Terese Alstin founder of NO SIR

"...it is all about prioritizing your resources and making smart choices." - Terese Alstin founder of NO-SIR

Recognised globally as a design pioneer,  Malmö based Terese Alstin is pushing forward a new dynamic in the design industry, with her latest venture NO-SIR.

Tell us more about why you studied Industrial Design and how your career developed from this field of study? I studied Industrial Design because it is a very creative profession, focused on problem solving and making life better. 

In the final year of my studies I did a joint master's thesis with Anna Haupt, where we developed the concept of an airbag for cyclists called Hövding. This became our full time commitment, spending the following ten years developing a product that most people thought was impossible, raising +150 million EUR in venture capital and building a successful company.

Last winter we both decided to leave the company and I decided to start a new venture. Something that really motivates me, allowing me to keep growing, make decisions and provide the freedom to speak my mind.

Explain the idea behind NO-SIR and what are your future plans with the project? NO-SIR is a commercial platform and design brand showcasing “Kickass” Female Designers in the field of interior design.

NO SIR is my contribution to provide more equality and diversity in the design business.

Ranina Strohmer

"...the first thing to think about if you want to build up a business is that you need to invest time and money" - Ranina Strohmer.

Born In Madrid and raised in Munich with a South African, Indian and Bavarian background. Ranina Strohmer founder of Ranina-Shop.de provides worldly insight into balancing life as a parent, running a business and being creative.

Tell us about your career as a designer and why did you start your own business? After my A levels I successfully completed an apprenticeship as a carpenter. I then changed my education focus, as I wanted to study architecture, but I found more suitable options for studying in London, these were not as technical or static as studying architecture. With this I completed a one year foundation course including graphic design/fine arts/product design/textiles and after which I went on to study graphic design within a three year BA(Hons) degree.

Following this I moved back to Munich and worked in several advertising agencies to gather experience and knowledge. After several years I wanted more independence and room for my own creativity. So I started working as a freelance graphic designer for agencies, companies and smaller clients. My work had become a business of it's own and was very successful, then my daughter was born.

I had to rethink my situation and find something I could do using the short time frames I had within organizing my new family life. I wanted to do something useful, and fun at the same time. I taught myself how to sew and started to make clothes for my daughter but this wasn’t professional enough for me. So I created the concept of an online shop for kids clothing from small but professional and independent labels.

2015 Sports Wrap-up - Remembering Jules Bianchi - Copyright: David Acosta Allely Image Credit: David Acosta Allely / Shutterstock.com

2015 Sports Wrap-up - Remembering Jules Bianchi - Copyright: David Acosta Allely Image Credit: David Acosta Allely / Shutterstock.com

A FirstStep.me feature,

World football body Fifa shifted the focus from the on field antics of sport to the alleged backroom (or should that be boardroom?) shenanigans of professional sport. Football might find itself in a somewhat jaded position right now, but rugby provided the necessary bullish grunt to keep the game firmly position on the field.

The 2015 Rugby World Cup hosted by England was an epic tournament, arguably presenting the best Rugby World Cup from the minnows’ perspective. The New Zealand All Blacks became the first country to successfully defend their World Cup crown and also win the tournament for a record third time (1987, 2011 and 2015). But it was the brave Japanese team who won the hearts of rugby fans across the world when they defeated the South African Springboks in the first round. Don’t forget South Africa have won the Rugby World Cup twice, on home soil in 1995 and in France in 2007. Japan’s brave victory over the South Africans goes to show just what can be achieved through hard work, passion and sheer determination.

I am No One by Patrick Flanery

Set in the post-Snowden era of creeping surveillance of ordinary citizens and everyday life, I Am No One explores how a world without privacy is a world without freedom of expression.

Jeremy O'Keefe, a middle-aged Professor of History, returns to his native New York after a decade teaching at Oxford, hoping to reconnect with his daughter and rebuild the life he left behind. He settles into the rhythm of a too- empty life, long evenings alone after a day teaching students he barely knows. Then a strange encounter with a young man who presumes an acquaintance he doesn't remember and a series of disconcerting events leave him with a growing conviction that he is being watched.

Star Wars

Best of 2015 and what to expect in 2016 -Star Wars: The Force Awakens - © 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved.

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Superheros, spies and galaxy adventures seem to be dominating the planet's viewership! But online streaming is breaking borders with Netflix making massive inroads into the market.

Whilst the world seems broken, Hollywood, movie and television makers are still churning out the proverbial imagination into reality.

It has been a while since a hard hitting magical movie that changed perceptions and broke borders has lead at the Box Office. Sure there are charming and edgy films out there which draw an audience, but it seems it will be a while before we see a film like All the Presidents Men draw a crowd as a big as the Avengers: Age of Ultron.