In an ever changing world full of new capabilities - design has become the key for successful transformation following core user needs and meaningful interactions. User interfaces become obsolete, cars make their own decisions, household devices communicate with one another and new working models and professions appear. This world will connect mobility with work-life balance and services with experiences. Smart cities and roads will communicate with car sharing services to present users with the ‘right car at the right moment’. Systems and services are integrated with one another and touch every part of our lives. How do we assure as designers that a solution is not strongly technical driven and does not become overloaded with features? We have to rethink the way how we solve problems by not starting with the technology at hand. The Human Centered Process gives the designer user insights and opportunities that help to ideate solutions to create meaningful solutions for a mass consumer adoption. About the speakers:
Christina Ebert, Senior User Experience Designer
Jan Gohlke, Visual Interaction Designer
Vanja Misic, UX Design Researcher & Service Designer

More and more people are starting to create, learning and spreading human-centered approaches in various fields: coaching, design, entrepreneurship, management, politics…And yes I am a fan. I agree on most of the directions those theories take, but sometimes I wonder if there is more.

When CreativeMornings started back in 2013 in Munich I would have misspelled the name, neither did I know what it is all about.
By that time I lived in Vienna, I was traveling through China during the summer and moved back to Germany in late autumn. Munich wasn’t on my “places I want to live at” list, different than most other cities on this planet. Nevertheless I ended up living here. To date it: I have been a Wannabe Bavarian since May 2015.

That was also the time, when I met a girl, Christina, at the 6:30 AM morning class in a CrossFit box. I wasn’t really into CrossFit by that time, I was more the yoga girl who was trying to get back into dancing, but Christina taught me better. We spent quite a lot of time lifting weights and running miles. After a while there was no way around THE after coffee and the answer to the question “What are you actually doing in life when you’re not busy carrying sandsacks around?”. And there it was: the same way of seeing the universe, the respect for diversity, the pure enjoyment of the little things, the will to grow and to challenge yourself, the vision of creating something -  but not alone, together.

Things were settled.

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There are five of us. Five persons, five characters, five visions of life, five stories to fall back on, five job titles, five favorite coffee shops, five must-read books, but there is only one CreativeMornings Munich chapter - one.

We are setting up an event every month, like every other chapter around the globe. From the outside this might look easy: a location, a speaker and some coffee - done. But there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.

Things can get really tough between us. We all have full-time jobs, a social life, family,  personal needs, lots of travel hours and random wishes. Besides those external restrictions,  

you have to consider us as a herd of different shaped alpha animals. We all are used to express ourselves, to be the wired one in a team, the one people expect to have a different opinion and to turn things around - the hardest part of the truth, we actually enjoy this role. But whether we like it or not, there is no space for five energetic characters like this in our team.

Whom am I actually talking about? I will allow you to gain a little insight into the team:

Christina is the girl who pulls all the strings while making sure everybody is happy. She also is the person to approach about any problem. Priceless!

Jan is the one who has this unbeatable ability of telling random jokes and switch into serious business in the next second, to make sure we actually get things done.

Vanja is the person who will always be one step ahead of you, in ten minutes she will give you as many ideas as somebody else is not able to give you in a week. She is always all-in and eager to learn and to grow, while putting a smile on your face.

Yann-Yves is the man, who always has a story to tell. We can all agree on the fact that nobody can count the different nationalities his family is comprised of, that he is a tremendous videographer, and most exciting, he is a daddy to be.

And yes there is me, the little one. While writing this post I’m asking myself if my words sound like a secret love letter, but as the rest of the team is already used to get overloaded by heart emojis and virtual hugs, they might just brand me another time with “fluffy, cute and naive” - I guess there are worse things in life.

Via whatsapp, facebook and email we are in touch almost every day.We can no longer avoid not getting a deep scope of personal life of one another. For all our differences and not a lot of firm ground to stand on, there is one thing that keeps us together: respect, as simple as it sounds.

Instead of spending time on throwing words around, or trying to define the next agile, human-centred working process and trying to look good, while pronouncing them, we actually listen to each other. We try to make sense of off different perspectives and honor each one’s fortes.

And that’s what the whole secret is about.

Start looking around you, inhale and appreciate the environment you are living in, give the people who surround you the chance to shape your thinking and your doing. Use the words they are using and start speaking the language, they are speaking, while not loosing your own ones on the way.

In a creative world life sometimes seems to be unfair and without scruple, people fight for their creative vision, their talent, their way of working, their extraordinary way of thinking outside the box and their principles. You might be one of those people, that’s okay, but be aware of your growing ignorance while fighting your battle. The others might not know better,but their perspective is not without reason. And if you continue ignoring them, they will have time watching you and learn from you, so you better start respecting them and let them become part of your own process. It’s not always about aiming higher and leaving the others behind to be first to cross the finish line. It’s more about experiencing the human connections right in front of you, because they can’t be put into words on paper and definitely won’t become the next hyped buzzword. If you start respecting the persons next to you today, and thus connecting and grow through them, you will find yourself pushing your personal finish line in every single moment of interaction.

No matter how, we will all evolve and move forward, and create innovation and unique designs, but if not together, how?

See you in the morning! 

Goethe´s Faust talks to the moment and says ““Verweile doch, du bist so schön” – “Stay a while, you are so beautiful”. Probably the most famous quotation in all German literature. On the next Creative Mornings Event Jens Roeper will try to create a moment to stay. He will think and talk about “what is a moment”, “how does a moment feel”, “what means “time” in that relation”? Moments are defined as emotional instants – and they are bigger than just a framed period of time. They stand for an experience at the instant moment or in the past, triggered by smells, sounds, tastes, feelings. Moments are individual. Moments can change your life. Moments make decisions. We will engage you to find out your moment and try to make you feel it. Never neglect your moment!

For many makers and creatives, the path towards a final finished piece of work feels like a long, almost excruciating process of unlocking a mystery. For most of the way, we’re fumbling through the dark as we seek out answers, until that sudden moment when ideas finally come together and click.
The creative process has always been different for everyone, but it’s always a process: of knowing, not knowing, questioning, deciding, and making. Christine will share her own process, as well as a few techniques she uses to make unlocking creative ideas a little less mysterious.
The Adobe Creative Residency empowers talented individuals to spend a year focusing on a personal creative project, while sharing their experience and process with the creative community.

The Adobe Creative Residency empowers talented individuals to spend a year focusing on a personal creative project, while sharing their experience and process with the creative community.

Martin and Alex from pretty bloody simple create magic moments with interactive installations. They seek to create experiences that make you dive in abstract and surreal dream worlds. Their work might be pretty bloody simple, but the moments they create are beyond fantastic.
They love the unusual and melting standards is their new way of wizard magic.

Martin and Alex work with everything fun: wind machines, sound, light installations, VR,…
Even if they say the experiences they create are pretty bloody simple, we say they are our perfect match for the theme #Fantasy.

Remember Star Trek’s holodeck and how you thought it was the most futuristic thing you had ever seen? We are entering an era where technology is providing us with new ways of experiencing products and services. An era where the lines between the physical and digital are becoming blurred. How can design and digital technology make those experiences more meaningful and immersive? Talk by Aino Hanttu 
Location: Mates

tado° is the market leader for Smart Thermostats in Europe. Headquartered in Munich, tado° was founded in 2011.The vision since day one has been to create products that adapt to user’s behaviour. The designers and engineers are therefore working on truly smart connected products and have been shaping the internet of things over the past five years. Jens wants to share some insights and learnings from the work of the product team and explain what it means to create magic for the user.

Johannes started surfing with 16 and has not had a vacation without a surfboard since. He first went to the Eisbach in 2002 when studying Industrial Design in Munich. Since graduating Johannes has designed a lot of different things, including products, digital interfaces and services and wrote a doctoral thesis about sustainable design. Johannes lived in Germany, the Canaries, Italy and Australia.
Today he works as an interaction designer at Google in Munich.

CreativeMornings Munich hit the road and the first stop was at the UnternehmerTUM MakerSpace GmbH in Garching. We visited this high-tech workshop open to the public, which provides access to machines, tools and software as well as a creative community.
We met two Start-ups, ProGlove and Munich Grill Company, introducing their ideas to us. It was exciting, looking forward for the next breakfast session!

Markus Schmeiduch is an interaction designer and maker of digital products and services, currently working at Google. 

On the topic Empathy, he will share with us the design process for BlindMaps.org, an open initiative for independent mobility.

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