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From early on it has been clear to me that I wanted to become a storyteller, in some way or another. As such, it felt natural to start studying theatre at the University of Bern where I did not only learn a lot about dramaturgy, pacing and performance, but also a lot about European history.

However, during my studies in Bern I also realised that there are other ways to tell stories. Working at graphic design agency raschle & kranz, I learned that stories can be told visually, too. And that hypertext allows for stories that go beyond the linearity of stage plays.

I went to search for something that would bridge these fields, and found it in game design. After finishing up my studies in Bern with a master thesis that seamlessly combined theatre and game studies, I started to study game design at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK in 2008 and attained my bachelor’s degree in 2011. My bachelor thesis project was a serious game to raise awareness of bullying among teenagers, featuring an unusual graphic look, multilinear storytelling as well as complex simulations running under the hood.

I created the concept as well as took part in the development of a rehabilitation game for kids for the Serious Games division at the Zurich University of the Arts, in cooperation with the Rehabilitation Centre of the Children’s Hospital of the University of Zurich in Affoltern am Albis, extending my knowledge in the field of serious games considerably.

All these years of learning and soaking up knowledge have turned me into a proficient generalist, allowing me to effortlessly combine art with technology, scientific knowledge with practical application and attention to detail while keeping the big picture in mind. My portfolio shows the full breadth of my skills: writing and storytelling, graphic design, illustration, web development, game design, game development, 3D modelling, programming amongst others.

Education

2001–2009
University of Bern
lic. phil., Theatre Studies, Media Studies, English Literature
2008–2011
Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Game Design

Experience
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September 2011 – today
kaspar manz xeophin.net/worlds
Freelancer
October 2013 – January 2015
YouRehab
Game Designer and Developer
Design and development of therapy games for stroke patients
February 2014 – October 2014
Institut of Neuroinformatics, University of Zürich and ETH Zürich
Game Designer and Developer
Design and development of therapy and training games for a respiration training device
User experience design for the administration front end of the respiration training device
September 2012 – February 2013
Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK
Game Designer and Developer
March 2012 – August 2012
Rehabilitation Center for Children of the Children’s University Hospital Zurich, Affoltern a. Albis
Civilian Servant
October 2011 – March 2012
Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK
Game Designer
August 2001 – July 2007
raschle & kranz, Atelier für Kommunikation GmbH,
Graphic Designer, Web Designer