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On a mission towards HYPER-TRANSPARENCY this is the daily log on the process of PRESENT by Hugo Hoppmann.
April 13, 2021
(Rising: 6:30am)

After I finished my core habits in the early morning, I worked on the upcoming Present Forum, preparing and testing the channels with the goal to invite some 'beta testers' aka my close friends for a first run this week.

A bunch of new Present stickers arrived and super happy how they turned out ... you'll find them with the next orders! :~)

Yesterday night we watched a fascinating documentary about Chinese architect Wang Shu and afterwards another documentary called My Octopus Teacher...both recommended!

Quote for today:
“The reality of your life is always now. And to realize this, we will see, is liberating. In fact, I think there is nothing more important to understand if you want to be happy in this world.” (Sam Harris)

Present Hours: 3,5
April 12, 2021
(Rising: 8:00am)

Rough Monday! Feeling a bit slow. Pushing through some admin stuff and client work.

I'm feel thankful for the nice and sunny weekend I had. I saw a bunch few good friends for dinner (we tested us before) and my sister moved to Berlin this weekend. We haven't lived in the same city since many years, so I'm very happy for this!

I also finished All or Nothing: Manchester City, which was so good. Even if you are not a football fan, it'd recommend to give it a shot, it really gives a whole new perspective on the world of professional sports.

Sarah and I went to the Grunewald (a nice forrest in Berlin) to collect some wild Bärlauch (Ramsons) and made a epic pesto out of it.
April 08, 2021
(Rising: 7:00am)

I started the day with finalising two posts: A tribute to the ever present Kenojuak Ashevak (1927–2013) who is regarded as a pioneer of modern Inuit art and was one of Canada’s most acclaimed graphic artists. Her long list of achievements and honours is surpassed only by her stamina and good humour 🌞

“You can let go of all the edgy anticipation and stop trying to live five seconds in the future. When you do, eyes light up and deepen like they are their own singular universes. Muscles of the body soften, find a restful peace, and fidgetiness fades. This is when the heart begins to open. Then you can be there to share the moment with the people you care about and let the joyful conversation flow. And it flows.”
(Cory Allen in Now Is the Way)

Present Hours: 2
April 07, 2021
(Rising: 7:00am)

Thankful to have managed to get up earlier and without hitting snooze in the last days. I needed this. I need earlier starts into my days again, otherwise I simply won't be able to manage it all ... and become so unnecessarily stressed.

Planning, cleaning Present to-do lists... I feel like I also make everything quite complex at first (planning maximalism?) just to further and further edit down later...but I guess I have to just accept this as my process.

Anticipation: I'm visiting a potential new place for living plus Present office today. Looking forward to more space live, love, work, think.

I was listening to two excellent podcast episodes of On Being with Krista Tippett, one with Devendra Banhart and one with Brené Brown.

Last night I have finished reading: "Lying" by Sam Harris and Annaka Harris.

“Ultimately, we all die, and the only question is, what have you done between the time you’re born and the time you die? Did you make the most of this unique opportunity?” (Sam Harris)

Present Hours: 2
April 06, 2021
(Rising: 7:00am)

Trying to work strictly with Pomodoro's today. Haven't used this technique in a while. The spark came throught this essay in the New York Times I read this weekend. (Also watched Belly, the 1998 movie debut by Hype Williams on the weekend, it was great!)

I gotta wrap up some client projects in the coming weeks until I can fully commit to designing and finalising Issue 2. In the meantime the early morning hours and late evening hours have to be sufficient (if there is hopefully some energy left in the tank...)

Quote for today:
When you create a difference in someone’s life, you not only impact their life, you impact everyone influenced by them throughout their entire lifetime. No act is ever too small. (Danielle Doby)

Present Hours: 3,5
April 01, 2021
(Rising: 7:30am)

Spring is here! I took a run and then finally finished the design for the new symbol for Present. The whole process took a few weeks and I'm glad that I took the time to finalise this today — and I'm happy with the result.

I ordered a bunch of new stickers and stamps, the first use will be for the packaging of our upcoming Present scent collaboration with Ryoko Hori.

This is list of morning questions is a pretty great way to start the day and integrated into my morning routine for a while now:

Morning Questions:
What am I most grateful this morning?
What would be my big win today?
Who can I reach out to and send some love?
What do I need to be kinder towards myself for today
What kindness can I spread?
What deserves my energy today?
What do I need to remind myself of?
What can I do today simply because I enjoy it?
What can I let go of today?
How can I take one small step towards a goal that feels out of reach?
(via @werenotreallystrangers)

Present Hours: 4
March 25, 2021
(Rising: 7:30am)

Posted an interview with Irma Boom. Worked on the page plan. Updated the website Archive.

I also showed Sarah the current pageplan and we are on track to make it all happen.

On another note: I'm very much into sport documentaries. Currently: Best Shot about former NBA player Jay Williams mentoring an inner-city high school team and All or Nothing an inside look at one of the Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur.

Quote for today: “You can't think things better.”

Present Hours: 3
March 17, 2021
(Rising: 8:00am)

Still working on the final page plan. I also collected everything we have so far for issue 2 in one big InDesign file and started creating a flow to see what is still missing ...

Currently reading: The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

Quote for today: “The sooner you make a choice, the sooner you can make an adjustment.” (James Clear)

Present Hours: 3,5
March 12, 2021
(Rising: 8:00am)

In the morning hours I was mainly working on the upcoming PRESENT Forum. I'm still figuring out the different channels etc. I also continued with the final page plan for Issue 2.

Quick recommendation: Our friends at Heftwerk produced a great indie publishing guide which you can also order in print for free.

What I listened to: Steven Pressfield (author of one of my favorite books The War of Art) on the Rich Roll Podcast.

Quote for today: “The point of doing nothing, as I define it, isn’t to return to work refreshed and ready to be more productive, but rather to question what we currently perceive as productive.” (Jenny Odell in How to Do Nothing)

Present Hours: 2,5
March 11, 2021
(Rising: 9:00am)

I spent a total of 12 hours on the train yesterday. It was an exhausting day. But I got some solid work done! (I also published a third post for our Sibusiso Vilane feature.)Quote for today:
“There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.” (Tara Brach)
March 10, 2021
(Rising: 7:10am)

Working from the train today! In the morning I was preparing more follow-up posts for Sibusiso Vilane feature. Afterwards I continued working on the page plan for Issue 2...

Quote for today:
do less
do better
know why

(Cal Newport)

Currently reading: How to do Nothing by Jenny Odell
March 09, 2021
(Rising: 8:00am)

We did our first deeper planning session in a while, regarding Issue 2. Excited for this.

I need to tell some clients that I won't be available from April on. But I'm feeling good about this. I can't wait to have more space again for Present...

Posted a follow-up for the Sibusiso Vilane feature.

In the evening, after I was done with everything else, I finally got myself to work on the Present symbol and new clothing ideas. That felt good. I'm hoping to be able to take more time for this in the coming weeks.
March 08, 2021
(Rising: 8:20am)

Hope you are having a great start into the week!
...feeling a bit tired but will push through.

Started preparing follow-up posts for the Sibusiso Vilane interview that I published on Friday.

(This weekend I watched a great new movie called "Minari" and I rewatched "Arrival" — both highly recommended!)
March 03, 2021
(Rising: 8:10am)

Time is running very fast these past two months.

In the last three days I finally was able to take some time for Present. I made a new action plan for the coming monhts. This will be good!

This morning I got green light by Sibusiso Vilane for our feature. This made me really happy!

“Your favorite athlete's first workout was just as bad as yours. Your favorite chef's first meal was just as bad as yours. Your favorite artist’s first work was just as bad as yours. Keep going.” (James Clear)
March 01, 2021

I finished up the interview and design for the upcoming Sibusiso Vilane feature and send it to him for approval. This was a milestone for me as I had trouble finishing this one, because the last months were so busy...I'm happy I could finally make it happen.

“The quality of presence determines the quality of life.” (Jack Kornfield)
February 19, 2021
(Rising: 7:30am)

It's been a long but good week. I wrapped up an important project and feel good about it. I had more client work to deal with until I finally could start to put in some time into Present.

I made some website updates and afterwards I finalised and shipped the label designs for our scent collaboration with Ryoko Hori. This was one of the last steps to bring this project to life! We are super excited for this product.

Two great series I recently watched: "I May Destroy You" by Michaela Coel and Best Shot, I basketball documentary by Michael John Warren.

“The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one's negative experience is itself a positive experience.” (Mark Manson)
February 17, 2021

Quite a gap between the first days of January and today. I hope I will be able be to be more consistent with the daily tracker here.

I took on two high profile jobs. It is going great, but the fight for 'Present time' has never been more tough. The juggling is real. But I'll get there.

The money I'm earning goes straight to the Present budget, in order to make great things in the coming months.

“A piece of advice worth passing on: Vocalise and externalise your compliments. If you’re thinking nice thoughts about a person, instead of silently admiring them, make it a practice to tell them.” (Unknown)
January 07, 2021

“The monk said: I say yes. To everything that happens, I say yes.
— Most of our pain, most of our suffering comes from resistance to what is. Life is. And when we resist what life is, we suffer. When you can say yes to life, surrender to life and say: “Okay, what should I be now?” That’s where power comes from. When the weather is bad, when your crush won’t answer, when the obstacle won’t budge, don’t say no. Don’t dig in your heels and push and shove until your veins pop out in frustration. Say yes. Accept. Breathe. Life is flowing. Always. It’s us trying to swim upstream. Let the current carry you instead.”
(Unknown)
January 06, 2021

Finally back in the rhythm!
Woke up early today despite falling asleep late. I was a bit tired in the morning, but also happy to have done this. Countered it with a nap in the afternoon.Good progress on upcoming content launches for the website. I also fixed a bunch of little bugs on website.Continued working on the upcoming membership model for Present! Excited about kicking this off hopefully soon.

Quote for today:
The most important conversation is the conversation you have with yourself each day. (Unknown)
January 04, 2021

Welcome to the New Year!

After coming back from Cologne yesterday night, today was the first real work day of the year — and the first day restarting my normal rhythm.

1— Core's (journaling, meditation, workout+cold shower)
2— Present Round 1 (deep work)
3— HHH (portfolio, socials)
4— Externals (messages, client work, maintanence, etc.)
5— Present Round 2
6— Reflect (sitting, reading, reviewing, running)

I started installing the upcoming Present Forum and starting building it for testing in the coming weeks ...excited about this!

“The moment that you feel, just possibly, you are walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind, and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself...That is the moment, you might be starting to get it right.” (Neil Gaimain)
December 30, 2020

Friends, this year is slowly coming to an end. We eant to sincerely thank all of you who are supporting and following us on our PRESENT journey. We do all this for you. And a special thank you to all collaborators and contributors and supporters. We are always at the beginning! 

The overarching feeling is one of gratefulness. Grateful that our families, friends and our community stayed healthy despite everything. Grateful that there is light at the end of tunnel. Grateful for all the experiences and lessons this special year has taught us.

We are looking forward to whatever the new year will bring and what will inevitably make us grow  together. Cheers and stay safe and stay present! 🤍☮️🍾
December 22, 2020
(Rising: 7:30am)

Finally (almost) finished the upcoming newsletter, I think I'll send it out tomorrow.

I'm still having some work to finish for a big client until the 23th, so I will to give this some time for the rest of today :) Feeling good!

Quote for today:
“Which do you want: the pain of staying where you are, or the pain of growth?” (Judith Hanson Lasater)

Present Hours: 3,5
December 21, 2020
(Rising: 7:45am)

Feeling super awake and fit today! Very thankful for that. Part of it definitely thanks to those bloody cold showers in the morning...

Often, right before I'm turning the water in my shower to ice cold, I'm thinking about what Mike Tyson said when asked What is displine? "Do what you hate to do, but do it like you love it."

Spend some time figuring out and planning the next actions steps for Present for the beginning of 2021.

In evening I ordered pizza watched the Toni Kroos documentary. It was actually so so good! I never saw such a direct and intimate insight into a footballer's life, ever. I thought it was really honest and actually quite deep. (Thanks to Magnus for the recommendation!)

Present Hours: 3,5
December 20, 2020
(Rising: 9:40am)

Chill Sunday. I had a long morning ritual and was reading in bed. Afterwards I shared a movie recommendation:

Samurai Architect is a documentary about the legendary Japanese architect and poet Tadao Ando. The understated creations of the 79-year-old former boxer and self-taught architect are stark contrasts to his intense personality, sharp tongue and unique sense of humor.

Present Hours: 2
December 14, 2020
(Rising: 6:30am)

Finished and released our newest feature and interview on SIA ARNIKA!

I'm very happy with it. As always, thanks to Sarah for the support, and thanks to Sia for her patience.
Afterwards I worked on Mugler and had a call where we planned the next steps for the coming weeks.

Quote for today:
“What would it be like if I could accept life —accept this moment— exactly as it is?” (Tara Brach)

Present Hours: 5,5
December 11, 2020
(Rising: 6:30am)

Posted a xmas PRESENT(s) post...so grateful for the collaborations and products we were able to put out this year. So if you are in need for presents, let's go :)

Quote for today:
“The sense of presence I described in the opening is the result of a balanced watching and doing mind. When your mind is aware and crisp yet calm and seated in the now, you can move through the day without tension. You can indulge in the richness of the present and mindfully do what you need to do.” (Cory Allen)

Present Hours: 4
December 09, 2020
(Rising: 7:10am)

I prepared the Sia Arnika feature and all Instagram posts we want to publish alongside it.

A big chunk of today was spend on writing offers, sending invoices, and taking care of my taxes for last month. (Shout out's to the great Vanessa Olt for supporting me on thi. Her help has been a game-changer for me this year.)

I also worked on Mugler and Leorosa and had calls with my new client, a tech company in the US (which has to stay nameless for now). It was a good day!

Quote for today:
“Just getting it done — whether that’s a decision you have to make or work you have to do — will leave you more satisfied than if you had agonized over the task in the pursuit of perfection. Even better, you’ll actually finish.” (Tim Herrera)

Present Hours: 3,5
November 24, 2020
(Rising: 6:40am)

A beautiful Tuesday morning! We are still in Portugal, but leaving this week and going back to Berlin, where new projects and old friends await.

In the morning and until noon I worked on next social post, the Sia Arnika and Pia Brückner features, I continued writing on the next Present Priniciples... afterwards I finished and send my contribution to the Creative Voyage team to be published soon. (Thank you for having me!)

On a social channels we published an input recommendation and a tip to "fall into being" in the last days, check them out :)

Interesting essay I read yesterday: The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected

Quote for today:
“The present moment is the substance with which the future is made. Therefore, the best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. What else can you do?” (Epicurus)

Present Hours: 4,5
November 11, 2020
(Rising: 7:15am)

I continued work on the Sia Arnika feature and interview. Not as much as I wanted to though! Lots of client things to work on today...

We did some gardening in the afternoon, which was a beautiful break.

Currently reading: Breath by James Nestor
Currently watching: Lennox Hill on Netflix

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” (Epicurus)

Present Hours: 2,5
November 06, 2020
(Rising: 7:10am)

We are still in Portugal. It's raining hard today since the early morning hours. But we feel good and lucky to be able to live and work from here since the last weeks. This week I couldn't work as much as I wished for on Present, as there were several deadlines for clients I had to take care of.

Nevertheless we have published the project and conversation and with Octavio Barrera. I'm now working on the upcoming feature on fashion designer Sia Arnika's first collection.

I also added an article from Oliver Burkeman to the frontpage, plus a recommendation on a documentary about Rickson Gracie.

“My mind begins to seem like a video game: I can either play it intelligently, learning more in each round, or I can be killed in the same spot by the same monster, again and again.” (Sam Harris)

Present Hours: 4.5
October 29, 2020
(Rising: 6:00am)

Finalised the upcoming Octavio Barrera feature and programmed a new footer for the website.

“The quality of your mind determines the quality of your life.”

Waking Up is my favorite meditation tool (and I've tried them all!) and became inseparable from my daily morning routine. If you haven't already PRESENT readers can now try it for free via share.wakingup.com/9a0738. I hope it may give you a little relief in these trying times.

Present Hours: 3.5
October 24, 2020
(Rising: 9:30am)

Focusing on collaborations this year allowed us to explore so many new perspectives and territories. And making these products will—hopefully—support and keep this project alive.

We decided to publish Issue 2 in Spring 2021. The obstacles were simply too big this year for a physical issue, BUT with the new website we launched this year we are now able to share exciting new content frequently with you! From essays to interviews and fashion editorials that we produced in the last months together with amazing supporters and contributors.

Here is a sneak peak into the creation of our next product in collaboration with Ryoko Hori. This has been such a rewarding experience since the beginning and we are super excited for the results to be released soon!

Present Hours: 2
October 22, 2020  
(Rising: 7:50am)

I worked on the same things as yesterday, but getting closer to shipping! I took my first run in Braga today, through the fields, in the autumn sun, this made me very happy. At noon we made a post about our Incence Holders.

Quite a lot of client work this afternoon...

“Instead of adding things, thoughts, and tasks to our day, how about we go in the other direction. Let’s try removing things. With greater empty space in our minds, there will be a clearer view from the windows of our eyes. With more empty space in our bodies, there will be more room to breathe.” (Cory Allen)

Present Hours: 4
October 21, 2020  
(Rising: 7:40am)

We had a beautiful first morning in Portugal! We did our routines, picked and pressed some fresh lemons from the garden and started working.

I continued with the naming and packaging of the upcoming RYOKO collaboration, then working Octavio Barrera, followed by preparing the next social posts, and on with the Newsletter...

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” (Charles Kingsley)

Present Hours: 5,5
October 20, 2020  
(Rising: 4:10am)

We woke up early this morning to catch a flight to Porto and then drove to the city of Braga, where we will spend the next two weeks in the (empty) house of Sarah's grandmother.

We want to have some time away from Berlin to enjoy the Portuguese autumn and to work on Present and other projects. We will still continue to work for our clients from here, just with a nicer view on corn fields and lemon trees.

Quite fittingly we were watching "Lisbon Story" in the evening, the very charming movie by Wim Wenders about a sound engineer who obtains a mysterous postcard of a friend who is currently shooting a film in Lisbon saying that he should visit. He sets out across Europe to find him and help him. Boa noite!
October 16, 2020  
(Rising: 6:15am)

I had a better morning and fresher energy today. Feeling grateful for being healthy and fit and able to wake up so early these last two weeks. It gave me a special kind of contentment, having the feeling of being in the right place, at the right time, working on the right stuff. (I actually missed this feeling for quite a while.)

Continued with layouting the upcoming Octavio Barrera piece, Then worked for a while on the next social posts and the content plan for the coming months. I realized how much Resistance I feel when I have to write something, it's crazy, in today's case an important message to the community, attached to the upcoming post.

But again, once I managed to get myself to start, it became less scary it was ridiculous. Starting is everything. Happy I could make good progress.

Now on to the Newsletter!
(Same Resistance here...man, this is hard work for me)

Refreshing the content plan felt good. I also made a clear timeline of when to publish what and prepared to brief Sarah to help with layouting.

Today I really took my mission seriously to start with the hardest task first and by 10:30 I got quite a lot done, which I'm proud of. Let's keep it upppp!

“It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you keep moving.”

Present Hours: 3,5 (ongoing)
October 15, 2020  
(Rising: 7:20am)

This morning I finished the translation for Frank Berzbach's upcoming essay and send it to a native speaker to double-check it.

Then I took care of cleaning all lists for all Present projects that where getting terribly cluttered and chaotic. It felt good and was necessary, although in the back on my mind I felt like I was procrastinating. Currently procrastinating on: social media posts.

Update: Making it crysal clear to myself that I just have to keep it simple and honest and reminding myself to JUST GET STARTED helped me out of my misery, once again. (Worked on social posts, and the Octavio Barrera feature.)

In the afternoon I was tired. Took care of client projects, then took a nap, which only partly helped. Towards the end of the day I felt a bit weird energy-wise. But that's okay. Happy I got so much shit done in the morning!

Present Hours: 4 (ongoing)
October 14, 2020  
(Rising: 6:45am)

After finishing my morning routine, I started with translating the upcoming essay for Present by Frank Berzbach. I look very much forward sharing this one with the world soon, it's a great piece and really practical and helpful.

I then had an early morning meeting with my friend and type designer Erkin Karamemet. It is a very grey and rainy day here in Berlin, but we sat outside of La Maison with a coffee and it was very nice. We talked about our upcoming collaboration on a Present type family that we were thinking about for quite a while now, but decided to take it far further and more seriously now, exciting!

Back in the office I continued working on the Octavio Barrera feature, programming the custom sub-page on the website, that I am to publish as soon as possible in the coming days.

Present Hours: 5
October 13, 2020  
(Rising: 6:30am)

Today I send our packaging design proposals Ryoko Hori for our upcoming product collaboration. Then a bunch of e-mails and messages, afterwards continued working on the Sibusiso Vilane interview. I'm super excited about those two and can't wait to share them with you!

In the afternoon I managed to sneak another hour to work on the next Newsletter, and contacted a few new possible contributors for our Better Together charity.

(Client work today: mainly for the fashion brand Leorosa and the band AnnenMayKantereit)

Present Hours: 3,5
October 10, 2020  

It's Saturday and I'm feeling hungover. We were chilling in bed the whole morning and had a big brunch. In the afternoon we visited a pop-up store of our friend and Issue 1 contributor Jasmin who is doing Truongii (fashion brand) and Migle (jewellery), two great designers you should check out and follow!

Present Hours: –
October 09, 2020  
(Rising time: 6am)

I started early today. Earlier than in a long time. Just really felt the need to do that in order to have some solid hours for myself and for dedicating to Present. Firstly I was working on the new membership model and the community forum, that I'm planning to launch. I think this could really change the dynamic of the whole project in a great way!

Afterwards I worked on the layout and coding for the upcoming feature and interview with Octavio Barrera.

Then I worked on the 6th edition of the PRESENT Newsletter to be released this month. Ended the morning session with socials posts preparation.

Quote for today:
“If you want to create something worthwhile with your life, you need to draw a line between the world’s demands and your own ambitions.” (Jocelyn K. Glei)

Present Hours: 5,5
October 08, 2020  
(Rising time: 7am)

This morning I was mainly writing e-mails (so many e-mails!) and then took care of the next social media posts and the content plan for the next weeks.

There was a lots of client work today, but in the afternoon I managed to sneak in some more time for Present and posted a homage to the painter Vasilis Dimitriou.

This quote for today:
"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another." (William James)

Present Hours: 2,5
October 07, 2020  
(Rising time: 7:30am)

I continued to work on the packaging for our upcoming collaboration with Ryoko Hori. And I wrote with Sia Arnika regarding the upcoming Present feature on her inaugural collection. The rest of the day was pretty full with client work...very busy day!

Sarah shared this fantastic interview with Irma Boom with me today: Irma Boom on standing up for yourself, even in the face of controversy

Present Hours: 1,5
October 06, 2020

8:23am: Reactivation of the Project Tracker!
We have been hard at work in the last months.
Today we will work on finalising the packaging for our collaboration with Ryoko Hori. I will also continue with the next Newsletter edition.

I discovered this great article on The Guardian:
Want to really live in the present? Embrace life’s nasty bits, too by Oliver Burkeman

Present Hours: 3
October 05, 2020

Today was a Monday with a ton of client work and deadlines to take care of. Sadly there was no energy left for Present work, despite some little fixes and messages. Hoping that tomorrow will be better!
(Today I worked on projects for my clients Mugler, AnnenMayKantereit, Leorosa)

On another note: I'm currently reading Breath by James Nestor, which is really great!

Hours: 0,5
October 03, 2020
I continued working on the upcoming Sibusiso Vilane interview.

Hours: 2
October 02, 2020
A simple realization: The more I manage to work on Present, the more happier I become. Short term and long term.

Hours: 3,5
September 26, 2020
Finalised and launched the Massimo Vitali interview!
Hours: 4,5
September 08, 2020
Finalised and launched the Florence Tétier contribution! And wrote an e-mail to Timothy Schaumburg for possible contribution.
Hours: 5
September 07, 2020
Website bug fixes and new arrangement, continued work on Florence Tétier, created a new banner for our Joao Drumond collaboration
Hours: 3
September 04, 2020
Made a post about our Better Together charity. Open call for all makers and creators: become part of it!
Hours: 1,5
September 03, 2020
Continued working on the Florence Tétier contribution presentation.
Hours: 3
September 02, 2020
Today I had a video call with Intisar Abdul-Kader for her upcoming contribution. That was great! Looking so forward to this!
In the afternoon I did a screenprinting session and produced some t-shirts. In the evening I continued with the Florence Tétier contribution.
Hours: 5,5
September 01, 2020
Started working on the presentation of the upcoming Massimo Vitali interview on the Present website.
Hours: 2,5
August 14, 2020
We came back refreshed today from our holiday roadtrip. Full of new ideas!
July 28, 2020
Friends, we are on holidays until Mid-August! We needed a break. We'll be back with fresh ideas for you soon :)
July 22, 2020
Worked on the interview with Sibusiso Vilane, made some technical improvements on the website. In the afternoon I finally worked on a new Present symbol and more research and experimentinig with new design ideas
Hours: 7.5
July 21, 2020
I mainly updated the website today with small additions and bug fixes. Then I was writing with collaborators and working on a few new product graphics.
Hours: 2.5
July 17, 2020
Lots of correspondance with future contributors ... exciting!
Hours: 3
July 16, 2020
More fixes for the website and e-mails to contributors.
Hours: 4.5
July 15, 2020
Last changes and fixes to the new Website and the Newsletter until the afternoon ... and boooom, we are online! Thank you to Sarah for the last minute feedback and support!
Hours: 6
July 14, 2020
Woke up and worked on finalising the upcoming Newsletter #5. Made many tests for screen capturing the new website and turned one into a gif for the Newsletter. At the end of the day there were too many things to do still, but tomorrow it's on!
Hours: 9.5
July 13, 2020
Thinking about launching the new website tomorrow. It needs to see the light of day! I'm worrying that all the "fixing" is just fear of launching ...
Hours: 8.5
July 12, 2020
Cleaning up and researching for the next Newsletter.
Hours: 6
July 11, 2020
Lots of e-mail drafting today. Reaching out to future contributors, giving feedback to current contributors, and more research...
Hours: 6.5
July 10, 2020
Improved the mobile experience for the new website. It starts to feel like a never-ending trip. There are so many small details to improve!
Hours: 7
July 09, 2020
I added many more new features and content to the new website. At one point I have to stop adding new stuff and launch it already. But it still doesn't feel "right", but I feel that we are getting there...
Hours: 11
July 08, 2020
The new website is a beast. I enjoy wearing different "glasses", one is for designing, one is for writing and editing, one is for web-development. I have to admit that it is also pretty exhausting after a while. I need to find a way to finalise and ship it! Soon!
Hours: 8.5
July 07, 2020
Thankful to have Sarah, who is such a tremendous help and partner-in-crime. I'm trusting her opinion and are sensibility with 100%. And I feel so lucky to have someone who I can bounce all my ideas off — and who gets what I'm trying to accomplish.
Hours: 7
July 06, 2020
As usual I had to juggle all client projects and PRESENT today. But today was extra-crazy. I was jumping from one task to another. Running in the late afternoon helped a lot calm my mind and destress. I continued with upcoming Newsletter #5 and fixed/improved many areas of the new website.
Hours: 10.5
July 05, 2020
I worked on many small things on the new website. Lots of technical stuff today. But that actually fun. Sometimes this is such a good contrast to designing and conceptualising ... feeling grateful to be able to develop the website myself.
Hours: 7
July 04, 2020
Exactly one year ago we launched PRESENT Issue 1. Great memories came up today. And it makes me wanting to release the new website even more! And then finalise Issue 2!
Hours: 1
July 02, 2020
More testing and fixing bugs for the new website.
Hours: 5.5
June 30, 2020
This was a long day of fixing bugs on the website...
Also, e-mails and research.
Hours: 7
June 29, 2020
We worked on some collaborations. Figured prices and production costs, and made mock-up's.
Hours: 4
June 24, 2020
• Website fixes
• Contributor Mails
• Cleaned/improved the Present Team Workspace on Notion
Hours: 2
June 23, 2020
• Newsletter #5 Research and Prodcution
• Website Fixes
• Drafted e-mails to new Contributors
Hours: 4,5
June 22, 2020
• Website fixes: Mobile Navigation, Search function, …
Hours: 2,5
June 22, 2020
• Website fixes: Mobile Navigation, Search function, …
Hours: 2,5
June 20, 2020
Cleaning the (very massive) backburner, to-do's and future plans lists. Composing an e-mail to a new contributor.
Hours: 3
June 19, 2020
At 10am we had the interview with Massimo Vitali over Skype. We talked with him for 1,5 hours. It was fantastic!
Afterwards, at 12, we went to Ryoko and she presented us four directions she created for the upcoming Present Sense.
In the afternoon I wrote e-mails to new potential collaborators and contributors.
Hours: 5,5
June 18, 2020
Continued to prepare the interview with Massimo Vitali.
Hours: 2.5
June 17, 2020
More e-mails to more contributors! And I prepared new feedback to existing contributors. And worked on the interview with Massimo Vitali tomorrow.
(Hours: 3.5)
June 15, 2020
We received the first pictures from Florence Tétier! Super nice!
(Hours: 0.5)
June 12, 2020
More e-mail to contributors!
(Hours: 1)
June 11, 2020
I approached two contributors that I have been putting off for a while. Maybe because I don't know them personally.But this felt like really good progress.
(Hours: 2)
June 10, 2020
• Contacted new contributors. Research for Newsletter #5.
• Soft launch test for the new website
(Hours: 3)
June 09, 2020
Continued implementing notes and contents into Notion (our new organisation tool)
• Continued with the new website. (Had some struggles with transfering to the new domain to the new hosting.)
• Drafted more e-mails to new contributors.
(Hours: 3)
June 08, 2020
We started implementing NOTION into our workflow for PRESENT. We collected so many different files and folders and notes and tasks, it became too messy. Notion seems very promising!
• Sent reminders to PatchDevil and Bobby Kolade
• Continued with new website
(Hours: 4)
June 07, 2020
We had a good brainstorming/admin/planning meeting today!
(Hours: 1,5)
June 04, 2020
Same same: Worked all day as hard as I could on the website. Finishing texts and developing a bunch of things.
(Hours: 10)
June 03, 2020
I had almost the whole day to push the new website towards finalisation. Made some really solid progress. Feeling super excited to finally get this online!
(Hours: 6,5)
June 02, 2020
Felt overwhelmed by all the shit that's going on in the world right now. Made a statement for PRESENT on social media. We are going to donate all proceedings from Better Together and Present to CIJ, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing equality and justice for all. In the afternoon I continued working on the new website.
(Hours: 5,5)
June 01, 2020
Today we had the next meeting with Ryoko Hori to discuss our collaboration for a PRESENT product. It was very exciting and educative. At the end of the day I had one hour to continue working on the new website.
(Hours: 2,5)
May 31, 2020
I had a few hours this Sunday afternoon to finalise and send out Newsletter #4! Afterwards I was working on some improvements of the new website.
(Hours: 3)
May 30, 2020
Some e-mails to a few contributors in the morning.
(Hours: 0,5)
May 29, 2020
Continued work on the Newsletter. Otherwise, this was a packed day as we had a presentation to a client in the evening.
(Hours: 2)
May 28, 2020
New Website improvements: Figured out how to implement the site-wide search function. Exciting stuff!
(Hours: 3,5)
May 27, 2020
New Website: Tinkered on the shop system and added more content.
(Hours: 4)
May 13, 2020
Good progress on the New Website. Good progress on Contributor E-Mails. Felt overwhelmed today, because of many action plans for PRS but many things to do for my clients. New ideas came while running.
(Hours: 4,5)
May 12, 2020
Continued to work mostly on the New Website. Also progress on the upcoming Newsletter #4.
(Hours: 3)
May 03, 2020
Great meeting with Sarah, planning the next steps.
(Hours: 3)
April 06, 2020
Finally shipped the e-mails to two contributors, whose work I deeply admire.
(Hours: 2)
April 04, 2020
I presented the current status of the page plan to Sarah. We talked about all the ideas, and it was very helpful to share and step out of my “bubble”.
[Hours: 1,5]
April 03, 2020
I finished the Mediakit. It took me longer than expected, but it turned out to be a great exercise. It made me re-evaluate the whole project again. And it felt good doing this. This is now a useful tool to contact the rest of the contributors for Issue 2. Fingers crossed!
[Hours: 2,5]
March 31, 2020
Continued working on the mediakit and researched and wrote new sections for Newsletter #3.
[Hours: 3,5]
March 28, 2020
Social posts preparation and shipping.
[Hours: 1,5]
March 26, 2020
Mediakit, e-mails, and social media post preparations for the next days — and posted one today!
[Hours: 1,5]
March 24, 2020
Today: continuation on research for Issue 2 and the next Newsletter.
[Hours: 1,5]
March 23, 2020
Research for Issue 2 and the next Newsletter. Mediakit improvements. Preparation of new social posts.
[Hours: 2,5]
March 22, 2020
Preparation of new social posts. That’s it!
[Hours: 0,5]
March 21, 2020
I just prepared a new (silkscreen) screen for a printing session tomorrow. In other news: I shaved my head for the very first time. Consider it a “favorite unrealized project” solved :) Very unusual feeling, but fresh!
[Hours: 0,5]
March 20, 2020
Mainly worked on the mediakit today. Slowly getting there! It’s a good exercise in boiling everything down to the core. I think this will make communicating this whole project much more straightforward in the future...
[Hours: 1,5]
March 19, 2020
I took it all a bit easier today. Lots of calls with friends and family. I did put in some work into the medikit though. It takes more time than I thought! I mostly tried to reduce it more to the essentials, after the document grow way too big and complex...[Hours: 2]
March 19, 2020
I took it all a bit easier today. Lots of calls with friends and family. I did put in some work into the medikit though. It takes more time than I thought! I mostly tried to reduce it more to the essentials, after the document grow way too big and complex...[Hours: 2]
March 18, 2020
Finalised the Newsletter in the morning hours and sent it out at noon. Next up is the mediakit (which I aim to finish it this week), followed by designing new products for Spring!
[Hours: 3]
March 17, 2020
Continued working on the Newsletter that I want to send out tomorrow. Afterwards I continued sketching a new icon/symbol for Present. Feels good to design something, in this way. (As a balance to layouting, type-setting, writing.)
[Hours: 6.5]
March 16, 2020
A new week! Started with improving the mediakit, then published a new post on Instagram. (A series of scans of Issue 1, by Readellion, one of our stockists in Ukraine.) Continued to work on the second edition of the Present Newsletter.
[Hours: 2.5]
March 15, 2020
Worked on the mediakit and prepared social media posts for next week. (On another note, we went to Schinkel Pavillon to see the current exhibition by Danica Barboza and Mohamed Bourouissa.)[Hours: 1]
March 14, 2020
Posted an extract of Present Newsletter #1 on Instagram in hope to inspire new subscribers for the next edition. Then worked on the next newsletter.
[Hours: 1.5]
March 13, 2020
Prepared more e-mails to send out to contributors next week. It’s mid-march already, and I really need to get this rolling now … I aim to have more time and space for the design process this time.[Hours: 2.5]
March 12, 2020
Good progress on the page-plan and concept. Today it was more about simplifying and re-arranging. So, this will be my priority for the rest of the day — after I finished client work, which I have to tackle right now, after I spend the entire morning on Present
[Hours: 4.5]
March 11, 2020
Today I contacted some first possible contributors. Felt good to take this action. Also, I discussed a new idea with my sister, PRESENT partnering up for a good cause.
[Hours: 2]
March 10, 2020
Worked on the next newsletter, prepared social posts, and posted an extract of “Present Newsletter No. 1” on Instagram.
[Hours: 3]
March 09, 2020
Page plan and mediakit. Continued to prepare the next social Posts and worked on the next edition of the newsletter.
[Hours: 1.5]
March 08, 2020
Continued with the concept, the mediakit and the newsletter. Afterwards I researched some product ideas. I’m really aiming to be able to offer a range of new products in the shop by spring!
[Hours: 2]
March 06, 2020
Page plan: I reviewed ideas that didn’t make it into Issue 1 due to timing or other reasons. And if and how they could fit into the next issue. Then, more social media posts preparations. I’m having four posts lined-up now, but they need some last refinement. I wish I would be quicker with posting, but my process with this is still quite … slow.
[Hours: 1.5]
March 05, 2020
Page plan, social media posts preparation. On another note: I was visiting the reading of Present contributor Frank Berzbach’s new book, which was great! It’s called “Die Schönheit der Begegnung“ and it’s going to be released today.
[Hours: 1.5]
March 04, 2020
New post on Instagram/FB. Felt good! Thankful that Sarah helped me preparing this. Afterwards, more progress on the new page plan.[Hours: 1.5]
February 27, 2020
While I was sitting in the ECAL library and working on my talk and presentation later today, Yoo-Mi, the librarian showed me an article about PRESENT in the magazine called “magazine”. In the evening I was giving a talk about my career and PRESENT and life, 9 years after graduating at ECAL. I talked about all the steps that brought me to finally publish a “real” magazine.[Hours: 3.5]
February 07, 2020
Many meetings and client work today and I could only work a little bit on the page plan, and on the next Instagram post.
[Hours: 0.5]
February 06, 2020
Continued the page plan, mediakit…Posted HOW TO WORK BETTER (happy for the nice response!)
[Hours: 1.5]
February 05, 2020
Continued the page plan, mediakit, preparing social media posts, posted Louise Friedlaender portrait from the MY DOJO section in Issue 1 on Instagram. It’s already February! Feels good to have posted something again. The mediakit advances slowly, collecting stuff, but no red thread yet...but getting there.
[Hours: 2.5]

April 4, 2020
I presented the current status of the page plan to Sarah. We talked about all the ideas, and it was very helpful to share and step out of my “bubble”.
[Hours: 1,5]


April 3, 2020
I finished the Mediakit. It took me longer than expected, but it turned out to be a great exercise. It made me re-evaluate the whole project again. And it felt good doing this. This is now a useful tool to contact the rest of the contributors for Issue 2. Fingers crossed!
[Hours: 2,5]


March 31, 2020
Continued working on the mediakit and researched and wrote new sections for Newsletter #3.
[Hours: 3,5]


March 28, 2020
Social posts preparation and shipping.
[Hours: 1,5]


March 26, 2020
Mediakit, e-mails, and social media post preparations for the next days — and posted one today![Hours: 1,5]


March 25, 2020
Today: continuation on research for Issue 2 and the next Newsletter.[Hours: 2,5]


March 24, 2020
Today: continuation on research for Issue 2 and the next Newsletter.[Hours: 1,5]


March 23, 2020
Research for Issue 2 and the next Newsletter. Mediakit improvements. Preparation of new social posts.
[Hours: 2,5]


March 22, 2020
Preparation of new social posts. That’s it!
[Hours: 0,5]


March 21, 2020
I just prepared a new (silkscreen) screen for a printing session tomorrow. In other news: I shaved my head for the very first time. Consider it a “favorite unrealized project” solved :) Very unusual feeling, but fresh!
[Hours: 0,5]


March 20, 2020
Mainly worked on the mediakit today. Slowly getting there! It’s a good exercise in boiling everything down to the core. I think this will make communicating this whole project much more straightforward in the future...[Hours: 1,5]


March 19, 2020
I took it all a bit easier today. Lots of calls with friends and family. I did put in some work into the medikit though. It takes more time than I thought! I mostly tried to reduce it more to the essentials, after the document grow way too big and complex...[Hours: 2]


March 18, 2020
Finalised the Newsletter in the morning hours and sent it out at noon. Next up is the mediakit (which I aim to finish it this week), followed by designing new products for Spring![Hours: 3]


March 17, 2020
Continued working on the Newsletter that I want to send out tomorrow. Afterwards I continued sketching a new icon/symbol for Present. Feels good to design something, in this way. (As a balance to layouting, type-setting, writing.)[Hours: 6.5]


March 16, 2020
A new week! Started with improving the mediakit, then published a new post on Instagram. (A series of scans of Issue 1, by Readellion, one of our stockists in Ukraine.) Continued to work on the second edition of the Present Newsletter.[Hours: 2.5]


March 15, 2020
Worked on the mediakit and prepared social media posts for next week. (On another note, we went to Schinkel Pavillon to see the current exhibition by Danica Barboza and Mohamed Bourouissa.)[Hours: 1]


March 14, 2020
Posted an extract of Present Newsletter #1 on Instagram in hope to inspire new subscribers for the next edition. Then worked on the next newsletter.[Hours: 1.5]


March 13, 2020
Prepared more e-mails to send out to contributors next week. It’s mid-march already, and I really need to get this rolling now … I aim to have more time and space for the design process this time.[Hours: 2.5]


March 12, 2020
Good progress on the page-plan and concept. Today it was more about simplifying and re-arranging. So, this will be my priority for the rest of the day — after I finished client work, which I have to tackle right now, after I spend the entire morning on Present
[Hours: 4.5]


March 11, 2020
Today I contacted some first possible contributors. Felt good to take this action. Also, I discussed a new idea with my sister, PRESENT partnering up for a good cause.
[Hours: 2]


March 10, 2020
Worked on the next newsletter, prepared social posts, and posted an extract of “Present Newsletter No. 1” on Instagram.
[Hours: 3]


March 9, 2020
Page plan and mediakit. Continued to prepare the next social Posts and worked on the next edition of the newsletter.
[Hours: 1.5]


March 8, 2020
Continued with the concept, the mediakit and the newsletter. Afterwards I researched some product ideas. I’m really aiming to be able to offer a range of new products in the shop by spring!
[Hours: 2]


March 6, 2020
Page plan: I reviewed ideas that didn’t make it into Issue 1 due to timing or other reasons. And if and how they could fit into the next issue. Then, more social media posts preparations. I’m having four posts lined-up now, but they need some last refinement. I wish I would be quicker with posting, but my process with this is still quite … slow.
[Hours: 1.5]


March 5, 2020
Page plan, social media posts preparation. On another note: I was visiting the reading of Present contributor Frank Berzbach’s new book, which was great! It’s called “Die Schönheit der Begegnung“ and it’s going to be released today.
[Hours: 1.5]


March 4, 2020
New post on Instagram/FB. Felt good! Thankful that Sarah helped me preparing this. Afterwards, more progress on the new page plan.[Hours: 1.5]


Feb 27, 2020
While I was sitting in the ECAL library and working on my talk and presentation later today, Yoo-Mi, the librarian showed me an article about PRESENT in the magazine called “magazine”. In the evening I was giving a talk about my career and PRESENT and life, 9 years after graduating at ECAL. I talked about all the steps that brought me to finally publish a “real” magazine.[Hours: 3.5]


Feb 7, 2020
Many meetings and client work today and I could only work a little bit on the page plan, and on the next Instagram post.
[Hours: 0.5]


Feb 6, 2020
Continued the page plan, mediakit…Posted HOW TO WORK BETTER (happy for the nice response!)
[Hours: 1.5]


Feb 5, 2020
Continued the page plan, mediakit, preparing social media posts, posted Louise Friedlaender portrait from the MY DOJO section in Issue 1 on Instagram. It’s already February! Feels good to have posted something again. The mediakit advances slowly, collecting stuff, but no red thread yet. This feels pressing because there are some players I feel I need to send the mediakit otherwise they don’t get it?
[Hours: 2.5]