Teamtelligence

PCH INNOVATIONS’ core disciplines of Disruptive Strategies, Dreamtelligence, Design Fiction, Learning From and ‘Understanding. Seeing. Believing.’ are reflected in the diverse composition of inspired individuals whose collaborative work upholds PCH as a leading innovation firm in marketing, engineering and design.

Born from strong industrial experience, PCH believes in the constant recombination of proven marketing and engineering practices with the fluid, future-oriented influence of design.

We train our imaginations on the future – its opportunities and challenges. Through an interdisciplinary approach fusing art, science, engineering, tech, marketing and sales, our products and services support a vertical integration from the inception of new, unique concepts to their materialization for the marketplace.

We are the result of 250 Propulsive Pioneers: a distinct potion of talents, backgrounds and perspectives, fortified by continuous exchange.

We learn from other industries, and from one another. We enhance our scope by teaming design, marketing and engineering experts with visual artists, filmmakers, urban planners, architects, perfumiers and visionaries of all types, gaining insights through diverse arenas of expertise and generating innovative concepts.

We look not only to what has worked, but to what we’ve been told will never work. We know that ‘never’ is an illusion, as is permanence. Because the natural order continually changes, we position ourselves to embrace and emit change by searching for the 3rd Choice, which remains beyond and advantageous to our typical outcomes and options.

We apply our principles not only to our work, but to ourselves, allowing an empathic immersion into our methods for imagining and manifesting innovation.

Our
Team

Stefan Liske, Partner
Stefan Liske, Partner
Barry Mendez, GUI Designer
Barry Mendez, GUI Designer
Vanessa Weiss, Scout & Dynamic Foresight
Vanessa Weiss, Scout & Dynamic Foresight
Luzifer Altenberg, Coder
Luzifer Altenberg, Coder
Philipp Wesselmann, Film Maker & Editor
Philipp Wesselmann, Film Maker & Editor
Sandra Schaede, Filmmaker & Curator
Sandra Schaede, Filmmaker & Curator
Robert Kummer, DoP & Editor
Robert Kummer, DoP & Editor
Johanna Schmeer, Designer
Johanna Schmeer, Designer
Louis Gropman, Writer & Innovation Liaison LA
Louis Gropman, Writer & Innovation Liaison LA
Sebastian Vogelsang, Coder
Sebastian Vogelsang, Coder
Tom Lowe, Artist-in-Residence
Tom Lowe, Artist-in-Residence
Ebon Heath, Artist-in-Residence
Ebon Heath, Artist-in-Residence
Robert McNally, Artist-in-Residence
Robert McNally, Artist-in-Residence
Jakob Michelmann, Technologist
Jakob Michelmann, Technologist
Apurv Mishra, Innovation Liaison UK/ India
Apurv Mishra, Innovation Liaison UK/ India
Rod Campbell, Senior Advisor L.A.
Rod Campbell, Senior Advisor L.A.
Aitor Errazquin, Industrial Designer & 3D
Aitor Errazquin, Industrial Designer & 3D
Anna-Isabelle Lämmel, Industrial Designer & 3D
Anna-Isabelle Lämmel, Industrial Designer & 3D
Adrien Hobt, Creative Technologist
Adrien Hobt, Creative Technologist
Lian Fumerton-Liu, Graphic Designer
Lian Fumerton-Liu, Graphic Designer
Ash Thorp, UI Senior Creative Director
Ash Thorp, UI Senior Creative Director
Geza Schön, Partner
Geza Schön, Partner
Markus Kison, Coder & Generative Designer
Markus Kison, Coder & Generative Designer
Ralf Baecker, Coder & Generative Designer
Ralf Baecker, Coder & Generative Designer
Daniel Steiner, Filmmaker
Daniel Steiner, Filmmaker
Ingur Boettger, Industrial Designer
Ingur Boettger, Industrial Designer
Henry Wegener, IT-Hacker
Henry Wegener, IT-Hacker
Oliver Janik, Mindful Coach
Oliver Janik, Mindful Coach
Caroline Szymanski, Neuroscientist & Design Thinker
Caroline Szymanski, Neuroscientist & Design Thinker
Bora, Surveillance
Bora, Surveillance
André Knörig, Interaction Designer & Technologist
André Knörig, Interaction Designer & Technologist
Robert Neumann, Scientific Researcher
Robert Neumann, Scientific Researcher
Fabian Schubert, DoP
Fabian Schubert, DoP

Partners

Stefan Liske

BMW Group (10 years)

Manager, Vehicle Concept Development, Design Innovation Manager

Arthur D Little Gmbh (4 years)

Partner, Automotive Germany

Volkswagen AG (3 years)

Director, Group Product Strategy

Unlike Media Ltd. (since 2007)

Founding Partner
 

Geza Schön

Escentric Molecules (since 2005)

Founding Partner

Haarmann & Reimer (12 years)

Perfumer

Teamtelligent
Process
Impressions

Artists
in
Residence

Robert McNally

Robert McNally wants to tell the story of the life and times in which he lives. He aims to consider the past, the present and the future all in one cohesive image, to act as a filter for the world, and produce an image that in some way holds a mirror up to anyone who may see it.

Using a pencil and paper, he crams a universe into an atom and morphs the subject matter into layers of unraveling story threads which empty out into fluent, linear, pictorial fictions.

His work can be found in a number of important collections including Damien Hirst’s Murderme collection, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the West Collection, Pennsylvania and The Olbricht Collection.

Robert McNally

Ebon Heath

Brooklyn native Ebon Heath creates complex mobiles, jewelry and performance art made of letters. His typographic sculptures liberate words from the confines of a two dimensional surface or screen, enabling type to be experienced in the physical environment rather than only read.

“The structures are a physical representation of our language as object. This ‘visual noise’ permeates all aspects of modern culture, especially urban living, from street signs, billboards, storefronts and t-shirts that yell with type for attention as you walk down any high street, to all the audio & verbal noise, from music we plug our ears with to the din of countless conversations, screams and whispers. With new media of texting, online, and transmitted technology, there is even invisible noise silent to the eye surrounding us all. It is this cozy womb of information, data, or chorus of cacophony that my mobiles hope to represent as well as reveal: Making the invisible visible.”

Ebon Heath

Tom Lowe

Tom expresses his colorful drawings in terms of memory’s organic movement, the way events and objects become entangled and take on new dimension through time and experience. Harnessing interrelation and juxtaposition, Lowe focuses on objects like hands, which tell multiple narratives and connect us to constellations of ideas and feelings.

As has been written of his work, "Disembodied hands, floating lips, noses, and eyeglasses – Lowe’s drawings initially seem unruly and chaotic, but are in fact carefully formulated compositions of metaphorical snippets, integrated into an intelligible narrative. As one reviewer wrote “They think it’s all over, each work […] fills the page to the brim, boiling over like the thoughts in your head.” Though meticulously rendered in colored pencil, Lowe’s works have been compared to Dada artist Hannah Höch’s photomontages for their similarly swirling juxtapositions of seemingly disjunct imagery."

Tom Lowe

Studio
Berlin

Studio
LA

Hire
for
Interns

Since PCH INNOVATIONS is an invention and innovation studio, we are looking for skilled interns as creative designers and engineers who learn quickly and are able to work under pressure with a lot of freedom.

The ideal candidate knows design, art or engineering history, is up to date with current developments, is motivated and well organized. He/she should feel inspired and challenged to contribute to the spirit and ambition in our studio.

If you are an idealist, a visionary and unorthodox, please send your CV/ portfolio as PDF or a link to an online presentation to philipp@pch-innovations.com.

Job Description

Most of the time we have two to three interns, each for a minimum period of 6 months. Currently we are looking for a full-time intern in our Berlin Studio. As an intern you will assist the project leader and the other team members and you offer general support in the studio – all that in a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment.

As we are working with clients from various industries such as automotive, luxury goods, transportation & logistics, ceramic, ICT industry, etc., you would presumably support us on at least 1-2 innovation projects at the same time.

Your Profile

  • Renowned design academy / crafts education
  • Excellent coordination and communication skills
  • Able to perform fast and very targeted in-depth research analysis
  • Able to translate research work into meaningful and actionable ideas
  • Team player
  • Solid English language skills
  • Hands-on mentality
  • Eye for detail
  • Solid in Rhino and Solidworks skills
  • Knowledge of rhino scripting (grasshopper) and Open GL scripting very welcome
  • Skills in Maya of 3Dstudio are considered an asset
  • Affinity with design is a must, a relevant education a plus
  • Solid Keynote, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign skills (Mac)
  • Basic film editing skills would be great

Your Background

Your studies (advanced track) are preferably in the fields of Engineering, Design, Arts & Media – other disciplines are welcomed as well.

Compensation

We offer a salary for a full-time internship of 650€/month. A permanent position after the internship is an option.

Hire
for
Visual
Designer

Hire for a Visual Designer to lead and provide visual design solutions

We are looking for a passionate and dedicated visual designer, who is a storyteller through his/ her relevant and engaging designs, and champions the impact of design on the human experience

Job Description

The visual designer we are looking for will be responsible for solidly researching, beautifully designing, and functionally prototyping new rituals and experiences. Deliverables we expect include design sketches, renderings, functional mockups, prototypes, production of visual assets, and documentation required for proper implementation. The candidate should feel comfortable and flourish in a fast-paced, continuously evolving, and impact driven environment.

The designer needs to be a holistic thinker and diplomat who can push his / her colleagues. The designer will work with a dense team of passionate designers, computer scientists, engineers, researchers, media artists, filmmakers, etc. to create and execute on design deliverables for various projects. The designer will also work with the key stakeholders in the given projects to make sure to meet our clients’ and our own aspirations and requirements. The projects will range from very focused and requirement driven client projects to very open, almost experimental prototypes and proof of concepts.

The essential duties of this position include discovering and anticipating continuously changing aesthetic micro & macro forces that are shaping the world – through primary and secondary design research. The candidate is a design fiction expert and maker with a passion for creating beautiful and useful things. He/ she has a strong foundation of visual design skills, and can apply them in multiple contexts. He/ she participates at all stages of a project, from research, strategy, and sketching concepts to the creation of detailed designs and prototypes.

The visual designer is comfortable talking about design approaches and solutions, scoping design and implementation projects, and actively interacting with our clients.

YOUR Duties

  • Working in our fast-paced working environment, both independently and as an integral part of our crew; enthusiasm for an iterative design process, driven by team and client critique
  • Translating future consumer needs & rituals, technical and material realities, brand attributes and business needs into compelling products and experiences, which embody a positive but truly innovative experience
  • Applying a solid understanding of the (early) product development process, while at least demonstrating empathy for key manufacturing aspects
  • Managing the technical connection between visual and functional design elements
  • Possessing broad general knowledge of design trends and challenging them
  • Hands‐on model making experience
  • Critical thinking with an excellent visual & aesthetic design sense – visual storytelling
  • Reliably judging and contributing to design projects from research to ideation / concept and implementation
  • Distilling complex requirements & constraints and quickly turning these into design ideas that reflect a range of engaging, relevant and beautiful solutions

REQUIREMENTS/ QUALIFICATIONS

  • A curious, observant and holistic thinker
  • In-depth understanding of and sophisticated skills in graphic design, product design, industrial design and brand identity
  • Track record in designing products or experiences that have both physical and digital components
  • Basic understanding of the Design Fiction methodology and user-centered design principles and methodologies
  • Ability to quickly understand our clients’ existing style guides and brand guidelines
  • Ability to manage ambiguity, work autonomously and multi-task in an agile innovation studio
  • A demonstrated proficiency in industry tools for 2D, 3D, graphics, animation and motion
  • Solid skills and opinion in typography, layout, color, and brand systems
  • Having the confidence, the smiles & vibes to rock a Keynote presentation and to face/ lead the client
  • Capacity and strong willingness to link the usually unconnected planes, like arts & science, emotions & technology
  • Flawless English – ideal communication, verbal & written
  • Rapid Prototyping skills are a plus
  • Prior work experience within a technical/ innovation environment is a plus
  • Experience and interest in Generative Design is a plus-plus
  • Must be able to work at our Berlin studio, with willingness to travel occasionally

BACKGROUND

Preferably you have a Bachelor's or even Master's degree in Design plus 3-5 years of professional experience as a Visual Designer in the areas of Product, Industrial, Transportation, or Graphic Design.

MOONSHOT QUIZ

Please include your visual or written/ physical or digital response to the following question in your cover letter: How far is far?

If you are an idealist, a visionary and unorthodox, please send your portfolio that showcases diverse tools, levels of execution and projects to philipp@pch-innovations.com.

Hire
for
Tech
Lead

PCH INNOVATIONS is always looking to hire technology & material experts to support and evolve our innovative software and hardware product and service solutions. If you're passionate about development and are looking for an opportunity to be part of a growing organization in a startup environment, let us know. You'll be working closely with our research, design and engineering teams, to help develop meaningful and impactful products for the future.

Job Description

  • You drive our advanced product development process
  • You are the link between our innovation/ invention work and our clients' industrialization process
  • You provide the technical/ materialized connection between aesthetic and functional design elements
  • You translate user needs, technical realities, brand attributes and business needs into compelling products that embody an unique experience

Your Profile

  • Renowned engineering or material research academy
  • Excellent collaborative skills
  • Experience in processing the design-technology convergence
  • Access to an in-depth, future-oriented but marketable material library
  • Highly networked into the academic and science world
  • Preferable areas of expertise: nano-materials, lightweight materials, robotics, micro-mechanics
  • You have hands‐on model making skills
  • You master 3D CAD (Maya, Rhino)

If you are an idealist, a visionary and unorthodox, please send your CV/ portfolio as PDF or a link to an online presentation to philipp@pch-innovations.com.

Hire
for
Design
Researcher

PCH INNOVATIONS is looking for a Design Researcher to guide and inspire our project teams into uncovering meaningful insights that drives great invention and innovation for our clients.

This job is important for us because great design is born out of in-depth, scientific research, which leads our clients and teams through a journey of discovering insights and dreamtelligent inspiration, and contribute to all phases of our invention and innovation process. Society and technology continue to evolve at unbelievable speeds, therefore PCH INNOVATIONS needs a design researcher to help pushing the boundaries of how we search for insights and inspiration.

Job Description

  • Work on projects within a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, designers, engineers, coders whose work is unique in the design fiction/ innovation world
  • Be responsible for structuring innovation research, backsight-foresight and leading the internal and client teams through fieldwork, powerful and engaging scenarios and beyond-the-known sense making
  • Connect key insights to design, collaborate with teammates to create innovative products, services, spaces, interactions and experiences
  • Experience the process of great ideas emerging from a deep understanding of our times, the future, the past, human-technology and human-nature convergence
  • Travel to diverse labs, industries, our experts and to various regions, to explore diverse cultural markers, life philosophies, human behavior, values, likes/ dislikes, ethics, etc.

Your Profile

  • Fluent in English, good at German speaking and writing
  • 3 to 6 years of qualitative research experience cumulating in a sound ability to scope a research process, lead fieldwork, conduct interviews and do desk research
  • Ability to synthesize research findings (sense making), uncover and articulate insights that will inform and inspire inventions and innovations
  • Ability to work flexibly and efficiently, exercise a balance between research rigor and inspiration
  • Passion and pulse for the dynamics of our times

If you are an idealist, a visionary and unorthodox, please send your CV/ portfolio as PDF or a link to an online presentation to philipp@pch-innovations.com.

Hire
for
Research
Specialist

PCH INNOVATIONS is looking for a Innovation Fore-/ Backsight Research Specialist, who will be a key member of PCH’s innovation teams, dedicated to help our innovation teams, dedicated to actively contribute to PCH strategic decisions, and also share these insights with our clients to develop innovative, meaningful and exciting experiences.

Job Description

The qualified candidate will be a member of a cross-disciplinary team of researchers, designers, filmmakers, coders and engineers in an open, collaborative, and creative environment. The essential duties of this position include discovering and anticipating continuously changing micro and macro forces that are shaping the world – through primary and secondary research.

The selected candidate will need to continuously collect, analyze and synthesize diverse research inputs into new knowledge and understanding for different parts of our projects. It will be a main responsibility of this position to provide project support for complex, international innovation projects, working with our teams, corporate clients and our outside partners from start-ups, labs, academia and various innovative institutions.

The Foresight Researcher will compile and design presentations, videos, other highly communicative tools that inform and inspire our diverse external & internal audiences, while participating in conceptualization, ideation and innovation processes.

We are looking for a passionate, self-motivated and talented researcher who works highly efficient and methodical – with a good eye for detail and a proactive approach to performance and accuracy.

Research within PCH INNOVATIONS covers a whole range of various disciplines including Neuroscience, AI, Robotics, Digital Manufacturing, Nanotechnologies, Biotechnology, Energy & Environmental Systems, Bioinformatics, Material Science, Politics, Economy, Sociology, Consumer Insights, Ethics, etc.

Your Duties

  • Working in our fast-paced working environment, both independently and as an integral part of our crew
  • Compiling information from a wide variety of sources and then interpreting and presenting the aggregated/ translated results and recommendations
  • Accurately monitoring, investigating, analyzing, and documenting all micro-macro information in our various databases (we don’t do trend reports!)
  • Collaborating with our innovation project teams and partners to apply the research results and develop new methods, products or other innovation practices
  • Devising or helping to open up proposals for new research and innovation fields
  • Possibly applying for scientific research/ innovation funding and grants

Your Profile

  • Experience conducting primary exploratory qualitative research and analysis, driven by boundless creativity, curiosity and follow-through
  • Appetite for weak signals and secondary research, able to read broadly and dive deep into relevant data – hands-on mentality but eye for detail
  • Ability to perform fast and targeted in-depth research analysis, using diverse inputs to help our team to arrive at meaningful & executable innovation ideas, which meet the expectations of our clients
  • Capability to convey the implications of research clearly with high level of accuracy
  • Experience with the application of scenario models for exploring implications and responses to e.g. continuous global change, exponential innovation, etc.
  • Capacity to quickly digest & translate a very large scope of researches into concise and actionable next steps with simple visuals, in a variety of engaging and tangible formats
  • Capacity and strong willingness to link the usually unconnected, like arts & science, emotions & techs
  • Readiness to challenge existing thinking along all aspects of the innovation process
  • Excellent coordination and communication skills, having a positive personality as well as being confident and outgoing
  • Flawless English – ideal communication, verbal & written
  • Computer savvy and experienced in digital data input – proficient especially in Keynote, MS Word, MS Powerpoint, MS Excel skills (all Mac)
  • Willingness to travel
  • Willingness to quickly increase his/her own responsibilities

Your Background

Preferably you have a Bachelor's or even Master's degree in Applied (Social) Sciences, Industrial Design, Business Strategy or in related fields plus 2-3 years of experience using qualitative and quantitative fore-/ backsight techniques within academia, government, or business.

If you are an idealist, a visionary and unorthodox, please send your CV/ portfolio as PDF or a link to an online presentation to philipp@pch-innovations.com.