On the second (rainy) day in bavaria/franken we visited Bamberg, had a delicious Schlenkerla, “Rauchbier” (smoke beer) and of course something to digest it.
In the evening we went to a klezmer concert with Giora Feidman in Fürth. Almost the whole hall (most of them old and probably jewish) knew the songs and sang together… goose pimples! Watch the video to get an impression of what I mean: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB08yTc8LXM
Klezmer (jiddisch, von hebräisch כלי זמר, kli („Gerät, Gefäß“) und zemer („Lied“), wörtlich „Gefäß des Liedes“, im modernen Hebräisch „Musikinstrumente, Musikanten“) ist eine aus dem aschkenasischenJudentum stammende Volksmusiktradition. Etwa um das 15. Jahrhundert entwickelten klezmorim genannte Volksmusikanten eine Tradition weltlicher, nichtliturgischer jüdischer Musik. Sie orientierten sich anreligiösen Traditionen, die bis in biblische Zeiten zurückreichen; ihre musikalische Ausdrucksweise entwickelte sich indessen weiter bis in die Gegenwart. Das Repertoire besteht vor allem aus Musik zur Begleitung von Hochzeiten und anderen Festen.
Finally back home.. or at least in Nürnberg! And finally a good german breakfast again..
Taking a nap on our way to a spa..
Urban hairdresser art..
German dinner and Blues..
One last fireball-shot in our favorite typical british pub “Porter House”. Then friends brought me directly to coach station. Coincidently Jin Seong was on the same bus as me, he went to visit Athens for some days. Apart of some overweight luggage everything else went fine. And NO, this time I didn’t loose anything! :)
BTW: I’ll explain my haircut later.
On my penultimate day in England I drove once again to London for the final MakeSense workshop we won at the Global Service Jam some weeks ago. We presented our Snapbook concept to several people from the MakeSense network: social entrepreneurs, comedians, software-developers, designers, psychologists etc. Mike, a really cool, funny and very capable staff from MakeSense guided us through this brainstorm session. The challenge we were trying answer was:
(Can’t remember, will update soon) Brand, compelling, community, create, around, …
We created dozens of crazy, funny and honest ideas - the most important thing at this stage > no judgement! After that we organized all the ideas, we created small groups and quickly developed concepts improving the experience for the Snapbooks. After just two hours we gained a lot of useful feedback, new ideas and effective criticism. We will definitely keep working on Snapbooks and hopefully start testing the first prototypes this summer in several cities including London, Beijing, Köln and Berlin. Here is a small video with 3 of my teammates about our experience at the Global Service Jam, the MakeSense workshop and what we’ve learned. I seem really nervous moving in the chair all the time^^.. I was so excited :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kL9szFcGrxM
Last thursday we had our final AUB Corporate Design Concept presentation. We had been working a lot to finish all the products and especially the second prototype of Paul, the Logomachine. There were many very friendly and patient staff+students helping us building the machine, laser-cutting the letterings for the products, giving us tips and material…
Simon, the head of marketing asked for this second presentation to present our concept to staff responsible for making big decisions, for example the deputy principle. Sadly, there were some discrepancies with the presentation room so we had to postpone it to the afternoon… (at least we had time to eat lunch!) Unfortunately none of them showed up. They say they had a lot to do these days. For Flora and me it was clear that they weren’t interested enough in repositioning their brand in a new effective way. Nonetheless we are convinced about our concept and we’ll keep working on the Corporate Design and hopefully publish it in about 2 months at a high quality level like September Industry. More about the process of the AUB concept soon in our Blog.
Today I have been updating my portfolio and watching Mad Men (series about advertising in the Madison Avenue in the 60’s). The rest of my final week I will be making the last photographs for the Kopfsache and AUB project, helping the fashion students with their brand identities and traveling to London for a follow-up design workshop. Can’t wait to be back in the warm Berlin! (:
Cambridge English: Advanced Exam - Passed! :D
On friday we started another project called “Kopfsache” inspired by the “Its all about type!” project. The photos are based on german idiomatic expressions related to the head. Can you recognize them? :) The other half will follow next week.