Jessica Blank, born in Connecticut USA, grew up in Stuttgart, works and lives in Vienna, is a design strategist and cultural manager. She studied Industrial Design at the University of Pforzheim and Social Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She was a project manager at Vienna Design Week, co-curator of a history education format at the Simon Wiesenthal Institut, worked as a production manager for the artist Oliver Hangl in a series of curated music performances and realized an interim project for young design in a landmarked vacant property. For her, the design process is a strategic and creative tool for questioning existing patterns and developing solution-orientated ideas – an approach used by different organizations and companies to solve problems.

 

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
since 03.19:
Campaign Manager at Campaigning Bureau, Vienna

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