Berlin

Start Up Guide Berlin

Starting something is complicated. Starting something in a new city is ever more complicated. It was the former that inspired Sarah and I to create Nightriders - where do you go to find out who to talk to? where to work? where to learn, listen and play? Start_Up_Guide_Berln

Sissel Hansen asks all these questions and more in her Start Up Guide to Berlin book.

"I came to Berlin one and a half year ago. I was, as many others, attracted to the city, the vibe and oppurtunities. I came with nothing else than my suitcase and the business Idea of Berlin Projects. After a while I was truly amazed with the number of international people arriving all the time with the will of starting their own company, and that got me thinking “I’m not the only one with problems and questions on how to start”."

The book tells you how to find secret spots, to know where to go, what to do, what not to miss and even how to find things you didn’t expect. It also covers aspects like where and how to get hands on information on things like getting insurance, setting up a bank account. It all comes from a very honest perspective.

A core concept of Nightriders is the wiki where participants document their journey and findings along the way. My vision is the wiki will one day become the go to resource for anyone who wants to start something in Scotland. Now, having seen what Sissel and her team have created I can see an opportunity for the content of the wiki to eventually become a book similar to this one.

The one piece of advice from all the founders that stood out for me was

"Network more than you want to."

My two favourite projects featured were Somewhere and Patience.  I loved the way Sissel and her team focused on the super important role physical places and events play in connecting people.

Good work.

 

 

Start Up Guide Berlin

Starting something is complicated. Starting something in a new city is ever more complicated. It was the former that inspired Sarah and I to create Nightriders - where do you go to find out who to talk to? where to work? where to learn, listen and play? Start_Up_Guide_Berln

Sissel Hansen asks all these questions and more in her Start Up Guide to Berlin book.

"I came to Berlin one and a half year ago. I was, as many others, attracted to the city, the vibe and oppurtunities. I came with nothing else than my suitcase and the business Idea of Berlin Projects. After a while I was truly amazed with the number of international people arriving all the time with the will of starting their own company, and that got me thinking “I’m not the only one with problems and questions on how to start”."

The book tells you how to find secret spots, to know where to go, what to do, what not to miss and even how to find things you didn’t expect. It also covers aspects like where and how to get hands on information on things like getting insurance, setting up a bank account. It all comes from a very honest perspective.

A core concept of Nightriders is the wiki where participants document their journey and findings along the way. My vision is the wiki will one day become the go to resource for anyone who wants to start something in Scotland. Now, having seen what Sissel and her team have created I can see an opportunity for the content of the wiki to eventually become a book similar to this one.

The one piece of advice from all the founders that stood out for me was

"Network more than you want to."

My two favourite projects featured were Somewhere and Patience.  I loved the way Sissel and her team focused on the super important role physical places and events play in connecting people.

Good work.

 

 

Berlin Beckons

The  Service Design Network Conference Agenda was released this week. I went along to their first event in Amsterdam, November 2008, I couldn't afford a ticket on my student budget so I asked my university to buy me a ticket instead of paying me for the teaching I was doing at the time. Like many others I decided not to go to the event in 2009 primarily because its location, but it did spark a huge debate amongst the community about what the next conference should be!

So, here we are in 2010 with the "next conference "only months away! I'm feeling pretty proud of myself because I have been invited to be a keynote speaker on the second day and my partner in crime, Sarah is lecturing on the first day. I am also initiating a design challenge around Making Service Sense. A hat trick for the Snook team !

I can't wait to meet new people and put many faces to twitter names! This opportunity has really got me thinking, I want to make an impact. I re-read the post I wrote about the event in 2008 and the journey I have been on since then has been pretty incredible.

I can't wait to share it with you.

Das Ende

The question of when a project formally ends is one that I usually take for granted. But this project has been different - our client was real, the budget was concrete and it all felt true. 3643089169_114e9d34fb

Berlin felt like a whole new place in the sunshine...

I have learned a whole new way of designing that was really challenging, but ultimately very liberating. It challenged the process I have been taught  since high school . We didn't find a problem - we didn't evaluate concepts - we let all ideas and possibilities collide. At times this felt too random, too unstructured - but the vast amount of ideas generated in such a short space of time was nothing like I had experienced before.

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RIP and MIX places the focus on the process of existing design knowledge, objectified in the form of existing products and services. I have a new found respect for that knowledge.

Berlin's final call!

"Berlin Calls" once again! The 6 month project “Transferring today to Tomorrow” that commenced in January with Deutch Telekom laboratories is now in it's final stage. We are flying over to relay the final outcome, in the form of a book,  to our Berlin counterparts. Wish me luck :) You can view pictures of the process here and learn more about my last visit to Berlin in February. Picture 15

When I come back from Berlin I am flying to a place where the sun shines all day every day.

If everything goes to plan I will return rested, cleverer with more freckles...