Making complexity comprehensible, useful and inclusive

Thomas Otto leads interdisciplinary teams to create digital products and services that benefit people and companies. A passion for data and algorithmic systems drives his work between user experience, product and business.

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Interdisciplinary, empathic, efficient and pushing boundaries

With more than 12 years of experience and 4 years of managing teams in startups, agencies (B2B, B2C and SaaS). Thomas is a seasoned designer with a wide range of skills from discovery to building successful services and organizational structure for top-performing teams. 

Stations & Case Studies

Working across industries for trustworthiness and excellence

Over the course of my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work in multiple industries and environments. From agencies and consultancies to startups.  If you are interested in learning more about the topics of my work regarding data platforms, digital ecosystems, algorithmic systems or leading design teams/organizations, please reach out. 

Design with Human Data — The ethical tool kit for data products and services

The Design Human Data Kit is a set of tools and information to enable designers and their interdisciplinary teams to create sustainable and human-centered data services. Developed from a Master’s thesis, iterated with teams and experts and designed for practical use.

Best Presentation Award

MUC 2019

Overview from Design Human Data kits Miroverse template

Human-Algorithmic Design — A exploration of systems people can trust

A research project to explore a human-centred and iterative way to create fair and transparent algorithmic systems. Connecting experts, academia and best practices.

Design Leadership Call — A design leaders diverse support group

A monthly group call of where international design leaders come together and discuss topics and challenges of their current roles.  Supporting and grow with each other.

feelin’ — Your anonymous mood app for workshops and team sessions

feelin’ is a tool for remote workshops, to quickly gather everyone’s mood and to create an entry point for a personal and empathic exchange with each other. Based on the research of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

traces of surveillance — A photo project staging tools of surveillance in people’s everyday life

»traces of surveillance« is a private photo project that attempts to catch and observe the observers. Staging surveillance cameras and bringing them into focus.