Nils Achenbach I Resumé

Personal Data
Born 19.05.1999 in Aschaffenburg, Germany
Currently living in St.Peter, a small village in the Black Forest, south-west of Germany
as well as in Coburg, a small town in upper Franconia, middle-east of Germany

School education

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

The Franco-German Gymnasium in Freiburg sees itself as a binational and bicultural encounter with a special status on the basis of the Franco-German Treaty of 1963. This provides a 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 created 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. In addition to my intensive hands-on experience in modelmaking, I got to collaborate with successful german brands like Brose and Villeroy&Boch. Specific lectures on material sciences, manufacturing technologies, technical mechanics and ergonomics helped me understandung real-world needs in future innovations. 

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

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)
Intensive traveling around the world (ever since)

Practical experience
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 successfully communicate my visions. Including ideation, prototyping, CAD creation and CGI visualisation, this internship took my skillset to the next level. Living in one of the biggest city on earth was crucial experience, revealing and inspiring.

Internship at smartfilmmedia in Freiburg
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 (good command)
Chinese (basic skills)

The program Integrated Product Design, founded in 1998 is characterized by one special feature: the combination of standard contents of design programs and lectures and seminars of other programs like Economics, Engineering and Social Services. The undergraduate program answers changing demands of practical business, wich more and more requires team-oriented interdisciplinary working designers, who have high interface competency. In Germany this kind of concept is unique and has stood test more than two decades of practice.

After a disastrous fire in 1999, a new phase started for the Coburg Hofbrauhaus. In the past, this historic site was famous for it’s art of brewing, but today, after an extensive restoration and re-establishment a center for innovative design and services was created.
As a meeting point, the building offers opportunities for students, freelancers, companies and entrepreneurs related to design and services to effectively unite teaching and practice.

The Hofbrauhaus in the heart of the Upper Franconian town of Coburg, formerly known for its art of brewing is now home to the chair of Design. It has become a center for innovative design and related services that allows for learning through theory and practice. Students, freelancers, companies and entrepreneurs come together with the aim of creating where compelling new products and unique experiences.

Research & Development

Design Research.
Portfolio Strategy.
Project management.
Project documentation.

Product Design & Development

Product Design.
User Experience Design.
Human Centered Design.

Marketing and Branding

Social media & ads.
Animation and Videography.

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Basics of Design
The main target in my design process is to establish an individual understanding of product identities and integrated product approaches, which, in the course of complex and transdisciplinary projects, enabled me to deal self-assuredly with all facets of artefacts in the different dimensions of their usage.

Computer-Aided Design
The combination of manual and digital techniques in a two-dimensional space enable a variety of individual ways of expression. Working with image-editing and layout-software support my envisioning process and the documentation of its results. In addition to an in-depth knowledge on Adobe CC applications, I love working with AffinityPublisher/Designer/Photo by Serif as well as Sketch and Final Cut Pro X.

Designing and Construction
With the help of precise tasks, I got to know methodical designing and engineering. Furthermore practical design methods were lectured in Technical Design and Methodology of Design programs. During my internship at Phoenix Design Shanghai, I got to strengthen my knowledge on branding, product portfolio development and strategic competences.

Graphic Design
My know-how on typography in the subject of Graphic Design includes elaborate knowledge of micro- and macro- typography, typesetting and layout. On a day-to-day basis I design digital presentations, banners, portfolios and booklets.

Design Drawing
My drawing related education in university mainly dealt with graphic drawing, which means to draw the object in mind as precisely and realistically as possible. In the following years I became more and more used to digital drawing techniques, realizing Renderings on my iPad Pro and Wacom tablet.

Photography and Videography
My passion for cameras and artistic composition in photography exists since my early childhood. Especially when documenting processes for my projects, I appreciate taking product shots, portraits and moodpictures. My Canon 5DMk4 follows me in every step I take, to capture every inspiring moment.
In the last few months I got to learn many different aspects in virtual composition of animations in Keyshot, wich I am excited to expand in the future.

CAD and CAM in Design Training
I am used to work with a wide variety of programs in production processes, especially in model making. The employment of 3D printing and CNC milling techniques leads to realizing a continuity from the CAD model to the final product. Speaking of favorites, I especially love working with Rhinozeros 6 and Keyshot 9.

My vision

My goal for the future is to lead a design team conceiving ingenious, beautiful and truly recognizable products that touch the lives of millions of people around the world. I aim to put great emphasis on environmentally friendly products, possibly help pushing the boundaries of medical research, to implement the use of next-generation materials and to always maintain a natural interaction. Finally my design should put a smile on the users face – the ultimate reward for the work of a designer.

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