Recently I stumbled over a very interesting publisher. Actually they stumbled over me and now suddenly somehow I am spending my days in Freising where I am involved in a fantastic book project.
VIERECK VERLAG is a very small publisher. Their topic is origami and origami art. They are selling origami books from all over the world especially from Japan, as well as origami paper and everything you need to make beautiful origami artworks. Now they are about to publish their very own first book in Summer.
Origami. A whole new world to me. There is a REAL world behind one would never expect. Beyond the well known paper-ships and paper-cranes and all I didn't know that there exists something like paper-art and even industrial origami. Did you know that some origami artists develop techniques such as for space travel to fold solar sails?! Or that BMW is very much connected to industrial origami in terms of developing shapes for their new cars?
Anyways, I was asked to work with them on the first book of the VIERECK VERLAG:
SPIRAL |Origami | Art | Design
from Tomoko Fuse, a very well known Origami Artist from Japan. Nearly 400 pages of beautiful pictures by Herbert Bungartz and Spiral-Origami of Tomoko Fuse published by Paulo Mulatinho and Silke Schröder.
Thank you for letting me be part of this spectacular project.
[© photo Herbert Bungartz]
Over the last months I was developing an identity and a website for Santino Primavera. A star-hairdresser from in Munich. It was a huge project which started in November and last friday the saloon had its opening party.
It was so much fun working together with this young, feisty and creative italian. Thank you, for your undivided faith and the artistic freedom Santino! This is very rare among customers. And it helps to let the project grow organically. I really like this.
Santino Primavera der Salon is a very stylish and chic saloon and so we went for a stylish and chic graphic appearance. Unfortunately the embossed black printing with GMUND PAPER has been deferred.
Still. The whole design turned out MOLTO BELLO anyway!
Have a look yourself!
or visit his website: www.santinoprimavera.de
(The only thing I am really wondering about is, that he is my third hairdresser that asks me for an identity. Of course it proofs that Munich has thousands of hairdressers of course. Still. I guess I have to go to London if I want to design fashion brands.)
[© photo Frl. Pfeiffer]
Phoebe Lesch is a sculptor from Munich who currently lives in Italy. I really adore her work and I am really glad that I was able to design her online portfolio.
Presenting art through design is a difficult topic and I was very surprised that the communication between the designer and the artist went so smoothly. No interference at all. The opposite: it was a great symbiosis.
Also the communication between the designer and the web developer (Marcus Nickel) was very constructive within this project. The result is a responsive masterpiece. Simple and stunning on every device. Look for yourself!
Or visit the artists website: www.phoebelesch.net
Which freelancer – in any business area – has not experienced it? You are invited to an opening, very special people, press, TV, hopefully future clients. First question (at least for women): What to wear? Second question: Why haven't I decided which one of my business card ideas to print yet?
DIY – is this weeks motto it seems. So I did.
I really like the way the idea turned out. It was so much fun to experiment and again I made my hands dirty. The best thing was, that the few people I handed out a card to (the reality is that there were not too many future clients present at last nights event) loved it very much. I let them choose a colour... and I am sure – especially to the non-creative business people – these crayons left an impression.
[© Fräulein Pfeiffer ]
I am a big fan of books under the christmas tree. In my digital dominated world I fall for the smell and the paper and the weight of books. If I am reading a heavy book I read it lying on my belly, a small book I take with me in my bag, a paperback book I read during a bath, a special hardcover book I treat specially as well, a book with important sentences I often underline them, a book with a beloved story I read again,...
If I am reading books on the ipad? > certainly no. Too many hours per day I stare into a screen anyway...
This year there were two very special books under the christmas tree that I would like to recommend:
"KREATIVITÄT AUSHALTEN - Psychologie für Designer" Frank Brezbach
A very special book about working as a designer in all its facets. It makes you think about your way of work and you instantly start analyzing your own working situation. I found it very helpful. Besides the very interesting content it is very nicely chaptered and it has an extraordinary beautiful typedesign. A must for every designer.
"WASSERFARBEN FÜR GESTALTER" Felix Scheinberger
After his first book "MUT ZUM SKIZZENBUCH" his second book is even more inspirational. The author dropped a dab of paint on every single book. So there are thousands of unique copies. Just one of the books you want to possess to put in your design and art library.
Well, I gave the one I bought to my dad as a christmas present >> so easter is coming soon just for you to know ;)
I do enjoy looking at my dads paintings inspired by this book though.
[photo © Frank Berzbach und Felix Scheinberger | Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz]
The new year is arriving and so are the thoughts about a new calendar. Planners and organizers are my passion. If I could, I would have at least 5 of them. Sadly this would make more mess, than it would help to organize myself.
I have kept all my calendars since I was 13. It is a pretty nice collection. And once in a while on a lazy sunday I would take them out of the box take a trip down memory lane.
Every December I am getting really excited about searching the ONE for the upcoming year. To pick the right one, can be very difficult. It has to have a beautiful design and needs a practical layout, it has to have the right size and can not be to heavy. I will look at it every day, so it has to be love at first sight.
There are so many different ones – fun ones, amazing ones, just nice to look at ones, functional ones,...
Here are my TOP EIGHT that have been in the inner selection for 2012:
TYPODARIUM – The Daily Dose of Typography
FEDRIGONI ANALOG-DIGITAL – concept by PHAGE
TYYP – with different types of paper and special designers infos (for example, DIN scales) equipped
LAUREL DENISE – the concept and layout is very well thought trough. (My very precious one for 2012)
BUBBLE CALENDAR – pop a bubble every day
TYPOGRAPHIC WALL CALENDAR by Harald Geisler – not that new, but still amazing that modern vintage touch
DOT ON – a simple and functional way to organize projects throughout the year (This wall calendar is already hanging at my studio wall waiting for its dots)
There is only one more thing to do...to design my very own Frl. Pfeiffer calendar for 2013...
[© Typodarium, Phage, Tyyp, Laurel Denise, Bubble Calendar, Peter Bil'ak, Harald Geisler, DotOn]
THANK YOU iD-institute for featuring Frl. Pfeiffer to be presented in your directory among such big names.
Today a new global network is launched and will present its website INTERNATIONAL DESIGN INSTITUTE in Hong Kong at the Inno Design Tech Expo. The iD-institute is built as transnational platform for professional creatives. It is a network for designers, universities, clients and all the stuff for the business in-between. Starting in Germany, Switzerland, UK, Denmark, Austria, China, South Korea and Japan the iD-institute will help to connect creatives globally and find creatives locally.
With a beautiful design and a simple navigation system – besides all the designers, organizations and universities who are listed – there is a bunch of great tools and extra information like sample contracts, information about legal issues and the iD-safe for example: Timestamps for your ideas to protect property rights.
... I am still very flattered: EDENSPIEKERMANN, METADESIGN, FRL. PFEIFFER, MUTABOR DESIGN... and many more.
Such masters AND ME ;)
Anyway it feels good to be surrounded by idols.
[© screenshots from iD-institute website]
I like to do things with my hands. Ideas I create with the help of my sketchbook. Invitations I send out self made to real addresses and not to an emailaddress. Painting, cutting, sticking... I am not into "digitalism" at all actually. But with all the great software you are able to produce beautiful design as well... But in the end – the printing part. Again: Silkscreen, Letterpress,... I am very much into the crafted finishing on paper.
That's why I was very skeptical when I heard about this new App called LetterMpress founded by graphic designer John Bonadies and programmer Jeff Adams. A program that simulates a letterpress studio. First I was distracted by the odd sound effects and – for my personal taste – a bit too complex and slow navigation of the tool palette.
Last Friday I had a children's pancake party at my house and I thought, why not try this App again and play around to create the invitation card. After all I have to admit that I kind of fell in love with this program. Its a lovely tool for experimentation and playing around without getting your hands dirty...
Certainly worth it.
Still – the smell and the excitement of a real letterpress studio is definitely missing.
[© Fräulein Pfeiffer]
As an Austrian girl I am a big fan of Austrian designers (of course).
I came across INA KENT and her storytelling bags about a year ago. I loved the multiple functionality of the bags and the colours and the shape and the quality of the leather... everything – I fell for the bags immediately and I had to buy one immediately too. Only a small one for my small pocket though.
Today I came across the design studio who is responsible for the corporate identity of INA KENT. I like the simplicity of the logo and the luxury impression the image concept is giving. It perfectly fits to the extraordinary bags. They are located in Austria too (of course): MICK GAPP I am curious if they are fixing Ina Kent's website too soon...
Now I started saving for a big bag.
[photo: © MickGapp | Lisa Fleck | Helmut Rasinger]
I have to admit, I am a very disciplined and organized person. My friends, my family and also my clients can proof that. But, once in a while a girl needs some tools to help her organize her daily working life!
I have tested the software SOLO – a tool - especially developed for freelancers – to help with the project management. Dashboard, Projects, Planner, Timesheets, Invoice, Messages, Contacts ... everything there – I believe it is the most beautiful management software I have seen so far.
I think it is definitly worth a 100 Euros per year. Saving time and nerves is always worth some money.
[photo © thrivesolo]