Bloc Thinking

Bloc Thinking
With a friendship forged in Poland, Jonathan Gall and Werner Puchert explore ideas and concepts that make designers and entrepreneurs like us tick. Join us as we feed our insatiable curiosity seeking answers to the questions relevant to our listeners from inside and outside Central Europe.

A candid discussion about the color of our skin
Jul 6 • 63 min
Werner and Jonathan sat down earlier last week to catch-up and discuss the current state of the world and how it is impacting them. They didn’t realize at that point the flood gate they were opening.
How not to run a podcast, but keep things going
Jun 3 • 25 min
In this episode, Werner and Jonathan start by talking about their never-ending quest to find balance in their separate lives. In addition to an update of the status of their respective work situation, they discuss the importance of taking breaks,…
#63 Big rig driver
May 17 • 2 min
What will happen if you did a podcast a day for 366 days? Finding Frequency is a one man’s journey to dial back into life to see the extraordinary in the ordinary one day at a time. This is episode #63, Big rig driver, and a salute to an uncle who died…
How to (re)design your life
Apr 27 • 29 min
Do you feel constantly having too many things that you absolutely have to do? We feel you… So many of us could fill their entire time awake only with tasks, whether they are professional, personal, or from hobbies. The paradox of that condition is that it…
How to read without forgetting key concepts
Apr 14 • 20 min
What is not to like about reading? What other media can engulf you in the wilderness of Alaska or the mind of a world leader at a critical moment of history, all from any place you would find fit for it. However, at a time when it’s never been easier to…
How are you doing?
Mar 30 • 29 min
The world has been upside-down for some months now as COVID-19 is transfigurating whole communities and creating a dreadful sense of fear in our collective psyche. So, in that context, what could happen in the mind of two solo-entrepreneurs at the dawn of…
How to write a winning proposal without anxiety and stress?
Mar 16 • 33 min
As an independent, either solo-entrepreneur, freelance or consultant, you constantly have to negotiate and prove your value to your (potential) clients. It is a painful exercise that very few are prepared to face at the start of their adventure.…
How to cope with remote work without losing your mind?
Mar 14 • 33 min
This week, we all discovered that the simple detail that was missing for companies around the world to suddenly discover the wonderful advantages of remote working was… a global pandemic. Now, millions of workers are supposed to become immediately…
How to turn distraction into action?
Mar 2 • 30 min
Every single January, most of us go through the same ritual: full of hope, we set up ambitious goals for ourselves for the new year. Then comes the installation of new productivity apps encouraged by pervasive App stores, persuading us that this is the…
How to avoid a painful start to your solo-entrepreneurship adventure?
Feb 17 • 28 min
Ah, the freedom of freelancing, of being your own boss! The concept of running your own business is enthralling, however, very few take the steps towards self-employment. And of those, a good amount drops out of the adventure after just a few months. Are…
How to create a winning podcast?
Feb 3 • 28 min
And we’re back! 2020, new year and new iteration for our beloved show Bloc Thinking. Starting today, during each episode, we will focus on a question that you asked us, during more focused shows that will last less than 30 minutes. Short, focused,…
Wait for us!
Jan 20 • 0 min
Wishing our listeners a prosperous 2020. Keep an ear out for us, Jono and Werner will be in your feed soon.
2020 a new decade full of promise!
Dec 23, 2019 • 28 min
It’s the end of the year and the traditional time for assessments. Both Werner and Jonathan reflect on what went well in 2019 and what they need to work on and improve in 2020. Werner talks about his desire to focus his efforts on structure and process…
Do you have any Business in Africa?
Dec 2, 2019 • 43 min
Werner and Jono just got back from Berlin and Amsterdam respectively. Jonathan was invited to speak about a project he’s doing in West Africa, and Werner attended the inaugural Event Design Collective Mastermind. Both events provided them with an…
We have a [business] dream to share
Nov 19, 2019 • 41 min
Jono and I want to create something else with this platform. Maybe it’s time to do something real, something that could gather our listeners around a topic we all care about. Let’s face it; we are tired about talking about senior, junior, UX vs UI … maybe…
Guerilla-gear for research and content creation
Nov 4, 2019 • 54 min
Buying the right gear and software for your business can cause headaches and unnecessary strain on your budget. Yet, sometimes you have to take the plunge, and we don’t blame you if you get excited about that new piece of kit. Werner’s excitement about a…
What’s going on in Jono’s head?
Oct 21, 2019 • 56 min
Jono’s hit a downer this week. I’m sure you’ve had the same in your business or freelancing practice. We share some honest thoughts and cheer each other up as we continue to be grateful for this adventure of ‘self-determination’ that we’re on. We also…
Finding truth between Zero and One
Oct 7, 2019 • 39 min
We gave each other a homework assignment, read ‘Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future’ by Peter Thiel. We share what we gained from this reading this book (and how it might benefit you).
Getting Loupe
Sep 23, 2019 • 50 min
Running your own business has its ups, downs and challenges. Jonathan and I share what we’ve been doing the last few week’s wrapping up with Jono’s review of the recent Framer Loupe 2019 event he attended in Amsterdam.
Variety is the spice of life, including your career
Sep 2, 2019 • 61 min
Ahmad Kadhim Head of Design @mytimesaved (Canada) joined us as a special co-host. Together we explore what it means to work remote and to leverage the freedom in a meaningful way. We ask whether formal studies still makes sense. What about having a varied…
Ship fast break things
Aug 12, 2019 • 63 min
Jono is on his way to Framer Loupe, and I still love Omnigraffle. Figma, Sketch, Framer and Jonathan’s awesome new business cards - yes he is a product manager. What do all this mean? We huddle together in a room to discuss all this and bid each other…
Bootstrapping a business, and crossing boundaries
Jul 23, 2019 • 51 min
Starting your own ‘sideshow’ requires some structure and planning, especially if you have to do it with limited additional investment. We dedicate the bulk of the show discussing a tool we created to help you structure your ideas and bootstrap your gig.…
Work, Health, Love, Play
Jul 8, 2019 • 61 min
Listen to your body; keep track of what you are eating and how you are keeping yourself busy. In the episode, Jonathan sign’s up for a gym membership, and Werner explores the world of intermittent fasting and tightening the belt on email and interruptions…
Staying productive when you’re the Boss
Jun 25, 2019 • 64 min
Productivity. A topic covered by a serial procrastinator and a man who takes his focus to the next level. Jonathan and I chat about our strategies and the software we use to keep ourselves focused and on track. Well, mostly.
Reflections from Product Camp Gdynia 2019
Jun 11, 2019 • 47 min
We reflect on some of the topics the speakers at Product Camp Gdynia sparked this year. Fads, methods, product development, foreign accents and Werner’s awesome new pencil are just some of the topics covered in this episode.
Life beyond the cubicle
May 7, 2019 • 56 min
Sometimes you just hit the record button to catch up with an old friend. Jonathan Gall and I reflect on our respective professional journeys since becoming self-employed here in Poland. The pitfalls and insights after beyond the safety of our former…
In the business of product (Feat. Maciej Saganowski)
Apr 15, 2019 • 53 min
Maciej Saganowski is the mastermind behind Ultimo Studio a boutique consultancy located in the North of Poland. His experience in Sales and Marketing has given him a strong business understanding which he believes will be a crucial skill as designers move…
Inspired by an interesting relationship with Loneliness (Feat. Experience Architect Damian Madray).
Apr 1, 2019 • 50 min
A prolific explorer and entrepreneur Damian Madray moved to Silicon Valley where he co-founded The Glint; a collective of creators with the aim to bring people together to connect in deeply authentic ways. This paved the way to his new project, a start-up…
TEDxWarsaw 2019, designing the red circle experience
Mar 18, 2019 • 71 min
Iryna Oleksiuk and Adam Liwiński is part of the volunteer team designing TEDxWarsaw 2019. Iryna takes care of event-experience while Adam, a TEDx veteran, is the project owner. We peek behind the (Polish) red circle to give you a taste of what (and who)…
Face-cream or a new server, you decide
Feb 4, 2019 • 61 min
No one ever said that it’s going to be easy starting your own business. Meet Joanna Skorupska, for a candid discussion on getting fired, discovering the maker movement and finding your calling in life (sometimes in the most remote and unexpected places).…
San Diego Sherrif’s Department Special
Jan 21, 2019 • 47 min
Starting the new year nice and easy with a few good books and perhaps some Tacos and a good Mexican beer. This episode was recorded in San Diego California and is a rundown of my favourite books of 2018. If you love reading about design, and topics…
Unlocking the rich harmonies of [Service] Design
Dec 5, 2018 • 61 min
Ever contemplate the similarities between Design and playing Jazz? Not only the interplay between musicians but also the courage required to get on stage to do the work. For Marina Terteryan a Service Designer and musician all the way from Los Angeles,…
It will be underwater and upside down
Nov 12, 2018 • 55 min
Paul Bulencea, is a Romanian Experience Designer, with an unquenchable need to play and explore the universe. He is the co-author of the book Gamification in Tourism and one of the founders of the College of Extraordinary Experiences a remarkable,…
‘Design through the Lens of Culture’
Oct 17, 2018 • 56 min
I invite you to look at design through the lens of Culture, with Olga Skoczylas. Olga is a Cultural Economist and co-owner of the Design Agency ‘Cultural Design’. In this episode, we cover culture, what it means and why it’s important but we don’t stop…
Structured experience design, adult pillow forts and a dungeon bar
Oct 3, 2018 • 58 min
Andrew Lacanienta is a Doctoral Candidate in Experience Design at Texas A&M University. He is a close friend who makes a yearly pilgrimage to our side of the world to attend the College of Extraordinary Experiences at Czhocha Castle, Poland. We took some…
Unlocking human potential one brick at a time
Sep 17, 2018 • 43 min
Michel Cloosterman from the Association of Master Trainers in the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® provides us with an insight into the method initiated by LEGO CEO Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen back in 1996.
Allow yourself to surprise yourself
Sep 3, 2018 • 54 min
What if you could practice what you preached? Well, Seth Minard, a former Interaction Designer at Cooper is an Example of that. Seth has turned the focus of his design practice inwards to re-design his life. Perhaps, transformation starts with the…
Mini-Episode - Tipping my hat to Jonathan Gall
Aug 27, 2018 • 8 min
We have a few short announcements and thought we’d try a Mini-Episode. Jonathan’s business is growing which is GREAT! However, it has a ripple effect on his involvement in this project as my co-host. We discuss this along with some news about our workshop…
A sneaky plan to get rid of Dinosaurs
Aug 19, 2018 • 55 min
Wojtek Kutyla values the ability of a designer to play the role of enabler, and we ‘absolutely’ agree with his approach. If you building something with a team of people they, we, are all busy with the act of creation. In his words, he has a sneaky plan to…
Olga, an agent of effective [marketing] communication
Aug 6, 2018 • 33 min
This week we are joined by Olga Kovalenko. She has found her niche in digital marketing and join us from Kiev, Ukraine where she applies her trade at Trionika as Marketing Team Lead. Here she focuses on email marketing; she’s fast to point out that the…
“Do what you love.”
Jul 23, 2018 • 45 min
Toto Castiglione, pragmatic leader, designer and Team Leader at Netguru takes some time out of his holiday to speak to us. He is a multi-disciplinary professional big picture thinker passionate about solving problems. He shares some insights around…
A curious soul solving modern challenges
Jul 9, 2018 • 38 min
Mariusz Ciesla is a Polish Product Designer who has an uncommon multidisciplinary background. Mariusz is a designer, a developer, a photograph and even more. Before all, he is someone who is curious about all things in life. It led him to work on an…
Friends, Romans, Machines listen to my voice!
Jun 25, 2018 • 52 min
Rafal Cymerys is a talented software engineer from Krakow (Poland) who realised that he was more than just a technologist; he is an explorer! Rafal is part of a team of brave explorers who are leading the way into the new and uncharted frontier of voice…
Honest, authentic, Aga.
Jun 11, 2018 • 72 min
From academia, corporate and being an owner of her own independent Experience Design consultancy it’s hard to find a design professional with more hands-on experience than Aga Szostek.
From practising UX to creating a learning platform; a journey in good design
May 28, 2018 • 46 min
After moving from Estonia to London, Sergei Golubev has made a name for himself in the world of Design. He built a great career as a designer and a major learning platform for UX Designers in Europe. Leading The School of UX and The UX Conference in…
‘Design is about being practical, and building something that works’
May 14, 2018 • 46 min
Hubert Turaj is the founder of Edisonda, well known and acknowledged UX Design outfits from Krakow Poland. He and his team have managed hundreds of multichannel experiences, starting out as a small circle of friends to a close-knit group delivering work…
Friendship, Partnership and hard work, Elements of Design
Apr 30, 2018 • 43 min
You have an opportunity to make a difference and be a designer of the extraordinary, no matter the medium. For Olga Rafalska and Paulina Kacprzak, it’s building a platform where designers can learn, share and co-create
A digital specialist with an analogue secret in his back pocket
Apr 16, 2018 • 58 min
Responsive in many ways, from web design, podcasting, newsletters and a custom Pocket Books range Justin Avery is a Designer unable to sit still. Originally from Australia, sprouting roots in the UK, he is a thought leader and the creator of…
A little research, goes a long way
Apr 2, 2018 • 54 min
If you want to create experiences people love you have to leave the studio to observe, engage and listen. Kasia Gawlik, born and bred in Warsaw (Poland), is a UX Research Manager with over 15 years experience in Research.
Practice makes [for great learnings]
Mar 19, 2018 • 50 min
Nicole Saidy is a global citizen and talented digital nomad passionate about travel, design, collaboration and mentorship. She has more than 7 years experience in front-end design, user experience, active prototyping, digital products and shaping new…
Honest stories from a poor lonesome product guy
Mar 5, 2018 • 51 min
Shaping products through the art of storytelling is just one of the many things that drive Nicolas Vérité. He has over 20 years experience and has held various roles from product owner, scrum master, agile coach to a product manager.
Life’s a journey [map]
Feb 19, 2018 • 59 min
Yuri Vedenin is the founder of an online platform for visualising and managing Customer and User Experience. He hails from Belarus and represents an interesting combination of UX Designer, Entrepreneur and Engineer.
‘Serving the design, team, business and not your ego.’
Feb 5, 2018 • 39 min
Meet our friend Sophie Freiermuth, a Senior User Experience Designer and independent consultant from the UK. Sophie whips products into shape and embodies the confident servant leader needed to shape effective teams and product. This show is chock-full of…
Red Pill, Blue Pill? (feat. Maciej Jakubowski)
Jan 31, 2018 • 30 min
Maciej Jakubowski asked his audience, “Red Pill or Blue Pill?” Intrigued? Amongst many of his accolades and experience, Maciej’s also the (former) Head of Service Design at Alior Bank.
UX and Agile, finding the right balance (feat. Jeremy Kriegel)
Jan 30, 2018 • 20 min
Jeremy Kriegel has more than 20 years design experience and is an authority when it comes to adapting UX to agile methodologies and finding the right balance to build successful Agile teams.
Strive to be the best you can be (feat. Lynn Skotnitsky)
Jan 29, 2018 • 14 min
With a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to change, Lynn supports individuals on their journey of personal mastery, and guides teams, organizations and communities to co-create environments that bring out the best in people.
Building bridges through education (feat. Edyta Korona)
Jan 26, 2018 • 21 min
“Central Europe has the potential to be more than merely another outsourcing hub!”, Meet our friend and benefactor Edyta Korona from Innovators’ Bridge.
Power of ‘Team’ (feat. Przemek Gawroński)
Jan 25, 2018 • 14 min
We know how important teamwork is right? Przemek Gawroński knows how to turn individuals into stronger teams.
Driving meaningful change (feat. SuiLin Yap)
Jan 24, 2018 • 19 min
SuiLin Yap wants to change the world for the better by building stronger economies. Whilst on this quest she also finds the time to be a Product Manager at Facebook in Seattle where she takes care of B2B analytics solution.
No Ninja’s, just meaningful experience design (feat. Dan Maccarone)
Jan 23, 2018 • 29 min
He might not be the French president but he is an 18 year UX industry stalwart and owner of Charming Robot in New York City. Dan shares his thoughts on the parallels that can be drawn between theatre and User Experience Design.
A future full of exponential opportunities (feat. Anitha Vadavatha)
Jan 22, 2018 • 30 min
Anitha Vadavatha is a global innovation strategist and futurist all the way from Silicon Valley, San Francisco.