How did I come across this topic? I was working as a student trainee in a start-up company that provides mini-jobs to students via app. One day I was sitting in a café and two older women brought some cake. I thought to myself: Is there such a thing as a job agency for pensioners? I thought, there must be many people who want to work in retirement, either to stay active or to pass on their knowledge. And so the idea was born. I did a lot of research on the legal requirements, labor force participation and, of course, the digital skills of this age group. The result is a customer-oriented website that is as intuitive as possible and offers retirees from all disciplines the opportunity to pursue digital employment.
What is it like to live in Berlin? Was it easy for you to settle in? Would you like to stay?
Living in Berlin is great, for me it was definitely the best decision I could have made. Especially after leaving home, Berlin offers everything you can imagine to experience everything and develop through it. I think it was through Berlin that I really "grew up" and arrived in my life. Berlin is open and unlimited in all areas, but sometimes it's also a tough place to live. But that's how you get to know real life all the more and are prepared for everything that comes your way. I think you always need about a year until you've really arrived, met the right people and really feel at home. I can definitely imagine living in Berlin. For now, though, I have a new adventure: Cologne.
What are your plans for the future?
For personal reasons, I spent the last year in Cologne and fell a bit in love with the somewhat more manageable and cozy city. At the moment I'm back in Berlin to finish my studies here and I'm also enjoying being back a lot, even if it's not the same as before due to the current situation. The current plan is to look for a job in Cologne to start my career and begin a new chapter there. I think it can only enrich a person to get to know many cities and to face the new challenges. For now, it's about finding a good start, gaining lots of practical experience as a graphic designer, and figuring out what area I want to focus on professionally in the future. I'm open to do a master's degree at some point or to come back to Berlin someday. We'll see what the future brings.
What’s your advice for students who decide to study at HMKW?
What is definitely very helpful is to deal intensively with the common design programs and their functions. You can only learn how to use them by trying them out and practicing a lot, and that is the basis for all the work and projects you do during your studies. What also helps is to deal with the subject a lot in your private life, whether it's drawing, following agencies on Instagram or taking pictures. This way you always stay up to date and find new inspiration for your own works.
Which characteristics should students have who want to study "Graphic Design and Visual Communication"?
That is a very difficult question. When I think about my course, I see so many different people with different strengths and characteristics in front of me. I think an important prerequisite is definitely a good eye for aesthetics and composition, that you can combine and use colors and shapes well. A good portion of courage is also not wrong to think "out of the box" and design exciting works. Everyone has creativity in them in my opinion, perhaps some people can perceive and implement ideas better than others. What should not be underestimated are topics like methodology, design research, customer orientation and problem solving management. It's not necessarily always about designing something that you personally like, but rather orienting yourself to the given problem and trying to develop the best solution for the client. In addition to the artistic aspect, this is also a big part of the program that I personally enjoy very much.
Thank you very much for the interview. We wish you all the best and much success for your career start in Cologne!