HOW THINGS CAME TO BE…
“My role as a designer is not one of a neutral service provider, creating functional marketing solutions with ever-growing economic targets. Much more I view my work as an opportunity to raise awareness for problems of social, cultural, environmental or political kind.”
Born in Southern Germany in the spring of 1991, I pursued design early on. After having finished high school with a specialisation on design and media technology, I started my Media Design study at the Cooperative State University in Ravensburg, Germany. The dual study system (consisting of regular study as well as practical work in a partner company) gave me the chance to gain theoretical as well as practical experience and offered many opportunities to work in diverse settings and teams. Receiving broad insight into many different areas of design such as web, graphic, multimedia and information design, as well as photography and film, I particularly came to appreciate typography and editorial design.
Living and studying in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for one semester in 2012 helped me realize the importance of crafts and hands-on-tasks in my work while experimenting with different analogue printing techniques. After having finished my B.A. in 2013, I returned to Michigan to work for the design firm Q LTD. I very much enjoyed the opportunity to work for and with a group of local non-profit organizations such as The Ark, Kresge or The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.
While working as a freelancer in Germany I sensed the desire to learn about organic growing techniques, food culture and local economic structures and therefore decided to live and work with a farmer of the WWOOF network in France in the beginning of 2015. In late summer I then pursued my second study: the M.A. in Eco-Social Design in Bolzano, Italy. The trilingual study program was based on the potentials and the role of design in today’s world, connecting environmental and social aspects, aiming at transforming local communities and economies in a positive and healthy way.
Having completed my Master of Arts in November of 2017, I have continued traveling (muttermal.blog) while working on a variety of small- and large-scale design projects on a freelance base throughout Germany, Australia, Italy and Australia.
SCHOOL AND STUDIES…
10/15 – today:
Free University of Bolzano, Italy
Field of Study: Eco Social Design, Degree: M.A.
09/12 – 12/12:
Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, Ann Arbor, USA
Field of Study: Art & Design
10/10 – 09/13:
Cooperative State University, Ravensburg, Germany
Field of Study: Media Design, Degree: B.A.
10/07 – 06/10:
Freie Evangelische Schule, Lörrach, Germany
Specialisation: Design & Media Technology
11/14 — today:
Freelancer in Germany, Italy, Austria, Australia, U.S.
11/13 — 10/13:
Junior Art Director at Q LTD, Ann Arbor, U.S.
10/10 — 09/13:
Apprentice at visual4 GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany
IF YOU WANT TO COLLABORATE…
I am currently situated near Freiburg im Breisgau in the Black Forest. If you’d like to collaborate on a project I am more than happy to hear from you no matter what subject or area the project might fit into!
By the way: I’d like to find new ways to continue wildbunt, The Permacultur-Camp as for now, the project is on hold as a solid foundation (stakeholder, funding partners etc.) has not yet been found. In order to continue I am in need of proactive, reliable and creative minds in and around Freiburg, Germany, who believe in the potential of new ways of learning and the importance of a new way to live! If you’re one of them: let’s hear from you!