How would you describe your practice?
I am a graphic designer with a big interest in history, literature, architecture and art and I like it when my projects intersect with any of those things. It is important to me that there is something in a project that makes it more than just work.
You studied in Germany and Holland, how do the experiences compare?
Both schools left a strong impression on me, although in very contrary ways. The rules that I picked up from my professors in Hamburg – my teachers in Amsterdam provoked me to break.
In Hamburg the department goes under the name Typography. The two teachers who run it represented quite a classical approach. It fits the German art school, where tradition, craft and hierarchy are still considered strong values. I had a strong affection for both teachers and learned a lot from them. But after three years I wanted to get some fresh air and decided to do an exchange.
In Amsterdam I felt relief, breaking free from the German school’s dogma. My interests and fascinations could move in any direction and would still develop a certain quality because most teachers as well as my fellow students were vibrant enough to follow and react on it. So I decided to stay and finally graduated here. But my time in Hamburg is still somewhat of a backbone to my design.