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February 10 2014

UX Lead for Vodafone Germany

Its as big for me as it is a uniquely great challenge for the upcoming times, but today I’m just very thankful, proud and happy to be officially responsible for the User Experience team for Vodafone Germany :) at Vodafone Campus

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December 31 2012

Here comes 2013 – Our life means WE should do what you love and make sure we do it often!

Watching the Sea

Another year, another 366 days, time simply flies by…
It’s time to pack 2012, and embrace 2013!

2012 was a good year, not great, a healing year, the first without some very important family members, I still miss terribly, but I also managed to get myself up from the ground and try to keep sadness at bay. In 2012 I travelled a lot, visited new and amazing places, met great people, had great conversations with new and old friends, worked like a crazy, gave my best and loved all the way through it, sometimes the best advice for bad thoughts is really to go without having time to think. I started something special in 2012 which I hope to continue to work and bring to life in 2013, I’m also rising from the ashes my favorite conference and I got back on track into doing what I what I love – it’s all about great experiences, so let’s meet and rock on 2013!

My dear family and friends, I failed to meet a good number of you in 2013, I failed to check on many of you, it wasn’t about you, it was about me being broken and hurt. So for 2013 my only and true wish is that we manage to meet, chat, eat and laugh and to do all the good things friends can do when we’re together!

We can all do with a better year, so for all of you who 2012 wasn’t even close to something good, let’s make sure that we fix that in 2013. I start by sharing with all of those close to me the “The Holstee Manifesto” my motto for 2013:

The Holstee Manifesto

November 29 2012

Happy 40th B’day PONG!

Exactly 40 years ago on November 29, 1972, Atari (in case you don’t know was also one of the companies young Steve Jobs worked before he founded Apple) made the public announcement of their first (successful) video game – PONG

PONG wasn’t the first video game, but it was the first to make a lasting impression on an entire generation. Many today might not recall, but that simple, two-dimensional version of Ping-Pong, swept houses and arcades for years to come, introducing video games to the world and marking the beginning of the video game industry in the process.

PONG does have some firsts on it’s credits I believe, it combined simplicity with pure physics and was if not the first, one of the first truly social games! You could play agains a computer, but it was so much more fun to play against a second player!

So today as a celebration of this anniversary, take some minutes and relive the experience of playing PONG:

Enjoy! ;)

November 21 2010

Remember

Estrada Viva – http://estradaviva.org/
Fédération Européenne des Victimes de la Route – European Federation of Road Traffic Victims – http://fevr.org
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims – http://wdor.org

Music by Idiot Johnson
Illustration and Video by Lucy Pepper

November 12 2009

World Usability Day Charter

Today it’s the World Usability Day, this year’s theme is ‘Designing for a Sustainable World’, a theme that’s particular personal to me, not only refering to the usability factor, but also to this year’s topic! As founder of SHiFT – Social and Human Ideas for Tecnology, I personally recommend that all that agree with me that a lot need to be done to improve the way we experience and design technology to please read and sign the World Usability Day Charter:

Human error is a misnomer. Technology today is too hard to use. A cell phone should be as easy-to-use as a doorknob. In order to humanize a world that uses technology as an infrastructure for education, healthcare, government, communication, entertainment, work, and other areas, we must agree to develop technologies in a way that serves people first.

Technology should enhance our lives, not add to our stress or cause danger through poor design or poor quality. It is our duty to ensure that this technology is effective, efficient, satisfying and reliable, and that it is usable by all people. This is particularly important for people with disabilities, because technology can enhance their lives, letting them fully participate in work, social and civic experiences. Human error is a misnomer. Technology should be developed knowing that human beings have certain limitations. Human error will occur if technology is not both easy-to-use and easy-to-understand. We need to reduce human error that results from bad design. We believe a united, coordinated effort is needed to develop reliable, easy-to- use technology to serve people in all aspects of their lives, including education, health, government, privacy, communications, work and entertainment. We must put people at the center of design, beginning with their needs and wants, and resulting in technology that benefits all of us. Therefore, we, the undersigned, agree to work together to design technology that helps human beings truly realize their potential, so that we can create a better world for ourselves and future generations.

We agree to observe World Usability Day each year, to provide a single worldwide day of events around the world that brings together communities of professional, industrial, educational, citizen and governmental groups for our common objective: to ensure that technology helps people live to their full potential and helps create a better world for all citizens everywhere.

Article 1: Education

Wired and wireless schools are appearing everywhere. Students around the world benefit from low-cost, easy-to-use, reliable computing, Internet access, and telecommunication. Educational technology must be not only affordable and available, but must be usable by teachers, students and parents.

Article 2: Health

Healthcare must be available to everyone around the world. Medical technology can improve health, but it must be easy-to-use: error in this arena is costly. Because we are what we eat, we need healthier food supplies that will improve the well being of people everywhere. Technology that produces better food for all must be built on research that keeps the whole person in mind.

Article 3: Government

Governments around the globe seek to use new technology to better serve their citizens and increase participation in the civic experience. Citizens can pay taxes and take care of business online in many countries in the world; this same capability should be available to all, eliminating the digital divide that separates rich from poor or isolates social groups. Voting systems must ensure trust and confidence in elections. Technology that supports civic engagement must give all citizens equal access and opportunity, and must be easy to use and easy to understand by all citizens, including those with disabilities of any kind.

Article 4: Communication
People need to connect with each other. We have more means than ever to communicate: phones, Internet, messaging and the printed medium. Technology that facilitates communication between people must be intuitive to use. It should have instructions that are easy to understand, and knobs, dials and buttons that do not require constant tuning.

Article 5: Privacy and Security
As the use of technology grows, so do concerns about new forms of e-commerce, e-government and e-communication. We must build in appropriate safeguards to ensure that our interaction is secure, that children and others are protected, and that our systems are trustworthy.

Article 6: Entertainment

Entertainment is not just for our spare time. People use entertainment for many reasons throughout their daily lives. The world of entertainment has embraced technology to give us photos, movies, music and games in new ways and on new devices. But, even amusement benefits from usability! Incomprehensible remote controls, confusing instructions and blinking VCR clocks speak to the need for improvement in our media. Usable entertainment systems will make the experience less tiring and frustrating.

Sign the Charter

November 04 2009

Open Declaration on European Public Services

Open Declaration on European Public Services

Endorse the Open Declaration!

Let’s improve European public services together.

On November 19th, the EU governments will meet in Malmo to sign a Ministerial Declaration that will define the key priorities for e-government strategy in Europe for the next years.

A group of Web 2.0 enthusiasts launched an open collaborative effort to build an Open Declaration on European Public Services, which calls on European governments to embrace the values of transparency, participation and empowerment and so improve public services. The European Commission and the Swedish Presidency of the EU have accepted that we present the declaration in the official program of the Ministerial Conference.

We now need to collect thousands of endorsements in order to convince governments to fully embrace these values.

If you share the values of the Open Declaration, please add your name in this form. Together we can make a difference!

If you agree, you may sign it and then join the Facebook Group to start spreading the word.

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