Martin loves to see people and organisations addressing a task collectively and putting efficient concepts into operation. He is convinced that this must involve all the different perspectives as well as the expertise of all stakeholders.
Martin has a strategic mind and is always glad to help. As well as that he can wiggle his ears.
2011-2014: Co-initiator of the Social Bar Cologne
Since 2009: Co-founder and Director of minds & makers
Since 2007: lecturer in Service Design and Social Innovations at several universities, e.g. University of Cologne, University of Design of Schwäbisch Gmünd, Design Academy Eindhoven and Cologne International School of Design (KISD)
2008–2009: Project Leader at the Service Design Research Centre under Professor Birgit Mager
2007: Management Assistant at “The Hub“, Berlin
2005-2007 Master’s degree from Design Academy of Eindhoven with a focus on Social Design and Service Design
2005: graduation from University of Mannheim with a in Business Economics; focus on Corporate Responsibility
Jan is persuaded that social and economically viable solutions which sustainably improve people’s lives can be developed from current trends in society and technology. When working on concepts, the question as to their viability under real-world conditions is always at the forefront of his mind.
Jan is digital-savvy and likes experimenting. He would love to play the trombone in a brass band one day.
Since 2010: Co-founder and Director of minds & makers
Since 2011: lecturer in Service Design and Social Innovations at several universities, e.g. University of Cologne, University of Design of Schwäbisch Gmünd
2008 -2010: User Experience Manager, Vodafone Concept Development Team
2008: freelance Project Leader at the Service Design Research Centre under Professor Birgit Mager
2008: graduation with a Diplom (M.A. equivalent) in Design from Köln International School of Design (KISD) with a focus on Service Design and Product Design
Manuel is constantly creating exciting new interrelationships from the fields of Design Thinking, Interaction Design, and videography, making sure that they enhance and vitalize co-creative projects.
Manuel is intriguingly allergic to low hanging fruit. He is developing a computer game about street dogs in Moscow.
Since 2015: Service and Interaction Designer at minds & makers
2012–2015: freelance Interaction Designer; cooperation with several start-ups in Berlin, covering phases from the basic idea to market launch and initial balance sheet
2012–2015: audio-visual projects for the research sector, e.g. for the Design Research Lab Berlin, the Innovation Incubator of Leuphana University of Lüneburg as well as the German Society for Design Theory and Research (DGTF).
2012: Diplom (M.A. equivalent) from Köln International School of Design (KISD); nominated for the Cologne Design Award in 2012; Publication in 2013
We are always looking for fresh minds, committed doers and new talent. Feel free to send us an application.
Innovation is also promoted by cooperation.
This is why we are member of various innovative and international networks. More coming soon.
Reach – Global Design Research
minds & makers are the german partner agency within the international Reach – Global Design Research Network.
Reach is are group of highly skilled and experienced companies around the world with a deep expertise in design research. Broad experience in both design and customer research enables the network to seamlessly integrate research activities in design and innovation processes.
Learn more about the network and see some examples of our work.