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Karsten Schmidt

Karsten Schmidt

Owner & Creative Director, PostSpectacular

London, United Kingdom
  1. PostSpectacular,
  2. Moving Brands
  2. Lateral,
  3. Zinc
  1. Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden
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Karsten Schmidt (aka toxi) is an award-winning computational designer merging code, design, interaction, art & craft skills. Starting in the deep end of the early 8-bit demo scene, for the past 2 decades he's been adopting a trans-disciplinary way of working and been laterally involved in a wide range of digital disciplines. With his studio PostSpectacular, he is actively exploring current possibilities at the intersection of design, art, software development and education and applying these in a variety of fields. A strong conceptual thinker and always striving for maximum creative freedom, Karsten’s design approach is based on treating ideas as software at the heart, which in turn informs all other facets of each project. When not creating, he travels the world consulting and teaching workshops about the generative design approach, open source and employing code as creative tool. He's been an early contributor to the project and to various books about programming and graphic design, and his work has been featured in the press and exhibited internationally, including the MoMA, New York.

Specialties:Generative design, interaction design & research, conception & art direction, custom design tool building, software architecture, information architecture, data modelling & visualization

Technologies: Processing, Java, ActionScript, JavaScript, LAMP, XML, XSLT, RDF, microformats



– Present (7 years)

PostSpectacular is a small London based design studio and consultancy actively exploring the growing possibilities at the intersection of interaction design, service design and software development, often within a branding context. Working cross-disciplinary with a network of other creatives, our design approach is based on treating ideas as software at the heart, which in turn informs all other facets of each project. We are using code as primary design tool to build unique, highly adaptable platforms, installations, services and systems for some of the world's most respected & innovative brands.


Moving Brands
– Present (9 years 3 months)

specialist design concepts & execution, interaction design & programming, technical direction, strategy consulting, brand consulting, research direction, software planning & development

(7 years)

Senior Developer

(4 years 1 month)

Senior Creative

(2 years 7 months)

Senior Designer

Omniscience Ltd.
(1 year)

Web designer/developer

ID Media GmbH
(1 year 5 months)

Conception, design and implementation/web development (front & backend) of various content sections & interactive sound toys and webradio station on, one of Germany's first major websites.

ISDN live-streaming of events (Keith Haring exhibition tour, WestSound Circle, LTJ Bukem tour)

Audio production for company showreels & CD-ROM projects.


  1. German


  • Creative Direction
  • Interaction Design
  • Information Architecture
  • Graphic Design
  • Art Direction
  • Strategy
  • JavaScript
  • Software Development
  • Java
  • Management Consulting
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Front-end
  • User Experience
  • User Interface Design
  • User-centered Design
  • Experience Design
  • Programming
  • Information Design
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Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden

BSc, Computer Science of Media

Cancelled studies after 2.5 years due to previous knowledge and overtaking freelance engagements

Honors & Awards

LCF interactive table nominated in 2 categories @ DesignWeek Awards 2007 and D&AD International Awards 2007

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