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 Sec Pitch, April 17, 2015: Summary & Links

1. Harry Keller, acolorbright.com: Scenery

“Scenery is a new Mac-App that creates product mockups. Users choose from dozens of authentic scenes and all the latest devices to instantly create mockups for a presentations or marketing. Scenery saves hours of retouching: Just drop a screenshot and see your designs on iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, laptops, desktop computers, and the Apple Watch. The App gives access to a premium collection of device photography, incl. neutral shots of actual devices.“

2. Verena Gerlach, fraugerlach.de: Studio Space

“I’m subletting a work desk in my beautiful little office. It is part of a studio space, I’m sharing together with four lovely, young architects. Located in the very heart of Kreuzberg, between U-Görlitzer Bahnhof and Paul-Linke-Ufer. It also provides a large meeting room, tea kitchen and a sunny balcony. Costs: €130/month, all inclusive. If you are interested, please just contact me via fraugerlach.de“.

3. Mihalis Eleftheriou, languagetransfer.org: Course Creation Centre Berlin

“Language Transfer is a project which offers free downloadable language courses with a methodology that explores the pluralism in our languages and teaches practical speaking in record time! Apart from the free downloadable courses, we also give fascinating language workshops all around the world. To see if there is one near you, or to arrange one, get in touch with us via languagetransfer.org. Language Transfer is an independent, unaffiliated and unfunded project.“

April’s theme is Humility

Now in 112 cities and counting, we’re thrilled to kick off a month around the theme Humility. The theme was chosen by our Orlando chapter and illustrated by the Sean Tulgetske. He’s specialized in working with his hands, crafting typography, illustrations, and other things around that nature. Sean’s work is heavily influenced by vintage americana, the 1950’s, and of course the great outdoors. 

Set your alarms to register for Berlin’s next Creative Mornings on Monday, 13 April, 10 am! Our speaker on April 17 will be Nadine Chahine … and we’re pretty sure it will be sold out within minutes.

 Sec Pitch, March 20, 2015: Summary & Links

1. Rachel Uwa, http://schoolofma.org

“School of Machines is a uniquely curated school born in Berlin in 2014, keen on inventing one-of-a-kind hands-on learning experiences in the field of Art, Technology and Design. Its founders embrace art, creativity and explore the latest technology with humility and curiosity. The School of Machines is a playground, bootcamp, community center, and lucid dream in equal parts. Learning with a bunch of creative and skilled misfits couldn’t have been more fun.”

2. Eike Dingler, http://www.mauvetype.com

“The Pattern Project is an ornamental type family with patterns. It reintroduces the mesmerizing rhichness of detail from medieval manuscipts in contemporary typography. The Pattern fonts are display typefaces and not intended for small print, but designed to have a distinct graphic impact in large sizes. The Basic Collection is composed of 9 geometric patterns. Due to its generic approach, an iOS Application allows you to design your own patterns and generate fonts with it according to your individual needs.”

March’s theme is Ink

Now in 106 cities and counting, CreativeMornings are thrilled to kick off a month around the theme Ink, presented by Squarespace. The theme was chosen by our Melbourne chapter and illustrated by the wonderful Gemma O’Brien.

This month promises to make an impression. From illustrators to tattoo artists, calligraphers to screen printers, we’re exploring the colorful fingerprints we leave on our work and the lingering traces ink leaves on our lives.

A few speakers include:
• Anibal Pantoja, one of Mexico’s most talented tattoo designers (Mexico City)
• Elle Luna, artist and designer (San Francisco) and
• Toshiya Izumo, graphic designer and calligrapher (Berlin)

Set your alarms to register on Monday morning, 16 March, 10 am! Our event will be sold out within minutes.

We’re honored to have Squarespace as our official partner this month. Squarespace gives everyone a platform to showcase their ink, ideas and more by making it easy to build a beautiful website. With their support, CreativeMornings can continue to host free events in cities around the world.

 Sec Pitch, Feb 20, 2015: Summary & Links

1. Adam Bolcsfoldi, @spineplayer, spineapp.net

Spine is a music player for iPhone, designed for people who listen to music as full albums. Your music is displayed in a way that is reminiscent of a stack of CD cases — emphasising the album artworks and giving you an overview of your music as a collection of artist discographies. Playing a full album, as well as putting together a playlist of albums, is quickly and easily done in just a few steps.

2. Alfonso Garzón, @AlfonsoGarzonB, atylaship.com

Atyla is a 31 m long wooden tall ship. Handmade in Spain in 1984, now sails around Europe dedicated to international sail training. The educational project was inspired by a non-profit organization called STI (Sail Training International). Their mission: The development and education of people, regardless of nationality, religion, gender or social background, through the sail training experience so that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society and their conditions of life may be improved.

3. Patrick Juchli, @patrickjuchli, maybeitsthelighting.com

Patrick Juchli is a software developer living in Berlin … visual and interactive applications are his main focus. His iPhone photo app Stilla is a gyroscopic camera. Of any given moment, you take two, three or more pictures. For every image, Stilla will then remember the direction you were looking at. The result resembles a crystal, a 3D object made of facets blending into each other as you turn it in your hand. You can share these fully interactive 3D objects with everyone online, in the browser, full screen.

All images: Norman Posselt

February’s theme is Climate

We’re taking the temperature of our surroundings this month as we dive into Climate in 100+ chapters around the world, presented by MailChimp. The theme was chosen by our Ottawa chapter and illustrated by the talented Dave Arnold. February is all about our environment’s impact on how, what and why we create. From the nuances of workplace culture to the future state of the planet, speakers of all stripes will share their adventures in creativity, chaos and teamwork. A few speakers include:
  • Nicholas Nuttall, Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the UN Climate Change Secretariat (Cologne) 
  • Filipe Lopes, musician, composer and academic investigating ambiance, the relationship between sound and space (Porto)
  • David Harris, Manager at the Technology Access Foundation on the climate of race relations in tech (Seattle) 
  • Frederik Kraft, a research assistant and a PhD candidate at the University of Potsdam, who will talk about how to build a creative climate in organizations.
Set your alarms! Registration starts here, from next Monday 10:00 in the morning.

 Sec Pitch, Jan 23, 2015: Summary & Links

1. Hanneke Riedijk, @hannekerdjk, gestunary.com

Hanneke is a Dutch Japanologist passionate with cultural anthropology. She’s fascinated by misunderstandings that arise in communication. The generally unconscious body language of hand signs and gestures is her passion. There are many local variables that make cross-cultural communication extremely tricky. To be on the safe side Hanneke developed MyGestunary that helps us to become a cross-cultural expert, even when talking with our hands.

2. Swen Rudolph, @swenrudolph, www.swenrudolph.de

Swen is a photojournalist and a commercial photographer. He can throw slides against the wall until they broke.

3. Manuela Faveri, Linked-in account

Manuela is a 33 years-old marketing communications professional who sold everything in her home country Brazil to start again somewhere else. The status and stress of São Paulo didn’t please her anymore, and she was feeling that the world is too big to settle down so early. She came to Berlin in September to study German and decided to stay for good. At the moment Manuela is looking for a job that excites her. She’s passionate about strategic planning, even more when she can deal with content and offline activities in any communication plan.

4. Betti Bobikepunk, @bettibobikepunk, bettibobikepunk.de

CreativeMornings Berlin was proud to present – as the second guest of today’s event – the best DJane in town, Bettibobikepunk. In case you’re familiar with the local club scene you might know Betti from on of her activity areas: White Trash, Mammut Bar, 8MM Bar, Konrad Tönz, CCCP, Klub der Republik, Austerclub, Kingkongklub, Astrobar, Zumiroderzudir, Soupanova, or Schokoladen. Her motto is “Vinyl works”, and she will prove this with an exquisite selection of Garage, Soulbeat, Punk, R’n’B, and Psychedelic records. Maybe next time in your office, at your after work party or any other event.

(Photographs: Norman Posselt)

January’s theme is Ugly

It may not be pretty, but you’ve got to start somewhere. We’re excited to kick off the New Year with a month around the theme “Ugly,” embracing the messy part of bringing any idea to life. The theme was chosen by our Geneva team and we were thrilled to have U.S.-based Matt Chase craft our witty illustration.

From designer and programmer Joshua Davis (San Francisco) on how he works through ugliness to arrive at something beautiful, to music journalist Henry Steinhau here in Berlin on the fine art of less-than-gorgeous album covers, speakers will dig into the power of diving into the Ugly.Let’s get to it! We’ll see you bright and early.

 Sec Pitch, Dec 11, 2014: Summary & Links

1. Dario Ferrando, @dario_ferrando, www.dario.io

Linea is Dario’s personal project that he started in May 2014. It’s basically an iconset based on a 64px grid (Stroke 2px thick), currently featuring 750 icons. You can see and download all the icons on the website Dario made for this project. 

2. Annegret Richter, @ghettogether, ghettogether.net

The concept for Ghettogethers (= ghetto + together) uprose in spring 2013, when Anna’s Studio Blinkblink in Berlins Gerichstraße became a steady meeting point. One day Annegret turned up with the idea of a local creative network. Shortly after the first Ghettogether was organized and became a regular event for self-employed creatives in Wedding.

3. Jonathan Teh, www.setting.io, @WorkSetting

Three nomad entrepreneurs (currently based in Berlin), interested in technology, hacking and traveling together, founded Setting, the private co-working network. Setting is enabling remote professionals, freelancers, web developers and designers to find reliable places to get work done. Starting from private homes, join other professionals to work with them in their living room.

December’s theme is Education

Learning from each other is at the core of every CreativeMornings event. Whether ambitious students or seasoned makers, we’re waking up early in 100 cities (and counting!) to reflect on new ideas. This month we’re excited to celebrate that spirit with the theme Education, presented by CreativeLive.

The theme was chosen by our São Paulo team and we were thrilled to have U.S.-based Christopher David Ryan lovingly craft our illustration.

From Margo Kane, a performing artist who uses dance to empower First Nations youth (Vancouver) to Alexandre Taillefer, a media entrepreneur and chairman of the Montréal Museum of Contemporary Art (Montréal)—speakers around the globe promise to teach you something new. 

Set your alarms! We’ll see you bright and early.  And take care: This time the Berlin event is not an a Friday but on Thursday Dec 11th 2014.

Our month on Education is presented in partnership with CreativeLive. Co-founded by Seattle speaker Chase Jarvis, they’re dedicated to making creative education available to all by offering hundreds of classes in design, photography, business and more. As they say: “Creativity is the new literacy.”