Vicky Arndt and Chris Black from the Munich design studio gravity will be visiting us to talk about innovation, design thinking and, above all, design doing.

Sense & Surprise About observation and inspiration to new products.
Observing and understanding human needs is one thing, interpreting and translating them into design is the real challenge. Human Centered Innovation – gravity reports from the field


Vicky Arndt is a founding partner of gravity. She studied communication design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts in Kiel and has worked in graphic design, marketing and advertising for over 12 years. Recently, her work has focused mainly on research, service design and interaction design from the perspective of user experience. Before starting her own company, Vicky worked at IDEO Munich where she deepened her knowledge in user-centred innovation and product development.


Christopher Black is a senior design engineer and project manager at gravity. He holds a Masters in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal Collage of Art and Imperial College in London and Elisava Technical College of Design in Barcelona. He enjoys working across disciplines and has a passion for experimental design. Before joining gravity, he worked as a hydraulics, plastics and packaging engineer at Fluidra Group and as a concept designer for Lego Concept Lab.
gravity bases his work on the methods of design thinking and a user-centred creative process to develop innovative solutions. This is a fluid, iterative process in which the team tries to make all decisions based on qualitative observations of human behaviour in real life. With the concept “Food Thinking”, gravity landed among the finalists for Fastcompany’s Innovation By Design Award this year.


Don’t miss this lecture full of “Sense & Surprise”!
We look forward to seeing you in large numbers.

Many thanks also to our two graduates Ephraim Ebertshäuser and Alexander Legath, who each designed a poster for this Lunch Time Talk.