Would you like it modern?

New exhibition gern modern? Living concepts for Berlin after 1945 now open at the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge in Berlin Kreuzberg. The exhibition charts ideas and initiatives of the German Werkbund in the aftermath of WWII aimed at introducing modernist ideas into Berlin homes. Projects on show range from practical and stylish mid-century furniture and floor plans to exhibitions, educational tools, furnished model apartments and films to the ‘Home Advice Centre for modern minded Berliners. Continue Reading →

All Hausbesuch e-books out now!

Hausbesuch / home visit is the name of a European project initiated by the Goethe-Institut. Over the last 7 months, 10 renowned authors from 10 European countries have been invited by 40 private hosts to their homes in 17 European cities. Their accounts have now been published in weekly instalments in collaboration with Berlin based e-book publishers Frohmann. Continue Reading →

merry christ-mess


Every year on December 1, I climb up to the attic and bring down the Christmas scrapbooks. Continue Reading →

Easy Language

As many Berlin expats can confirm, German is not an easy language to learn, due to its complicated grammar. What if you simplified the language in order for it to be understood by more people? This is a personal essay about my experiences with the concept of `easy language´ and the controversy it is causing in Germany.  Continue Reading →

Design Thinking with Teens?

The Design Thinking Kids booklet charts the ups, downs and outcome of working with students from grades eight and nine on a challenge of their own choosing.

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The People on Top

I needed a break. It had worn me out to concern myself, hourly, with depressing events that had no immediate and direct influence on my life and which I could not control in any way. So three weeks ago I decided to stop checking the news online and my virtual world became peaceful.

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Review for Eye Magazine

Back from holiday, I was excited to find the new Eye Magazine in my post box – with my review of the exhibition “Masse und Klasse: Graphic Design in the GDR” on page 86. If you are in Berlin and have not seen the exhibition, you still have until August 29, 2016 to visit the Werkbundarchiv – Museum of Things and catch a glimpse of the everyday visual culture of East Germany. The finissage will take place on Saturday 27 with an expert talk about GDR records. See you there?

“We are hungry”

The Design-Thinking-Kids-Club presents its work at the Summer Party of the Berlin Bilingual Secondary School in Berlin Lichtenberg on July 8, 2016 from 2-6 p.m. Continue Reading →

New identity: HAUSBESUCH

The Goethe-Institut asked me to design the identity for a new project that just launched as a transnational collaboration in Southwest Europe. Under the heading „Hausbesuch“ (home visit) ten well-known authors from Portugal, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Italiy and Germany are invited to private homes across fifteen cities to eat, drink, read and get talking. More about the project on the website of the Goethe-Institut Nancy.

HAUSBESUCH | Goethe-Institut Southwest Europe

HAUSBESUCH | Goethe-Institut Southwest Europe

Design Thinking Kids

What would the world look like if young people and children were designing it? That is what we are trying to find out in this new project. Continue Reading →

WE-TRADERS E-Book Launch

The We-Traders e-book is out! It is a reflection on theory and practice as well as a hands-on guide to the collaborative production of urban environment.

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Exhibition: Female Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins

Proud to be part of the upcoming exhibition: 100 YEARS OF GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION BY WOMEN AT CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS from 16 February – 23 March 2016 at Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, London, NC1 4AA Continue Reading →

Rollenfang Actors

We want to see everybody!

“We are starting an initiative to bring actors with disabilities into German film and television and we need a visual identity. Are you up for it?”– “Yes of course, I said, but only if I get to work with these actors in the process.”

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Chapel for 30 seconds

On November 12th, 2015, the bridge installation by Rose Epple and Alex Valder has opened in picturesque Feldkirch. The event kicked-off the Montforter Zwischentöne, an innovative music festival, which focus this time round is on the topic of “Faith”. For two weeks, citizens of Feldkirch and visitors attending the festival, will have 30 seconds to meditate on existential questions while crossing the light tunnel over river Ill. Continue Reading →

Where to study?


During my recent talk at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, I mentioned my sense of wonder and liberation when I came to study there. “I am feeling the same”, a young German student told me after the lecture. Like me, she had come on a scholarship and had already experienced a few years of German design education. Like me, she was dreading to go back. So what is it that makes British design education for people like me so different, so appealing?

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