About Me

I’m Christian, an experienced Senior UI and UX Designer from Germany based in San Francisco Bay Area.

With 18+ years experience in the creative industry and shaping visually appealing solutions, I am extremely passionate about how an interface can make the user feel, and the experiences they have in their journey to complete a desired end goal. I love the challenge of turning complex processes into simple and intuitive tasks.

Growing up in Germany, I studied in Munich, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. I have since worked in Dublin, Barcelona, Berlin and now San Francisco.

EXPERIENCE


  • Product design and design system integration
  • Brand identity, web and print design expert
  • Excellent knowledge of color theory, typography, print, illustration, and photography
  • In-depth knowledge of video animation, digital media and prevailing design software programs
  • Strong in establishing, maintaining and reviewing UI/ UX standards and best practices for a team environment
  • Ability to present ideas in an effective manner, to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Fluent in 5 languages, verbal and written (English, German, Spanish, Romanian and Hungarian)

SKILLS


Adobe CC

Sketch

InVision, Zeplin

User Interface

User Experience

Web Design

HTML, CSS, JS

Drupal, WordPress

Brand Identity

Wireframing

Interaction Design

Print Publishing

Prototyping

Usabilty Testing

Video Production

Microsoft Office

CAREER HISTORY


Senior UI/UX Designer

Vonage · San Francisco, CA (2019-Present)
www.vonage.com

  • Overseeing UI/UX design for the VBC Admin app feature
  • Creating high fidelity mock-ups and prototypes or highly detailed wireframes for complex web & desktop applications, following Vonage’s brand guidelines
  • Supporting Vonage’s design language system in collaboration with engineering
  • Developing user personas and performing extensive user research

(Joined Vonage’s design team following NewVoiceMedia’s acquisition in 2018)

 

Lead UI Designer

NewVoiceMedia · San Francisco, CA (2017-2019)
www.newvoicemedia.com

  • Led NewVoiceMedia’s visual design, backed by Salesforce.
  • Conceived company’s design system of “atomic” elements, components,
    layouts, interaction flows, and high-res visual styles.
  • Introduced the design process to improve timezone flows between design and development in US and EU.
  • Worked hand-in-hand with development team, contributing to front-end code.

 

Senior UI/UX Designer

NORCAL Mutual Insurance · San Francisco, CA (2011 – 2017)
www.norcalmutual.com

I work as a leading member of the NORCAL Mutual Creative and Online Services Team by providing innovative and industry-leading strategic direction, guidance and tactical leadership around enhancing the user experience through publication and interactive channels to a national market. Being the primary UX voice, this role is constantly ensuring industry best practices and future trends are being considered and implemented within every NORCAL Mutual publication and interactive channel that provides a significant brand experience for employees, stakeholders, partners or customers.

Duties included:

  • Brand development and management, including comprehensive rebranding
    effort (logo redesign, typography, color scheme, website redesign and relaunch)
  • Led creative strategy and developed UI for company’s first mobile app and the producer/agents desktop portal
  • Oversaw usability testing and exercises on publication and UX efforts, including User Acceptance Testing
  • Prototyped and validated proposed publication and UX designs
  • Created online production guides to train new and existing partners on interface and experience standards, increasing productivity by 173%

 

Freelancer/ Designer

Taptera · San Francisco, CA (2011-2012)
www.taptera.com

Taptera makes enterprise framework accessible by providing secure business apps to employees on the go.

Contracted for developing workflows, interaction design and UI solutions from for responsive applications (desktop & mobile).

 

Graphic Designer

Esselte Leitz GmbH · Stuttgart, Germany (2010-2011)
www.esselte.com

Esselte is the leading global office supplies manufacturer with annual sales of approximately $1 billion and subsidiaries in 29 countries, including Pendaflex in the US.

  • Specialized in print design of brochures and packaging for newly released products
  • Executed web projects from conceptualization to production, including sustaining the company website, creating animated web banners and landing pages
  • Communicated directly with clients in 5 languages, spearheading collaborations to create vision and conceive designs

 

Graphic / Web Designer

Star Cooperation · Böblingen, Germany (2008 – 2010)
www.star-cooperation.com

Star Cooperation supplies development, engineering and consulting services to support customers throughout the world, focusing on working with the automotive industry.

  • Managed the redesign and maintenance of company website
  • Developed wireframes & mock-ups, re-designed user interface and associated graphical elements
  • Produced outdoor advertising, annual reports and collateral, PowerPoint and PDF presentations from concept to delivery

 

Graphic / Web Designer

Suntrek Inc. (now Intrepid Travel) · Santa Rosa, CA (2006 – 2008)
www.intrepidtravel.com

Responsibilities of Art Director, including: brand development, coordination of all print and digital projects, creation of the new corporate website and the yearly travel catalog in various languages.

FURTHER CAREER HISTORY


Graphic Designer

SMACK Communications · Berlin, Germany (2005-2006)
www.smack-communications.com

 

Graphic Designer

Jamba GmbH · Berlin, Germany (2004 – 2005)
www.jamba.de

 

Corporate Credit Card Administrator, language specialist

Citibank · Barcelona, Spain (2003 – 2004)
www.citi.com/spain

 

Graphic / Web Designer

Design Tactics · Dublin, Ireland (2002 – 2003)
www.designtactics.net

 

Graphic Design Administrator

Snapprinting · Dublin, Ireland (2002 – 2003)
www.snap.ie

 

Web Designer

I-D Media AG · Berlin, Germany (2000 – 2002)
www.idmedia.de/en/

EDUCATION


Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

Blocherer Schule – Munich, Germany
(1995 – 1999)
www.blochererschule.de

 

CERTIFICATES


Drupal, AcademyX, San Francisco, CA (2014) 

HTML5, CSS3, AcademyX, San Francisco, CA (2013)

Certificate in CMS “Typo3” and “Flash CS5” Alfatraining, Stuttgart, Germany (2010)

Certificate of Proficiency in Spanish, Speakeasy Barcelona, Spain (2003)

Advanced Certificate of Work Experience, Cambridge International Exams, Dublin, Ireland (2002)

AWARDS


Magazine 2016 – Gold | Hermes Creative Awards

NORCAL’s agents newsletter ‘The Current’ is named a Gold winner in the HERMES creative awards – Magazine category.

Award of Excellence 2016 | Insurance Marketing Communications Association (IMCA)

“Guide Guard Advocate” advertising campaign

PR Daily’s 2015 Content Marketing Awards – Best Content Series
Award of Excellence 2015 | Insurance Marketing Communications Association (IMCA)

NORCAL Mutual’s Claims Rx monthly publication