That’s me

Ines Maria Eckermann
Autorin | Illustratorin | Creative-Coach

Why I do
what I do

Profession & Vocation

Where I come from

I was born in Haltern am See, went to school in the Sauerland, learned to read, write and draw – and have never wanted to do anything else since. After graduating from high school, I lived in Central America and learned new painting techniques there. Since returning to Germany, I have been working as a freelancer for various media.

What I have learned

First I did a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, then a Master’s in philosophy. In the process, I made such good friends with the Stoics that I wrote a doctoral thesis on ancient theories of happiness. Since then, I’ve been asking a lot of questions, writing about the answers – and on the trail of happiness.

Education

  • 2016 Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2011 Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • 2009 Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • 2009 Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Barrier-free illustration
  • Easy language
  • Creative infographics
  • Multimedia, Crossmedia, Transmedia
  • Corporate Language
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Rhetoric
  • Easy language
  • Infographics
  • Graphic recording
  • Drawing and Acrylic Painting
  • SEO
  • English C2
  • dpa Audio & Video 
  • Deutsche Presseagentur dpa 
  • Sat1
  • Farbfilmfreun.de 
  • Spektrum der Wissenschaft
  • Ruhr Nachrichten
  • Coolibri
  • Zech Verlag (Spanien)

Qualifications

  • University of Berlin
  • Brockhaus Verlag
  • Rheinwerk Verlag
  • Tectum Verlag
  • Spektrum der Wissenschaft
  • Psychologie heute Compact
  • Deutsche Post
  • Stadt Hamburg
  • Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe LWL
  • dpa Deutsche Presseagentur
  • Deutsches Bergbau-Museum
  • Utopia.de
  • Weltverbesserer.de
  • Ecowomen.de
  • Vorwerk / Thermomix
  • G DATA
  • Dataport AöR
  • Data4Life des Hasso-Plattner-Instituts
  • Medienbüro Artikel 5
  • Sat1
  • Die Welt
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Institut für Journalistik der Westfälische Hochschule
  • Handelsblatt
  • Ruhr Nachrichten
  • Init AG
  • Federal Working Group on Sustainability in the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU)
  • State Working Group on Climate and Sustainable Development in the German League for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND)
  • Training systematic coaching (Cologne)
  • Yoga teacher training (Düsseldorf)
  • Yoga teacher training (Nepal)
  • Training in crisis counseling (Dortmund)

Who I am

For me, writing means understanding the world and people a little better every day. My source is the people I speak with in German, English and Spanish. For me, the highest art is to translate complex issues factually correct into understandable sentences and strong images.

Why I love philosophy

Philosophy is the “love of wisdom”. On its way to wisdom, it tries to understand the world and human existence – and to find ideas for a good life. Philosophy chooses its arguments carefully, weighs them and ponders them, breaks them down into individual parts and reassembles them into a small work of art. In this way, different levels emerge that surprise us with that certain something.

Where I go

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart,” Confucius is said to have said.
Eight words that sound like a banal calendar saying – and yet can be a simple but effective guideline for a successful life. I would also like to base my work on these words: That is why I am always open to exciting projects and interesting topics.

Cooperation

  • Editorial offices
  • Publishing houses
  • Public service institutions
  • Universities Educational institutions
  • Cultural and editorial offices
  • Publishing houses
  • Public service institutions
  • Universities Educational institutions
  • Cultural and scientific institutions

Let’s be honest: we all have topics that are better off with other people. Either because they are less interesting to us, we are not familiar with them – or because they contradict our values.

  • Weapons lobby
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical industry
  • Fossil energy
  • Animal products
  • Car and airline industry

Whether I’m writing about FAL tubes or illustrating an aorta transplant, the process our joint project goes through is always the same:

1. Understand the content

  • Researching scientifically
  • Checking sources, checking facts
  • Ask questions until the details are clear

2. understand the audience

  • Find out prior knowledge, questions and needs
  • Research target groups and create personas
  • Anticipate audience questions

3. package the message

  • Choose text, image or other medium
  • Match style and level to target audience
  • Use appropriate communication channels
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