Poster, gif Animation
Tasks: concept, design
This is a poster design for the "Werkschau 2016" - the annual student showcase of the faculty of design and culture at HTW Berlin, University of Applied Sciences.
The idea behind the poster was to create a stylized map of the campus. At first sight, it is not clear what all the graphic elements do mean. But if you look closer, you will recognize that it is the campus map. So even if you know the place (because you are e.g. a student there) - the known becomes the unkown.
And if you are an external visitor you will get to know the university better - the unknown becomes the known. Your - maybe vague - perception will shift and you gain new insights into the faculty.
Tasks: concept, design, coding
How would Dadaists have used digital technologies?
In 2016 Dadaism has its 100th anniversary. It started in 1916 in Zurich and was an antimovement against the traditonal conception of art and against everything normative and firm.
In the year 2016 digital technologies could be used to express Dadaism in a new way. Nowhere else ephemerality is more present than in the digital world where everything is constantly changing. And ephemerality was one of the key aspects of Dada.
With and at the same time against digital technologies, an antagonism can be created, which revolts against itself and yet couldn't exist without itself. This is Dada in the digital world.
The poem "Banalitäten aus dem Chinesischem" (Banalities translated from the chinese) by Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948 ) - a Dadaist himself - was interpreted in an experimental way.
The poem becomes a poem determined by chance. Certain words stay the same, other words are added and chosen by chance. The new words were found by the autocomplete function of the google search engine.
Tasks: Concept, UI Design, branding
Readlation is an app for all those, who are reading text in a foreign language. Be it for work, for school or in one's free time. While reading the text, you can translate unknown words and save them in vocabuary lists - all in one go.
The app also makes it possible to read, highlight and annotate text (for example websites or pdf documents).
Tasks: concept, design
Flyers and posters for different events taking place in the Japanese-German Center Berlin.
The Japanese-German Center is a cultural institution which aims to impart the japanese culture and language and to deepen the political and economic relationship between Germany and Japan.
The flyer design with its vertical and horizontal typography takes up the way japanese characters could be written: they could be aligned horizontally or vertically or a mixture of both; always depending on the purpose.
Illustration, character design, E-Book Concept
Tasks: illustration, concept
The illustrations are based on the short story "Chained Elephant" from the book "Let me tell you a Story" from argentinian author and psychologist Jorge Bucay.
The story is a poetic similitude and tells the story of abandoned dreams, being enchained and finally finding the strengh to free yourself.
It goes as follows: A young girl likes the circus, especially the elephant. Whenever she visits the circus she sees the elephant being chained to a very small pole. The girl asks herself: "The elephant is so big and strong. He could easily free himself from the pole. Why doesn't he do that?" The little girl can't get that question out of her head. So she goes on a quest to find out the true reason why the elephant doesn't flee.
Environmental Design, Sign System
Tasks: concept, graphics and plans
The Spreehöfe are a building complex built at the time of the industrialisation in 1897. It is located in the eastern part of Berlin, next to the river Spree.
The buildings used to house factories, but nowadays there are shops, resaurants and a supermarket.
When standing inside the Spreehöfe and being surrounded by the brick buildings, you can still feel the rough spirit of the industrialisation, but its real charm has been lost for a long time.
Photos: Sebastian Gotzmann
At the moment the Spreehöfe are a dreary place, where nobody wants to stay for a longer time. Most notably, there is a supermarket and a parking space.
To make the place worth living we erased the word "parking" out of "parking space", so it becomes a blank space - a public space. Open for everybody and free to use. There is a café in the old tram wagon and benches and green spaces invite to linger.
The word "Höfe" from "Spreehöfe" means yard. The classical architecture from the time of the industrialisation often consisted of inner yards, which were surrounded by the factory buildings.
The new entryway gives back the place its original meaning of "yard". The old entryway seems uninviting, open and not at all like a yard. The new entryway is framed by two curved signs made out of corten steel.
When entering the Spreehöfe, there are two possible directions: either to the river or to the car park. The two directions are symbolised by two colors: blue = river, red = car park.
The sign system is mounted on rails, so the letters could be exchanged easily and they won't destroy the heritage-protected buildings too much.
that is real
was imagined first."
With a background in japanese studies and sociology and after a slight detour in fashion design I am now studying communiction design at HTW Berlin (HTW Berlin - University of Applied Sciences).
My work often explores intersections and the in-between. Finding beauty in the imperfect, the dissonant and discovering the black holes of everyday life.
Other interests are languages (speaking four), philosophy and the anthropology of the modern. I think, it is that inevitably alluring intersection of design, culture, science and philosophy which eventually could make the connecting tissue, that runs through everything, visible.
My fascination for japanese design and aesthetics, which accompany me for so long and complement and shape my understanding of design, finally led me to Japan.
I worked at one of Tokyo's leading design agencies and got the chance to work with some of Japan's major brands in the field of technology, entertainment and fashion.
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