Recognize - Question - Optimize

Our team of experts develops and produces tactile plans and graphics as well as semi-reliefs and tactile replicas, models and interactive objects. Including Braille, of course. We implement your requirements with an interdisciplinary team and optimize user-friendliness in tests until the optimum result is achieved.

Examples of applications are exhibits, handouts, accompanying material and brochures, building and site plans, functional models.

As an inclusion consultant I will assist you in the planning, development and testing of accessible buildings, exhibitions, products or events.

Examples of applications include aesthetic visual, acoustic and electronic navigation systems and floor guidance systems, building and site maps, but also transfer of sign language and text translation into easy language.

I am also happy to share my expertise with you if you want to develop, optimize or test product packaging and products with different target groups.

Examples of applications are products and outer packaging that are supplemented with Braille or designed with it. From household equipment and household chemicals to food and other household goods.

Services

Consulting and management of inclusive projects and products, quality assurance

Whether it’s iterative development in the classical optimization process or disruptive innovation in a modern design thinking process – my experience as a creative thinker, conscientious product manager, critical quality manager and prudent usability optimizer is the best basis for the agile development of great, inclusive products. I consult museums, product producers, business associations, public institutions, design and advertising agencies and philanthropists.

Making companies, departments and products ready for the inclusive future

My experience in leading positions and in projects in the range of one to 60 employees as well as budget responsibility from “it should cost nothing” up to several million Euros cannot be replaced. Regardless of whether conventional or new paths are taken in individual cases – whether the stomach or the head should decide. As a manager and good team player and motivator, I challenge and promote the competence and performance of my colleagues in order to achieve the set goals.

Representative, Speaker and Lecturer

Representation

  • 2011 and ongoing:    President and representative of the non-profit organization “Anderes Sehen e.V.”
  • From 2002-2004 chairman of the board of the multimedia association interface!berlin e.V.

committee work

  • From 2018 Independent expert for the European Commission in Brussels and Luxembourg.
  • 2013/14: Berlin Senate: Working Group “Special Educational Support” Focus on Vision, Project Group Inclusion

Awards

Ehrung der „Ausgezeichneten Orte 2018“. Für #goinclusive stehen Ellen Schweizer und Steffen Zimmermann auf der Bühne.
Ehrung der „Ausgezeichneten Orte 2018“. Für #goinclusive stehen Ellen Schweizer und Steffen Zimmermann auf der Bühne.
  • 2018: Awarded site in Germany the “Land of Ideas” for #goinclusive
  • 2016: PSD Zukunftspreis
  • 2014: Awarded site in Germany the “Land of Ideas” for providing mobility to blind children
  • 2013: German Prize for Civic Engagement (finalist) and Audience Award
  • 1998: “One of the most beautiful books” of Germany

Lectures / Presentations

Vortrag Change im Museum: Inklusion verankern von Steffen Zimmermann und Ellen Schweizer
Vortrag zu “Change im Museum: Inklusion verankern” von Steffen Zimmermann und Ellen Schweizer
  • 2018: at the FOCUS Museum 2018: Change Management in the museum: “Successful transition to a ‘Museum for All’ Anchoring Inclusion. Positive attitude from colleagues. Dealing with resistance.”
  • 2017: Humboldt-University Berlin: Guest lecture “Inklusion als Motor des Wandels”
  • 2014: Mercedes-Benz Bank: Presentation “Förderung blinder Kinder”
  • 2013: SAMS-Award: Presentation “Förderung blinder Kinder”
  • 1998: FU, Freie Universitaet Berlin: Guest lecture “The Internet”
  • 1997: TU, Technische Universitaet Berlin: Presentations “The Internet”

 Lectureships

  • 1998–2000:   Lectureship for „Online-Media – Concept and Design“ LetteVerein Berlin, faculty for design
  • 1993–1998:   Lectureship „design for on- and offline media“, University of the Arts Berlin
  • 1992:   Lectureship „conceptual design“, University of the Arts Berlin

Seminars / Seminar rows

  • 1997 to 2000: bbw Bildungswerk der Wirtschaft
  • 1997 to 2000: L4 Berufsfachschule, department of media design
  • 1997 to 1998: Forum Berufsbildung

Profile

Steffen Zimmermann

As a designer, product developer and innovator, I am also at your disposal as a competent and experienced consultant and manager for accessible products and the implementation of inclusion in business, culture, education and the public sector.

Rely on know-how in product development, design and ‘usability for all’, digital media as well as corporate design and marketing. Visual, verbal and non-verbal as well as written communication is on an equal footing with me.

To rethink things and processes is one of my strengths that will lead you to noticeable optimization and disruptive innovation. Furthermore, I am an expert and visionary in technologies and strategies for blind people. I stand for inclusion.

What you get

  • Ability to manage complex tasks.
  • High quality awareness, overview and detail view.
  • High social competence, coachig of staff and management.
  • Ability to work independently, leadership skills, very good communication skills.
  • Integrated thinking: technology, usability, branding and corporate design.
  • Ability of new ways of thinking, approaches and perspectives. Ability of disruptive innovation.
  • Experience in restructuring and process optimization, especially in growing companies / departments.
  • Strong affinity for socio-technological trends and technologies.
  • Experience with agile processes (SCRUM and KANBAN).

Language Skills

  • German : mother tongue
  • English : fluent
  • French : basic knowledge
  • Italian : basic knowledge

Education

Visual Communication Graduated Diploma Designer (1,0) at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK)

Methods and Tools

I enjoy working in agile processes and companies. Therefore I support the use of SCRUM, KANBAN, Design Thinking and Personas.

Further Qualification

  • Change Management: Leadership in Change Processes
  • Communication Training: Collegial Counseling
  • Communication Training: Staff Conversations
  • Moderation
  • VoiceOver, Braille