Hi — I’m Christoph. I am an Interaction Designer living and working in Hamburg, Europe. The goal of my work is to make complex problems manageable through accessible abstractions.
As a designer I make things, and these things are, by definition, artifacts of culture. They use and exist in relation to (sub-)cultural codes, symbols and myths Paraphrasing Moritz Basler paraphrasing Roland Barthes, a myth is a formation of cultural knowledge that has obscured, suppressed or simply forgotten its own character as a structure of symbols and therefore the awareness of it being manufactured, relative and variable.. Because of this, I am interested in cultural studies, sociology, semiotics and aesthetics.
- I want to create products that are meaningful, personal, generous, considerate, ethical and empowering.
- As a designer I am naturally interested in how we can understand and react to complexity in situations, systems and problems. In particular, I like thinking (and talking) about the expression and development of thoughts and ideas through prototyping, modeling and notation systems.
- I want to take part in the discourse of my discipline and try to contribute to a design theory that is rooted in practice.
- I believe in good minimalism over bad complexity — but also in good complexity “It is the difficult unity through inclusion rather than the easy unity through exclusion.” over good minimalism.
- Even though I consider myself a designer, I have found code to be the best medium to express my ideas.
In my day to day work I’ve been mostly focused on product design and strategy, digital-first branding and the creation and maintenance of design systems. Before coming to Hamburg I studied Interaction Design at University of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd in southern Germany.