Why did you become a designer?/ What inspired you to become a designer?
I sketched a lot since I was young and I always was "the more creative guy" in class. When I finished school, I didn't really know what to do next. My older brother studied product design at that time so I thought it would at least be worth to give it a try. At first, I wasn't that interested, but at some point, I just got hooked and really grew into it. So it was a happy accident that I became a designer, I guess.
What an awesome year. I created so much stuff I can't even put it all in one picture.😅 Completed my thesis project and learned a lot the past year. Also started posting sketches here on this account and it feels like way more than one year already. Thanks for all your interest and support really motivating me to keep going! Awesome stuff happend 2016 and more awesome stuff already planned for 2017. See you on the other side.😊
What’s your current occupation/ What are you currently working on?
After my bachelor degree, I started looking for junior positions in design consultancies and ended up working as a product designer at Yellow Design in Cologne (the agency I did my first internship at).
New job - new home! Last week I moved to Cologne to rejoin the design team at Yellowdesign. This time not as an intern (like few years ago) but as a designer! Exciting and busy times for me landing my first job after studies and moving to a new town! Here is a little inpression of my sunday afternoon walk, probably the most touristic photo you can take here, but the weather forced me into this. ✌🌞
What’s your greatest accomplishment?
Hard to say. I tend to constantly search for new challenges. But for sure I'm proud of the skill set that I've built up over time and all the work I've done in the last years, I guess.
Where do you go for inspiration?
Instagram, Pinterest, Core77, Lemanoosh, Behance... I always try to be up to date with the latest works and trends published online but also get a lot of inspiration from trips to Design week in Milano or simply new experiences in general (travel, people, books).
What key metrics do you use to track your design’s success?
There are different definitions of success, I guess. I think as a product designer, it's a great accomplishment to see your product in stores or being used somewhere. But exposure in the design industry and compliments from colleagues can also be seen as signs of success. For me, success is the progress that I see in my work and the development in myself as a designer. When I look back at the work that I created one or two years ago and I can see and feel that I've got better and grown as a designer; that's cool.
Tell me about the best design piece from your portfolio.
Probably my graduation project, the “Aeon telescope”, but it's from 2016. Unfortunately, I can't show most of the stuff I did since I started working professionally. I hope that will change soon.
Glad to announce that my bachelor thesis project "Aeon Telescope" won a designprize! It got honored with "Student Runner Up" in the consumer products category of the @core77 designawards 2017. Also congrats to all the other winners and their great works! (make sure to check them out!) Now you guys can vote my project for the Community Choize Prize. Just click on the link in my bio and leave a vote! ❤😊
As a designer, what do they think is the most important aspect of their job?
To be interested!
Where do You See Yourself in five Years (1,820 days)?
Hard to say. I will be 30 years by then, I don't have a strict plan for my life.
What would you do differently if you had more time?
If I have more time I tend to waste more of it. I would try not to do that.
Any tips for the budding designers related to sketching or design process or product design.
Be open-minded, try to absorb as much knowledge as you can and have fun!
Markers are super good when it comes to exploring different materials and textures. Here I tested out to sketch some woven baskets. I always start these kind of pages with a thumbnail on some loose piece of paper. I think I will include them more in the pictures in the future to display the process a little bit.
Summer is coming! So I decided to follow up on my classic icecream series.🍦🍦🍦 Right now I'm collecting more "classics" for another drawing, any suggestions? 😊 #summertime #icecream #copics #copic #sketchbook #sketchy #sketching #illustration #illustrate #marker #artoftheday #popsicle #instasketch #copicmarkers #cornetto #illustrations #copicmarker #design #designinspo #artist #artwork #artgallery #instaart #pencil #drawing #illustrator #dailysketch #designinspiration #sketchbook #creative