I'm a designer with 8+ years of design experience, specialized in crafting experiences for iOS & Android, occasionally macOS and web. Currently I'm working with Microsoft - Helping people being more productive in their daily lives. Previously I led the design and experience for native apps at Shutterstock in Berlin and New York City.
I'm self-taught in the realms of product design and earned a degree in digital media design some years ago. After the launch of the first iPhone back in 2007 I knew my passion was all about mobile products.
Born in the heart of Germany, I'm interested in design, technology, gadgets and astronomy since my early childhood. I fooled around with everything that had LED's & power connections, spend my evenings looking at the sky, wondering how our beautiful universe works.
Below you can find some of the projects I'm currently working on or have been working on in the past.
Creating digital products, no matter the platform(s) can be tough. It involves much more than just design, code and management. I can cover parts, or the entire spectrum of the process for digital crafted products.
I'm defining goals, the scope, requirements and success criteria
I focus on user- and market research, surveys, analytics
I'm creating user journeys- and stories, storyboards, personas & flows
I help with card sorting, sitemaps and audits
I'm sketching, wireframe and design entire component libraries & kits
I experiment with interaction patterns on paper, with design or in code
I'm not always writing production-code. But it helps getting the designs right
I can help with setting up environments for user, A/B- or remote testing
I'd love to help you too. Get in touch!
Here are some excerpts from projects I've been working on privately. I think it's super important to always question the status quo and continue to learn! Case studies let me grow and learn new skills or aspects of design or the product cycle.
My workflow is fast and efficient. Besides creating & using automation scripts, I use a specific set of tools in order to work efficient and of course, to save some extra time and cash. Below are just a few of the tools I work with on a daily basis.
I use Sketch as my daily UI tool. It's just amazing what it can do!
Great for flows or wireframes. Also iconography or infographics.
A great collaboration tool for every stakeholder on the project.
Sitemaps, information architecture, flows - You name it!
My go to source for working in iOS prototypes and apps.
Much better than Eclipse! Superb for interface engineering.
All the code has to go somewhere. I don't do Terminal that often...
The must have for any projects in agile environments!
To ensure a very high-standard of design quality, I work very closely with developers and take care of most of the front-end, the UI and small nuances in code myself. I'm obsessed with designing and prototyping great experiences for humans to interact with their devices.
I love thinking outside the box and freeing myself from constraints. But in reality, working on real products, I'm very thorough about limitations by the operating system, the API and time constraints - Shipping a real product requires full dedication and knowledge about what's doable - and what's not. I do that - seriously.
See what people have to say that actually worked with me along the way!
Vice President User Experience, Shutterstock
"I had the distinct pleasure of managing Christoph for over 16 months.
Simply stated, Christoph is one of the most talented designers I have ever worked with. He has the rare ability to fluidly work across the design spectrum, while easily maneuvering between strategic design to crisp delivery. More specifically, Christoph excels working on UX across any device - whether it be mobile apps or desktop, he has a natural ability to fuse complex experiences. Additionally, his technical skills are exceptional - he has a deep knowledge of the technology behind his design - and in many cases, can write the UI code himself.
Also noteworthy is his passion for self-improvement, as well as supporting those around him. He is eager to learn new approaches and methods, while also taking time to pass along valuable lessons to others, both in design and beyond.
As mentioned, Christoph's professionalism and design skills are top-notch, but his character remains his strongest asset. Approachable, encouraging and ethical, his collaborative and easy-going spirit is infectious. In all, he is exactly the type of person you want - you need - on your team."
Product Designer, Yelp
"Christoph is a great designer, really. His product-thinking leaves nothing behind. He covers all product aspects - from design-thinking, prototyping and coding, to shipping and iterating the product. He is a real full-stack designer and working with him was great. I've learnt a lot from him.
Christoph knows his tools and knows how to use them effectively. He is very skilled and fast. Christoph is also a great person that brings fun and joy on the workplace!
His skills can bring your product to the next level - I highly recommend Christoph. He will be a valuable asset to your company, not only in your design team!"
"Christoph is an extremely talented designer. He has an inmate understanding of, and empathy for, the user. He has a great sense for UX and truly understands the nuances and behaviours of both the iOS and Android platform. Christoph's ability to get into the code and work directly with it makes him an invaluable team member, directly impacting the productivity and efficiency of the developers on his team.
Christoph also has the ability to understand the big picture. He thinks strategically about problems, not just about low level features. Products that he works on always end up better for his involvement."
Senior Software Engineer, Etsy
"Christoph is an excellent designer of mobile apps. He has a good knowledge of both Android and iOS design conventions and has the skill to incorporate these conventions into designs where appropriate. His designs are both beautiful and usable.
Unlike any designer I have worked with, Christoph will check out and open up an iOS app in Xcode to tweak fonts and colors without the involvement of an engineer. I highly recommend Christoph."
Lead Technical Architect, Axel Springer
"Working with Christoph I was quickly impressed by his eye for detail; totally focussed on design for business needs without drifting away into the realms of pure artistry. A perfect team player with a good sense of humour, openminded and interested in the things related to the mobile business.
He was even keen to learn programming in iOS, to understand the production cycle. He would always apply his skills in a great cross functional team."
Now, have a great day, a good night. Wherever you are.