahl, and Johnny Hauesler, re:publica GmbH’s shareholders, newthinking communications and Spreeblick Verlag, have been committed to issues of net politics, as well as digital culture and society, for over a decade.

re:publica’s broad range of topics has been drawing an increasing number of sponsors and partners each year. Since 2014, this has included close collaborations with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, as well as the international media convention MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin.

re:publica also nurtures close and long-standing partnerships with institutions, ministries, NGOs, corporations, and other organizations. These include corporations like Daimler AG, IBM, Microsoft, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Telekom, Google, Deutsche Bahn AG, Telefonica, and Mozilla, as well as political foundations (the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, Friedrich-Ebert Foundations, Heinrich-Böll Foundation, Friedrich-Naumann Foundation), media outlets (ARD, ZDF, RBB, WDR), and NGOs (WWF, World Data Lab.)

re:publica Berlin is Europe’s largest internet and digital society conference. More than 19 500 participants from 80 countries came together to discuss current issues of digital society at the three-day festival re:publica 18. re:publica participants represent a cross-section of (digital) society, which include professionals from economics, politics, business, hacker culture, NGOs, media, and marketing, as well as bloggers, activists, artists, and social media experts. Roughly 50 percent of re:publica 18 speakers were women, ranking the event as one of the most inclusive of its kind.  

Active visitor participation makes re:publica a unique event. Anyone can propose topics, ideas, or projects for the program, which creates a diverse set of subjects and exceptional networking opportunities.

Founded in 2007 by Tanja Haeusler, Andreas Gebhard, Markus Beckedahl, and Johnny Hauesler, re:publica GmbH’s shareholders, newthinking communications and Spreeblick Verlag, have been committed to issues of net politics, as well as digital culture and society, for over a decade.

re:publica’s broad range of topics has been drawing an increasing number of sponsors and partners each year. Since 2014, this has included close collaborations with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, as well as the international media convention MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin.

re:publica also nurtures close and long-standing partnerships with institutions, ministries, NGOs, corporations, and other organizations. These include corporations like Daimler AG, IBM, Microsoft, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Telekom, Google, Deutsche Bahn AG, Telefonica, and Mozilla, as well as political foundations (the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, Friedrich-Ebert Foundations, Heinrich-Böll Foundation, Friedrich-Naumann Foundation), media outlets (ARD, ZDF, RBB, WDR), and NGOs (WWF, World Data Lab.)

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June 14, 2019

Festival for lettering, sign painting, calligraphy and type design

Festival for lettering, sign painting, calligraphy and type design

Berlin Letters

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

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

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

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June 14, 2019

Track and understand your menstrual cycle

Track and understand your menstrual cycle

Clue

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

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

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

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July 13, 2019

Dataviz queen based in Berlin

Dataviz queen based in Berlin

Lisa Charlotte Rost

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.

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

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

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July 13, 2019

Reading List for User Interface Typographers

Reading List for User Interface Typographers

UI Typographers Reading List

Great reading list on typography by Frank Rausch, creator of V for Wiki and professor at FH Potsdam.

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

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

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July 13, 2019

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.

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

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June 14, 2019

CityLAB

The CityLAB is an experimental laboratory for the city of the future. Here, representatives from government, civil society, academia and start-ups collaboratively develop new ideas for how to both ensure and enhance the livability of Berlin as a city. The CityLAB combines elements of a digital workshop, a co-working space and event space into a single location where participation and innovation are jointly pursued. We see digitalization as an opportunity to re-think existing processes, dismantle social barriers and create new forms of civic participation. The CityLAB is not a single, finalized concept. Rather, it's a dynamic experiment intended to be continuously developed and re-imagined.

The CityLAB is an experimental laboratory for the city of the future. Here, representatives from government, civil society, academia and start-ups collaboratively develop new ideas for how to both ensure and enhance the livability of Berlin as a city. The CityLAB combines elements of a digital workshop, a co-working space and event space into a single location where participation and innovation are jointly pursued. We see digitalization as an opportunity to re-think existing processes, dismantle social barriers and create new forms of civic participation. The CityLAB is not a single, finalized concept. Rather, it's a dynamic experiment intended to be continuously developed and re-imagined.

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July 4, 2019

Trimonthly drinks around service design in Berlin

Trimonthly drinks around service design in Berlin

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.

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.

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June 14, 2019

Trends in graphic design

Trends in graphic design

Trendlist

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

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

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

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July 13, 2019

Game jam in Berlin

Game jam in Berlin

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

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July 8, 2019

Online museum for vanishing and endangered sounds

Online museum for vanishing and endangered sounds

Conserve the sound

So many satisfying sounds. My favourite sound: Kassettenrekorder SONY CFD-101. If you like the project you should have a look at their video interviews, especially this one.

An online museum for vanishing and endangered sounds. The sound of a dial telephone, a walkman, a analog typewriter, a pay phone, a 56k modem, a nuclear power plant or even a cell phone keypad are partially already gone or are about to disappear from our daily life.

An online museum for vanishing and endangered sounds. The sound of a dial telephone, a walkman, a analog typewriter, a pay phone, a 56k modem, a nuclear power plant or even a cell phone keypad are partially already gone or are about to disappear from our daily life.

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July 13, 2019
Design System