After a semester of Physics I quickly realised that this was not my calling, so I switched to journalism with a view to making children’s television. I spent a year abroad at San Jose State University in the heart of Silicon Valley in 1996 – the campus was already completely networked at the time, and I knew I wanted to do something that involved the Internet when I came back a year later.
There was no actual department for design development when I joined mediaman in 1999, and I was a kind of combination of project manager, coder and usability specialist. Nobody had heard the term wireframe at that time, and we used hand-drawn sketches that we faxed back and forth between Mainz and Frankfurt while designing the individual pages in the Deutsche Bank moneyshelf project. Our projects grew, and so did our need for a solid team of information architects and UX designers; I helped establish the department and headed it until my move to the USA.
I have been combining my passion for all things digital with my love of mountains, rivers, vast open expanses and the great outdoors since 2008. I currently live in Missoula, Montana, in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, where I work with the rest of the team in all of our different time zones, and sometimes also for our German-based customers such as Pioneer Investments. I sometimes miss my high-energy colleagues at the agency, but I love the flexibility of a home office and the time I spend in a canoe or dinghy on Montana’s rivers or the Grand Canyon gives me exactly the grounding I need for work.
"Mediaman and I have been though quite a lot together – from hand-drawn wireframes to interactive click dummies, simple HTML pages to connected car apps, from Mainz to Montana."