Reaktor is a sans-serif display typeface with extended characters and a slightly tilted axis in the curves. It comes equiped with few alternate glyphs and a capital sharp 's' – or 'Eszett' – as is custom in the german language. Reaktor is currently considered a work-in-progress and so far consists of a single weight and 185 characters. Featured on the cover of the printed specimen is a graphical reduction of the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) based on the russian 'tokamak' configuration.
– self-initiated, type design, animation
Movie poster and packaging for the short film ANGST (eng. FEAR) by Raissa Sokurowa. ANGST was shown during a large scale presentation by Cinemaxx in Hamburg at the end of winter semester 2017 / 18 alongside many other film projects of the Hamburg Media School.
ANGST features Konstantin Shklyar and Anton Faber in the lead roles, two refugees from Chechnya, forced by the ways of conservative parents and struggling with their homosexuality.
– commercial, art direction
"Neue Perspektiven" is the campaign film that Studio von Monkiewitsch was commissioned to produce for LIEBESKIND BERLIN. By means of analog animation with paper, pen and scissors we were able to craft a unique blend of sleek film and gritty photo collages.
with: Studio von Monkiewitsch
camera: Lukas von Monkiewitsch
music: Georg Conrad / COMA
– commercial, production, editing, postproduction
Promotional campaign for the in-house Gucci store at APROPOS The Concept Store, Mittelstraße 12, Cologne.
– commercial, photography, campaign
In the traditional seasons of fashion, APROPOS release their own editorial project The Journal biannually every year. I had the great opportunity of being part of the process for two issues while I worked with Studio von Monkiewitsch.
photography: David Bornscheuer
styling: Almut Vogel
hair & make-up: Christos Vourlis
– commercial, art direction, editorial design
Cetotec has established an outstanding position as the most reliable partner for the global vinegar industry. All major vinegar producers in Europe as well as in other parts of the world successfully apply Cetotec technology and nutrients.
In June 2017 Cetotec delivered the world’s largest industrial vinegar fermenter F1400 from Germany to Burg Groep, Netherlands.
camera: Lukas von Monkiewitsch, Alexander Schneider
sound: Carlo Peters
– commercial, editing, postproduction
Short Interview with the berlin-based artist Ralf Dereich for the online platform STUSU. Ralf grew up in the german countryside and has been living in Berlin for 12 years. In his paintings he is following a flexible, open-minded approach to create an own visual language.
Johanna von Monkiewitsch is a cologne-based artist whose work, for the time being, focuses strongly on light and perspective. For her 2017 printed portfolio she choose a variety of works, most of them being photographs of light on paper. The brochure turned out to be a work of it's own, a limited edition of 250 complete with a Din A2 folded photograph in which the brochure is enveloped.
with: Lukas von Monkiewitsch
The self-published fanzine Im Wandel was made during a two-day-workshop by my dear friends from NEU Designbüro in Dortmund. It focuses on the people and varying observations made in the Unionviertel.
– personal, editorial design, illustration
I was one of 17 participants involved in creating RUU the Typestories posterzine for MSD / Münster School of Design. The first issue of RUU resolves around "Krieg und Frieden" (engl. war and peace). By trying the imagine the hardships of expulsion or loss of someone's homeland I've illustrated elements of a war-torn countryside where I grew up on and mixed them with typography. The resulting posters were shown for two weeks at the Münster School of Design.
– academical, illustration, exhibition
Twice already I had the great pleasure of meeting Till Wiedeck from HelloMe during my time at MSD / Münster School of Design. For his most recent workshop for MSD in 2016 the participants were asked to express HATE through handmade typography. I decided to go with the internet phenomenon known as “shitstorm”.
“Shitstorm”, a portmanteau of the words “shit” and “storm,” is an Internet slang term referring to a type of public outrage typically observed on social media platforms and web forums regarding controversial topics of discussion. Similar to a flamewar, a shitstorm is often accompanied by insulting interactions among those engaged. (knowyourmeme.com)
During the Typestories workshop we were each assigned a single letter to play around with by means of analog and digital methods. I was given the letter T.
– personal, workshop, illustration
During the INDIECON 2015 design festival in hamburg I took part in the four-day-long workshop by the creators of Froh! magazine. The participants were challenged to create a magazine about the Oberhafenquartier (adress 41–43) in four days from scratch. The overall theme was going to be “Veränderung” (change) and so I decided to write about an old exemplary myth Ship of Theseus.
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For the most part of our lives a daily routine without digital content is hardly conceivable. Mobile gadgets and the constant connectivity to the net are already deeply imbeded in our thoughts and actions – once we opened that door there was no way back. Instead of wholeheartedly resisting the new media why not embrace it in our lives and with our children? Or would that be the end of us all? Mindset - Der Mensch im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung is an attempt to try to answer both those questions.
For my bachelor thesis I chose a sophisticated approach to designing the layout by splitting up the books structure and making use of playful typography and graphical information. The reader is guided through a kind of dual narrative about the pros and cons of the digital media.
The book is bound by a custom type of long stitching supported by copper plating and the cover features a silkscreen print with copper acrylic paint.
with: Søren Mehrtens, Prof. Dr. Lars C. Grabbe
– academical, research, art direction, illustration
Partly inspired by Martin Heidegger’s writings about Das Sein and Henry Thoreau’s Walden, Das Alleinsein focuses on being alone on one’s own accord – a state of mind seldom adressed in contemporary culture. Consisting of numerous articles, essays and texts spanning from the 1850’s to 2013, Das Alleinsein provides not only a practical but also deep understanding of how to confront your inner self and why this might be beneficial.
Das Alleinsein was created during my seventh semester studying at MSD / Münster School of Design as part of a self-initiated Buchkunst project. The binding is sewn by hand and the cover features the laser-engraved images of Friedrich Nietzsche, Henry David Thoreau and Arthur Schopenhauer.
with: Søren Mehrtens
– academical, research, art direction, illustration
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