BORN IN 1987. RAISED IN A SMALL VILLAGE IN GERMANY. DESIGNING FOR BIG BRANDS SINCE 2010
Hi, I’m Christoph Gey a freelance Art Director, Illustrator & Visual Wanderer from Germany. I work remote or in-house for agencies and clients in the fields of automotive, lifestyle products, beverages, food, insurance and whatever needed and sounds interesting to me.
I love to help people and brands with good design – starting with concepts, continuing with design and finishing with the delivery of assets. I’m used to work solo as well as part (or lead) of a huge team. I like to deal with open, honest and warm people who love what they do and are willing to learn and to teach.
I enjoy a good cup of coffee, traveling the world with a small backpack, dancing tango, driving motorcycle, playing drums, taking photos, experimenting with design or sketching in nature.
I’m focused on the development of corporate designs and (digital) manuals as part of the corporate identity. This also includes finding a unique style, logo development, image/color conception, UI branding, employer branding, the production of corporate content and much more.
I design user interfaces and different digital touch points such as websites, microsites, landing pages, apps, wearables, platforms … I also provide user experience design, conception, wireframes … which is the foundation of every good digital design outcome.
I create business illustrations, corporate illustrations, characters, infographics, iconography, editorials, advertising … They can be done as digital vector illustrations or with haptic materials such as pencil, paper, water/acrylic color, feathers, chocolate, fabrics, wood …
STRICHPUNKT, SEVENVAL, ISOBAR, HAVAS, ZUM GOLDENEN HIRSCHEN, MCGARRYBOWEN, NEWCAST, …
Before I started working for fancy agenies and my lovely clients, I’ve made my Bachelor of Arts (hons) with first class honours at the “Middlesex University” in London, United Kingdom. Before that I’ve studied communication design at the “Kölner Design Akademie” in Cologne, Germany, I live a good life.
„(…) I like his work, especially the Campari Site. I am sure he will do well. (…)“Stefan Sagmeister
„(…) Super guy. Super designer. It’s fun to work with him. (…)“Daniel Koennecke
„(…) He truly understands the clients wishes and can translate them beautifully. (…)“Michael Brandt
„(…) Christoph combines the rare qualities of an excellent UI and UX Designer. He knows when to switch his keen eye for details to the overall strategy and back, to meet the deadline. Personally I like his calm nature and ability to take back his ego to support the team in the best possible way. He was a pleasure to work with and I’d recommend him to everyone who aims for high quality (…)“Joerg Zabel
„(…) Christoph was one of the most efficient, professional and adaptable artists I have worked with. He handled an obscure and complex brief with ease and delivered a fantastic digital design project perfectly suited to our requirement and before deadline. I would highly recommend Christoph’s service and I look forward to working with him again. (…)“Amy Fleming
„(…) We get to know and to like Christophs honesty and ability to take criticism. His high quality standards fit perfectly into the overall structure. Anytime again (…)“Philipp Brune
„(…) Not often can you find someone with such talent so easy to work with. I hope that I get the chance to work with him again in the future (…)“Mark T. Lee
„(…) He asked the right question from the start and delivered extraordinary fast with high quality. His talent is overwhelming and brings a new spin to every topic. (…)“David Petrikat
D&AD “BEST OF YEAR”, DEUTSCHER DIGITAL AWARD „BRONZE“, MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY “FIRST CLASS HONORS”, …
Awards are a good way of advertising and client conviction. There is no doubt about that. That’s the reason I put them here. But besides that I’m not to sure if awards are important. I make good design because that’s my passion and not because I wanna win a fancy dust catcher. I keep showcasing my work on social plattforms but I won’t participate in any further competitions.
I think the most important thing as a designer is not the sensitivity when it comes to proportions, colors and moods. It’s also not about operating Photoshop, Sketch and what so ever like a mad man. These are skills necessary for doing a good job – not for doing an excellent one.
It all comes to a humbled heart. You must trap your ego and all the dreams of prestige and money, that fucking ruins it all. You have to become quite, focused and curious. Listen to the people your working for. Learn from them, serve them and than have fun, keep it real and fucking do the job like there is no tomorrow.
I consider myself a „visual wanderer“. I love to travel (in mind and body) and to learn about different cultures, lifestyles and visuell languages. Every land, agency and client has it’s own history and visual characteristics. On the one hand, I love to discover and understand them. On the other hand I respect them and like to work with and to develop them further.
On my pathway I’m blessed with meeting many inspiring friends, which teach me in knowledge and wisdom. So I’m getting better from project to project. I haven’t reached the point where I want to be, yet. But I will.
When I get booked I see it as my responsibility to pass on the financial blessing. The income gives me the chance to support 3 godchildren in Africa on a constant basis and aid agencies such as „Doctors without borders„, „Engineers without borders„, „Compassion„, „Plan„, „SOS Kinderdorf„, „Weihnachten im Schuhkarton“ and „Brot für die Welt„.
Portfolio PDF & Business Card
Here you can download my PDF Portfolio to review my work offline and to store me in your Freelance-Library. The portfolio contains selected work under the Copyright of Christoph Gey. You will also get a business card (vcf format) with my contact details. Can’t wait to hear from you.