Katja is an Industrial Designer with a strong focus on
conceptual and "out-of-the-box-thinking" product design. She
started her creative career as an interior decorator, before
she studied Industrial Design at the University
of the Arts Berlin, and at the California
College of Arts and Crafts in
San Francisco. She used to work with frogdesign in the area
of Interface and Interaction Design, which triggered her
interest in digital products, usability, and human factors.
Finally she founded her own design consultancy "Thoring
Design", where she develops product concepts, corporate
identities and interface designs. Katja loves to talk about
her work and ideas, which is why from time to time she gives
speeches and workshops about creativity, innovation, and
design methods at conferences or in companies.
Katja works as a lecturer at the University of the Arts Berlin and at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau, teaching Product Design at both schools. Moreover she is part of the teaching team of the HPI School of Design Thinking (short: D-School) in Potsdam. At UdK she is also part of several Industry-Cooperation projects, for example with OPEL.
Katja finds most of her inspiration in travelling, visiting european metropolises, watching people, and taking photographs of everyday-objects such as trash cans or door handles.