Nice to meet you!
I’m Michael Jakob
I’ve been working as a Motion Designer in the advertising industry for 8 years and counting. Over the past 4 years, I’ve produced state-of-the-art content for premium brands at international car shows (when I wasn’t driving through the Australian Outback in my ’95 Mitsubishi Pajero).
I’m originally from Freiburg, Germany, the gorgeous capital of the Black Forest. These days you can find me in thrilling Beijing, China. My motion design skills are definitely still better than my Mandarin though. 加油!
I excel in conceptual thinking and handling data for massive, multi-LED-screen setups while working under tremendous time pressure. I’m a team player who pays attention to detail and keeps the big picture in mind at the same time. I take an organised, structured approach to work, which is how I keep tens of thousands of files in order for any given project. But don’t just take my word for it — have a look at my portfolio!
I also moonlight in photography with my Fujifilm XT-2. Framing and composition is very important to me, even when I’m snapping a shot of a parking ticket with my phone 😜
The everyday tools I’m using for my work. Adobe Creative Suite and Cinema 4D.
Currently I’m looking into DaVinci Resolve/Fusion as a professional alternative to Adobe Premiere/After Effects. I’m also getting familiar with Redshift as the new standard renderer for Cinema 4D.
The skillsets I provide.
MOTION DESIGN & EDITING
(After Effects, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, Photoshop)
(an organised and structured approach is everything)
(Travel, Landscape, City, People)
(HTML, CSS, JS, PHP)
(not all thumbs, since I’m also an IT System Technician)
Here’s where I’ve worked for the past decade and beyond, gaining my experience in Motion Design, Photography and IT.
During my commercial break, I spent most of the time in Australia (2.5 years) travelling 35.000km across the continent in my ’95 Mitsubishi Pajero. I co-piloted a tiny Cessna to an island in Vanuatu where I stood on the rim of an active volcano. I shook the hand of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Melbourne. And I traveled the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian Railway via Abakan, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude and Ulaanbaatar. In Mongolia, a dream came true by coincidence when I got to ride a horse into the sunset of the Mongolian steppe.
During this time I traveled toThailand, USA, Hong Kong, Australia, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Russia, Mongolia and China.
- Studio: dondon
- Location: Berlin, Germany
- Role: Motion Designer (Freelancer)
- Time: July 2013 – September 2013
- Projects: Erste Bank und Sparkasse – s Lab (TV Commercial Austria), 3 drei Launch (TV commercial Austria)
- College: Freie Hochschule für Grafik Design & Bildende Kunst
- Location: Freiburg, Germany
- Qualification: Screen Design & Web Design
- Specialization: Motion Design
- Time: 2007–2011
- Projects: (open projects overview)