Last year I graduated from university. I studied Interaction design and for my master thesis, I designed a vanlife App. During the time of working on my thesis, I lived mostly in my van.

So basically I wrote about vanlife during vanlife.

This was great and also a crucial part of the thesis because I got fully involved in the topic

In this post, I want to talk about the process of writing a thesis during van life and the obstacles I faced, because the open road is simply not a place for productivity. Also about the thesis itself and…

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We live in a time where it is easier than ever before to get information, directions or to communicate with friends. Our tiny magical devices in our pockets connecting and tracking us on every step of our journey.

Sometimes we don’t even realize how often our smartphone helps us to get things done.

There are also a lot of apps that are helping us day by day which makes living in a car more enjoyable. In this post, I want to share my top 5 mobile apps we think everyone needs on a road trip.


Let’s start with an App…

A few years ago I decided to declutter my life. Not only from things, but also from relationships, daily habits, and activities. There were a lot of things I hated to do.

In this article, I share with you 4 things I stopped doing to free up more time to enjoy life!

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Deciding what to wear

I hated to decide what to wear every day. So I got rid of this decision by wearing the same almost every day. When I find a piece of clothing I like, I buy more than one piece of it. After the thing got worn out I just…

I started selling on Fiverr about a year ago and it evolved to my main income source. I get a lot of messages with the question, “How do I get my first order on Fiverr”.

So here are my tips on how to land your first job on Fiverr!

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1. Choose your niche.

This is the most important part when you start out on Fiverr. Choose a topic where you great at and what you can do really fast. Let’s take photo editing as an example. When you search the term “photo editing” on Fiverr, you get 32.348 search results.

2020 was a really thought year. We all had to manage the fast-changing situations day by day which this crazy year threw at us. Most of us had to restructure the days from scratch to get things done.

I was really happy that I already had established some daily and weekly routines before and developed some new ones during the pandemic.

Here are my top 5 habits that helped me a lot during those hard times.

1. Morning Yoga

I get up, grab a cup of coffee, and roll out my mat, to practice some yoga. Practicing yoga is a good way to…

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Color grading filters are one of the most used filters on Instagram. They give stories some cool vibes or set the right mood.
In this article, I will show you how you can easily transform your own Lightroom Preset into an Instagram Filter!

What you need

  1. Spark AR Studio
  2. The preset you want to convert in a .XMP file
  3. The LUT PSD file -> Donwload here
  4. Photoshop


  1. Applying the .XMP file to the LUT
  2. Creating the filter in Spark AR

1. Applying the .XMP file to the LUT

To use the Lightroom preset we have to create a .XMP file out of it. A .XMP …

I think everyone has seen one of those random selector filters on Instagram. Like “Which XYZ are you?”, then cards are flashing through and randomly land on one answer.

They are all over Instagram and they are a good way for brands or private profiles to interact with their audience.

I want to show you, how you can easily do one on your own in 5 easy steps with no experience in coding or something.

5 Steps

  • Download Spark AR Studio
  • Create the cards
  • Importin the cards to Spark AR
  • Program the filter in Spark AR
  • Upload to the Spark AR Hub

1. Download Spark AR Studio

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The augmented reality technology (short AR) lets you add digital information into the physical environment, live, and in real-time.

Instagram adopted this technology and incorporated it into its service in May 2017. Since that, users can add graphics, sounds, and interactions to their Instagram stories.

The function evolved very quickly and today we are able to build our own filter for Instagram within minutes and publish it in a very simple way.

This function enables a lot of new possibilities in how to use stories and how to interact with your followers.

Instagram does a great job of making it…

2019 is over and it was a great year. I can’t wait to see what 2020 has to offer. But the last year also brought a lot of changes. Especially in my daily routines and my mindset.

In this article, I would like to talk about my daily habits and what benefits they are offering to me.

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Starting the day right

I’m definitely not the first you hear this from.


Start your day right! Your morning routine sets the tone of your whole day.

But keep in mind, that what works for me, probably don’t work for every other human being. …

I know it is hard to let go of things. But for me, it is the greatest thing I can do. I love to give away my stuff, and I love to reduce my activities so I can clean up my mind.

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But in the beginning, it was hard. There where a lot of questions in my head like “What if I would need this any time soon?”, “What if others would think I am a grumpy guy, because of wearing all black, every day?”.

You see, there are a lot of doubts starting minimalism, but when you cross that…

Daniel J. Schwarz

Photographer and roadtrip ethusiast. 📸🚐

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