Katja Alissa Mueller

Design Lead and Art Director

Level
Senior
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
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Professions
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Projects

Projects credited in

About me

Award-winning Creative Design Lead and Art Director, with over a decade experience, specialising in editorial-led brand development and storytelling. I’m hands-on in conceptual creative development, art direction and execution, always putting curiosity and a human-centred approach to design and creative at the forefront of each project. My passion lies in distilling complex ideas into simple, beautiful and emotionally engaging creative solutions, working across a variety of industries and expertise, fuelling the potential in people, and collaborating and learning from others. I’m enjoying working on projects that purposefully help shape design and culture, and am a firm believer that an emotional response is the best indicator of truly great craft. Currently freelancing for agencies and creative studios such as AllBright, McCann, Havas and Wednesday. I’m a mentor with Kerning the Gap and D&AD New Blood as well as on the committee for SheSays London, a global network helping women advance in the creative & tech industries. For more work snippets and a lot of plants head to my instagram @katjaalissamueller

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Skills

  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Design Direction
  • Digital Design
  • Branding
  • Concept Development
  • Brand Development
  • TOV
  • Communication Strategy
  • Creative Consultancy
  • Creative Design
  • Leadership

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Saatchi & Saatchi

    Saatchi & Saatchi

    • Advertising
  • Cheil

    Cheil

    • Marketing & PR
  • She Says

    She Says

    • Events
  • Samsung UK

    Samsung UK

    • Technology

Work history

Currently

Design Director

SheSays London

Feb 2019
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Hands-on design direction for SheSays London, an award-winning global non-profit organisation focused on the engagement, education and advancement of women in the creative industries. Responsible for the creation and execution of a new visual tone of voice online and distinctly on-brand creative solutions for social and events. The strategy, focused on digital campaigns, resulted in visual brand manifestation and a 17% growth in our online following in the first 4 months with zero budget. www.instagram.com/shesayslondon

Currently

Design Lead & Art Direction

Katja Alissa Mueller

Jun 2018
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Freelance creative design and lead for selected advertising agencies, brands and creative studios. Contracted to lead conceptual design developments as well as roll-outs across multiple channels and industries. 
 - Selected for Creative Equals Future Leaders Training Programme (May – August 2019) - Mentor: D&Ad New Blood Shift (December 19 – Present) - Mentor: Kerning the Gap (February 2020 – Present) - Judge: D&AD New Blood Awards (giffgaff jury, 2020)
 Working with: Allbright, Bloody Good Period, Elephant, Havas, Joe Projects, Lovechild, Lucky Generals, McCann Health, The Rankin Group, Uncommon Creative Studio, View35 Films, Wednesday www.katjaalissamueller.com

2018

Craft Designer

Cheil

Sep 2016 - Feb 2018
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Working across off-to-online campaigns, experiences, events, launches, platforms, product innovations, branding and in-home. An integrated approach to design is applied to client work as well as in-house design concepts for Cheil London and Cheil Global, manifesting Cheil as a hub of creativity and technology that foremost connects brands to individuals. Selected clients: Absolut Vodka, Etihad Airways, Malibu, Nivea and Samsung

2018

Design & Art Director

PETRIe Inventory

Jan 2015 - Nov 2018
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I was commissioned as design & art director in 2015 and tasked with a complete editorial redesign of the printed edition of PETRIe Magazine, aimed at aligning its strategic vision and visual language. Over three years I have created and led a design team of two remotely, increased brand awareness and readership numbers, and helped manifest PETRIe as an award-winning magazine, sold at recognised cultural institutions like Tate Modern, Frieze Art Fair and the Photographer’s Gallery. Each printed publication is accompanied by a social campaign rollout. PETRIe strives to tell diverse and representative stories and elevate non-mainstream voices. Established and emerging contributors give voice to often ignored topics, pushing the boundaries of journalistic genres, as they call for a deeper, more meaningful form of engaging with issues at hand. www.petrieinventory.com

2014

Graphic Designer

RART

Mar 2013 - Dec 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • In-house graphic design expert for fine art collective RART on their NIKE project, working with print and digital media, illustration, and laser machines, in the field of high-end fashion, graphic & experience design, creating bespoke solutions for cultural influencers. Clients: NIKE, Richard Nicoll, Rapha, Dr.Martens

2016

Senior Creative Designer, Design & Art Director

Studio Katja Alissa Mueller

Jan 2013 - Aug 2016
  • Zürich, Switzerland
  • Freelance
  • Self-employed and freelance hybrid creative, working as senior creative designer, design & art director for own clients as well as selected advertising agencies and creative studios. Selected clients: Adidas, ASH — Art&Fashion, Moe Oslo, PETRIe Magazine, Secondhandbags, University of the Arts London, as well as private clients Freelance in-house: Alphabetical Studio, Bureaux, Decoded, IRL Digital, Larsson&Jennings, Miss Selfridge, Nice and Serious, Nike, RART, Spring Studios, Studio91, Victoria Beckham

2012

Graphic Designer

Saatchi & Saatchi

Aug 2012 - Dec 2012
  • Zürich, Switzerland
  • Full Time
  • Conceptual development, design and execution across local and global accounts. Clients: Manor, Unicef, Seat, Swisscom, Kaltbach

2012

Graphic Designer

kinki magazine

Feb 2012 - May 2012
  • Zürich, Switzerland
  • Full Time
  • Graphic designer for independent magazine and corporate publishing company kinki magazine. Main responsibilities included layout and editorial design, design research, prepress and print production, contributor liaison. Across print and digital media.

Education

2014

Jan 2013 - Dec 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Research topic: ‹The graphic designer as manipulator of meaning: a study of the singular photographic image of men on contemporary independent magazine covers.› Theoretical and practical approach to graphic design, with a focus on the relationship between word and image and the creation of meaning through semiotics.

2011

Aug 2008 - Jul 2011
  • Zürich, Switzerland
  • With a major in trend and future research and conceptual design.

Awards

2019

Future Leaders Training Programme

Creative Equals

  • Selected for Creative Equals Future Leaders Training Programme. May – Aug 2019

2019

Silver in the category publishing for ‘PETRIe Magazine 69 — Extinction’

Creativepool Awards

2018

Bronze in the category graphic design for ‘PETRIe Magazine 68 — Not Your Savage’



Creativepool Awards

2018

Shortlisted in the category 'Best use of photography’ for ‘PETRIe Magazine 69 — Extinction’

Stack Awards

2017

Runners up in the category 'Best use of photography’ for ‘PETRIe Magazine 68 — Not Your Savage’

Stack Awards