Summer 2018

Three photos showing landscape of Tuscany in Italy, where I spend my holidays
Tuscany, Italy

In case you wonder, why I am slow with emails these days: vacation!

Creative Mornings Theme: Community

Image showing an illustration for the Creative Mornings theme for August
Theme for August’s Creative Mornings is “Community”

I love the Creative Mornings theme for my birth month. It is #community and I always emphasise, how important this is for me and beyond tellerrand. Looking forward to see who is speaking at Creative Mornings Düsseldorf.

Tinker Hatfield

Today, after a run, I decided to take a bath. Right now, it is too hot for a bath usually, but I did a longer run and thought, I’d just enjoy a beer while being in the bath tub and watch an episode of the Abstract series on Netflix, that I haven’t watched before. It was the second of eight episodes featuring Tinker Hatfield. I have to admit – shame on me – I haven’t heard of him before. I just wonder why. Loved the episode and his approach on designing shoes. And he ended with a sentence that stuck with me – even though you heard similar things maybe …

“If people don‘t either love or hate your work, you just haven‘t done all that much.”
– Tinker Hatfield

Tried to find out how to get in touch with him to simply state how much I liked the episode and him in it and being emotional when presenting the Jordan XV. Did not succeed. So, Tinker, if you ever stumble across these lines: Thanks ;)

Event Tip: “Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design”

I got and email from Mike yesterday night. He suggest that we both go and visit an exhibition in the Vitra Design Museum dealing with Vitor Papanek’s work.

The exhibition is called Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design. If his name rings a bell, it might be, because he has written Design for the Real World, up to the date one the most widely read book about design that was ever published. And even though the book was published in 1971, I think it never has been more relevant than these days, as it deals with topics like inclusion and social justice for design. His socially and ecologically oriented approach to design in the 1960’s is timeless and reading his books, as the one mentioned above or How Things Don’t Work (1977) and Design for Human Scale (1983), will still and definitely help you to be a better designer.

In the exhibition, taking place from 29 September 2018 to 10 March 2019, drawings, manuscripts, films, prints and much more – some of them never presented before – will be exhibited.

So, I guess, I have one more thing to do in this year. With or without Mike ;)

Read the full description for the exhibition “Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design”

Error Messages the Wrong Way – KLM

Screeshot showing an error message from KLM while I was booking a flight
You get, what was going wrong, right?

I wish error messages would be more readable and understandable. This one here is from the KLM website during a flight booking. WTF?!

An App for Your Event

An email from X: “My name is X, I represent ABC-company - mobile app for conferences and expos https://…
Could you guide me please with whom I can discuss partnership opportunites?”

Me (knowing what he actually wants): “That would be me. I attached my Partnership Document for your information. Cheers and have a lovely Friday.”

X: “Thank you for your answer. Unfortunetly you didn't understand me correctly. We offer our service to events like yours. May we make skype-call I will show to you our service and discribe how you can earn with ABC-company.”

Me: “Ah ok. Sorry, not interested.”

X: “Are you not interested to earn more?”

Me: “Of course. But not interested in using a mobile app at my events. I wish nobody would even use a mobile phone during the event to focus on what is happening onsite and enjoy the event and chatting to other people.”

Why do I even reply to such emails 🙄


Notes to Myself

My friend Brendan Dawes created a notebook. But if you know Bren, you know that it is not only a standard notebook.

Photo showing a collage of shots I took of the notebook by Brendan
“Notes to Myself” by Brendan Dawes – click for more photos

Brendan sees this notebook as as creative inspiration and interruption as it is not just a blank notebook, but comes with a selection of his thoughts on making things. A lot of the pages furthermore come with grids, generated by his GridMaker. The whole package also contains three pencils as well as a poster with more things Brendan learned during the years running his business.

Check the product page for Notes to Myself for further detailed information

See my set of photos of Notes to Myself

Longitude Gin

Photo showing Longitude Gin in three bottles
A new family member in my gin collection

New gin family member: Longitude Gin. Just picked it up only a street away from my place. Something I look forward to try with Keir Whitaker visiting me in a few days.

My Photos From Smashing Conference in Toronto

It was a bit silent over here lately. One reason is my work on beyond tellerrand in Berlin, but another reason is, that I was away for a week and spend my time at the first Smashing Conference in Toronto.

Image shows a collage of photos from Smashing Conference in Toronto
Impressions of the first SmashingConf in Toronto – click to get to the full album

Not only was it the first event for Smashing Magazine in Toronto, but also the first one with a new concept to be tested. Vitaly asked the speakers to not have slides while presenting. It was allowed to use the projector for other reasons, maybe to live draw or live code during your session, but not simply for slides. Except for a ver few speakers, everyone followed this task and even though I heard critical opinions before the event (I was sceptical as well), the majority of the presenters not using slides, as well as the attendees really enjoyed the different way of presenting.

I created a set of photos with impressions of the main event as well as the workshops and the jam sessions, on the evening before the conference. The overall atmosphere at the TIFF Bell Lightbox was really good. Not only the cinema, which was used as the main theatre for the talks, but also the sponsors and breakout area and the lunch and learn room was well visited. The lovely weather and Toronto added to the overall good vibe.

Have a look at my impressions of SmashingConf Toronto 2018

The Worlds First Cyber Attack

In the 1790’s the world’s first national data network was constructed in France and it was a mechanical telegraph system made of a chain towers to communicate with each other.

Two bankers hacked this system and classified the first cyber attack with their acting. It was a clever hack and and showed one things that counts today still:

[…] regardless of the technology, security is like a chain and humans are always the weakest link.

A short read of about 3–4 minutes worth reading.