Four students started an enriching journey through the world of design a couple of weeks ago here at Cologne. With just a luggage in our hands and our minds full of ideas a team with nationalities as diverse as: Israel, Portugal, Colombia and Germany gather in the new prototype workshop created by Denkwerk. The expectations are great not only because is the fourth edition of the "Summer of Thinx" but also because is an experience that every designer will dream of.

Every year a new challenge is proposed to a young group of thinkers with the purpose of exploring new boundaries in the field of design both in the physical and digital world. After seeing the legacy our colleagues have done and being guided by an amazing interdisciplinary team, this year we have the challenge to break the glass and open our minds in order to refresh the monotonous and almost frightening interaction with the “black mirror”.

We should not be taken by surprise the fast and almost out of control evolution of the interaction via screens. Everywhere go, everything we do includes a display, to the point of narrowing our senses by just using the index finger and sight. Nevertheless our “summer of thinx” mentors are perfectly aware of this phenomenon and wanted to address it from a endearingly point of view and gave us the task to explore interaction through the world of pets, more precisely cats.

Michal Simon (Industrial Designer from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design), Rita Faia (Master of European Design), Jennifer Monclou (MSc. Design and Engineering from Politecnico di Milano) and Julian Reineck (Industrial Designer from Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle) is ready to “cat-ify” a daily object and explore new ways of interaction.

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blog entry written by: Jennifer Monclou


Michal Simon
Jennifer Monclou
Rita Faia
Julian Reineck


Lucia Grompone
Ulrike Stemmer
Gregor Kuschmirz
Andrea Papenmeier

Place / Date

Denkwerk GmbH
Summer of Thinx 2017
Cologne, Germany
August 2017