Viva Las Vegas

Posted on Jan 7, 2009 in Research, Trade Shows, Trends

I simply cannot believe how quickly 2008 has flown by and am amazed at all the wonderful events that have made the past twelve months without any doubt the most event- and wonderful year of my life.

Just four days after arriving in the Pacific Northwest last year, I set out to visit the CES and – hoping that this is a good omen for another fantastic year – I am doing the same thing in 2009, with the only difference being that there aren’t several days, but mere hours between my arrival in Washington and my departure to Nevada.

Having just come back yesterday at around midnight, I found myself back at SeaTac just 15 hours later, boarding a plane to Sin City. Now I am sitting here in my hotel room at Circus Circus, cranking away on work for a meeting tomorrow…

While Vegas certainly has a more familiar air to me the second time around, I am still dazzled by the random accumulation of lights, colors and styles and by the absence of good taste… Vegas will probably always be a fascinating place for me and I believe I will never get over the constant dose of culture shocks that it offers.

I am working on… a family of notebook computers

Posted on Sep 20, 2008 in Industrial Design, Working on


Most of the products, experiences, and strategies that I design are of a somewhat confidential nature. While I thus cannot go into the details of what exactly it is that I am working on at the moment or which company it is that I am engaging with, I am posting these headlines to give a little glimpse into my work…

Taipei, Seoul, Seattle, Portland

Posted on Jul 28, 2008 in Opinion, Travel

Well… I did quite a bit of travelling these past few days. While on Saturday night I was still in Taipei and after having a quick stopover in Seoul on Sunday morning, I touched ground in Seattle yesterday afternoon, just to take off again today for a one-day business trip to Portland.
While I have taken that tour quite a bit in past months, it was – until now – by car or standard scheduled flights.
Prior to today’s trip we discovered a new airline in town, though: SeaPort Airlines, that offers direct flights between Boeing Field and Portland’s PDX airport, with the former being a lot closer to downtown Seattle than SeaTac International airport in Tacoma and – in combination with the omission of security screenings – decreasing the overall commute from 4 to 3 hours.
In addition to the shorter travel, a ride in SeaPort Air’s 10-seater Pilatus PC-12 Turboprop also makes for an unusual and really cool flying experience!
With all this travelling though, it is needless to say that I was pretty jetlagged at the end of the day – from my trip to Asia that is, not from the one to Oregon – and I fell asleep at around 9pm. Fortunately, there’ll be a few weeks time until I’ll be embarking on my next intercontinental flight…

I am working on… a surgical instrument that saves lives

Posted on Mar 12, 2008 in Industrial Design, Research, Working on


Most of the products, experiences, and strategies that I design are of a somewhat confidential nature. While I thus cannot go into the details of what exactly it is that I am working on at the moment or which company it is that I am engaging with, I am posting these headlines to give a little glimpse into my work…

In the Studio at Carbon

Posted on Feb 8, 2008 in Career

A few brief impressions from the office…

In the City of Lights

Posted on Jan 13, 2008 in Research, Trade Shows, Trends

Living in Asia for some seven years, I thought I had seen it all when it comes to the excessive use of light bulbs and neon tubes in the streets… little did I know that my memories of Tokyo’s Shibuya district now feel like ‘underexposed images’ when I compare them to my impressions of ‘The Strip’ in Las Vegas.

Visiting the Consumer Electronics Show there, I have not yet decided whether I should be fascinated or disgusted by the city’s artificiality, chintzy glamour and affluence of materiality. While Vegas offers an intriguing mixture of entertainment, gambling and great food, it certainly seems that all good taste is doomed to remain outside the city limits…

Hello Seattle, hello Carbon Design!

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 in Career


I have arrived in Seattle!

I didn’t have the chance to see much or to say ‘hello’ to my new environment in any way, but am happy and excited that I have finally turned the page to this new chapter of my life after planning it for about one year now… it feels great!

While I officially will be starting next week, I wanted to say hi to my new colleagues at Carbon Design because I will be flying out to visit CES in Las Vegas on Monday. So I went to the office today: It’s located in Bothell, north of Lake Washington in a building that formerly served as a bank – our meeting room is inside the safe and I was told, that we’d be locked in there for meetings until all meeting goals are achieved…

Well… the atmosphere on my first day was relaxed and I received a very friendly and warm welcome – feels good to have a job again after my two month break and I cannot wait to get my hands on some new projects!

Medion introduces the GoPal S2310

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 in Media

Today Medion unveiled their GoPal S2310 personal navigator that I worked on last year… pretty proud of it, and here’s how the press talks about the product:

The smaller S2310 touts a 3.5-inch LCD, curvaceous design, shock-resistant casing, route tracking system, and an ability to export to Google Earth.

Engadget

The GoPal S2310 features a 3.5-inch colour TFT touchscreen and comes bundled with a pair of Sennheiser headphones, as well as preinstalled Western European Navteq maps with over 60 points of interest and an integrated GPS receiver alongside an MP3 player, photo viewer and Bluetooth technology.

Pocket Lint