Swiss Design Network coordinator job

by Andy Polaine on February 21, 2014

in General

The Swiss Design Network (I am the HSLU Board Member) is looking for a coordinator to support the head office located at Bern University of the Arts BUA. You can read all this on the PDF description but here are the key details:

Relevant skills/experience:

  • experience in cultural, project and event management
  • research background in cultural and/or social studies
  • ability to work independently
  • networking experience
  • excellent communication skills in English and German
  • excellent skills in the managing of web platform, CMS and social media
  • interest in design as cultural phenomenon
  • located in Switzerland with a valid work permit

It’s a part-time position, so it would suit someone doing a PhD or not in a full-time post. It’s a good opportunity to connect with the design research world in Switzerland and beyond. Please pass it on to any friends, colleagues and ex-students you might think interested.

(The SDN site appears to be down at the moment. All the more reason we need a coordinator with skills in managing a web platform)

wemakeit.ch – a new Swiss crowd-funding platform

by Andy Polaine on February 6, 2012

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wemakeit.ch is a new Swiss crowd-funding platform in the style of Kickstarter. It is the “Schweizer Crowdfunding-Plattform für Kunst-, Musik-, Film-, Design- und andere kreative Projekte” – art, music, film, design and other creative projects – and the work of Jürg Lehni (@juerglehni), Rea Eggli and Johannes Gees (@johannesgees).

As with Kickstarter, you look through the projects and back the ones you are interested in. If it doesn’t get funded to its required amount, you don’t pay. If it does, you do. At the moment the projects definitely have a more film, theatre and art slant than Kickstarter, but it will be interesting to watch this develop over time.

It’s great to see a non-USA version of this happening. Not that there is anything wrong with the USA in this regard (I’ve backed a couple of Kickstarter projects), but they are naturally very US-centric. Note to my students: This is a huge opportunity for Swiss design graduates to get out there on their own without having to find a big commercial backer. Get on there now!

At the moment the site is in German, but French and English versions are coming in Spring, according to wemakeit’s Twitter updates.

(The image above is from the bid for the project, True Nature, “a crossover theatre project about the yoga boom and the mixing of business, spirituality and lifestyle.” They want backing to go on tour.)

Touchpoint Observatory: Armed Ticket Collectors

February 2, 2012

These people – five in total – were ticket inspectors on an early afternoon bus in Luzern, Switzerland, very much a tourist destination. So why are they dressed like armed police (no guns, but with pepper spray and earpieces)? And what is a security firm, Securitas, doing supplying ticket inspectors to a public transport company? […]

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Time-shifting payments with Sprize and Swiss Rail

December 7, 2009

Gap’s new pilot service, Sprize, deals with an age-old irritation. You buy something at full-price only to find it reduced in a sale a few days later. It is irritating for customers, who tend to feel ripped-off or cheated by the store or staff. But it is also a problem for stores, because it means […]

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