12 of 12: A day in May 2023

It’s the 12th of May. I document this random workday with 12 photos. While taking these photos and writing the captions, I feel grateful for my health, my work, and the people with whom I have been able to connect in my life.

1/12: My day starts with a Thai milk tea. I save teabag waste by using loose tea leaves and a metal filter.
2/12: I start to work at home as I notice I won’t make it to the office on time before my meeting with Maiken, the motion designer, starts. To prepare myself for the meeting, I do some material and colour tests with the 3D cell. It’s for the augmented reality (AR) installation we are working on together.
3/12: After the meeting, I go to the Institute by public transport. When I get there, I am horrified to see that the lawn with all the flowers has been mowed! We kill our environment 😖!!! Maybe I should do a campaign against mowing the lawns on the university grounds?
4/12: I have a quick lunch at the university canteen. I feel flattered every time the cashiers ask me if I’m still a student 😅.
5/12: On my way back to the office, I pass by a poster I have designed to promote our graduate program.
6/12: I work on the Institute’s new intranet. The current one is an outdated html page that is difficult to navigate and update. The new one will be much more user friendly.
7/12: As agreed this morning, Maiken sends me a link to a new AR cell test with the metallic finish. It’s not bad. My colleague Lukas is impressed. However, it will take many more steps until the cell looks irresistible to the lay audience.
8/12: It’s time to leave the office to go to the birthday theatre event of an old client, in Darmstadt, a city approximately 30 km south of Frankfurt. As there won’t be food, I buy a butter pretzel and eat it on the train.
9/12: In Darmstadt, I take a bus to the city centre. Out of the bus window, I take a look at the logo of the Darmstadt Chamber of Industry and Commerce I designed 20 years ago. It’s always nice to see my work being used. Especially, for such a long time.
10/12: My old client Gerd Ohlhauser has invited 110 guests to a theatre event for his 75th birthday. I am guided to a table with other designers and artists who have worked with him. We can easily connect.
11/12: The show with Walter Renneisen starts, a very famous Hessian dialect artist. He is 83 years old and unbelievably energetic! The first round of nonstop slapsticks takes one full hour. The audience bawls with laughter.
12/12: I walk alone to the train station and am grateful for living in a very safe country.
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By Shau Chung Shin

I am a designer, businesswoman and founder of HAHAHA Global and Gesund in MeinerStadt. I develop solutions and products that encourage an open and positive approach to taboos. In doing so, I contribute to a healthier and more peaceful world.

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