Arttu-Matti Immonen, Interaction Designer (l.) and Stefan Andreesen, Senior Product Designer (r.) are joining our Stuttgart team now. Phoenix Design has thus managed to win over two more experts with a long-standing track record in international work.
Arttu-Matti Immonen studied Industrial Design in Lahti/Finland before enrolling in a Master of Engineering in Product Design programme at the Kyoto Institute of Technology. What started in 2008 as a fascinating semester abroad expanded into an 8-year stay in Japan. He learnt Japanese and moved to Tokyo after his graduation where he started his career in Package & Brand Visual Design. At Ziba Design, he finally worked as UI Designer for local technology and automotive companies, realising their visions of the future. He will put his knowledge of the Japanese market to good use in projects as Interaction Designer with Phoenix Design.
What internationality means to him? Internationality is very contextual and in order to master the mindset, one must be willing to adapt and hopefully have flexible surroundings that truly facilitate this. In Finland, where he comes from, it was the proficiency of speaking a foreign language. In Japan, where he speaks the language, it was the feeling of an internationally oriented "foreigner". Back in Europe it means the integration into a flexible society: to learn German altough English would suffice.
Stefan Andreesen studied Industrial Design at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK), where he graduated in 2006. After a semester abroad at the University of East London and following his Diploma degree, he went abroad again – this time to the Netherlands. In Amsterdam, he spent ten years working for Philips Design in the household appliances area, dealing with global-scale projects. He now takes his expertise to Phoenix Design as a Senior Product Designer.
For me, internationality means an immense enrichment in terms of different perspectives. Which perspectives are created due to different socialisation in different cultural spheres is to him just as exciting to observe as is discovering what we have in common with people from other parts of the world.