Sepehr also an intern at betahaus did the interview.
What was your motivation to study design?
I draw since I am a child and I was always interested in changing things the way I think - it could be a room, a fruit, a table, a lamp or a vacuum cleaner. I was always interested in something that gives me a challenge. I was always asking myself: how can I do it in a different way? First I changed everything in my room, then I came up with task like: How could a coffee machine work better? I had so much fun in solving these challenges.
Are you delighted having an experience in betahaus?
Absolutely yes, the thing is, when I was here for the first time, I was here for the wrong event... but Madeleine (one of the betahaus founders) was inviting me to stay and enjoy the event. I was so inspired by the atmosphere! It was so energizing and I think that's because of all the people that come to betahaus, they have an idea in mind and these ideas drives them to get things done. They're so energetic to solve the problems. This was what I liked the most when I first entered betahaus and so I stayed...
Do you want to keep working at betahaus?
As I love the atmosphere so much and I get so energized by it, I’d really like to stay and work with the betahaus gang. Even when I have to go back to university next week, I will try to work at betahaus once a week.
Is it satisfying working in betahaus and does it make you reach to your final goals ?
Yes - betahaus is a proper place also for designers and I can even imagine working on my student project at betahaus.
And about Berlin, do you think its a good place for designers and also for students?
I can't say it generally but I think on one side, Berlin is a bad place for designers, because they're not paid very well but on the other hand Berlin is so inspiring and it seems to be that nowadays Berlin is that hot spot in Europe. For me it's full of culture of every kind, not just conservative culture or pushing culture or young culture. You can get everything you like!
Thank you for your time.
And no Christoph did not got paid for his answers, even it seems so...
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Claudius: Design is the core of what we do and what we’re all passionate about, but hardly our only focus. Design, at LAUDO, stands more for designing a whole strategy, often very close connected with marketing. We’re developing websites and apps for our clients, but also help them reach their target audience through SEO, Google ranking developing newsletter systems, print brochures etc.
Claudius: A lot of other companies are seeing themselves as a service provider and don’t really question what their client wants and why. We pay very close attention if the work we provide for a client is in line with our personal values and vision. It’s not just delivering a product to the client, getting the pay check and leaving, but also building relationships with clients and collaborating. Because they are often our doors to new opportunities.
‘’We see LAUDO as an airport, where the clients are our gates to new guests, new perspectives and new potential clients. It happens all the time that whoever we’re working for, from there we get a new project, which wasn’t planned before. So we open up a new gate. That’s how we were able to grow and why good connection with our clients is so crucial for us.’’
Orietta: I think one thing that make us stand out on the market and our strength number one is the team. We’re a small team and we all look in the same direction and have the same approach and vision. That makes the communication go smoothly.
Joey: Another thing is that we have a very hands-on approach. We are the guys, who say: ‘’Okay, let’s do it’’. That’s our culture.
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