Studio Deutsche & Japaner sounds like Dolce & Gabbana and what the two of them do have in common definitely is a lot of style. The Mannheim-based studio has proved its puristic and playful style while working for the likes of Jay Z, Nike or Saint Laurent. A holistic approach to a wide spectrum of creative fields as well as the worth of collaboration is essential to the designers at Deutsche & Japaner. We met Julian Zimmermann of D&J for an interview talking about sources of inspiration, teamwork and current projects. Also, catch Deutsche & Japaner at Forward Berlin!
NEWFORMAT is a team of design experts of various fields based in Berlin. With their focus on interdisciplinary exchange within different artistic, cultural and technological forces in the context of contemporary disruption, they create one of a kind animations, videos and creative concepts for their partners. In the past years, they’ve released various projects and campaigns for clients like Ottolinger, Beats by Dre, Adidas, and Highsnobiety x FARFETCH.
For Forward Festival 2021, FOUND Studio created ‘Threshold’, a film exploring the relationship between physical and virtual worlds, for our Main Title Sequence. We’re going to take a look behind the scenes and find out how FOUND, led by Creative Director Clayton Welham, and created by the two superstar designers Olly Johnson and Ionut Lupu, brought it to life.
Agency Wieden+Kennedy has been at the forefront of bold and strong advertising. You know, that kind of advertising that gives you goosebumps, really gets under your skin and gets you thinking about the bigger picture behind the spot. We talked to Zeynep Orbay, Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam and the one responsible for impactful ad campaigns for the likes of Nike and Montblanc, about what’s behind those strong advertising campaigns. For the first time, Zeynep Orbay will speak at the Forward Festival Hamburg this July.
Mirko Borsche is known to set trends within the industry and in order to have reached this status with some of the most relevant designs for Supreme, Givenchy or lately football club Inter Milan, the creative has a reputation of always being on the go. It’s no different when we catch up with him for a quick talk about his latest projects, his sources of inspiration during a pandemic and his upcoming talk at Forward Festival Hamburg. “This is Mirko speaking”, he says when we reach him, of course, in-between two meetings. So what has Mirko Borsche been up to lately?
Sarah Illenberger gives new meaning to everyday objects. With her interdisciplinary approach combining design, art, photography, and her hands, she has found a niche in the creative world. In her hands-on masterclass at the Forward Festival Hamburg she will focus on how to work analogue and to use your hands as a thinking tool.
Found Studio did a rebrand and it’s more than just a facelift: Behind the shiny new logo and a whole new visual presence, there is the culmination of a year spent evolving as far as creative processes, studio direction and collaborations go.
Bradley G. Munkowitz aka GMUNK is no one less than an industry legend. With 20 years of creative experience, the visual design director has always been at the forefront of innovative digital design and pushing the boundaries of multidisciplinary art.
It’s here! The 2021 Forward Festival Main Titles by Found Studio just celebrated its release and wants to inspire people to keep moving. In this interview with Clayton Welham, creative director at Found Studio, he told us about the idea and concept behind the clip, technologies, and challenges his team faced when creating the Main Titles.
Esra Gülmen is known to beautifully illustrate everyday struggles, that we have with ourselves and our lives. With her series “Don´t I look Turkish” she presented a very personal project dealing with first-hand-experienced racism and prejudices. As head of design at Heimat Berlin and a member at ADC Germany, Esra Gülmen is an artist with all her heart.
Ines Alpha likes blurring the frontiers between reality and fiction. And by being a 3D makeup artist she makes reality more fantastic and surreal. We had a chat with Ines Alpha about her 3D makeup routine, Kim Kardashianesque beauty standards and about creating an Alpha planet.
In late summer, ONLINEPRINTERS and Forward launched an open call for posters focusing on the one topic that has never been more accurate than in 2020: Creative Crisis. We asked creatives what they were doing during Corona lockdown? What has been their inspiration, who has been their muse? We wanted to see how a worldwide crisis made them creative and how COVID-19 affected their artwork. No matter if the piece was created during the lockdown or right after.
Micol Talso is the Art Director of Toiletpaper Magazine, a label that can be applied to a variety of objects and situations, starting from a magazine to a party, a girlfriend or a design object. We spoke to her about Toiletpaper as a project, her workflow and how to juggle several roles in life.
Graphic artist, print-maker and designer Anthony Burrill is best known for his “Work Hard & Be Nice To People” poster. The thought-provoking phrase has become something of a mantra within the design community. It reflects the persuasive and up-beat style of communication that we connect with Anthony’s work and that we have all come to love.
Interview by Marco Markovic
When Drieke Leenknegt started working for Nike, sneakers were something you bought for doing sports, period. At a time, when there was no such thing as hype around sportswear, when nobody would even have dreamt of people queuing for a pair of shoes.
London-based ecoLogicStudio is an architectural and urban design practice specialized in environmental design, urban self-sufficiency and building integrated nature. One of their newest project installations is the urban curtain for Climate-KIC, the EU's most prominent climate innovation initiative. The curtain is called Photo.Synth.Etica and was built to capture CO2 from the atmosphere.
Hugo Livet, Paris-based artist and designer, made a surprise discovery by NASA to his newest inspiration. He imagined broken off ice-chunks as his raw material to digitally create geometric sculptures, capturing the beautiful structure of those icy giants.
American sculptor Ken Kelleher is specialized in the creation of large scale digital sculptures around the world. Digital works are set into real landscapes like streets, galleries or small places, and the result seems incredibly real.