HOT HOT HOT! No, not the weather 😂but Berlin’s creative scene! New fall season calls for a new art season. So here's the load down: @berlinerfestspiele 3D dome, @urbannationberlin reopens with art murals by @snikarts, @retuneberlin festival, abandoned factory exhibit @raeume.berlin, @berlinartweek continues and our October #TDKtuesdays is on to swap and share an insanely good reading/inspiration list. Don’t bunker down just yet! GET THOSE SHOES ON and head out that door to explore!
— Jessie Sanbrook
Get the low down on your fav Berlin creatives, how they started out and if they’re hiring!
We chat with multidisciplinary designer/researcher Tabitha Swanson about 3D rendering, math homework, mentoring — yes! mentoring, we're all about that! — plus she shares some mistakes from early on in her career and what she learned from them.
We LOVE the super colorful work of Illustration/art duo ZEBU (aka Lynn & Dennis), so we had a little chat with them about how they developed their style, how they enable everyone to identify with their work, and — always my favorite insight — what a typical day in the 'office' looks like.
The work of brothers Christoph and Florin Schmidt — aka. Low Bros — is insanely detailed and meticulous, as is most of their thinking behind it. What a treat it was to chat with them about their views on the area of conflict between tradition and progress, why they've started to question the traditional gallery model, and their first real design crush with hip-hop and graffiti.
We chat with Freelance graphic designer (and co-owner of Father Coffee), Nicholas Christowitz. We get into good clients, bad clients and the ones that surprise you and do a complete 180. Plus he tells us about a French translation gone wrong 😰 and his typical working day which includes falafel-runs, Zelda and distressing over global news (same!)
We chat with our #TDKeurope van designer Gabby Lord about empowering and respecting women in the industry, typesetting in Japanese, plus she shares her backlog of face-palm moments 🤦🏼♀️
A big congrats to Amateur(Dot)Rocks, one of our 30 TDK Awards’ winners for 2018. A graduate duo from Berlin, their work was chosen by Will from It's Nice That: “Great portfolio from start to finish. Nice typographic work throughout, feels very relevant to today”. We asked them to answer a few questions for next years TDK Awards’ hopefuls.
First getting a degree in Tourism, Raúl Soria wasn't necessarily creative growing up—until he changed his scenery and moved to Berlin where this new world was exposed to him. Aren't we glad that happened! We're loving Raúl's patterned illustrations and colourful style. Read on to hear how he made the switch from Tourism to Illustrator and who he's looking at in the illustration world ?
Maggie Tang is somewhat of an Australian legend. Find me someone who doesn’t love Maggie and we’ll buy you a beer. After heading up projects at Frost* and Houston, Maggie made her way across the oceans to Berlin (okay, via plane) to step out of traditional studio roles into an in-house position. Now Head of Brand Design at a music-tech company Ableton, we're fascinated more about Maggie's day-to-day and what type of creative she gets to work on. To find out more, read on...
For AGES we've been following the work of Glenn Garriock co-founder of the ten year old blog FormFiftyFive. Originally form Scotland, and now living in Germany, we're stoked to be able to interview him for TDK and hear more about the new FFF podcast, his lego collection and top advice for students - one to bookmark. Also please listen to his podcast as he has a great Scottish accent, wink wink!
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