Tomoko Sakamoto lives in Barcelona and is an editor for Spread, a studio for book design which she established with David Lorente. With her agility for visualization and organization she helped us to make a visual explanation of Manual Thinking in Japanese.
Jang is an essential flavor to the Korean cuisine, based on fermented soybeans. Janet Kim and JungYoon Choi from the Korean food brand Sempio work on the Jang Project, which aim is to introduce this flavor to the world. Together we made a pairing map of the variant Gochu Jang, a fermented chili paste.
The 31st of January 2012 we held a creativity workshop in our studio, where a multilingual group of participants had the opportunity to get familiarized with Manual Thinking and several idea generation methods, while Vicenç from Visual13 was recording footage to create the Manual Thinking video. An intensive day resulting in lots of new ideas and contacts. Thanks to all the participants!
Manual Thinking is created by Luki Huber (Luzern, 1973) and Gerrit Jan Veldman (Leicester, 1983), who initially developed the tool for internal use in their product design studio situated in Barcelona. The tool has taken shape and has been tested during extensive collaborations with clients where organization, creativity and teamwork have been essential for success.
In December 2009 the design studio moved to its actual location in the center of Barcelona, which has been arranged as a space where clients are invited to co-create on their projects together with the studio’s team members and other strategic guests.
The Manual Thinking tool plays a central role in this process, enabling newly formed teams with participants of different backgrounds and nationalities to work with each other in an effective manner from the very minute they enter the studio!
In autumn 2011 Luki Huber moderated a creativity workshop for customers in the department store Isetan in Tokyo, Japan. With the visual language of the maps and help of a translator, the gathered crowd was invited to participate in an idea generation process. Ranging from students to seniors, the audience stood out for their drawing skills!
Manual Thinking is used for the idea generation, concept creation and proyect management of the range of products designed by Luki Huber for the Spanish kitchenware brand Lékué. On this map an overview is visualized of the products created between 2006 and 2010, amongst which the lemon squeezer, decopen and family of steamcases.