about me

globally experienced in design and strategy specialising in consumer electronics design with passion in creating meaningful product experiences for more than 25 years

I love to design

Good design delights people every day. Good design makes a product useful yet desirable, is innovative, is honest and – yes – is aesthetic too. I am passionate about building products that provide a meaningful user experience, provide new opportunities for people. I find great pleasure in challenging myself with complex yet meaningful problems to finally tell relatable emotive stories that matter. And I like working with brands that speak to real users who care.

In addition to providing a careful design sensibility and technical craft, I find great pleasure in collaborating with diverse disciplines and professionals in cross-functional, international teams around the globe.
My approach is to empower the people around me, believing in the catalytic force of teamwork to inspire design development, nurture the creative process and draw out the team’s diverse individual talents, and most of all, to have fun along the way.

I'm leading the design team at Wacom (Japan) as part of the global product management. For more than 9 years I'm responsible for creating innovative solutions around pen input devices mainly for high professional creatives but for enthusiasts too: pen displays, tablet PC's, opaque tablets. Starting from UX research, product definition, conception, industrial design and out-of-box-experience to prototyping and mass production implementation at ODM's in China and Taiwan.

Additionally I'm teaching industrial design at the University of Wuppertal since 2007, focusing on design methodology, digital creation processes and research projects with industry partners e.g. Braun, Microsoft, Precore.

Studied Industrial Design at the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal and upon graduation started my own design studio in 1993 working for e.g. Philips, CamDynamics/Leica, Deutsche Telekom and Braun (2008–2011).

Listed as an inventor in multiple registered patents and credited as the designer in nearly 20 Red Dot, IF and IDSA Product Design Awards.

Wacom, 2011–

Director Industrial Design leading the design team at Wacom responsible for building and supporting a team of talented industrial designers, developing future experiences for creative professionals and enthusiasts that consistently meet — or exceed — client expectations: pen displays, tablet PC’s, opaque tablets and more. As member of the Global Product Management team developing design strategies and transforming to award winning design from research and strategy through concept, development and execution, accountable for the creative and technical quality. Working collaboratively with diverse disciplines and professionals in cross-functional, international teams in Europe, Asia and North America.

Inventor of the Wacom Mobile Studio Pro, Lead Designer of Wacom Cintiq Pro and all professional pen displays and pen tablet PC‘s by Wacom released since 2012.

Listed as an inventor in multiple registered patents and credited as the designer in nearly 20 Red Dot and IF Product Design Awards. Also picked up the prestigious American Industrial Design Association Prize for designing Wacom’s innovative first pen tablet PC "Cintiq Companion" in 2014.

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University of Wuppertal, 2007–

Teaching industrial design at the University of Wuppertal since 2007, mentoring and guiding young designers, focusing on design process methodology, advanced use of digital creation tools (sketching, modelling, rendering) and assisting in design research projects with industry partners e.g. Braun, Microsoft, Precore.

own design studio dingfest|design, 1993–2011

Studied Industrial Design at Bergische Universität in Wuppertal and upon graduation started my own design studio back in 1993, specialising in industrial design and 3D visualisation of products which are sold globally.
Braun, 2008–2011, industrial design top line shaver (co-working with Braun ID team), new design language 3D animation movie.
Deutsche Telekom, 2008, industrial design and visualisation generic multimedia products.
CamDynamics/Leica, 1998–2003, industrial design and mechanical design of a professional view camera.
Industrial design for Bohle (suction lifter, red dot 2001), Clark (forklift components), Philips (car audio), Bar (control devices).
Various multimedia productions for automotive and machinery industries: ThyssenKrupp, Philips, Clark, Hydro, Achenbach Buschhütten, Goebel IMS, Munk, BWG etc.

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education

university of wuppertal

Diploma in industrial design (university of Wuppertal) and Master in Strategy and Innovation (university of Wuppertal)

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awards

design and cgi

9 Red Dot awards, 9 iF Design awards, 1 IDSA award, 3 animago awards, Bayrischer Staatspreis, Glunz Preis

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experiences

companies and clients

Wacom, Braun, Deutsche Telekom, Philips, Achenbach, Bohle, Cam Dynamics/Leica, Clark, Hydro, ThyssenKrupp ...

Profile

design thinking

solution creation with excellent understanding in user centric design processes starting with research by accurate observation to define and ideate innovative concepts finally confirmed by iterative prototype testings at varied fidelity

industrial design

professional skilled design development up to the detail with deep understanding of materials and processes, long time experienced in maintaining design from concept ideation to prototyping and mass production with engineering and manufacturers, e.g. ODM's in China

design strategy & brand identity

building strategic design and innovation management concepts to sustainable grow business by accurate value proposition balancing desirability, feasibility and viability

UX research

always starting with the user in mind, empathizing their world first with wide experience in user research and user testing sessions in Europe, North America and Japan

product management

executing on design strategies with strong business development by accurate product feature definition and line-up to tell relatable, emotive stories that bridge the gap between a brand's voice and tactical product benefits

education

teaching industrial design at the University of Wuppertal, focusing on design process and advanced use of digital tools

3D visualisation

challenging reality with excellent 3D renderings and animations for marketing and concept presentation.

tools

SolidWorks, Autodesk Alias Automotive, 3dsMax (V-Ray, finalRender), Keyshot, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, AfterEffects, InDesign, MS Office

materials & processes

expertise in resin and silicone molding, all kind of aluminum processes at mp level like stamping, forging, milling, anodizig etc.
packaging materials & processes
experienced in rapid prototyping at varied fidelity

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