Christian Budschedl (born 1981), better known as Kriesi , is an Austrian web designer , digital author, technologist, founder of, and co-founder of Givester. Kriesi, as one of the first digital template authors at Envato , [1] has-been responsible for popularizing the Web 2.0 style design and website layouts [2] Currently used by Thousands of web designers. He was named most influential living Human-Computer Interaction digital trendsetters in a 2012 Ben-Gurion University study of global web design techniques. [3]


Kriesi was heavily involved in Flash Action Script programming [2] while still at CIS student at the Vienna University of Technology in the early 2000s. In 2004, Kriesi started to become disillusioned with the monotony of the repetitive daily writing of the code, which he realized was an unsatisfactory outlet for his creativity. [4] Kriesi left the university, and enrolled at SAE Institute studying advanced web development techniques using HTML , CSS, and later PHP and Javascript. After graduation, Kriesi began working on a small digital agency where he became experienced with all aspects of the life-cycle development website. [5]

In a 2011 interview, Kriesi credits this experience with a more complex approach to programming or development. Kriesi explained in multiple interviews that the aphorism ” jack of all trades ” best describes his philosophy that separates him from others, who can conceive of success in the current digital market as an independent designer. [5]


  1. Jump up^ Gollander, Gili (2011-04-17). “Aspects of Fashion / Trends in Web Design” (PDF) . Ben-Gurion University Of The Negev . Retrieved 2013-04-06 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Davis, Amanda (2012). Hackwith . 1st edition. Rockable Press. ISBN  0-98710-266-4 .
  3. Jump up^ Noam, Trachinsky; Ilanit Kabessa-Cohen; Gili Korman Gollander (12 Oct 2012). “Trends in Website Design” . AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction . 4 (3): 169-189 . Retrieved 2013-04-06 .
  4. Jump up^ Jones, Brandon (2010-12-01). “Exclusive Interview with Kriesi from the Envato Marketplaces” (Press release). Envato . Retrieved 2013-04-11 .
  5. ^ Jump up to:b “Kriesi: The First Author to Sell $ 1,000,000 Worth of Items” (Press release). Envato. 2011-09-13. Archived from the original on 2003-01-15 . Retrieved 2013-04-06 .