Jessica Blank is a designer and cultural manager with a focus on design strategies. She studied Industrial Design at Pforzheim University and Social Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. For her, design is a process of observation, understanding and learning as well as a practice that can be applied in different fields. It can be a tool for change, for breaking patterns or to convening diverse perspectives. As a sensual language, this practice has the potential to give knowledge and ideas a physical body. Thus they become both tangible and accessible, invite the viewer to participate actively or to contribute new ideas to a certain topic.

 

Born 08.07.1987 in Greenwich, Connecticut, works and lives in Vienna.

CV

Education
10.13-07.16:
Master of Arts (Social Design),
University of Applied Arts Vienna

10.08-02.13:
Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Design),
Pforzheim University

Work experience
07.18-01.19:
Project manager at VIENNA DESIGN WEEK,
exhibition management and sponsoring

from 04.18:
Production management for Oliver Hangl:
Baulücken-Konzerte and Mobile Bühne with
Ferdinand Schmalz, production assistance
for Silent Boots-Konzerte, Vienna

03.17-01.18:
Gallery Assistance at GPLcontemporary, Vienna

07.15-09.16:
Graphic Designer and Operations Assistance at
rublys GmbH, Start Up for Mobile Marketing in Vienna

07.14-09.14:
Research Assistant for the exhibition
‚Das Letzte im Leben‘ at Hofburg Innsbruck

03.13-09.13:
Research Assistant for the Master’s program
‚Creative Direction‘ at Pforzheim University

09.10-02.12:
Assistant at the office for Student and Academic Affairs
at Pforzheim University

09.10.-02.11:
Internship at Studio Judith Seng in Berlin,
Designer and Artist

03.08-08.08:
Internship at Heinz Design in Stuttgart,
Product Designer

Project work (selection)
work in progress:
‚the less you know the better – edgy drinks and
wicked appetizers‘

03.16-07.16:
Design education with physically and mentally
disabled children, Karl Schubert Schule, Vienna
(Master Thesis)

02.14-05.14:
‚Bewegt erinnern‘ – Cooperation with the Wiener
Wiesenthal Institut

03.14-08.14:
Creative Direction and project manager for
KUNSTGLAUBE, video installation at the
exhibition ‚Leiblichkeit & Sexualität‘,
Votivkirche Vienna

02.12-09.13:
Co-founder of Café Roland, Pforzheim