At IxDS, experts from various backgrounds and nationalities work together to deliver the best results for our clients. Every member of IxDS is encouraged not only to increase her or his expertise, but also to foster his or her other interests – be it arts, volunteering or performing on stage.
In this section we would like to introduce the leaders of the IxDS studios.
Prof. Reto Wettach
Reto is the founder and design director of IxDS, responsible for the overall design strategy. He is a Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, where he teaches “Physical Interaction Design” and researches innovative, bodily-focused approaches to Human-computer interaction. Reto has previously worked as an Associate Professor with the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, and as a designer/researcher with Sony in Tokyo and Ideo in San Francisco. He studied Industrial Design at UdK Berlin and Mechanical Engineering at TU Berlin. Prior to his studies, Reto had an apprenticeship as a stonemason in Southern Germany.
André is the managing director of IxDS. He is an interaction designer with a distinct interest in physical, embodied interactions. André holds degrees in computer science and interaction design and has worked and studied in London, Zürich, Hamburg and Berlin. His creative research has been published at conferences such as TEI and CHI, and been exhibited at Ars Electronica and NIME. Besides IxDS, André is working as a research assistant at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, where he is project lead of Fritzing, an ambitious open source hardware initiative. Read more about his projects at andreknoerig.de.
Myriel is an interaction designer and artist. She received her MA from the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, Italy and her diploma in Graphic Design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. Further, she followed studies at the Conceptual and Information Arts department of San Francisco State University as part of her education.
Her work often takes the form of a playful exploration, which engages people in questions about their natural, social, and technical environments. These explorations take place in a range of art exhibitions, collaborations, conferences, and workshops. See more of her work at neighbourhoodsatellites.com.
Johannes leads the Mobile and the User Research studios at IxDS. He previously graduated with a Master’s degree in Interaction Design from the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences and a Diploma in Communication Design from Mannheim University. Before he joined IxDS, he worked in studios in Frankfurt and Amsterdam. Among his recent volunteer activities is the new website for the Bolivian German Cultural Institute in Sucre. You can follow his love for debate on his blog.
Jonathan is a silicon valley veteran with decades of experience in developing and prototyping software across all categories of devices. He has been part of the famous research labs at Xerox PARC, Interval Research, and Apple, where he has helped to invent the future of human-computer interactions. He is also the lead developer of our open-source project Fritzing, and enjoys crafting his latest artwork.
Julia Werner is an interaction designer and design researcher. She has been part of the IxDS team since 2006. Her focus is on emotional design and communication without words; through design she wants to encourage people both to leave the beaten track and to take care of each other. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, such as MobileHCI, Amsterdam and DMY, Berlin. She received her degree from the University of Applied Science Potsdam in 2008. During her studies she spent one year in the Product Service System Design Masterclass at the Politecnico di Milano. Previously she was employed as graphic designer, working with clients including Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Stockhausen and Netcologne. Read more about her projects at juliawerner.com
Verena Augustin is a service designer and design researcher. She holds a Master in European Design Studies from the Köln International School of Design, the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, Paris, and the Politecnico di Milano. Coming from a product design background, she focused her master thesis on user research and gender design.
Prior to IxDS, she worked as reseach assistant for the MEDES Communication Board and freelance product designer.
Christiane is a media designer with a passion for storytelling, social media, and research practices using new technologies and design speculation (holzheid.com). She earned her MFA in Media Design from Art Center College of Design (Los Angeles), received her BFA in Illustration from Maryland Institute College of Art and Design (Baltimore), and studied Graphic Design at the Akademie U5 in Munich. Christiane, who grew up in Germany and South Africa, gained design experiences in New York and San Francisco. She works as a research fellow at the University of Applied Sciences (Potsdam) and has joined the IxDS team in November 2010.