I’m an innovation consultant living in Vienna with a passion for designing experiences that really matter. Currently freelancing and building Chummify. Learn more about me, jump straight to the work, read my articles, connect with me on LinkedIn or say hi. Previously at mymuesli.
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“The more you know, the more you know you don't know.” —Aristotle, Greek Philosopher
I'm Chris, and I make things. Like, everything on this website actually. Always eager to challenge the status quo, dive deep into problems and see them as opportunities to be embraced and pursued while searching for the truth. I approach everything with curiosity and a sense of critical thinking in hopes to gain new perspectives on things.
As an early teen, I founded Gronkh-Fanseite, a Facebook fanpage for Gronkh, one of Germany's biggest gaming YouTubers. I created content, sold quirky merchandise and engaged with his community while growing the page to more than 20,000 followers at times. And trust me when I say that these kind of numbers meant so much more back then.
I really love learning and am passionate about many things in life. Having majored in a couple of different fields of study, I eventually realized that I’m not able to warm to today’s education system. It has its place, just not for me. After all, it should always be about learning for the sake of learning, rather than doing it for the credits or the grades.
When my nose isn't pressed up against a screen, you can also find me daydreaming, playing piano, dancing, singing, eating nigiri, lifting heavy weights or planning future trips to the ever growing number of places I want to travel to someday. ( * )
Creating unique muesli mixes with the help of your DNA and blood results.
One of the most exciting innovation projects in the German-speaking field of food-tech. I had the pleasure to work with mymuesli and their innovation team on personalized food products and how we might eat in the future. The main questions were 1) if the scientific field of nutrigenomics applied to the company's vision and 2) which innovations could be born out of it.
Although it seems like a bit of an overkill for a cereal company at first, we asked ourselves if it's possible to expand the existing mass customization model not only on taste and design preferences, which is already made possible, but also on the customer's health data.
What better way than being part of shaping the food of tomorrow and giving people a chance to develop their awareness towards their dietary choices for a healthier life. Sometimes, you just have to give an idea a shot, even if the world might not be ready for it yet. We knew that we just had to try it out.
Frankly, the project took a less favorable turn in the early stages. Instead of preventing nutritional deficiencies by converting genome data into actionable insights, macro types and weight loss rather became the focus. The latter correlation being scientifically controversial, it received some negative feedback. But that's learning for you, the revision got much better after some evaluation.
I applied my in-depth knowledge in nutrition and health science, among others, to help build the innovation strategy, research scientific methods, conduct a thorough nutritional analysis of the current range of products and play devil's advocate at onsite meetings with potential partners.
Following up with a case study as soon as I get full permission!
Imagine finding someone out there who just really gets you on a deeper level and approaches life in a similar way. There is a real need for human connection nowadays, to feel like you're being understood, to feel that other people relate to you and feel that you're not alone.
Forget emoji-filled chats, superficialities, wasted time in front of the screen and all of that matter! One of my main goals is it actually to make you less connected with the digital world and more connected with the real world around you.
Particularly in times like these, where quarantine makes socializing with our loved ones scarce, we are shown the importance of real quality relationships and not taking these things for granted.
I’m Christian Schwarz — innovation consultant and founder of Chummify, currently living in Vienna.
I’m a designer living and working in the Seattle metropolitan area with an academic background in psychology and specialization in visual, interaction, and systems design. Learn more about me or jump straight to the work.
Passionate about looking deep into problems, understanding them and helping design products as well as experiences that really matter. I approach everything with curiosity and a sense of critical thinking in hopes to learn something new each time.
Currently working on side projects and freelancing in innovation, but thinking about getting a part-time position at an innovation consultancy.
Earlier this year, I signed up for Y Combinator's Startup School Winter 2020 while simultaneously building Chummify, a personality-based psychology startup. It brings you together with others in real life who you are on the same page with. Being all about meaningful relationships, digital wellbeing and easing loneliness.
Previously, I also worked at mymuesli in different positions. There, among other things, I helped create and advance strategies for food innovations like the Lower-Carb-Müsli (functional cereal product with a stronger focus on micronutrients and lessen carb content) or the Personalised Nutrition project (creating unique muesli mixes with the help of nutrigenomics, DNA and blood testing). Following up with case studies as soon as I get full permission. Occasionally, I also got to keep up the waiter bit at opening events. Starting from the bottom, they say.
As an early teen, I actually founded Gronkh-Fanseite, a Facebook fanpage for Gronkh, one of Germany's biggest gaming YouTubers. I created content, sold quirky merchandise and engaged with his community while growing the page to more than 20,000 followers at times. And trust me when I say that back then, these kind of numbers meant a lot!
When my nose isn't pressed up against a screen, you can also find me playing piano, dancing, singing, eating nigiri, lifting heavy weights, teasing my sister's cats or daydreaming of future trips to the ever growing number of places I want to travel to someday. *
In the past, I also worked with mymuesli in different positions. Acting as the manager's right-hand man, amongst other things, I helped create and advance strategies for food innovations like the Lower-Carb-Müsli (functional cereal product with a stronger focus on micronutrients and lessen carb content) or the Personalised Nutrition project (creating unique muesli mixes with the help of nutrigenomics, DNA and blood testing). Following up with case studies as soon as I get full permission. Once, I even got to keep up the waiter bit at an opening of a pop up store I helped organizing. Met a couple of famous actors and celebrities there which was a really cool experience!