Interview with designer Matthias Broda (MB), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Wooden Ebike Science Meets Sustainability.

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Interview with Matthias Broda at Wednesday 3rd of February 2016: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
MB : the main principle idea was to create an e-vehicle, with a mostly regulated CO2 balance.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
MB : By the principle idea we had to find a material that grows in your area, and would be able to fulfil the requirements.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
MB : to create an ecology-sensitive bike flotilla

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
MB : almost 2 years

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
MB : first it was pure inspiration than you want to bear this challange

DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
MB : that depends, didn´t made a decision yet

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
MB : driven by emotions

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
MB : no

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
MB : Potential owners are design affine city slickers with an environmental awareness – an ever­ expanding target group.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
MB : there is no other wooden ebike at this time at the market

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
MB : wooden ebike is what it means

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
MB : pencils, typical wood tools

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
MB : the shape

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
MB : with the cooperation with the Faculty of Wood Science and Technology of the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE)

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
MB : Science meets Sustainability

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
MB : to research, we had to create a torsion machine to learn which power will destroy the wood

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
MB : to get the best performance between thickness wood laminates, flexibility and weight

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
MB : we were ask to

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
MB : I was sure that it will work, but I would`t expect that it so long and it was difficult to control the impatience to ride the bike

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
MB : yes there should be more ideas around to move 80kg(a person) from A to B without the necessary to move also 2000kg(a car)