Find some news and press coverage of my former and current projects.


 

New York Times

fastco.exist

Wired.com

fastco.design

laboiteverte.fr


2017

Das Deutsche Museum widmet sich in seiner Sonderausstellung „energie.wenden“ der großen Herausforderung einer umweltverträglichen, wirtschaftlichen und sicheren Bereitstellung von Energie. Zwei unserer Pleasurable Troublemaker wurden von den Kuratoren für die Ausstellung ausgewählt.

Deutschland hat sich seit 2011 mit der „Energiewende“ diesem Wandel verschrieben. Neben der Politik, kann auch jeder einzelne seinen Beitrag zur Energiewende und einem umweltverträglichen Umgang mit Ressourcen leisten. Dieser Beitrag fängt im Alltag an. Licht beispielsweise unnötig brennen zu lassen oder Geräte in den Stand-by Modus zu schalten sind kleine, alltägliche Schritte, hin zu einem ressourcenschonenden Lebensalltag. Doch genau diese Schritte sind nicht immer einfach, da Menschen gewohnte Handlungsweisen überdenken und verändern müssen. Seit mehreren Jahren beschäftigt sich die Arbeitsgruppe mit der Veränderung von Handlungsweisen mit Hilfe von Technologie.

Ich freue mich, dass die „Kleine Raupe Immersatt“ und „Vergissmeinnicht II“ ab dem 15. Februar im Deutschen Museum zu erleben sind. Im Anschluss wird die Wanderausstellung in internationalen Museen gezeigt.


2016

Here some impressions of the Future Day 2016.


I am invited to talk about our approach of the Pleasurable Troublemakers at the 7th 1000 Vordenker-Gathering "The Future of Design" in Basel, June 23-24th . Looking forward to this event.


A short interview I gave (in german) about what I am going to talk about at the FutureDay '16.

I am invited to talk about our approach of the Pleasurable Troublemakers at the FutureDay '16. Looking forward to meet you at the FutureDay in June.


Der Technik-Salon an der Leibniz Universität Hannover ist ein Kulturpodium für Technik, das sich den Querbezügen zwischen Technik, Kultur und Gesellschaft verschrieben hat und Technik nicht als reines Ingenieurfach auffasst. Dabei geht es um eine Verantwortung von Ingenieuren und Gestaltern gegenüber der Gesellschaft, als Sorge für das Gemeinwesen und das Wohlergehen künftiger Generationen.

Marc Hassenzahl und ich sind im Zuge unserer gemeinsamen Forschung zu den Pleasurable Troublemakern vom Technik-Salon eingeladen worden und können uns einen ganzen Abend dieser Thematik zusammen mit einem Publikum widmen.

Wir freuen uns schon auf diesen Termin. 


I am invited to talk about our approach of our "Aesthetic of Friction" at the UIG Frühjahrstagung in Mannheim. Looking forward to meet you in Mannheim, March, 23ed, 2016


Small but mighty? Check out the latest feature about Keymoment in Outsider Magazine. You will also find a short article in the printed version of the magazine. :)


2015

Check out the latest feature about our  Pleasurable Troublemakers on BBC Mundo.


I am invited to talk about our approach of the Pleasurable Troublemakers at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Economic and Organizational Psychology, Department Psychology. The new home of our former colleague Sarah Diefenbach. Looking forward to meet Sarah again in Munich.

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Economic and Organizational Psychology
Department Psychology
21.10.15
2.15 – 3.45 p.m.


Part of our research was featured in "Business Punk" (a German business magazine). Thanks Voker Marquart for your nice article and the interview.


Forget Me Not was featured in the book: ONTWERPEN VOOR GEDRAGSVERANDERING. Thanks Sander and Reint :)


Check out the latest feature about our Intervator and the Pleasurable Troublemakers on The Creators Project. Thanks Roy for the nice chat and article.


My colleague Eva Lenz and I were invited to give two guest lectures at 'Virtual Prototyping summer school 2015' at Politecnico di Milano in July. Looking forward to this event.


I was invited to talk about our approach of Transformational Objects at the 1st CycleHack Wuppertal. Thank you Laura Popplow for this interesting and joyful event.


Check out the latest feature about our Intervator and the Pleasurable Troublemakers on fastco.exist. Thanks Adele for the nice chat and article.


I was invited to talk about our approach of Transformational Objects at the 4th International Design Conference "The Need for Design" in Katowice. Looking forward to this event.


All good things come to an end. Get the book…


Ph.D.: Done! Thanks for a wonderful day, party and symposium. Such a nice graduation cap (thanks to Eva, Sarah, Marc, Kai, Thies, Petra…)


2014

Have a look at number seven. Thanks Wired.com. Good news at the end of the year 2014!


A friend of mine, Anna Pohlmeyer, Assistant professor, Department of Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology, send me some pictures how she set up her Keymoment (unplugged) I gave to her as a present on a conference. Anna is using it a little bit different. Instead of using a car key, she uses her key for the gym. Anna uses this setting as a reminder to take her gym key and gym bag before leaving her flat. Looking forward to talk to Anna about her experiences.


Thanks Carine Lallemand for this great article! Je ne comprenais pas tout, mais la majorité, je pourrais comprendre.


Sarah, Marc and I were invited to write a short article about automation and its costs for the factorY magazine.


We will present part of our research projects on this year’s NordiCHI’14 in Helsinki.

Tuesday 28.10.14 at 11 a.m. | (Session: UX Evaluation) | Convenient, clean, and efficient? The experiential costs of everyday automation by Marc Hassenzahl and Holger Klapperich

Thursday 30.10.14 at 10.50 a.m. | (Session: Models and Theory) | Aesthetics of Interaction – a literature synthesis by Eva Lenz, Sarah Diefenbach and Marc Hassenzahl

Thursday 30.10.14 at 10.50 a.m. | (Session: Design Cases) | Keymoment: Initiating Behavior Change through Friendly Friction by Matthias Laschke, Sarah Diefenbach, Thies Schneider and Marc Hassenzahl

BTW: If you want to see Evas and my talk you can switch sessions. Eva is the first speaker in her session and I'm the last in my session.

Looking forward to meeting you!


On October 6th we were invited to present our Pleasurable Troublemakers at the Dortmund Mini Maker Fair. Moreover Claudius Lazzeroni gave a talk about our projects at Folkwang University of the Arts. The fair was part of the WissensNacht Ruhr (science night). Here are some impressions.


If you take a United Airlines flight this month, sneak a peek at the latest Hemisphere Magazine (located in the seat pocket in front of you). You will find a short article about our Troublemakers. If you stay at the ground check out the article here.

 

And do not forget: "You will find this and all the other safety information in the card located in the seat pocket in front of you. We strongly suggest you read it before take-off. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our crew members. We wish you all an enjoyable flight.” :)

 

Check out the latest feature about our Keymoment and the Pleasurable Troublemakers on Wired.com.


Check out the latest feature about the Pleasurable Troublemakers and my work at Folkwang University of the Arts. The short article is part of a series called "Studiscouts" that reports about selected projects and people of our university.


Check out the latest feature about our Keymoment (unplugged) and the Pleasurable Troublemakers on fastco.exist. Thanks Adele for the nice chat and article.


Nice feature about our Keymoment (unplugged) and the Pleasurable Troublemakers on inputmag.dk. Thanks!


Check out the feature about our Pleasurable Troublemakers on Kelownanow.com.



I was invited as an expert for designing for change at the Klima.Expo 2014 opening event. Premier of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hannelore Kraft, Minister for Science and Research, Svenja Schulze and Federal Minister of Economy, Sigmar Gabriel inaugurate the event. Our Keymoment movie was presented as an example for designing for change. Moreover our cooperation projects with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and Prof. Dr. Christa Liedtke were presented.


Yesterday, June, 17th 2014, Marc and I had the chance to present our Pleasurable Troublemakers to Svenja Schulze, Minister for Innovation, Science and Research of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Our presentation was part of a journalist journey that presented several projects that are realized in cooperation with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and Prof. Dr. Christa Liedtke.


Our latest object, Keymoment unplugged, was featured by laboiteverte.fr. Merci beaucoup. Check out the nice article. 


This year we are invited to present our Pleasurable Troublemakers at the NRW Day 2014 (North Rhine-Westphalia-Day). The federal state celebrates a three-day festival from 27 to 29 June. Together with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy we will present our latest cooperative research projects. The NRW Day will be part of the 800th jubilee of Bielefeld, Germany. Premier of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hannelore Kraft and Minister for Science and Research, Svenja Schulze will be also present.


Update: Bye-bye Spain. It was a nice short journey and an interesting lecture at Diseinu Berrikuntza Zentrua in Arrasate-Mondragón. After a lot of Tortilla de Patata, some glasses of cider and an extensive trip to the countryside of the Basque country we had to say good bye to Aiur, his family and the students. Looking forward to meet you soon again.

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Aiur Retegi invited my colleague Eva Lenz and me to give a guest lecture at 'Diseinu Berrikuntza Zentrua (DBZ)' at Mondragon Unibertsitatea in San Sebastián. Looking forward  to meet Aiur and his students in May.


The Never Hungry Caterpillar and Forget Me Not were both featured in the book: 'Habits: The Holy Grail of Marketing'. Download the book

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Check out the latest feature about our “Pleasurable Troublemakers” at fastcodesign.com. Some weeks ago I talked to Eric Jaffe, who is a New York City based writer. To cut a long story short, check it out yourself.


Update: Big thanks to the organizers for a stimulating and well organized Habit Summit Europe in Amsterdam.

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We all know people, who seem to have all the “good” habits: Taking the bike instead of the car or showering only briefly and only cool. Wouldn’t it be nice to adopt at least some of  those for the sake of our own health and the environment? This is easier said than done. “How can we build and adopt good habits, which support achieving our self-set goals?”  One potential answer is: “Through transformational objects”. Objects, which materialize good habits, but with a little twist. Meet me in Amsterdam on the Habit Summit Europe to learn more.

April 30, 2014
TrouwAmsterdam
Wibautstraat 127
1091 GL Amsterdam


I'm invited to give a talk about our Pleasurable Troublemakers at the symposium for consumer research called "Verbraucherforschung – Nachhaltiger Konsum – Eine Frage der Politik, der Produktion und des Stils?"

15.01.14 | 8.30 a.m.
Deutsche Welle, Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn


2013

Stefan Geisler invited my colleague Eva Lenz and me to give a guest lecture at HRW | University for Applied Sciences. Looking forward to this event.


Marc and I were invited to write  a short article about our Pleasurable Troublemaker for the factorY magazine. Check out the article here.


Best paper award at DPPI’13

DPPI’13 is over. Big thanks to the organizers for a stimulating and well organized conference. They even ordered a “nice weather option” for the north of England (which ran out on Friday, as expected).

We also won the “best paper award” for “Overcoming Procrastination with ReMind” by Matthias Laschke. The paper presents a study about an object designed to help people to overcome procrastination. The object itself was designed in a supervised thesis project by Jan Brechmann. Jan based his project on our “Aesthetic of Friction” and designed a beautiful transformational object. Matthias built a fully functional prototype and conducted a study over the course of 15 days.

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Finally, Evgeny brought up our Transformational Objects in a newspaper blog - New York Times


In his keynote, Evgeny Morozov talks about our Transformational Objects (minute 20)


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Evgeny Morozov cites our work of Transformational Objects in his current book. You have to read it.

In "To Save Everything, Click Here." Evgeny gives a little review of the Never Hungry Caterpillar extension cord and the Forget Me Not reading lamp.


Our project “The Chocolate Machine” will be shown at the Lodz Design Festival in Poland. The Chocolate Machine was chosen by a team of curators to participate in the exhibition called “Empathy”. Come and see our machine and many other interesting exhibits.

Lodz Design Festival | 17.10 – 27.10.2013
former textile factory “Naum Eitingon and Ska”
35 Targowa Street, Łódź


Sichtwerk 2013
12.07.2014 – 14.07.2014

This year we presented most of our projects at our design department’s annual exhibition called „Sichtwerk“.


2012

Pleasurable Troublemakers @ C.A.R.
From November 2. - 4. we present our Transformational Objects – pleasurable troublemakers – on the contemporary art ruhr in the SANAA building on Zollverein.


Based on our Note at CHI’12, "The Chocolate Machine" arouses some interest. Marc talked to Drake Bennett of BloombergBusinessweek. Additionally, Tim Manners of Reveries.com  posted an short note about the Chocolate Machine. Additionally The Food Chanel posted some lines about us and the machine.


The Shower Calendar at Designboom.com


Our project "The Shower Calendar" won the Young design talent prize by “Hansgrohe 2012: Efficient Water Design”
Categorie: communication design + multimedia design
The prize is part of the 'iF concept design award 2012 for young design talents'

Also see the Shower Calendar at the Design Report and on designboom.de.


2011

Marc was invited to speak at the TEDx event on Moral Persuasion on the 8th of November at the Utrecht Hogeschool on “Transformational Objects and an Aesthetic of Friction“.

See his talk.


This year ÖkoRausch Cologne changed their series of talks and will run a new symposium format. Based on my talk last year, I was invited to talk about our approach of Transformational Objects. Looking forward to the new format. :)

September, 25th | 3 p.m.

Barthonia Forum
Venloer Straße 231 d
50823 Köln


The CHI conference in Vancouver is approaching. Matthias Laschke participates in the workshop on Gamification on Saturday with a plead for using more intrinsic rewards -  “Mayor or patron? The difference between a badge and a meaningful story“. On Wednesday, 11.00, he presents ourShower Calendar in the Session Sustainability 1.

Meanwhile the Shower Calendar got some attention: information aestheticsfastcompanythegraffik. Thanks!

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This year we were invited to present our Transformational Objects at the e-culture fair 2011 in Hasselt, Belgium.

The fair is about innovative projects resulting from collaborations in culture, creative industries, research and education. Different projects, prototypes, design and art from business and education try to present the growing impact and future potentials of information and communication technology on cultural practice and cultural policy.

Folkwang presented a selection of Transformational Objects. Two students – Tobias Ellinger and Philip Oettershagen – presented their supervised project “Do / Panic“. The project engages you in a dialogue about tidying up your desktop – if you like –  or not.

Here are some impressions from the show.


2010

I was invited to talk about our approach of Transformational Objects in the filed of sustainability at ÖkoRausch in Cologne.