Poppy Vanilla Pseudo Challa

The traditional Challa is a very rich bread, full of sugar and eggs, yet scrumptious and a feast for the senses. There are many recipe variations available, even some eccentric ones and recently we ran into an adaption that sounded too good not to be tried. The Poppy-vanilla Challa. We changed the recipe slightly to [...]

Project Communication

Communicating CoffeeCup

One of the most important aspects of product development is communication. From time to time you realize that people’s expectations and views within a project can drift apart. Although everybody agrees on the same goal, the actual project might develop a little bit like this… Software development can be a very artificial process and there [...]


From trash to treasure in a day

Being developers of mobile applications, we have a lot of testing devices to field test our apps with users and customers. Due to the rapid development of the mobile market, however, we also have a lot of devices in our drawers getting dusty, because they are no longer industry standard or of interest to our [...]


Elevator Pitch

Many companies present themselves on the interweb. Many of them do the same stuff. So how do you stand out?Truth is, that you don’t have to be that different to make a lasting first impression. Just show who you are and why you are good at what you do, as a business, even on a [...]


Home Sweet Home

I recently took over some design work for an online configurator that allows people to personally design their glasses (or well… the framing for them). As you never really get a second chance to make a first impression, we looked at the home/landing page of the configurator which would consolidate all the incoming traffic. Within [...]

Pine Pesto Pane

This is the result of a tiny experiment. My wife and I love bread with a thin spread-like layer of genovese pesto. Now we were curious how the taste would evolve if we bake the pesto directly into the rolls. We tried a couple of combinations and liked this combo quite a lot. Basically we [...]

Save the date card

Digital Wedding Preparations

I’m excited that Michelle and I will finally celebrate our marriage in the alps, bringing together family and friends from all over the world. Due to the babylonian nature of the event we are keeping it takes quite some preparation to get everybody on track. However it is also a lot of fun :-) As [...]

Rosemary Sourdough

Wholefoods, please come to Germany! One of my favourite food temples in London and across the States is wholefoods. A haven for every food snob. Their bakery sections are incredibly good for a chain and I always wanted to reverse engineer the bakery goods. Now that we live back in Germany, I had to get [...]


Removing Stumbling Blocks

Hands down, forms are probably one of the most annoying topics when it comes to user interfaces. For users as well as for designers it seems to be an odyssey, brimming with bad experiences. In the last couple of months, I have been working in a lot of projects involving interfaces for mobile devices in [...]

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Only for qew

Side projects are the bee’s knees. I am helping out a friend with some design work. Above our current logo idea. There new baby is a sort of video heap. As you surf the net, you can add interesting videos to the heap (or the queue = qew). Then, when you are bored or have [...]


It’s all about the Snooze

I am not a morning person. I never was and will probably never be, but I have a plan. In the last couple of years I tried many things to improve my personal ability of getting out of the bed in morning, after a fashion. The problem is simple and consistent. I work late, tinker [...]


Buffalo Bin

Seeing a bunch of kids swarming around any kind of furball in a petting zoo is quite normal and mostly adorable. Seeing a bunch of kids swarming around a trash can in that same petting zoo made me look closely. In fact it made my day.Just a few weeks ago, my girlfriend and I were visiting [...]


Plug and Play

This undercover USB stickman is a usability nightmare, probably not a long term investment but ingenious on so many different levels. Kudos to whoever contrived the little man, you make me smile. Yours truly, Homo Ludens


Creative Cretaceous

I liked school. Not the whole deal in general, in parts it has been very boring. But there are a few things about this place that I start to miss and wish to incorporate back into the everyday. One of the things I miss the most are the big chalkboard walls in every room.Chalkboards are [...]