Christopher Blum


Freelance
Senior Art Director


Christopher Blum



Freelance
Senior Art Director




Radio Advertising Summit

Corporate Design for a german radio conference

The “Radio Advertising Summit” is a new conference about trends and advertising possibilities within the medium radio. As radio has words and music but no pictures the new corporate design emphasizes on these aspects with focus on bold typography and strong colours. These create an easy to remember visual style for the website, Ads and the event itself.

The logo has already been done by Kastner & Partners. Besides that I was responsible for the whole visual design.

To give easy access to the informations from everywhere the site is fully responsive.

  • Project: Radio Advertising Summit, 2014
  • Client: Kastner & Partners
  • Job: Freelance Art Direction

Radio Advertising Summit

Mutabor.de

New brand site for design agency MUTABOR

The name MUTABOR has latin origins and means “I’m going to change”. With the new website they strengthen their roots and focus on their strategic topic “change”.

We wanted the new site to be simple, soulful and superior. Therefore we developed a flexible editorial grid filled with bold typography, full-size pictures and individual case studies. The whole site is responsive.

“Lingua 365”:
Besides the website we developed a concept for their social media strategy. As MUTABOR is widely known for their great icons “Lingua 365” gives employees a little playground to interpret political, social and other news in one icon. These are posted on tumblr, Facebook and twitter daily to weekly and are a huge success.

  • Project: MUTABOR, 2014
  • Client: MUTABOR
  • Job: Freelance Art Direction

Mutabor.de

Orchester der Kulturen

New corporate design and website for Orchester der Kulturen

The “Orchester der Kulturen” is a collective of musicians from all around the world that plays a mixture of classic, world music and pop under the direction of Adrian Werum. We created a whole new identity based on the idea of multicultural exchange that creates new soundscapes. The flow of water colour and how it blends with other elements inspired this illustrative collage layout. This way we could find a graphic way to visualize the music.

We designed the logo, the general style, the website, the keyvisual, 36 individual Setcards for the musicians and the concert poster. The logo is made out of unique letters from all over the world to represent the cultural mixture. The website hosts an interactive journey around the world where user can create their individual piece of music. The globe also works as a keyvisual for all other media.

  • Project: Orchester der Kulturen, 2011-12
  • Client: Adrian Werum / Orchester der Kulturen
  • Job: Project Lead & Art Direction at Scholz & Volkmer

Orchester der Kulturen

Illustrations

I love doing illustrations either for clients or for private fun.

Most of them are collages mixed with different other media. Those can be drawings, plumb, water colour, photographs or plain pixel. As I am interested in mythology many illustrations have aspects of this topic.

  • Projects: several, 2008-14
  • Client: mostly myself
  • Job: private

Illustrations

Panasonic Eluga

Call for fresh style

is the claim for the online campaign of Panasonics first smartphone ELUGA. It combines modern design, state of the art technology and good usability, which is reflected by the look and feel of the webspecial. The keyfeature “waterproof” is represented by the omnipresent visual element of watersplashes. In the center there is a model surrounded by water that seems to bounce off.

Through a complex 120° Matrix Shooting with 80 cameras we realized frozen 3d scenes. Within these the user can navigate to explore the 6 highlight features of the product which are explained interactively. The whole website is optimized for mobile and tablet use.

  • Project: Panasonic ELUGA, 2012
  • Client: Panasonic Europe Ltd.
  • Job: Project Lead, Art Direction & Design at Scholz & Volkmer

Panasonic Eluga

Dreamreaver

Album Artwork for Dreamreaver - a progressive power metal band

Dreamreaver wanted a characteristic visual style for their new album “The chameleon defect”. Which is about the misfunction of building a social connection to one's current social environment. Characters hide behind masks and are unable to see the reality as it is, gargoyles and monsters inhabit their world. I designed the whole album artwork which is handwritten by bandmembers and a huge backdrop for their stage at concerts.

  • Project: Album Artwork, 2011
  • Client: Dreamreaver
  • Job: private

Dreamreaver

Panasonic Live@IFA

Panasonic presents a very special guest at the IFA - you!

Ask questions online and get answers live in this Live-TV-Web-Event. Patrice Bouédibéla, a well known german MTV moderator guides through the programme and several product experts answer your questions live from the Panasonic booth at the IFA in Berlin.

Beneath product highlights this event also features live concerts in corporation with the music platform qTom as well as a controllable 360° webcam at the ceiling of the booth. User can also win great prizes link tickets to the olympic games in London. The whole event was also highly integrated in social media like Facebook and twitter with great success. During the 5-days live phase we had 180.000 visits from over 140 countries with a visit duration up to 1 hour.

  • Project: Panasonic Live@IFA, 2011
  • Client: Panasonic Europe Ltd.
  • Job: Art Direction & Design at Scholz & Volkmer

Panasonic Live@IFA

Coke Happiness Player

Listen to free music online

As part of the “Open Happiness” campaign we developed the Coke Happiness Player - a free to use music tool. It plays music that corresponds to the mood and genre the users choose. Teenagers can use this tool to express their feelings via the internet and share them with their friends in Facebook or StudiVZ. In addition to that we developed a new mascot: a talking and dancing Coke can, that presents the Happiness Player in its' studio.

Awards:

  • new media award
  • Project: Coke Happiness Player, 2010
  • Client: Coca-Cola Germany
  • Job: Art Direction & Design at Scholz & Volkmer

Coke Happiness Player

Panasonic VIERA NeoPlasma

Webspecial for the 2011 Panasonic VIERA NeoPlasma TV range

Light and colours represent the brilliant picture quality of Panasonic VIERA TVs. The User can go on an intuitive journey to learn about the new NeoPlasma and follow the trails of colourful glowsticks which stand for different aspects of this technology. Their light reveals all the information and content in the dark szenario of this webspecial. This also is the first fullscreen webspecial for Panasonic.

In addition we produced a Facebook App where user can create glowstick messages and send them to their friends.

  • Project: VIERA NeoPlasma Webspecial, 2011
  • Client: Panasonic Europe Ltd.
  • Job: Art Direction & Design at Scholz & Volkmer

Panasonic VIERA NeoPlasma

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Webspecial for the S-Class 2009

The vehicle is presented as an exhibit in a virtual exhibition. It focuses on trend-setting technologies from other sectors that are already implemented in the S-Class. The technologies are presented as exhibits in a three-dimensional, futuristic exhibition space around the S-Class.

The vehicle features can be experienced interactively with alternate input devices such as a webcam and microphone. Users move from exhibit to exhibit and around the vehicle in photo-realistic 3D journeys.

Awards:

  • “High design quality” at the red dot award
  • Annual Multimedia Yearbook
  • Project: Mercedes-Benz: S-Class Webspecial, 2008
  • Client: Daimer AG
  • Job: Art Direction & Design at Scholz & Volkmer

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Retrospective

Long live the past!

This collection shows older work I still wanna show on one or two slides. These projects have mostly been realized at Scholz &Volkmer where I have been employed for 6 years. But there is also my thesis about my grandfathers life “Otto Blum” which has been a very personal journey through my families history.

  • Projects: several, 2005-08
  • Client: mostly Scholz & Volkmer
  • Job: several

Retrospective

Hello!

My name is Christopher Blum.
I am a Freelance Art Director from Hamburg. I work in this business since I graduated in 2005.

Focus

  • interactive design
  • ideas & conceptual thinking
  • good teamwork

Contact

+49 (0) 176 - 21 87 06 43

Field of work

I am specialized in digital creations, but I am always looking for new challenges.

I do

  • (Senior) Art Direction
  • Responsive Web & Mobile Design
  • Graphic & Interface Design
  • Ideas & Moods
  • Campaigns, Microsites & Digital Advertising
  • Apps & Interaction Design
  • Illustration & Infographics
  • Teamlead & Project Direction

Brands

Beside these bigger brands I also enjoy working for smaller businesses.

Clients

I got six years of experience at Scholz & Volkmer.
In 2012 I started as a freelancer.

Awards

I could aquire for my clients.

  • 1x red dot award “High design quality”
  • 1x 10th Webby Award Winner / Student category
  • 1x new media award / shortlist
  • 2x Annual Multimedia Yearbook
  • 1x IAA Award Silver
  • 1x Nominee Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2x Europe Multimedia Top Talent Award (TTA)
  • 1x University of Memphis Graphic Design Student Show

Recognition

The pen is mightier than the sword.

Articles for German web design magazin “weave”

  • Weave 03/10: Live Web Events
  • Weave 06/09: Serious Alternative Reality Games

Hello!

My name is Christopher Blum.
I am a Freelance Art Director from Hamburg, Germany.
I work in this business since I graduated in 2005.

Focus

  • interactive design
  • ideas & conceptual thinking
  • good teamwork

I do

(Senior) Art Direction, Responsive Web & Mobile Design, Graphic & Interface Design, Ideas & Moods, Campaigns, Microsites & Digital Advertising, Apps & Interaction Design, Illustration & Infographics, Teamlead & Project Direction

Contact

Christopher Blum
+49 (0) 176 - 21 87 06 43

Brands & Clients

Beside these bigger brands I also enjoy working for smaller businesses.

Brands I worked for:

Agencies I worked for:

Awards & Recognition

The pen is mightier than the sword.

Awards:

  • 1x red dot award “High design quality”
  • 1x 10th Webby Award Winner / Student category
  • 1x new media award / shortlist
  • 2x Annual Multimedia Yearbook
  • 1x IAA Award Silver
  • 1x Nominee at the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2x Europe Multimedia Top Talent Award (TTA)
  • 1x University of Memphis Graphic Design Student Show

Articles for German webdesign magazin “weave”:

  • Weave 03/10: Live Web Events
  • Weave 06/09: Serious Alternative Reality Games