/// APPROACH In our more and more digitized world the often used statement: "form follows function" loses more and more in weight. The mobile phone, our loyal companion, changes from the electronic pocket computer into an all-rounder and with it, without fail becoming the "black box". Functionalities are only visible, if the interface lights up. Design and function often do not stick together any more. With the technical possibilities the complexity in the use of such a multi functional device grows in the same way. Therefore, a logical and intuitive user interface wins more and more in importance. The trend towards the individuation demands an experience, own to the user. Not the product as such is in the foreground but even more the story which makes the product our own one and allows us to experience it! In this quickly changing world, I, as an designer take the position of a cultural anthropologist. Hence, I continually look for potential of newly developing connections and continually have an eye on the problems which the people find in dealing with their environment.To do justice to the constantly growing requirements in design, it is important for me to absorb all new prospects for subsequent critical evaluation. One must be careful not to dismiss solutions which seem unrealistic for a moment or hardly enforceable. Physical Mockups, functional models, virtual reality and digital click dummies help to break through the borders of own understanding. Besides, for my approach a multicultural, interdisciplinary team forms the fertile soil for creativity. Paired with sense for reality, these conditions create the optimum for successful, long lasting design for the purposes of the customer and consumer. Karsten Willmann

Work Samples

  • SKYLINO_a child restraint system for use in commercial aircraft

Work History

Karsten Willmann - Dipl. Product Designer (FH) ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Munich, Germany Phone: (e-mail required) k.willmann@creative-brain.com http://www.creative-brain.com ............................................................................................................................................... ...thanks for viewing my portfolio. If you have any kind of inquiry or you are interested in me and my projects, please visit my website and feel free to contact me! ................................................................................................................................................ /// APPROACH In our more and more digitized world the often used statement: "form follows function" loses more and more in weight. The mobile phone, our loyal companion, changes from the electronic pocket computer into an all-rounder and with it, without fail becoming the "black box". Functionalities are only visible, if the interface lights up. Design and function often do not stick together any more. With the technical possibilities the complexity in the use of such a multi functional device grows in the same way. Therefore, a logical and intuitive user interface wins more and more in importance. The trend towards the individuation demands an experience, own to the user. Not the product as such is in the foreground but even more the story which makes the product our own one and allows us to experience it! In this quickly changing world, I, as an designer take the position of a cultural anthropologist. Hence, I continually look for potential of newly developing connections and continually have an eye on the problems which the people find in dealing with their environment.To do justice to the constantly growing requirements in design, it is important for me to absorb all new prospects for subsequent critical evaluation. One must be careful not to dismiss solutions which seem unrealistic for a moment or hardly enforceable. Physical Mockups, functional models, virtual reality and digital click dummies help to break through the borders of own understanding. Besides, for my understanding a multicultural, interdisciplinary team forms the fertile soil for creativity. Paired with sense for reality, these conditions create the optimum conditions for successful, long lasting design for the purposes of the customer and consumer. Karsten Willmann /// LANGUAGES German / mother tongue English / fluent /// COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE (MAC & PC) 3D CONSTRUCTION / Alias - StudioTools / Solidworks / Solid Edge 3D RENDERING / Vred - virtual reality / KeyShot 4D & VIDEO / Vred - virtual reality / Flash / Adobe Premier / FinalCut Pro DTP / Photoshop / InDesign / Freehand / Illustrator / Acrobat Pro OFFICE / Microsoft Office / Powerpoint / Keynote / Excel /// AWARDS 2013 | 2x red dot award China 2012 | IF award 2010 | Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland - Nachwuchsdesigner/ new talent (German Design Award) "nomination" http://www.german-design-council.de/deutscher-designpreis/ 2010 | Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (German Design Award) "nomination" http://www.german-design-council.de/deutscher-designpreis/ 2009 | Braunprize intrnational 2009 "finalist" http://www.braunprize.com 2009 | James Dyson Award 2009 "finalist" http://www.jamesdysonaward.org/ 2009 | Red-dot award 2009 (communication design) http://www.red-dot.de 2009 | IF concept award 2009 categorie: time to market http://www.if-design.de 2008 | Red-dot concept award 2008 "Best of the Best" http://www.red-dot.de 2008 | Mia Seeger Preis 2008 (highly commended) http://www.design-center.de/mia-seeger-preis-2008.html 2008 | scholarship at the International Design Institute (Designlabor Bremerhaven) http://www.designlabor.com 2006 | VDA design award - future road transport 2020 http://www.vda-design-award.de 2006 | honour for prominent achievements during the study http://www.fb-gestaltung.de .............................................................................................................................................. /// WORK & EDUCATION 2013 - now B/S/H - Bosch & Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH Industrialdesigner for Siemens home appliances Munich/Germany http://www.siemens-home.com/ 2012 - 2013 B/S/H Home Appliances (China) Co., Ltd. industrialdesigner for Siemens home applinaces Nanjing, Jiangsu/ Volksrepublik China http://www.siemens-home.com/ 2010 - 2012 B/S/H - Bosch & Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH Industrialdesigner for Siemens home appliances Munich/Germany http://www.siemens-home.com/ 2009 Freelancing in the field of consumer products and medical care Cologne/Germany http://www.creative-brain.com 2008 Designlabor Bremerhaven - International Design Institute scholarship / Stipendiat (working within an interdisciplinary team of Graphic Designer, Product Designer, Architects and sociologist to prepare a best practice study on unoccupied shop premises on behalf of the city of Bremen and the german ministry of urban development.) Bremerhaven/Germany http://www.designlabor.com 2008 / February diplom with honouring (industrial design) (development of a child restraint System for use in commercial Aircrafts) 2007 MA-design (6 month) Internship landline phones / cellphones / industrial machines / transportation... Kiel/Germany http://www.ma-design.de 2006 Neumeister-Partner industrial design (Alexander Neumeister) (6 month) Internship high-speed trains (ICE for China and Russia) / medicine technology / HMI, UI / electronics... Munich/Germany http://www.neumeister-partner.de 2004 - 2005 HTW Dresden / faculty industrial design student assistant Dresden/Germany http://www.fb-gestaltung.de 2003 - 2008 HTW Dresden / faculty industrial design studies Dresden/Germany http://www.fb-gestaltung.de 2002 - 2003 engineering university entrance qualifikation grammar school Dresden/Germany 2001 - 2002 civilian service (assist young children at school) Hamburg/Germany 1999 - 2001 Heinz-Kammann Tischlerei & Innenausbau GmbH employment as a cabinet-maker Hamburg/Germany http://www.tischlerei-kammann.de 1996 - 1999 Heinz-Kammann Tischlerei & Innenausbau GmbH education as a cabinet-maker (honour for prominent achievements) Hamburg/Germany http://www.tischlerei-kammann.de

Education

  • Designlabor Bremerhaven - International Design Institute

    • 2008 - 2009

    Interdisciplinary Scholarship together with Communication Designers, Architects, sociologists and Product Designers.

  • Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden

    • 2003 - 2008

Specialties

Affiliations

Design21: Social Design Network - Better design for the greater good

Awards

2x red dot award 2013 //IF award 2012 //German Design Award 2011"nomination" //Braunprize int. 2009 "finalist" //James Dyson Award 2009 "finalist" //red-dot award 2009// IF concept award 2009 // red-dot concept award 2008- "Best of the Best" //Mia Seeger Prize 2008 //scholarship - Int. Design Institute 2008 //VDA design award 2006...

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