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Marie Schweiz
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yesterday I went to a framer meetup. mainly because i wanted to pick peoples brains how to establish framer in a company (i will do this!). The meetup was great and I got a workshop for free, amazing people doing this!

unfortunately I met people I don't want to. one of them was a designer who said to me once...'everybody wants it just you dont and so we are doing it" what he meant was filming people while they are working. The agency apologized a couple of times but this guy...stressed me in that moment. I was there to enjoy knowledge and I had this constant nagging in the back of my head. back then I felt threatened and everyone else agreed the violation was huge and putting pressure on me was truly ...stupid.

Sitting there, not knowing what I should do about it. I asked Christian and he said, kick ass and be amazing (basically).

so I went there, said hello to this creepy person and moved on. In the workshop I sat close to a colleague of him which was clearly unfriendly. during the workshop he kept talking with his friend about his new macbook and about how he hates coding. What an asshole. A nice person was there, sharing their knowledge. I was there to learn how she is doing her workshop and this guy kept babbling in my back.

I turned around and said, i'd like to enjoy the workshop please. The workshop host was clearly happy about them leaving.

In the end I felt like a good person, I was thinking about leaving. But I have respect for others, crafting and kindness. I know, the people bugging me in my head shouldn't because they are just not good people.

key for being a good communicator and designer is being empathic about your colleagues and strangers.
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Happen to be at the framer Meetup in Munich, Germany today? say hello :) 

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back in my studio in berlin for a few days. I love this place, especially in summer and I know my time is limited. unfortunately I have to spend time on coding a PDF export for my design doc (which is made / code with jekyll) and it makes me incredibly moody and mad.

I'm spending so much time on transforming major companies and help them to establish new technology. This requires coding skills, excellent design skills and understanding of design culture, incredible communication skills....and still...

they need a PDF...because you can stuff it in an email and someone can say " look on page 7"

we've got animated prototypes, flows, js demos, relationships between major and minor features and still I have to waste my precious time to code a proper PDF export. Because opening a zip file and klick on an html is too much to ask for.

I look at my skillset and I think, why does every big company asking for presentations and/or pdfs. I you want shitty designers?
I'm just mad about that so...back to code.

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A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

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this is how designers should research!

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I could fill my instagram account 365 days with just one week of NYC 😄

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Why I'm not surprised...?!?

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a must, visited #nyc #fearlessgirl

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the mineral collection at the american museum for natural history feels more like a science fiction cgi reference
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