If you’d like to see at first glance what kind of deliverables and proof-of-concepts I can produce for you, head over to my lab, which also serves as something like a portfolio for me. I have not gotten around to putting all my experiments up there yet, but I’ll add to the collection over time. If you wonder what kind of education and experience I can bring to the table, have a look at my CV below. And if you still have questions or just would like to get in touch with me to discuss the finer things in life, contact me.

About My Work

My field of work is located at the intersection between communication consultancy, user experience design, content strategy, process development, innovation management, information architecture and presentation design. I guess that sounds a bit abstract, so let me give you a couple of examples of what I can do:

Strategy & Workflow

In a recent large project a client came to me looking for a solution that would enable her company to create simple, engaging explanations of their rather complex business model for an international customer base. I created a set of animation templates, which could easily be amended to produce additional web videos or presentations in the future. The resulting animations would use compositional visual metaphors that translate across cultures to illustrate a concept each. A voiceover track or presentation narrating the animation could then be added for each target language. Basically I created a culture agnostic do-it-yourself toolkit for producing streamlined web videos and presentations.

Presentation Design

As an example of shorter projects we can take my presentation design services where I often come in to salvage presentations or help create a business pitch from scratch. Sometimes in a pinch, as summed up in this video:

The experience from churning out working prototypes allowed me to become somewhat of a one man media agency, if need be. For those of you fond of pop culture references you could say that I am the Mr. Wolf of all things communication. Just a side note to budding emergency clients: Please do consider hiring me as an architect rather than the fire brigade. As exciting as a race against the clock may be—we can produce jaw-to-the-floor great, not just passable, given the time!

Curriculum Vitae

Work Experience

June 2006 — Now
Freelance
I kind of went into freelancing by accident. I started out doing media experiments merely to test meaningful applications of the communication theories I came across in my university education. To share my findings I published articles on the web. Soon enough I had requests for media innovation projects and consultancy heading my way, so I decided to make a career out of it. Word of mouth has really been good to me, even after I took the leap and started publishing solely in English. Getting to work with clients all over the globe is truly exciting. Thank you all!
I have been working with various agencies and directly with clients since 2006 in Germany & started doing work for an international clientele from early 2011
June 2001 — Now
Miscellaneous
I believe that to communicate effectively you need to put yourself in the shoes of other people, or at least around them (around people, not their shoes that is). The recipient of a message does the decoding part, thus it is her interpretation that makes or breaks the meaning, no matter the intention of the sender. A variety of experience helps you understand different vantage points and outlooks on life. I admit that taking on odd jobs was not necessarily a strategic decision, but hey, I can still rationalize my patchwork resume after the fact. And now I even have the education in social and cultural science to do so with a modicum of authority.
a selection of jobs I took after school to bolster my wallet and/or experience:

journalism, copy writing, translation, assistant care for the elderly, production line at a chemical plant in the netherlands, tutor, moderator, university student council, club chairman, sports instructor for handicapped children, bar keeper, disc jockey, event manager, conference speaker and (with modest success I regret) funk metal fusion rock star

Education

October 2001 — October 2012
Degree of M.A.
I always felt I had more to learn and enjoyed studying so much that I kept on adding subjects to the point where I was pursuing two full fledged MA degrees. Having completed my studies of General Linguistics (with an emphasis on semantics and sociopragmatics), Medieval Studies and English Studies I followed up with another round of Modern Japanese Studies, Political Science and Philosophy at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany. Yep, that is a whole lot of angles on communication.
General Linguistics, Medieval Studies, English Studies
& Japanese Studies, Political Science, Philosophy
September 2004 — August 2005
Bekka Program at Keio University
I completed a one-year term of the Foreign Student Japanese Language Program at Keio University Tokyo, Japan. For the curriculum outside of the language program I opted for courses about intercultural communication and psychology and added a dash of economics.
Intercultural Communication and Japanese Postwar Economy along with the Japanese Language Program for Foreign Exchange Students
German & United States
High School
I was fortunate enough to experience a special year in the US where me and a group of fellow foreign exchange students were allowed to graduate in a program set up to accommodate our diverse backgrounds. The life with the group of foreign kids in the US is what originally sparked my curiosity for intercultural communication.
頑張ろう、シゲちゃん!
Andreas-Vesalius Gymnasium Wesel, Germany (2000)
& Ukiah High School, Oregon USA (1998)

Work With Me?

If you are still reading at this point I guess you are intrigued enough to look for more information. Obviously I’d love to help you out with any kind of challenge you are facing. You really should go ahead and contact me. Cheers!