Hi, I am Tim Rizzo, freelance art director, visual story consultant, teacher, animator and designer. I do animation, design concepts, illustrations, storyboards and corporate design for clients in the entertainment industry, advertising, culture and education.

I am currently employed as animation teacher in the degree course time-based media at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Germany. I lead workshops and seminars about animation and design, and I do consulting for bachelor projects. Occasionally I explore VR sculpting and animation at the Institute for Media Design IMG, which is located on the university campus.

I enjoy cooking for friends, sci-fi movies and nerdy stuff in general. To calm down after a busy week I like to play guitar. My all time favorites are typography and 2D animation.


Tim Rizzo
Diplom-Kommunikationsdesigner (FH)

Born January 5th, 1976 in Wiesbaden, Germany


Abitur, Leibniz-Gymnasium Wiesbaden

Communication Design Studies // University of Applied Sciences, Wiesbaden, Germany. Seminars: Photography, graphic design, communication theory, art history, printing techniques, typography, cartoon illustration, 2D animation

Diploma in Communication Design. Themes: Interactive multimedia and experimental motion design


 2005 – today
Freelancer Graphic Design and 2D Animation for IKEA, Microsoft, Uvex and many more)

2013 – 2018
Motion Design Assistant // University of Applied Sciences, Mainz, Germany. Teacher for Animation, Student Project Consulting, Visual Story Advisor for Bachelor Projects

Since 2015
Workshop Leader for “Gesture Drawing” and “Stop Motion Fun”

2018 – today
Freelance Art Director (Storyboard & Animation)
Clients (excerpt): Hesse State Theatre, National Theatre Salzburg, Austria, MOTYF Festival

2018 – today 
Seminar Teacher for Animation, University of Applied Sciences, Mainz, Germany

Awards & Achievements

Silver Award // Berliner Type – Corporate Design Award // Page Layouts and Graphics for Mannheimer Versicherungs AG (Design Agency: Hilger&Boie)

Platinum Award // Agfa Young Creatives Contest // Poster Design (Cooperation with  photographer Florian Krause)

1st Prize // exground filmfest, Germany  // Script and Storyboard for the trashy short movie ”FiRE” (DOP: Florian Krause)

Senior Member // Procreate Community

Vordemberge-Gildewart-Initiative Award // Interactive Installation “Stimmmaler – Paint With Your Voice” // Design und Consulting
(Conzept: Benjamin Böhm, Programming: Julian Hermann, Art Director: Prof. Anja Stöffler, Jochen Huber. IMG Mainz, Germany // UTD Singapore // MIT Media Lab USA)

2015 – 2018
Lecturer “Animation Basics”, Seminar at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Media Design / Time-based Media B.A.

1st Prize Audience Award, Time-based Media, University of Applied Sciences Mainz // Intro, Storyboard und Visual Story Consulting for the short film „Kalter Hund“
(Script: Norman Eschenfelder)

Lecturer for “Storytelling in Animation – Storyboards and Animatics”, Seminar at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Media Design / Time-based Media B.A.

Founded “Y Animation” – Collective for preserving and developing traditional and experimental 2D- and stopmotion-techniques 



Languages: German (mother tongue), English (fluent), French (basic)
Software (Design & Animation): After Effects, Animate (Flash), Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, RoughAnimator, Final Cut Pro X
Software (VR): Tiltbrush, Medium, Blocks, AnimVR

Activities: cooking, making music