On the fifth day...

Beyond the 4-day work week at IXDS.
Imagine you could work at your agency job exactly how much you wanted to. Imagine that this job allowed you to work on your own business idea, accept a teaching assignment, run your own arts and crafts business, spend more time with your family, or intensify your sporty, cultural or social side. This is the reality at IXDS. Since the very start of its existence – more than 10 years ago – everyone at the company has been on a 4-day or 32-hour work week.

We strongly believe that letting go and taking a step back boosts everyone´s creativity. Also, we see that the personal needs of the IXDS team members change over time. And as an organization we aim to cater to all these different needs. If you would like to work on a business idea on the side, you can do this on the Friday or, even better, work on it as part of your IXDS engagement and bring it to life with our very own IXDS labs. If you're keen on teaching kids how to code or design, then we'll help you organize a kids' designathon. We will make sure that we provide you with the IXDS office space to be able to do so. Or if you're ready for a family, you can be assured that you can still stick with your original dream job.

The 32-hour work week is just the starting point. We are striving to find solutions to allow for more flexibility, more time off if you need to focus on something else, or even more work time if you would like to push for something extra within IXDS. We are a bunch of people driven by building great services and products, be it inside our IXDS jobs or outside. We are not driven by full pay. We are keen on working with inspiring people on inspiring projects that create an impact.

Here are a few examples of what our people do on their fifth day:

Wooden Jewelry

Marlene Fischer likes to spend her extra time working on her small wooden jewelry label “Lieschen Mueller”. She has grown this from initially making necklaces for friends of friends into a small business. Marlene sells her pieces at designers’ markets and pop-up stores in Munich and Lindau. The website is coming soon! In the meantime, you can check out her pieces on the Lieschen Mueller Facebook page.  

Smart Gloves

In his spare time, Frederik Dühsler supports the project MediGlove. The interdisciplinary team of designers, coders and technicians involved are focusing on a new user experience in the context of medical examination, and are currently working on developing a new prototype. Check it out in the video below! 

Project MediGlove Ⓒ Investitions- und Marketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt
Special City Tours

Tanja Dränert is an experienced guide giving specialized city tours to locals and visitors who would like to explore Munich from new perspectives. If you would like to really get to know Munich’s old town or indulge in the culinary side of the city check out her tours at munimondo.de


On his Fridays Dominik Witzke teaches interaction design methods and design culture at the University of Applied Sciences in Schwäbisch Gmünd. He enables his students to question and discuss the influence of digitalization on our culture. Here you can find insights from two his students: Sabrina Leinmüller and Isabel Cutrona


 Besides spending time with her little son, Nancy Birkhölzer has been following a deep interest in Ayurvedic medicine. Over the last 15 years, Nancy has been focusing her extra time on exploring this ancient philosophy and becoming a trained massage therapist. She also loves Ayurvedic cooking and experimenting with herbs and spices.


Katina Sostmann, a mother of five, is part of the nie:solo network, a unique co-working platform for self employed mothers and fathers. Nie:solo supports parents to work independently and flexibly, despite having a family. Additionally, Katina dedicates her energy to teaching students at the UdK in Berlin in various topics around design. 


Less is more. In this spirit, Tim Schober and a collective of artists, designers and architects co-authored 'The Designer's Cookbook', which is made up of meals that use one single color. The inspiration to develop monochromatic four-course menus came from artist Sophie Calle and writer and filmmaker Paul Auster’s project ‘The Chromatic Diet’.

The booked was named by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) as one of 2015’s best 50 books. You can see how the meals look by checking out the designer’s cookbook here, but to experience how it tastes you’ll have to cook it.

When designers create a cookbook