Hi!

My name is Manuel, I am an industrial and UX designer, recently graduated from the Advanced Product Design MFA programme at the Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden.
Born and raised in Stuttgart, Germany, my design journey has lead me to many inspirational places around this world, always looking for new challenges.
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Experience

Process

Analyze situation
Recognize issues
Formulate roadmap
Execute plan in collaboration with stakeholders
Deliver solution

Experience

Experience

Master thesis collaboration

Laerdal Medical – Stavanger, NO / Umeå, SE
January 2020 – June 2020

  • Creative co-development of product concepts
  • Detailed development of productsolutions and creative implementation of various levels of product innovation
  • Development of CMFP characteristics and manufacturing details
  • Creation and realization of 3D renderings 
  • Creation and animation of virtual reality sequences
  • Creation, development and animation of augmented reality sequences

Manuel did a fantastic job during his graduation project. He worked independently, and our biweekly calls always were something to look forward to. I particularly liked his design process: it’s structured, regularly involves the user (even during the COVID-19 crisis), has the right fidelity at the right project stages, and is therefore very efficient.
Although Manuel has a background in industrial design, he didn’t shy away from working out a completely digital solution when this turned out to be the concept educators preferred the most. He also quickly familiarized himself with relevant medical topics and the latest pedagogical principles. The final concept is beautifully executed and a great inspiration for Laerdal Medical.”

  • Approaching industry for relevant design topic
  • Conduct user research and testing
  • Identify and chose problems
  • Host co-creative workshops
  • concept development
  • Prototype and verify concepts
  • Refine solution
  • Present in front of large audience

Manuel did a fantastic job during his graduation project. He worked independently, and our biweekly calls always were something to look forward to. I particularly liked his design process: it’s structured, regularly involves the user (even during the COVID-19 crisis), has the right fidelity at the right project stages, and is therefore very efficient.
Although Manuel has a background in industrial design, he didn’t shy away from working out a completely digital solution when this turned out to be the concept educators preferred the most. He also quickly familiarized himself with relevant medical topics and the latest pedagogical principles. The final concept is beautifully executed and a great inspiration for Laerdal Medical.”

Designer

NVGTR – Munich, DE
June 2018 – July 2019

  • Creative co-development of product concepts
  • Detailed development of productsolutions and creative implementation of various levels of product innovation
  • Development of CMFP characteristics and manufacturing details
  • Creation and realization of 3D renderings 
  • Creation and animation of virtual reality sequences
  • Creation, development and animation of augmented reality sequences

Manuel had – in addition to his very good expertise – consistently brought a high degree of initiative and motivation. He carries out the assigned tasks extremely conscientiously, systematically and to the fullest satisfaction. He always went beyond the required level and proved his reliability and a high quality of results even in times of high stress and tight schedule.”

  • Creative co-development of product concepts
  • Detailed development of productsolutions and creative implementation of various levels of product innovation
  • Development of CMFP characteristics and manufacturing details
  • Creation and realization of 3D renderings 
  • Creation and animation of virtual reality sequences
  • Creation, development and animation of augmented reality sequences

Manuel had – in addition to his very good expertise – consistently brought a high degree of initiative and motivation. He carries out the assigned tasks extremely conscientiously, systematically and to the fullest satisfaction. He always went beyond the required level and proved his reliability and a high quality of results even in times of high stress and tight schedule.”

Industrial Design Intern

HUGE Design – San Francisco, USA
November 2016 – June 2017

  • Creation of a unique UX for an AI Device
  • Functional prototyping, production support and CMF for next generation smart speaker system
  • Design development for consumer electronics e.g. ear bud/headphones, gaming controller, keyboard & mouse, smart conferencing system, smart steering wheel
  • Design development and refinement electric motorcycle project
  • 3D visualization on different projects: CAD, final renderings
  • Support the team during internal reviews and presentations to clients

During his time with us Manuel worked on a variety of client projects in our fast paced business environment, consistently showing a professional working attitude and willingness to learn. He approached each design challenge with an open mind and has a good understanding of the design process; and the company’s aesthetics. Manuel had the ability to work at all design stages and he expressed his ideas and thoughts on paper and thinking in three dimensions effectively. During his internship, we found him to be dedicated and delivering to full satisfaction; in most cases exceeded our expectations.”

  • Creation of a unique UX for an AI Device
  • Functional prototyping, production support and CMF for next generation smart speaker system
  • Design development for consumer electronics e.g. ear bud/headphones, gaming controller, keyboard & mouse, smart conferencing system, smart steering wheel
  • Design development and refinement electric motorcycle project
  • 3D visualization on different projects: CAD, final renderings
  • Support the team during internal reviews and presentations to clients

During his time with us Manuel worked on a variety of client projects in our fast paced business environment, consistently showing a professional working attitude and willingness to learn. He approached each design challenge with an open mind and has a good understanding of the design process; and the company’s aesthetics. Manuel had the ability to work at all design stages and he expressed his ideas and thoughts on paper and thinking in three dimensions effectively. During his internship, we found him to be dedicated and delivering to full satisfaction; in most cases exceeded our expectations.”

Product Design Intern

Volkswagen – Wolfsburg, DE
October 2015 – February 2016

  • Developing design concepts
  • Developing sketch-ideas and Photoshop renderings
  • CAD-Conceptualisation
  • CAD-Renderings and Visualisation
  • Internet research and documentation
  • Issuing layout and graphic presentations in InDesign
  • Presenting work results

Mr. Hess always took the initiative and applied himself with an above-average level of commitment to our company. He proved himself to be an assiduous employee with a good ability to work under pressure, and he also handled all assignments well, even under difficult working conditions. The scope and pace of his work far exceeded our expectations at all times. He could always be relied upon to complete his jobs independently, with the utmost care and great reliability. Mr. Hess was a responsible and respected employee who always had a very good working relationship with his superiors and colleagues. His excellent team skills and ability to cooperate with others were highly valued and recognised by all.”

  • Developing design concepts
  • Developing sketch-ideas and Photoshop renderings
  • CAD-Conceptualisation
  • CAD-Renderings and Visualisation
  • Internet research and documentation
  • Issuing layout and graphic presentations in InDesign
  • Presenting work results

Mr. Hess always took the initiative and applied himself with an above-average level of commitment to our company. He proved himself to be an assiduous employee with a good ability to work under pressure, and he also handled all assignments well, even under difficult working conditions. The scope and pace of his work far exceeded our expectations at all times. He could always be relied upon to complete his jobs independently, with the utmost care and great reliability. Mr. Hess was a responsible and respected employee who always had a very good working relationship with his superiors and colleagues. His excellent team skills and ability to cooperate with others were highly valued and recognised by all.”

Product Design Intern

f/p design – Munich, DE
August 2014 – December 2014

  • Sketching
  • 3D modelling
  • Rendering
  • Image editing and visualisations
  • preparation of presentations
  • research and model making

Education

Education

MFA Advanced Product Design

Umeå Institute of Design – Umeå, SE
September 2017 – June 2020

Exchange student – Product Design

University of Lapland – Rovaniemi, FI
January 2015 – May 2015

BA Product Design

University of Applied Sciences – Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE
2012 – 2016

Skills & tools

Skills & tools

CAD

Rhino (preferred)
Blender
Grasshopper
Fusion 360
Solidworks
Cinema4D

Visual

Blender
Cinema4D
Keyshot
Unity

Photoshop
Illustrator
InDesign
Premiere Pro
After Effects
Audition

Sketching

UX

Figma
XD

User research
User testing
Co-Creation

Other

Basic HTML and CSS
Basic Python

Learning and adapting fast
Efficient time management

Recognition

Recognition

Core77 Design Awards 2018 – Student Notable

The James Dyson Award 2018 – National Runner Up
The James Dyson Award 2018 – International Top 20

Braun Prize 2018 – Special Mention

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