What I’m you up to right now
2018 is already well underway, so it’s time for an update of what I’m you up to right now.
Of course, verkstedt is still my main priority. It’s a great pleasure to shape this company together with such a great team of people, without whom all this would simply not be possible!
At the end of last year we were able to successfully ship our first project. It’s a little nodeJS app that we’re also hosting and I’m delighted to see how smooth it runs. Currently we’re working on two bigger projects at the same time and I can see that for a team our size this is the maximum number of concurrent things we should be doing. So although there are already new and interesting opportunities on the horizon, I’ve started practising to reply offers with a friendly “thanx, but not at the moment”.
We’re still located at Space Shack in beautiful Schöneberg and since we were offered a bigger office, chances are pretty good, that we will stay there some more. This will also allow us to hopefully grow our nice little team a little bit more (and maybe it’s you that we’re looking for?).
After visiting the Charles and Ray Eames Retrospective at Vitra Design Museum last month, I’ve started to grow an interest in architecture and design of the late 50s – early 60s. It’s not only the concrete output but also the underlying philosophy, the utopias and the general optimism of that time, that it is very well possible to change things to the better for everyone. I’m eager to explore this a bit more and maybe to understand a bit better, at which point this world view started to fail and why. Maybe this also helps to find ways on how to transform the shear endless opportunities our present time has can be a source of optimism, rather than
Apart from that, I’ve received some “strong signals”, I have to be a bit more careful with myself. So over the last few months I’ve started to meditate and work out more regularly. This feels really good and as always I’m asking myself, why am I not able to stick to it?
Let me close with a quote by Charles Eames, my latest source of inspiration…
“Eventually everything connects — people, ideas, objects…the quality of the connections is the key to quality per se…I don’t believe in this ‘gifted few’ concept, just in people doing things they are really interested in doing. They have a way of getting good at whatever it is.”
― Charles Eames