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Marie Schweiz
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Attended Montessori School Munich
Lives in Berlin
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Visual and User experience designer
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  • Freelance UI & UX Designer
    Visual & UX design, 2011 - present
    I’m a senior visual and user experience designer working freelance in Berlin, Munich and remote. I do mobile-, touch-interfaces and i love drawing.
  • Adobe Systems
    Influencer Artist & ACP, 2012 - present
    Freelance Artist to enchant the world with adobe products :) Get in touch!
  • Team Roidizer
    Visual & UX design, 2011 - 2012
  • Kud.am GmbH / Sixt AG
    Visualdesigner, 2009 - 2011
  • Freelancer
    Frontend Developer & Visualdesigner, 2006 - 2009
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Berlin
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Flintbek - Salzburg - München
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Marie was one of the first freelance designers for android, back in 2010. With her unique specialty she spoke at several conferences such as Mobile design Meetup Oslo, DevFest Istanbul, Campus London, UXcamp Europe from 2011 until now. As senior mobile UX designer, her help influenced huge Tech giants and startups to improve their mobile experience and just recently she hosted a panel for Women in tech in Berlin, Germany.


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  • Montessori School Munich
    2000
  • International Munich Artlab
    Art & Photography, 2004 - 2006
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Recently i was asked about the ability to code. A question so generic i always like to ask "what is code". It bugged me and i thought, why not cleaning up your skillset. By cleaning up i mean completing. I'm still doing that with javascript (got lucky and i know the best people).

A friend of mine is two years older than me and she studies Art. She has no money but good work and because she has to pay the university every month she is always in trouble. I asked her why she is so desperate to finish her ...3rd education. She starts talking about her feelings to impostor a professional which i simply cannot understand. In her position i would have quit the education program and started something pretty cool to be a successful artist. She could have invested all the money and time in something truly good. Instead i have to listen to her how bad the teachers are. So i asked my self, why don't you finish your coding lessons? Why don't you code your prototypes...why...so many questions and a few answers.

1. Code a prototype might be cool...for me. My clients can't afford a designer with codeskills. They have people clicking on buttons.
2. In my freetime i spend with hackers i'm the one with artskills so i'm left to craft, do, design...
3. It was never fun to learn code if you already know "a bit". A bit someone told you. And someone else told you something better etc.

I fixed that. I said no to a few jobs, and i decided i'll accept advice from just one mentor. The other ones can talk but just one will choose a path. And its amazing.

unfortunately i can't use my coding skill at all otherwise my clients are lost. Which brings me to the point...we don't need codeschools, we need training! Technology, libraries the latest "trend" are changing so fast its impossible to keep up if you aren't spending every day with code. And they are changing just as fast for the visual and service designing world. How we are suppose to keep up if there is nobody clearing your view. I'm lucky i have the best person you can imagine which is doing that with me together.

I don't know how other designers are suppose to keep up with it.
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well, just a few minutes ago https://github.com/angular/material2 was updated. Besides freshing up jQuery, my personal goal learning framer (basically coffeescript) there is angular left... I have help because i know people keeping me in the loop so i can still be a designer. x_o
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i like to try pleeeaaase, pretty please :)
 
Get a glimpse of Chu's artwork made with Google's new #TiltBrush technology...

Chu said, "It's a new platform, it's a first - there's so many things you can do with it. It's definitely going to revolutionize how people view immersive artworks."
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Der erste Mai in Berlin, ein Bild für meinen nachbarn zum geburtstag, ein Spaziergang und natürlich - essen :)
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My dad said when i was young i should finally learn something. My mom believed in me. Thanks mom!
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when i go, VW has to rethink "woman". They look all the same...O_o
By the way, this is how germany wants woman to look like. Nothing too colorful, long hair, smiling, not to manly, not too female. Basically grey
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Crazy animators out there. Read this and learn decency http://alistapart.com/article/designing-safer-web-animation-for-motion-sensitivity
Val Head suggests accessible animation techniques to avoid triggering dizziness in users with inner ear and balance disorders.
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The Issue of UX portfolios. There is one lesson i've never learned. UX portfolios should look ugly otherwise recruiters get confused. And another lesson recruiters should learn: UX processes are damn well protected by contracts!

I'm surprised what people talking about on linkedIN or in public. Even when a product is launched you can find plenty of "internal" information in portfolios. In fact a friend told me about a software which is detecting secret government projects via linkedIN and social network connections. Because people talk when they shouldn't!

WTF https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130617/13482623512/discovering-names-secret-nsa-surveillance-programs-via-linkedin.shtml

Here is the impossible, i need a client without an NDA, with a full UX process, no step left out - research, interviews, insights, journeys, personas, target group, Service design, brand concept, user flows, , wireframes, prototype, testing and visual design. Now please.

not gonna happen.
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well, n gernany the cheapest wins. which means by default they cut off a lot of ideation. i could try pitching a client in the netherlands but my issue is, i need it now. usually my clients know my skillset but this particular recruiter needed to see "the process" which is exactly the part companies in germany are very protective about.


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If this Catterbox is real and not a prank, we need to get our paws on one.
"Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?" is a 1992 episode of the Simpsons where Homer's half-brother Herb creates a baby translator and makes a fortune. Well, it only took 24 years, but it seems that real world technology has finally caught up to Springfield's first family. However, it's not babies that are getting this treatment, but the "kings and queens of the internet" themselves. I am of course talking about cats. First found by Laughing Squid, ...
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Surrealism http://www.postcards-from-google-earth.com/ in the digital age. Dali would be proud.
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Softlaunch, more or less. People, you have no idea which problems i have. As a freelancer you should be specialized enough for one field, but not too much because you could loose potential clients, you should be flexible, reachable, fancy enough, you have tons of contracts and by the end of the day you like to say just one thing:

i can do this, this and this job.

Not my problem: Become a webdeveloper - well i don't mind coding it for myself but i can imagine other UX talents do not have the skill to just do that.

My problem: dvsty.com is my freelance identity and I split it from my name cause my name is very attached to Google. (thats a problem for my clients). Luxury problem but it is one.

My problem: As a freelancer you have a huge folder full of contracts which literally doesn't give you any chance to show what you are capable of.

My problem: Clients write me terrible emails, no date, no scope, no description and no timeline. I need them to think before writing me. On the other hand i need them to write me.

My problem: you can invest a hell of a lot time in your portfolio while you have to maintain your regular business.

My solution: i don't wanna freelance anymore.
I'm a Freelance UI and UX Designer working in Berlin, Munich and remote. My specialty are touchable interfaces and I'm looking forward to hear from you.
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+Christian Kurzke thought about that. Long. And the longer I am in this business the more draining it is. Just recently someone thought i'm 21. Which is okay in the US to hold a company but you can imagine how that works in Germany. I'm 30 i like to be paid properly and i have the ambition moving back to Munich because of my family.

I've worked in corporate before. I don't mind being employed. Business wise i have to overcome a lot of prejudice. Other Woman spending a lot of time on how they look and deal with that. (dress like a square, short hair do plenty of things to be "accurate").

I'm not, the last time i've worked in corporate i wen't to my interview in ski trousers. And i think when i was at google (office opening) three weeks ago i weared my favorite hoodie which is also my pyjama sometimes...i'm a creative person i don't fit in this aggressively self marketing heating what ever world. And clients want that. Works like shit and flies.

I have a recruiter, which is okay. But i do have more interest in having other designers around me. As freelancer you are always "alone" and in agencies... let's say...the digital education isn't that much good.

I do not believe its a step down being employed, i just think a design team would be great.
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Also, eigentlich soll man ja die kleinen Läden unterstützen. Mein Hercules Trekking Fahrrad ist nichts besonderes aber nachdem ich mit zwei kleinen Läden so dermaßen schlecht beraten wurde und die Inspektion plus Gangschaltung einstellen 4mal teurer war um dann auch noch nach 2 wochen gar nicht mehr zu gehen... ...da geh ich jetzt immer wieder zu stadler. Mein eher bescheidenes Rad wird dort regelmäßig gewartet, die Beratung ist sehr gut und transparent die Mitarbeiter seit Jahren die selben. Wer sein Rad sauber hinbringt tut dem Mechaniker einen gefallen und wird nicht nur freundlich bedient sondern auch zügig, termingerecht und zuverlässig.
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Der Service was sehr nett. Was ich übel nehme ist die ansage "dann erwarte ich aber 20 prozent trinkgeld". Das essen war weniger als gut. mehr als 10 € für vertrocknete nudeltaschen. Dann klebt der service ständing und möchte dauernd neue bestellungen aufnehmen schafft es aber nicht den espresso zum dessert zu bringen. kurz und gut, wer zuviel geld hat und nichts mehr schmeckt der kann gern dort essen gehen.
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Die Öffnungszeiten sind auf der Website falsch angegeben. Die Mitarbeiter unfreundlich.
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Das essen war wie immer gut, die unfreundlichkeit hat mir aber mein geburtstagsessen ziemlich verdorben. Auch mit freundlichkeit und lob für das essen hat sich die bedienung nicjt dazubherabgelassen freundlich zu sein. Trinkgeld gabs trotzdem weil die kollegen ja nett sind
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Ich habe jetzt schon 3 Artikel neu gekauft oder umgetauscht weil mir nicht gesagt wurde das es auch eine bessere option gibt. Dazu kommt das es vollkommen überteuert ist. Speedo verkauft seine wahre für 10 € hingegen dieser laden für 23 € Ich unterstütze den Einzelhandel gern gegen eine freundliche und kompetente Beratung sowie auswahl und anprobe. Hier jedoch wurde ich schon dreimal "zum kauf beraten"
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