I see two unique reason, why you would study design at KISD: First of all, do you leave KISD with a tremendous design network already at hand – due to the fact that you are not bound to your cohort, but learn to know new people with every project you start. Secondly does the overall structure of KISD foster self-learning and experience learning, which often lead to very dynamic project progressions, so that you find yourself falling into a veritable flow of thinking and doing. This is, in fact, felt extremely motivating and was a strong confirmation, that becoming a designer was the right choice for me!

Thorsten Frackenpohl

Managing Director of Noto GmbH

Thorsten Frackenpohl (*1975) apprenticed as a merchant before starting to study Design at the Köln International School of Design. At the age of 25, he and André Poulheim founded the design studio Frackenpohl Poulheim in Cologne – which is now Noto. Between 2007 and 2011 Thorsten was part of a newly established chair of Industrial Design at the TU München and responsible for the launch of an Industrial Design master program. Thorsten is fascinated by the creation of meaningful experiences that lead to business success.