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Master student in Advanced Product Design

Thomas Helmer

Industrial Designer


Hi! Here you can find out a bit about me and my experiences.

I find it fascinating to work on the intersection of product design and interactive experiences. When human centered design and technology come together in a project to trigger meaningful improvements to people’s way of life, I get especially excited.

I enjoy collaborative work in international teams as it generates diverse perspectives. This work environment feels natural to me since it was the case in my previous studies and internships across Europe.

To complete my vision, I like to take a step out of the ordinary even if it means to challenge myself in an unknown field to develop new skills. This is why I previously learned how to code with Arduino or looked into Grasshopper for Rhino.
As a technology lover I always like to stay up to date with the latest developments.

Born and raised in a hilly region in southern Germany, I like to recharge and have fun riding bike trails in the mountains or taking carved turns down the slopes on skis.

After finishing my master studies in Advanced Product Design this year, I am ready to take the next step. If you think your team and I might form a match, I would be happy to start a conversation!




August 2017 - June 2018  

Umeå Institute of Design
Umeå, Sweden
Student of Advanced Product Design | MFA

Finishing my master studies in Sweden, New projects for this year of work include the award winning project WIM and my master thesis COOE.



February 2017 - July 2017

Frog Design
Milan, Italy
Industrial design intern

During my time at frog I worked on medical appliances, consumer goods, and helped the team with industrial design related tasks overall.



August 2016 - January 2017

Philips Design
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Industrial design intern

I was part industrial design team for kitchen appliances. Also, I was able to work partly on floor care-, garment care-, and medical products.



August 2015 - June 2016

Umeå Institute of Design
Umeå, Sweden
Student of Advanced Product Design | MFA

In the first year of master studies where I strengthened my skills for design processes. Here I created the projects PULSE-ON and PRIO.



April 2015 - August 2015

Carl Zeiss Smart Optics GmbH
Aalen, Germany
Industrial designer

In close collaboration with a team of researchers, engineers, and product managers, I was creating product designs for the future of smart glasses.



August 2013 - December 2013

Design School Kolding
Kolding, Denmark
ERASMUS student of Design

In Kolding I was able to explore a different perspective on design that included design thinking in an open and playful way.



March 2013 - July 2013

Schweizer Design Consulting
Stuttgart, Germany
Industrial Design Intern

At Schweizer Design Consulting I got a first glimpse at the design business.
I also got exciting insights to Autodesk Alias modeling techniques as used in the car industry.


October 2011 - March 2015

HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd
Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
Student of Product Design | BA

At the school of applied sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd I developed the core skills for industrial design and design thinking.




Pro Level

Adobe Suite

Mac & Windows
Presentation programmes

Rapid prototyping
Model making

Enthusiastic learner

Autodesk Alias
Grasshopper for Rhino

Arduino programming

Affinity Photo
Affinity Designer


German, native
English, advanced
French, beginner



BraunPrize 2018

2x BraunPrize 2018
Student Gold Award
Student Special Mention

IDSA IDEA Best In Show 2018

2x IDSA IDEA Awards 2018
Best in Show
Student Gold

Core77 Design Awards 2018 Notable

2x Core77 Design Awards 2018
Notable - Interaction category
Notable - Consumer product category


Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards 2018
Honourable Mention


Great that you made it this far!

Thank you for your interest!
Let’s start a conversation if you like!