We mentored the first Zagreb Service Jam

Global Service Jam is a once-a-year 3-day global workshop that has existed for the last 12 years. Its goal is teaching and learning about service design, design thinking method and the importance of customer experience, with the purpose of creating new insights and approaches to solving problems. This year for the very first time GSJ was organized in Zagreb, and at the same time, from Friday 9th till Sunday 11th of March, it was held in more than 80 cities across the world.

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For us, Zagreb Service Jam was even more special. The reason was that, after getting a call from Petra Ravlić, Marina Milić Kravar, Katarina Pranjić and Tea Zavacki – top-notch licensed design thinking coaches from Zagreb-based firm Radilica – our Teo Drempetić Čonkić gladly joined as one of the mentors in this exciting workshop. With a lot of inspiration, knowledge sharing and fun, over 30 participants from various industries divided in five teams, through 48-hour workshop held at recently opened TechnoPark, gained new know-how and through practical work sharpened their skills while solving significant problems of today’s society, such as recycling and upcycling of organic waste, lack of the sharing culture, and possibilities for career change.

The main aim of the workshop was for each participant to be at least a bit happier, smarter and more connected after it, and to have some fun during the process. Extra confirmation for successful team leadership through design thinking challenges Teo got on Sunday right after the teams presented their final solutions at BizKoshnica. They chose team called ReUp, led by him, as the winner of the first Zagreb Service Jam, for which he is grateful to his team members who were open to suggestions and to working with each other, with which they encouraged one another to having a successful workshop outcome.

Various Croatian media (see here, here and here) covered the news about this creative weekend in amazing company which we will remember for a long time, and we will see you, if not even sooner, at the next Jam!

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Best of design on Vizkultura in 2017

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Yet another exciting and fruitful year is behind us. And to show that we are not merely tourists on Vizkultura’s lists of design project popularity, after 1st place in the category Plakatiranje (Postering) and 2nd place in the category Produktiranje (Productioning) in 2016, in 2017 we were again among the most popular in the category Produktiranje – our Olá! hanging lamp hit the 4th spot by popularity.

So far it looks like Olá! has a bright future ahead. Year 2018, here we come!

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Designed in Croatia, presented in China, at SZIDF

We had learned that awards really account for something upon receiving an invitation from China to participate in the fifth edition of the largest design trade fair in Asia — SZIDF (Szenzhen International Industrial Design Fair), which took place in November 2017, with Future Design Smart Manufacturing being the main topic.

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The invitation came shortly after Maša’s work, the first Croatian solar-powered electric vehicle charging station, Elen Leaf, received the renowned IF Design Award. For the fair organizers, among other things, the award-winning work was relevant due to China’s national strategy, which plans to fuel all of the road traffic with electric energy within only ten years from now.

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Except from our work getting a lot of attention at the studio’s fair stand, Maša was invited to hold a workshop for the local entrepreneurs, managers and creatives, to whom through design thinking method she explained the thought process behind development of a product before releasing it to the market. She still has not started speaking Chinese, but luckily there was an official translator which allowed smooth communication with the attendees who carefully listened to and some of them even recorded Maša’s presentation.

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To make her rather short stay at the far east as least boring as possible, as a part of the Shenzhen fair, Maša was also a guest at the live show by a Chinese national online-TV channel. Accompanied by her two exceptional colleagues, Richard Hutten from the Netherlands and Ian Wong from Australia, she participated in a public talk on sustainability and future of design, thereat pointing out that for important social change, smart thinking of government apparatus is necessary, but also that a designer has the power to point the society in the right direction.

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Olá! HRT1 – Good morning, Croatia

There was some talk about product design this morning on the first channel of Croatian National TV as a part of one of the longest-running Croatian TV shows – Good morning, Croatia. A TV enclosure by Ksenija Foretić and HRT TV crew was all about the work of Thinkobjects team and their hanging lamp – Olá! – which we have recently presented in a few exhibitions in the region.

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You can watch HRT’s full enclosure at the Thinkobjects website to check what exactly Maša and Jakov talked about.

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Koprivila flies among the best at RegPak 2017

The jury of the most prominent regional packaging design competition – RegPak – recognized the magic bursting out of Koprivila’s beauty product series and decided to nominate it for this year’s award, which made Koprivila fly among the last year’s best designed packaging of the whole region.

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We are grateful to our client, Mr. Željko Franja, for supporting our ideas, and are proud because this goes to show that with good + smart design it is possible to outshine already established brands.

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Social innovations and a bit of socialization

At the Zagreb Design Week 2017, as a part of the 3rd KIKI conference of cultural-creative industries, which gathers, encourages and connects various participants, Teo held a presentation of the social innovation project he was a part of in front of guests from England, Norway, Estonia, Italy and Croatia.

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The atmosphere was inspirational as the participants exchanged their own experiences from similar initiatives in Europe, which deal with topics like aiding the asylum seekers to get successfully and more easily integrated into their new surroundings, or empowering creative industries and making them better connected, and they also offered each other advice on how to improve the existing platforms. We are looking forward to the follow-up as the situation develops.

Double Debut at Zagreb Design Week 2017

This year’s Zagreb Design Week at Lauba, 9 – 14 May, is the place where we exhibited four of our designs. The 2017 iF Award-winning work ELEN Leaf and Okto tableware had been well-known from before, but another two of those were shown to the public for the first time. One is a smooth-line Lamp called Olá!, another one is a virtually 3D carpet named Loop. Both are soon going to be properly introduced online as well.

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Apart from good design, the reasons to visit the biggest design festival in Croatia are rich educational program and conferences, but also the famous #tdzg parties.

Design thinking hangout with eStudents

When a versatile student association called eStudent, which aspires to provide additional education for students through various projects and improves the quality of their studies in general, desired to further educate its Visual Communication Team, they had Teo come alongside Petra Ravlić from Samsung to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb and hold a five-hour Design Thinking workshop and a lecture.

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To the ambitious students present, Teo showcased all of our work done for the Priča Hotel to have them gain insight into how wide possible, sometimes even necessary, it is to go while working on a project. Besides that, using the newly learned techniques, they came up with slogans and methods for attracting even more quality members for the new academic year. Hangout with these smart young people even made learning fun!

THE BIG ‘IF’

Perhaps you were wondering iF our website would be out anytime soon, and iF so, we have great news for you – as we were dangerously approaching the website’s launch, we received extraordinary news ­– Maša won the world-famous iF Design Award 2017 for ELEN Leaf, electric vehicle charging station! And that is the only iF to have in mind.

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On Friday 10, 2017, the investor HEP Supply with designers + architect team (Vukmanović, Banić Göttlicher, Galić) received the iF Design Award at the award ceremony in Munich. ELEN Leaf was one of more than 5,500 entries from 59 countries in this year’s competition, and the 58-member jury, made up of independent experts from all over the world, came to a conclusion that it deserves the seal of quality.

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When after a lot of work there comes this kind of recognition, we also get freshly charged with positive energy.

Fireworks, champagne, curtains go up…

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After months and months of brainstorming, preparing and designing, Coming soon became We have just arrived, meaning that we have successfully brought this website to life. In it from now on you can follow what is new related to our work, and see our most significant creations to this day. We are incredibly happy to be able to share it with you!

Welcome to the new online home of our creativity!