Join the DESiGN KiDS!

Do you want to invent things yourself? In my new activity booklet DESiGN KiDS show you how to collect, examine, transform, build and exhibit them. Continue Reading →

Erotic Things

What makes th?ngs  er?tic? An exhibition in the Museum of Things, Berlin, presents a wide range of objects with an erotic dimension – some intentionally, others due to our vivid imagination. The immaculate balloon identity and exhibition graphics are by Rose Apple and Wolfgang Schneider. Continue Reading →

Beyond Paper

Proud to announce that BEYOND PAPER, the digital reading room designed by Alex Valder and myself, won a DigiVis award. The competition rewards projects that increase visibility of digital products. We proposed ways to show digital books in the real world – be it at a trade fair, in a bookshop or at literary events. Continue Reading →

Swiss style: the prequel

At last – Eye Magazine #95 has arrived on my Berlin doorstep. Always a pleasure to look at and read, I feel honoured to have contributed a book review to this issue. Dorothea Hofmann´s “Die Geburt eines Stils” (The Birth of a Style) examines the influence of the Basel education model on Swiss Graphic Design. Find out more at
eye magazine and Triest Verlag.

Private Photography

The exhibition FOTO | ALBUM in the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin shows private and anonymous photography from the vast collection of the museum. Do not miss it – it is great fun and runs till February 26th, 2018. Poster and exhibition graphics by Rose Apple.  Continue Reading →

Cabinet of the Unknown

The Werkbundarchiv – Museum of Things and guest curator Ece Pazarbaşı invited its neighbours to select “unknown” objects in their vast collection and collectively assemble this exhibition of 65 enigmatic things. They serve as talking points to participants and visitors alike, with the aim to collectively generate a pool of knowledge that goes beyond the conventional museum wisdom. Come and share your knowledge as well until September 25, 2017. Continue Reading →

…and how do you live?

At the Museum of Things, we hosted students of Jens-Nydahl Primary School in Berlin Kreuzberg for a jolly project week. Twenty-one kids from age six to eleven drew floor plans, furnished apartments, designed wallpaper and built dream homes. Best of all – they turned our white cubes into very colourful ones! Here are some impressions of a busy week in the D.I.Y. Home Advice CentreContinue Reading →

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 →