This is work and thinking from Kristin Gräfe. I am interested in how to make information understand people and my favorite place are cities, preferable New York and Berlin.
I develop my ideas from sketch to wireframes, sitemaps, user scenario, visual design through to interactive prototypes. Basis for those ideas are people and I am making sure that I learn everything about them to find the perfect design strategy for the product or service I create. My favorite work is when system thinking, visual design and storytelling are successfully combined.
I like to take pictures and observe people and I recently learned that I like to illustrate.
I grow up in East Germany in a small town called Bautzen. The city is over 1000 years old and it become too small after I graduated from High School. In 2002 I moved to London, where I worked, improved my English and realized that I want to become a designer.
Shortly thereafter I attended Hochschule Anhalt (FH), formerly Bauhaus, where I majored in Integrated Design with a focus in Information Visualization and Interface Design. I graduated in 2008 and started working as a freelance designer. Among other projects, I was responsible for building the permanent multimedia installation for the Bautzen Museum. Working for the museum made me fascinated about the people who used the technology I created. I wanted to study the interaction people have with digital technology and found the perfect place in the MFA in Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. During the sommer of 2009 I worked as an intern at Edenspiekermann, Berlin and moved to New York in September. I spent two wonderful years studying in an great environment with smart people and during the sommer of 2010 I had the chance to work with the digital design team at the New York Times. I graduated in May 2011 with newly acquired knowledge about how to create meaningful relationships between people, technology and the world.
I am now working as UX designer at aperto in Berlin.
My blog was a public sketchbook to illustrate my path of discovery and exploration towards the master thesis. It will now turn into a diary about things in the world that inspire me.
Feel free to write me your comments, thoughts and ideas!