Hello, my name is Christoph Rauscher.

I’m a designer, illustrator, writer and visual thinker based in Berlin, Germany.

Christoph Rauscher
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Writing

Flurry Screensaver

The Last Screensaver

You know it from the first MacBook you bought, or from your school library’s computers, or from the backdrop of a film you recently watched. The Flurry screensaver, shipped with every Mac since 2002, has become an acquainted digital surface in movies, offices and homes.

Form Design Magazine Column

Form Design Magazine Column

WordArt, flip phones, skeuomorphic design: For the renowned German design magazine form, I write a column on digital design phenomenons that popped up during the past 30 years, but by now already induce some sort of digital nostaliga within us.

Zeit Online Helvetica Now Interview

Helvetica Now

You all know Helvetica, the famous typeface from the 1950s – it’s everwhere! In 2019, it was redesigned and enhanced by Hendrik Weber and Alexander Roth from Monotype, and for Zeit Online, I talked to the type designers about the process and necessity. Read it in German.

Inivisible Machines: Visual Essay

Visual Essay: Invisible Machines

The first personal computers were sold in the early 1980s. Their neutral exterior—grey, square boxes—were supposed to change our households as a flexible tool. But how was it possible that these emotion-less designed machines became the symbol for the information age? And how did they almost completely lose their shell through the decases?

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Newsletter: Christel’s Corner

I write a (semi-regular) monthly newsletter called “Christel’s Corner”, which is an easy read with thoughts and inspiration on everyday life, feelings, technology, design and things that caught my attention. You can read previous issues, or simply sign up here:

About me

I’m Christoph, a designer, illustrator, writer and visual thinker based in Berlin, Germany. I collaborate with companies big and small to visualize their ideas and push projects into the right direction. In the past, I’ve worked as a design director at Edenspiekermann and as the art director of ZEIT Online.

My work ranges from design direction and strategic design to hands-on visual and UI design. I also do illustration, editorial and book design, and I write for magazines and corporate publications.

I believe that design is changing its role constantly, and I enjoy adapting to it. From describing pixel-perfect mockups, design has been shifted to a broader field of projection: Basically, everything can be designed — which defines the role of the designer as a mediator between needs, ideas and stakeholders. I use design as a tool to connect people, and make invisible thoughts tangible.

Selected Clients

I’ve worked with great people on great projects, such as: DIE ZEIT & ZEIT Online, STATE Design Consultancy, Edenspiekermann, Stan Hema, DOK Leipzig, frieze, Ringier, AZ Medien, jetzt.de / Süddeutsche Zeitung, Red Bull, TLGG, BCG, Phineo, Carl-Auer Verlag, and more.

Here’s what I can help you with:

  • Strategic design and consulting: Where is your idea or project headed? Let’s find out in a joined ideation session.
  • Website design: From concept and architecture to interface design, making responsive websites is my jam.
  • Writing: Interviews, reports, corporate text, tone of voice or content strategy – I can help you find the right words.
  • Illustration: I draw key visuals, explanatory imagery and editorial illustrations. Check my instagram for examples.

Say Hello

If you have an interesting idea to share or collaborate on, I’d be happy to hear from you! I enjoy team work, enthusiasm, literature, watching animals, cheesy music and meaningful conversation:

I’m also on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.