who I am

& what I do

My name is Kerstin Toepel and I am a 24-year-old Graphic Designer, currently based in Mannheim, Germany. My passions besides design and illustration are music, snowboarding, reading and spending time with friends. I love my family, photography, animals and going to restaurants. I would describe myself as a happy person who’s in love with life and loves to laugh. I am the nestling of my family and growing up with two older siblings has taught me how to deal with a crisis. Looking at it the other way round, I guess that could apply to them as well 😉 I was born in 1992 in Heidelberg and studied Graphic Design in Cologne from 2011 until 2014. In 2014, I moved to London and spent an awesome, inspiring year there to get a First Class Honours Degree in Graphic Design from Middlesex University. I love what I do and I do what I love, art is one of the things I could hardly live without. Ever since I can remember, I have been spending most of my free time creating things, whether drawings, handicrafts or, later on, digital graphics. Every sketch and every tiny scribble that decorates the majority of any blank paper placed in front of me comes from my need to find an outlet for creativity. I love to turn the little occasions of everyday life into personal projects, be it hand-crafted Christmas cards or illustrated shopping lists. Okay, are we done with the essentials? Great, let’s move on to some random facts!


I do not sing in the shower. I perform.
My addictions limit to coffee and schnitzel.
My outlet for everyday stress is my piano.
I can fold my right ear together. Looks so ridiculous that mostly I have to laugh and then it pops right out again.
One time, I set off the fire alarm in a retirement home. Accidentally!

Alright, let’s be serious again. Let me give you some job-related informations:


February ’17 – Now
Art Director at BLIM, Mannheim

December ’15 – February ’17
Junior Art Director at BLIM, Mannheim

April ’14 – June 14′
Student Assistant at Werbe Agentur Nowack Thelen, Cologne
Sept ’13 – March 14′ Internship at Werbe Agentur Nowack Thelen, Cologne
October ’11 Internship at EOL Intermedia


I am friendly, receptive and love to work in a team. For me, communication, consideration and respect are self-evident as a team player. I work concentrated, focused and well under pressure.

Click here to see my CV!


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