I am Katharina – representing two worlds that often seem impossible to combine

about me

Who I am –

interaction designer & business economist

I am Katharina, student of Interaction Design, creative mind & enthusiastic motorcyclist. I am just another human being celebrating the beauty of existing things as well as bringing new ideas to life – both meaningful & banal. My field of interest lies in interaction design & I am especially passionate about user experience, questioning the existing & finding innovative solutions for all kind of things.

Before I started working on the conception, design & implementation of user interfaces, user experience & other design aspects, I was working in a completely different environment. In 2017, after graduating from high school, I started a dual study program in the field of business administration specializing in industry at BOS GmbH & Co. KG in cooperation with the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart. During my dual studies, I worked in various departments of the company & learned how a company is structured & functions. After my studies I started working for BOS as a personnel development officer in human resources development before I was drawn to the big wide world & I went on a three-month trip. Now I am studying Interaction Design in the 5th semester at the Univer­sity of Design in Schwäbisch Gmünd & I have found what really fulfills me.

being a designer

Our job description is in constant motion. This is why I concentrate on the core attributes of a designer: first and foremost the mindset – the thinking, values & attitudes, then the skillset & only then the toolset.
For me being a designer means developing a certain personality. I am curious – and at least I try – not to be afraid of confusion, experimentation or failing. As a designer I am critical to create clarity, and creative to build ideas. I try to see the big picture, but also be meticulous about details. I as a designer want to be humble, care about and fight for the people, and the planet we live on. 

What I have done so far  –

career development & qualifications

work experience

2021 – 2021

Intern Design and Branding & Communication –
21TORR GmbH, Stuttgart Germany
 

2017 – 2018

Personnel Development Officer –
Personnel Development & Vocational Training
BOS GmbH & Co. KG, Ostfildern Germany
 

education

2019 – today

Studies Interaction Design (B.A.) –
University of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

2014 – 2017

Dual Studies Business Administration-Industry (B.A.) –
Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart, Germany 

qualifications

seminars & training courses

Technical Communication | Business Game Seminar “General Management” | Rhetoric and Communication Competence | Argumentation Training | Effective Presentations | Business Etiquette | Successful Negotiation | BOS Didactics – Trainings & Workshops with the Flipchart | Successful on the Phone | BOS Internal Train the Trainer-Workshop

certificates

DGQ quality officer and internal auditor | basic certificate in project management (GPM) | Instructor qualification certificate

engagement

2020 – today

Member of format+, an online magazine organised exclusively by students of the University of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd with a focus on design-related topics

2019 – 2021

Member of the cultural team of the composed student body, which organises cultural events such as the Jam Session, game nights, excursions and numerous other events and activities.

2019 – 2021

Employee in the shop of the composed student body, which offers just about everything that makes a designer’s heart beat faster, from Ureol and Kappa boards to drawing books, spray glue and pencils

contact information

Say hello –

interested in working together?

I am open to any type of business proposal or partnership. If you have any questions about my projects or myself, I will be happy to answer.

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