SOURCE: Artefact


August 20, 2010 19:03 ET

Artefact Establishes Its Industrial Design Team With Three Strategic Hires

Jonas Buck, Johanna Shoemaker, and Markus Wierzoch Will Focus on the Ongoing Demand for Industrial Design Services

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - August 20, 2010) -  Artefact, a Seattle-based design consultancy, today announced that it has hired Jonas Buck, Johanna Schoemaker, and Markus Wierzoch. With these strategic additions, Artefact has quickly established a very capable and accomplished industrial design team.

Jonas Buck holds a degree in Product Design from University Wuppertal, Germany. His previous work has gained him the recognition and respect from clients like Microsoft, Intel & Braun, as well as earning him multiple national and international design awards. "Jonas is a very thoughtful and intelligent designer. We have been very impressed by his talent and are very excited to bring him on board," said Gavin Kelly, Artefact principal and co-founder. 

Johanna Schoemaker began her career as a jewelry maker before earning a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Wuppertal. Her work for companies like Microsoft, Intel, Fluke and Braun has earned her a reputation as a very talented designer. She has been honored with several design awards, including the precious Braun Prize for her "Future Lighting" project. "She is a very gifted designer," said Fernd van Engelen, Artefact's Director of Industrial Design. "Her insights and creativity will be a valuable asset to our company."

Markus Wierzoch graduated with a degree in Industrial Design from the Fachhochschule Darmstadt in Germany. After beginning his professional career working for Barski Design in Germany, he moved to Taiwan where he worked for GE/Fitch and consumer electronics giant Asus. Most recently, Markus was a lead designer at Carbon. His impressive list of clients includes HP, Dell, Panasonic, Clear Wireless, Microsoft and Intel. "Markus is a gifted designer who is well respected in the industry, whose opinion and insights companies seek out," says Rob Girling, Artefact principal and co-founder. "He is an important hire who brings a great deal of know-how and credibility."

While the addition of Buck, Schoemaker and Wierzoch gives Artefact a highly capable industrial design discipline in its own right, the real benefits lay in the extent to which Artefact is able to deliver seamlessly integrated user experiences across a broad range of devices and platforms. "We live in a time when the distinctions between hardware and software are becoming increasingly blurred," said Kelly. "Integrating industrial design into our very well respected user experience design, research, and development offerings sets us apart from most other creative companies." 

About Artefact

Artefact ( is a Seattle-based creative consultancy that synthesizes the disciplines of research and design to deliver breakthrough products and experiences. Since 2006, Artefact has partnered with major industry players like Microsoft, Intel, Panasonic, Apple, HTC, HP and RIM to deliver innovative solutions and user experiences that people love. Artefact has also earned industry recognition winning awards from IDSA, AIGA, How Magazine, and I.D. Magazine.

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