we are precious,
a design studio from Hamburg.

There are four main parts of content on this website. We named them work, tools, journal and artefacts.

The first one, work, is a list of projects we’ve been involved with.¹ The ones that are missing, we have either forgot or wanted to forget. Some top secret missions, for which we signed non-disclosure agreements with our blood, are not listed as well, obviously.²

Tools is an overview of the software and plug-ins we developed. We did them primarily to solve our own problems, but since other designers have similar challenges, we put them out there, hoping that people will find them useful.

Part 3 is a kind of journal.³ Its raison d'être is to force ourselves to reflect on a regular basis. But it may also help the reader to understand how we think, work and practise.

The fourth part is a growing, loose collection of images. Similar to the journal, but in a more visual way, these sketches, photos, ephemera let you develop a perception of us.

We hope that this website gives you an idea about precious and what it’s like to work with us, either as a team member, collaborator or client. If that somehow has peaked your interest, let’s get in touch.

  1. We didn’t list one-off workshops and other small projects.
  2. If you are looking for a proper portfolio, we have to disappoint you. We don’t have one at the moment. Here are some excuses, pick your favourite.

    A: We are so focussed to deliver the best work for our clients that we don’t have time to do it.

    B: We didn’t have an online-portfolio for more than 6 years, but somehow people still contacted us and worked with us. So... why bother?

    C: Since we worked exclusively for one client in the last 2,5 years, we don’t have any recent projects to show besides that one client, enfore. Although we did a ton of different work for enfore, a portfolio with just one client feels strange to us. And padding it with 3-year old projects also doesn’t feel right.

    That being said, if you want to see some of our work, just contact us and we'll show you something.
  3. Remember the weeknotes? This is something similar, but for now we go with a less strict interval. Let’s see how it pans out.
  4. It also serves an archiving function. Sometimes we wish we had saved more artefacts of our precious existence. While trying to live in the present moment and work towards the future, a little nostalgia is like a warm blanket on a crisp autumn day.