Kathrin Redstart Stories
By Kathrin Sarah Silber
Kathrin describes the difficulty in employment in the design world. Choices lead to impact. A Designer with a higher sense of duty. Here’s her story.
I’m a graphic designer from Germany and I just finished my studies this year. Since then I haven’t had a fixed job. As a graphic designer, one option is to work in the marketing department of any company and do their visual design. I know that I would never work for a company I cannot stand up for concerning their social and ethical value. Another option is to work in an agency or design studio having different clients and projects. In Germany it is quite common that many agencies first only grant internships to inexperienced designers coming from university and let them work for a pittance. As I consider myself too good to do that, I’m not looking for a job like this either. Besides, when working in an agency, the designers often work until very late and get badly paid.
In the last few years I have noticed that a higher sense of what I do has become more and more important to me. I don’t want to do design for the sake of design. So I’ve been asking myself again and again, does the design I do really help anyone, improve living conditions, even support justice and peace? Or does it only help to make rich people richer, and poor people poorer? Even if I’d earn a lot of money, I wouldn’t want to have it, if people or animals suffer as a consequence.
Yes, I definitely want to contribute to our world’s ethical and social development and help others to live healthier and happier. Working together with a group of like-minded people at Redstart is a good step. Although I don’t know exactly where to go, I am sure that it’s going in the right direction.