Assistant Professor, Industrial Design
Christian Freissler is a designer and educator with fifteen years of experience in his field. He received his degree in Industrial Design from University of Applied Sciences in Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany.
Prior to joining San José State University as an Assistant Professor, Christian has been working at internationally recognized design consultancy Ziba Design in Portland, OR. In his role as Principal Designer, he’s been helping companies translate brand identity and consumer insights into design direction. His work has earned several awards, including multiple IDSA Awards, Red Dot and CES Best of Innovation Awards. His clients have included Baxter, Best Buy, Intel, Nike, P&G, Samsung, and Wacom.
As an Adjunct Professor at University of Oregon’s industrial design program, Christian has taught multiple senior level design studios and won the Oregon Manifest Design Challenge as well as IDSA Gold for his bike design program.
His professional work focuses on connecting with people more deeply through design and creating solutions that are truly relevant. Besides Christian’s interest to integrate consumer insight early in SJSU’s design foundations, his research looks at design and manufacturing in the USA. In an environment of rapidly developing manufacturing possibilities, he is interested in the influence of modern craftsmanship on mass manufactured products. Christian is also a founding partner of Evolve Collaborative, a design, strategy, and innovation agency who partner with brands to deliver relevant products, services, and experiences that make a difference.