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Unplugged

Cyborg Unplug received a lot of press last year, after they announced a device that would automatically kick Google Glasses out of your wireless network. Now that Google has announced that they will discontinue the controversial device, the hype has died down, but Cyborg Unplug can still be used to get rid of a range of other surveillance devices.

Last year, the creators of Cyborg Unplug, Julian Oliver and Samim Wininger, asked me to make a number of illustrations explaining how to use the device. Here’s a screenshot from the Cyborg Unplug website:

Cyborg Unplug

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Why I Won’t Be Replaced by a Robot

Nowadays, everyone’s afraid of being replaced by a robot. But I figure as a graphic recorder my job is fairly safe, and here’s why: There’s no innovation without imagination. I participate in a lot of innovation processes, at companies like BMW, Bayer, and BASF, and what I’ve come to realize is that people need pictures to understand what the future might hold for them. Images spur the imagination, and make the road to the future seem more feasible.

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The Grants4Apps program at Bayer is a case in point. From the start, they worked with graphic recorders, initially with my esteemed colleague and mentor Marie Jacobi, whom you can see above, working on a chart for Grants4Apps, and then, more recently, with me.

My job at the Grants4Apps launch event was to put into images the ideas that the five start-up teams had developed, and thus enable people to see the potential of their proposed products. At the same time, it was important to show how this would fit into Bayer’s corporate architecture, and into Berlin’s vibrant startup scene.

If you look closely, you might spot a robot in the picture below, but mostly it celebrates the deeply human ability to keep inventing and re-inventing ourselves. So as long as there is a need for innovation, there will be a need for imagination. Fortunately, that’s one thing robots are particularly bad at.

Bayer Grants4Apps

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Media Hack Day

Last weekend, I went to the Media Hack Day organized by WAN-IFRA in preparation for the World Publishing Expo. I didn’t get there until Sunday afternoon, just in time for the final presentations of the projects, which took place at breakneck (or in my case, breakwrist) speed. Each presentation was only allotted 3 minutes, so I could only make very sparse notes on each one. However, after I made a composite image, and added a border of small blue icons I had made in preparation for the event, I was very happy with the result.

Media Hack Day

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Going Digital

Last week, I attended a workshop on digital security by the Tactical Technology Collective at MICT‘s headquarters in Berlin. Here are my visual notes of the workshop, which are also featured on Tactical Tech’s website. You can also find these images on Flickr.

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