Helibert is a collaboration involving Katrin Funcke (Frank’s wife), Sven Funcke (Frank’s wife’s brother) and Raphaela Knoke (Frank’s wife’s friend).
Frank built a a cardboard helicopter for the kids to play in. Raphaela said, "Let’s produce and distribute the thing!" Katrin and Sven took the visually compelling yet technically inadequate design and re-engineered it into a manufacturable product. Frank then created the logotype for Raudi, the toy company behind Helibert and the Helibert manual.
Raudi (as in "rowdy") used to be a common name for sausage dogs in Germany.
An immaculate freshly-built Helibert, waiting to be customized