About me


Petra Rüth
© Photos by Jitka Ludvikova

MOTIVATION

I am a graphic designer currently living in Leipzig, Germany. I enjoy many facets of graphic design, especially poster design, editorial design, corporate design, and most of all typography.
My hobby is working with blackletters. I like to read about their history, spend time getting familiar with their beautiful letter shapes and broadening my calligraphic skills.
I enjoy working in a team, which I think is important to achieve excellence. I am interested in things that have passed and things that will come. I like to be challenged.

WORK HISTORY

After I left school, I completed three years of vocational training to become a drafts­person. I worked in this job for four years, three of them in Atlanta, USA. I enjoyed the detailed work, but everything was specified by DIN Norms. As time went by I found that I prefer to do more creative work, so I decided to go into graphic design.
I studied in Cologne, Germany, to get my bachelor’s degree. After moving to Frankfurt, I worked as a graphic designer for over a year. As Junior Art Director I was responsible for all steps of a design process from concept to final printed work.
I spent one year in Helsinki, Finland, working as a graphic designer for Activeark Ltd. There my projects involved web sites, print materials and high-end interactive presentations for major clients, primarily Nokia Siemens Network, but also Hartwall Jaffa and others.
The last few years I was employed by a publisher in Berlin, Germany. S&S Media Group is an international publishing house with a focus on the IT sector. In the design department I created logos, layouts, artworks and infographics for both print and online media.
I am currently working as a freelance designer and also studying at the Academy of Fine Arts (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst) in Leipzig. My goal is to deepen my knowledge of the history of writing, with special focus on the 16th century. I am mainly researching the correlation between the Textur, Fraktur, and Current scripts. Additionally I will be exploring the writing masters of that time. As part of this line of study, I will also be cultivating my calligraphic skills.

RESUMÉ

Apprenticeship as draftsperson (mechanical engineering), Aschaffenburg, Germany
WIKA Alexander Wiegand GmbH & Co. KG, Klingenberg, Germany
WIKA Instrument Corporation, Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA

KDA Cologne Design Academy (Bachelor in Graphic Design), Cologne, Germany
Transparent Design Management GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
Activeark Ltd., Helsinki, Finland
Vollblut GmbH & Ko. KG, Wiesbaden, Germany
Software & Support Media GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
Software & Support Media GmbH, Berlin, Germany
Academy of Fine Arts (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst), Leipzig, Germany
For more detailed information, please contact me by email.

IT SKILLS

InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Glyphs, WordPress, HTML, Microsoft Office, ProEngineer, AutoCAD

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