Nils Achenbach I Resumé

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Personal Data

Born 19.05.1999 (23) in Aschaffenburg, Germany.
Raised in St.Peter, a small village in the Black Forest,
in the southwest of Germany.

Currently living in Malmö, Sweden.


Deutsch-Französisches Gymnasium, Freiburg – (2009 – 2017)
Competition with the German-French Diploma

The Franco-German Gymnasium in Freiburg sees itself as a binational and bicultural encounter with special status based on the Franco-German Treaty of 1963. This provides close cooperation in the cultural field and coordinated efforts in education between Germany and France. From the age of 10 until my graduation, I grew up with classes including both german and french students. This encouraged me in being inclusive, mastering teamwork, and ultimately create my European identity.

University of Applied Sciences, Coburg – (2017-2021)

Program of Study: Integrated Product Design, Bachelor of Arts, Final Grade: 1,3

Founded in 1998, the Integrated Product Design Program of the University of Applied Sciences Coburg merges the disciplines of design, engineering, business, manufacturing, aesthetics, visual perception as well as human-product interaction. Students have access to a large workshop area that allows for the production of prototypes and mock-ups of the envisaged products. Specific lectures on material sciences, manufacturing technologies, technical mechanics, and ergonomics enhanced my understanding of real-world needs in future innovations.

Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden – (since 2021)
Program of Study: Advanced Product Design, Master of Fine Arts

For a record sixth consecutive year, Umeå Institute of Design has claimed the top spot in the Red Dot Ranking, listing top design educations in Europe and the Americas. The school offers a highly competitive, professional, and international industrial design education supported by leading research as well as cutting-edge technical facilities. The Red Dot Ranking is a reflection of the designs created by students over a five-year period. This year’s winning student projects from Umeå Institute of Design (UID) range from innovative tools for telecom tower technicians to equipment for the next generation of intensive care units.

The international and Swedish school was founded in 1989 to give future designers the best possible start of a life-long professional and personal career. As design is constantly evolving in response to changes in society and the environment, education and research at the Umeå Institute of Design aims to be at the forefront of addressing the future foundations of industrial design.

Students develop advanced industrial design skills with the toolkit and mindset needed to create, develop and design new relevant product solutions, exploring design through the lens of environmental and societal challenges. During my education, I had the opportunity to collaborate the well-known household appliance manufacturer Electrolux and the national Swedish police department for forensic investigations.

Practical experience

Internship at Above, Studio Malmö (6 months)

Through a seamless fusion of strategy, design and technology, Above transforms businesses, brands, products and services and equip them for the future. As a team of creatives, Above helps them tell relevant and meaningful stories, creating real relationships between brand, product and user.

Internship at Phoenix Design, Studio Shanghai (6 months)

Since 1987, PHOENIX has been creating products, interactions and digital ecosystems based on the fundamental values of logic, morality, and magic. More than 800 design awards (1st place in the iF World Design Index) recognize and confirm the quality and continuity of the work worldwide, including the honorary title “Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2018”. During my 6 months in Shanghai, I got to design for Asian clients and learned how to communicate my visions successfully. Including ideation, prototyping, CAD creation, and CGI visualization, this internship took my skill set to the next level. Living in one of the biggest cities on earth was a formative experience, revealing and inspiring.

Internship at smartfilmmedia in Freiburg (6 weeks)

Tasks: Attend the business of a TV- and Corporate film producer
Leadership and production of a corporate film for the German-French-Secondary School, Freiburg

Language skills

German (mother tongue)
English (excellent command)
French (very good command)

Swedish (basic skills)
Mandarin (basic skills)

International experience
Exchange (one week) in Nevers, France (2012)
Exchange (five weeks) in Brussels, Belgium (2014)
International Work (six months) in Shanghai, China (2019/20)
International Work (six months) in Malmö, Sweden (2022)

Studies in Sweden (12 months) in Umeå, Sweden (2021/22)

Intensive traveling around the world (ever since)

Let’s do something great and put it out there.