Design & Data’s Company Holiday

Flight over Cologne showing the cathedral (Dom) and Christmas Markets. Image credit: Neuwieser, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0. Generic

An exciting year ends and we are looking forward to the New Year 2016 ­– our 5th year. In the meantime our offices close from 19th December 2015 to 4th January 2016.

2015 has been another exciting year. Our team has grown considerably and we have been very active with a range of exciting projects throughout the year.

We started the year by producing a corporate video for the European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP) about the operation of EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service that provides added precision for positioning data.

In April, we supported the first ever Startup Weekend Space in Europe (Bremen, Germany) and continue to support the space startup scene. We took part in a follow-on workshop together with a Fireside Chat in September and mentored a further Startup Weekend Space: Gdansk that took place in October.

Supporting outreach for the ESA Rosetta mission continues to be an important part of what we do. 2015 saw the release of a 6th and 7th cartoon episode, which culminated the adventure of our space duo as Philae touched down on Comet 67P and the comet reached perihelion. August saw the arrival of the Rosetta plush toy in the Rosetta Shop, which we manage on behalf of ESA, and has proven to be very popular among fans. We also wrote a paper for the International Astronautical Congress 2015 (IAC2015) about the effect of empathy the characters have generated among audiences. Together with ESA we have won several awards including “New Media” at the EuroPAWS Awards. We also received a further nomination for the “Deutscher Preis für Online Kommunikation”, the German Award for Online Communication.

In addition to the Rosetta cartoons, we also produced an animated clip for the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) that visualises the mechanism whereby the organisation creates accurate weather predictions. We now also offer livestreaming and supported events at Earth Explorer Meeting 8 (EE8) User Consultation Meeting in Krakow, Poland and TEDxESA. We look forward to further events in the coming year.

An exciting opportunity for the team this year was travelling to Nairobi, Kenya, for the EUMETSAT series of videos on EUMETSAT and Africa. We have produced a series of videos that involved filming and editing of a series of interviews that will be published shortly on the EUMETCAST website and YouTube channels.

In 2016, we look forward to following British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the International Space Station. We produced videos in March for the UK Space Agency, which encouraged school children to take part in his mission. More recently we recorded a series of clips for a variety of education projects that Tim is supporting. Tim launched on Tuesday and we wish him the very best of luck for his six month stay on the ISS.

We would like to express our gratitude towards all of our customers and partners for their support and the exceptional collaborations during the past twelve months. We also like to thank the internet community who followed our productions and sent us their kind feedback.

As we enter our 5th year in operation, we look forward to even more exciting projects. Meanwhile we wish you all a very merry holiday season and a great start to the New Year 2016.

Yours, Team of Design & Data

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