André Jay Meissner

Angestellt, Manager International, Stategic Development Adobe XD; Head of XDI International, Adobe Inc.

Berlin, Germany

About me

E-shaped high achiever with 30 years of experience in business, design and technology. Self-starting problem solver, challenging the status quo by exploration and execution. Entrepreneur, former CEO, strategist for scale. Community builder, player coach, keynote speaker. Father. Woodworker. Wreck diver. Founder or co-founder of: • World Interaction Design Day (IxDD) – http://interactiondesignday.org • Open Design – https://opendesign.ushahidi.com/ • Open Device Lab – http://opendevicelab.com, http://labup.org, @ODL HMI since 1989. Working on Adobe XD since 2014.

Timeline

Professional experience for André Jay Meissner

  • Current 8 years and 2 months, since Mar 2016

    Local Leader, Founder of World Interaction Design Day (IxDD)

    IxDA Berlin

    Considered one of the most active chapters of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), IxDA Berlin is a community of experts and novices, passionate for learning, networking and quality time. Interaction Design is common ground for design sectors focussing on Services, Strategy, User Experience, Product, and many more. We are fostering exchange amongst designers in Berlin since 2008.

  • Current 13 years and 7 months, since Oct 2010

    Manager International, Stategic Development Adobe XD; Head of XDI International

    Adobe Inc.

  • 8 years and 5 months, Jul 2012 - Nov 2020

    Founder

    OpenDeviceLab.com, @ODL, LabUp!

    LabUp! is here to help people around the world in establishing nonprofit Open Device Labs which helps others access a large number of mobile devices for testing, leading to an ultimate improvement of the mobile web & app experience both for developers and consumers.

  • 9 years and 4 months, 2001 - Apr 2010

    Managing Partner

    CODE COUTURE Software GmbH

    28 FTEs plus contractors serviced tech needs of customers incl. Condé Nast, Deutsche Bahn AG, DuMont, the city of Berlin, Gruner+Jahr, Shell & DEA Oil, UFA Entertainment, Axel Springer, and ~35 of Europe's leading design and media agencies. IT infrastructure and customized cross-platform and media workflows. Developed a browser-based corporate management tool (1.5M LOC, SaaS/subscription, 2007). Developed standard software, browser-based corporate print and web publishing systems. E-commerce solutions.

  • 20 years and 2 months, 1988 - Feb 2008

    Freelancer

    Me, myself and I

    Entrepreneurship started age 14 (co-published a commercial city magazine and a music record). Studio- and live sound engineer and music producer; 7 major-label albums, several singles, mixes, videos, TV program and feature film, ~1.000 live performances FOH/MOH, pyrotechnics, Europe and USA (1991 to 2008). "Multimedia Producer" and print- and "Web-Designer and -Developer". IT-consultant, software engineer and designer for customers in tech, global e-tail/retail, music, publishing and sports-marketing.

  • 2003 - 2006

    IT Director

    C3 Creative Code and Content

    Fast growing KircherBurkhardt, later rebranded to C3, rapidly developed needs for enterprise-grade IT services supporting large scale design and media production projects. Reliable and secure, smart online solutions being a rarity at the time, we developed bespoke middleware and established secure network links into international Fortune 500 corporations. Enabling multi-language, omni channel, international projects across corporate networks for customers like Mazda Motors, Bosch and Kraft Foods.

  • 2001 - 2003

    IT Senior Executive or something other [actual title on business card :)]

    MediaGroup Berlin GmbH

    My main services sold through this Berlin based editorial design firm included engineering leadership for several major online projects, including the full revamp of news portal Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (2001), and a browser based corporate publishing platform for 84.000 global users at the transportation and logistics giant Deutsche Bahn AG which saved the customer north of 8 Million Euro in operational cost.

  • 1997 - 2000

    IT Manager

    Berliner Zeitung

    Targeting overall workflow and efficiency improvements I helped to migrate the ~250 editors newspaper Berliner Zeitung from Cicero/DOS to QPS on macOS 7 to X, NeXT, WinNT and *IX derivates. The project included all editorial and production aspects such as the integration of news agency feeds, full analog to digital photo production and color management from scan into print, ad-sales and -management, print to web, archiving, and a number of other automated processes and custom software.

  • 1996 - 1997

    Quality Assurance Engineer

    callas software gmbh

    Joining Olaf Druemmer's team at callas back in 1996 extended my skills in and view on software engineering, whilst supporting general product development and special projects for editorial customers like New York Times, Der Spiegel, and Hürriyet.

Languages

  • German

    First language

  • English

    Fluent

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