To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you
can control or master.

- Milaton Glaser

To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you
can control or master.

- Milaton Glaser

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Approach

Approach

Starting from his training in web technologies, Thomas has developed from the visual design of surfaces to the conception and planning digital products. For over 4 years, he has worked for companies and governments in the private and public sectors. He has worked in many areas of product/project development. From  user research, conception and visual design to the strategic development of products. His focus today is on user-centered user experience projects to create real added value for people and companies.

Thomas sees every project team member as an active participant in the user experience of digital products. He believes that open communication and transparency are the cornerstones to creates space for new ideas of every user-centered project.

Profile

As a designer with experience in various fields, Thomas developed a T-shaped model of his abilities. The focus is on interaction design and user research.

Copywriting

Research

Interaction

Visual

UI Dev

Based on a model of Keywong Chung (Unicorn Ranch)

Topics

The topic of trust in various aspects of interaction design has long occupied Thomas during his studies and led to his work "Designing Trust in Online Experiences". Since then, he has studied the use of data in user-centered design and researched the use of personal data in the design process. Since then, he has focused on projects in the field of tension between user-centered data strategies and technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Education

09/2016 - 07/2018
Master of Arts in Design 
at the University of Applied Science Potsdam

08/2011 - 02/2016
Bachelor of Arts in Interfacedesign 
at the University of Applied Science Potsdam

08/2008 - 08/2011
Digital Media Designer - Design and Technology 
at the Multi Media Berufsbildende Schulen, Hannover

Work

03/2017 - now
User Experience Designer
at Aperto - an IBM Company, Berlin

03/2017 - 08/2017
User Experience Designer
at init, Berlin

08/2015 - 03/2017
User Experience Designer
at Useeds, Berlin

07/2015 - 09/2016
Co-founder & Product Strategist
of begently.com - people worth meeting

03/2015 - 08/2015
User Experience Designer Intern
at Useeds, Berlin

10/2014 - 02/2015
Working Student – User Experience Designer 
at SAP Innovation Center, Potsdam

04/2013 - 02/2015
Working Student – Supervisor of the User Experience Lab,
Interaction Design Labs – University of Applied Science Potsdam

08/2008 - 07/2011
Trainee Digital Media Designer
at Compra GmbH, Hildesheim

2006 - 2016
Freelance Interaction Designer
Working for various clients 

Get in touch,
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Thomas Otto is a User Experience Designer in Berlin, Germany. As an experienced designer he is working on digital projects in the fields of user research, interaction design and data strategy.