ART DIRECTION

FRAME #20

According to the Swiss film institute 1755 movies have been produced since the year 2000 with Swiss cooperation. For the cover story «The best 100 Swiss films of the new millennium» a nine-member jury has judged them all. I am so proud and grateful to have been part of that jury and that I was given the opportunitiy to watch so many stunning Swiss films. Among the winners are some of my favourites: «Home», «My life as a Zucchini» and «War Photographer». Check out the full list of the winning films and more reading articles in «Frame» issue #20 – available as supplement to the «NZZ am Sonntag», at the newsstand and selected movie theaters on December 16 2018. More information on www.frame.ch

ART DIRECTION

COTE ZURICH #23

«Blue» has been an important colour in art and decoration since ancient times. The semi-precious stone lapis lazuli was used in ancient Egypt for jewellery and ornament and later, in the Renaissance, to make the pigement ultramarine, the most expensive of all pigments. Dark blue became a common colour for military uniforms and later, in the late 20th century, for business suits. This season we spoted «Blue» everywhere: be it in fashion, art, design or architecture – therefore we dedicated our autumn/winter issue to the colour, that was chosen by almost half of both men and women as their favourite colour. The bilingual «COTE» magazine Zurich Edition #23 is available at the newsstand and selected stores, hotels & restaurants in winter 2018/19. More information on www.cote-magazine.ch

ART DIRECTION

WEWO WINTERZAUBER

Present problems? Then check out this «Winter Magic» special issue with over 200 Christmas gitft tips from Swiss celebrities. Museum director of the Fondation Beyeler Sam Keller, for instance, suggests a trip to the «Bruegel» exhibition in Vienna or the «Andy Warhol» exhibition at the Whitney Museum, New York; Esoteric guru Mike Shiva a scented candle by «Soulzen» and TV presenter Patricia Boser a gift box with different teas from «Sirocco Tea». But do not miss the outstanding illustrations by Simone Massoni. Discover his inspiring work on www.sketchthisout.com. The «Winterzauber» supplement to the «Weltwoche» newspaper is available at the newsstand on 6 December 2018. More information on www.weltwoche.ch

CREATIVE DIRECTION

WW MAGAZIN 4 2018

The «WW personality» of this issue is Shepard Fairey. He is an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator and founder of OBEY Clothing who emerged from the skateboarding scene – always being open about controversial social and political topics and often donating and creating artwork in order to promote awareness of these issues. As a tribute to the victims of the Novmeber 2015 Paris attacks, Fairey created a poster representing Marianne, the French national icon, and made a gift of this poster to Emmanuel Macron, who hung it in his office upon assuming the presidency of France. Discover Fairey's work, his OBEY fashion photographed by Hadley Hudson and more in the «WW Magazin», supplement to the «Weltwoche» newspaper, available at the newsstand on 22 November 2018. More information on www.weltwoche.ch

CREATIVE DIRECTION

WW MAGAZIN 3 2018

Probably everyone knows the saying «French and Parisians – in particular – are snobby». But when I was looking for a location for the «WW Magazine» fall fashion shoot, I made quite the contrary experience. I have never met a nicer and more helpful gallerist before. Jean-Philippe, the owner of the «Mercier & Associés» art gallery, let us use every corner of his gallery and to our astonishment his most valuable assets: his art. Pieces from the exhibition «Ceux qui naissent de la terre» by Claire Barbier, a voluptuous sculpture by Ugo La Pietra and a photographic installation by Luc Lauras. If you happen to be in the 20ème arrondissement in Paris, check out his gallery. And do not forget to take a look at the printed fashion story by Edgar Berg and his talented team. Model Laura Roth / Muse Management wears exclusively fashion by Louis Vuitton. This and more in the «WW Magazin», supplement to the «Weltwoche» newspaper, available at the newsstand on 18 October 2018. More information on www.weltwoche.ch

ART DIRECTION & LAYOUT

FRAME #19

Ever wondered, who will be the new «Shooting Star» of Swiss cinema? Just read the cover story about Luna Wedler and Max Hubacher. I had the great opportunity to meet the two young actors at our photo shoot, which took place in Berlin, and was blown away by their ease, charm and naturalness.  Similar to Lee Strasberg’s acting technique – the two talents had to express for photographer Joachim Baldauf feelings such as «love», «orgasm» and «grief» in front of the camera just using their face and body. Discover even more «Top Players» of Switzerland’s film industry in «Frame» issue #19 – available as supplement of the «NZZ am Sonntag», at the newsstand and selected movie theaters on September 23 2018. More information on www.frame.ch

BRANDING

BRING IT OM

Ganesha is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bali, Bangladesh and Nepal. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies. Ganesha is known for all these attributes, but his elephant head makes him easy to identify. Therefore I chose him as key visual for the «Bring it Om» yoga studio logo. So, if you are not already a member at a yoga studio, check out www.bringitom.ch and visit one of the classes taught by the wonderful Karin Baltisberger.

ART DIRECTION & LAYOUT

Frame #18

Who does not know the nonsense word «Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious»? It comes from the musical «Mary Poppins». 54 years later, Disney brings the long awaited sequel «Mary Poppins Returns» with Emily Blunt to the cinema. Mary Poppins magically enters once again the life of the Banks family and, with the help of her friend Jack, brings joy and amazament back to their home. The film starts on 20 December 2018 in Swiss cinemas. If you can not wait that long, read the article about the boom of musical-movies in the current issue of Frame. The cover story celebrates Spike Lee and his comeback with the movie «BlacKkKlansman». «Frame» issue #18 is available as supplement of the «NZZ am Sonntag», at the newsstand and selected movie theaters on July 1 2018. More information on www.frame.ch

ART DIRECTION

WW MAGAZIN 2 2018

«Frida Kahlo – Beyond the Myth» is the most important and biggest European exhibition ever devoted to the famous and acclaimed Mexican woman painter. This show and tribute can be visited until June 3, 2018 at the new Museum of Cultures (MUDEC) of Milan designed by David Chipperfield. The exhibition will include oils, drawings, watercolours, letters and photographs, with the intend to bring together works that have never been displayed in Italy before. In addition, Frida Kahlo found her way onto the cover of our art issue, meeting her colleagues Jeff Koons, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys and Pipilotti Rist at the fictional «Cafe des Artistes». Discover among others exciting stories about art collector Hubert Looser, art curator at «Die Mobiliar» Dorothea Strauss and Chinese artist Liu Bolin. This «WW Magazin» issue will be published as a supplement to «Weltwoche» on May 24  2018. More information on www.weltwoche.ch

ART DIRECTION & GRAPHIC DESIGN

GODS AND MONSTERS

When artist Armin Dietrich told me, that his second solo exhibition will be named «Gods and Monsters», I had immediately to think of the highly acclaimed novel by Christopher Bram, which was the basis for the 1998 film starring Sir Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave and Brendan Fraser. Telling the story of James Whale, the once-famous director of such classics as «Frankenstein» and «Bride of Frankenstein», who is living in retirement, haunted by his past. While working on this series Armin Dietrich was interested just as well in the fears that haunt our society today. He applied filter foils, coloured pigments and photographs to fibreglass; placing red, blue, green, yellow and pink tones next to mysterious photographic silhouettes. These dark surfaces were produced by taking shadow photographs of so-called restraining straps, which were once used in psychiatric contexts, fitting perfectly fine in the world of the horror movies of the 1930s. The vernissage and book launch took place in Berlin during the Gallery Weekend 2018.

 

ART DIRECTION

WW MAGAZIN 1 2018

Nowadays it is rare for magazines to illustrate just one article, not to mention a large part of the entire magazine. Quite different at the «WW Magazin», the lifestyle supplement of the political weekly newspaper «Weltwoche», where the art of illustration is valued and celebrated. A great pleasure for me, since I love illustrations over all and I got the opportunity to work with old acquaintances like Tina Berning or Lesja Chernish – and also discovered new artists such as Toby Neilan from London, Haley Tippmann from New York or Rinah Lang from Berlin. In addition to these talented illustrators, the magazine also features exciting stories about the Fiat heir and «downfall prince» Lapo Elkann, actress Zoe Saldana, who breaks at the moment all box-office records as Gamora in «Avengers: Infinity War», and «Mr. Mode Suisse» Yannick Aellen, who sticks up for Swiss fashion. This «WW Magazin» issue will be published as a supplement to «Weltwoche» on April 26, 2018. More information on www.weltwoche.ch

REDESIGN & ART DIRECTION

FRAME #17

Being hired by the NZZ Media Group to redesign the movie magazine «Frame» was a dream come true. The redesign aims to create a more «sophisticated» reading experience, adapting the visual look to the high standard of the literary writing. This was achieved by simplifying the whole layout: using more white space, but less fonts and typesizes. The imagery is slightly more sparing and generous – making the look cleaner. In collaboration with the editorial staff we changed the architecture of the magazine as well. In addition, the amazing Greta Gerwig on the cover brings a breath of fresh air to the magazine. Check out the new «Frame» issue #17 - available as supplement of the «NZZ am Sonntag», at the newsstand and selected movie theaters on February 25 2018. More information on www.frame.ch

BRANDING

PANDA & PINGUIN

It was so much fun bringing my love for animated movies, cartoons and animals together and creating for the story telling company «Panda & Pinguin» my first animated logo. Along with this visual identity I completed a whole branding range - including among others - the website, stationery and t-shirts. If you want to find out more about the «Pandas & Pinguins» and their owners Andrea Bleicher and Sabina Sturzenegger check out www.pandaundpinguin.ch

REDESIGN & ART DIRECTION

COTE ZURICH #21

COTE Magazine was founded 1987 in France – originally supplying the Paris Region, Provence and French Riviera with the latest news in fashion, beauty, culture, gastronomy & outing tips. Now, 30 years later, I had the great pleasure to freshen up the graphic design for the licensed Swiss edition «COTE Magazine Zurich» – changing alongside with the redesign the architecture of the magazine, adding new content sections and giving a more journalistic approach. The bilingual «COTE Magazine Zurich» Edition #21 is available at the newsstand and selected stores, hotels & restaurants in winter 2017/18. More information on www.cote-magazine.ch

ART DIRECTION & GRAPHIC DESIGN

FRAME #16

One of the biggest votes in Switzerland next year will be about the so-called «No-Billag-Initiative» to scrap the compulsory Swiss television and radio licence fee. The country will vote on the issue on March 4 2018. The Swiss parliament and the Federal Council came out against the initiative. If you want to make up your own mind, please read «Frame»’s lead article accompanied by the witty illustrations from André Carrilho. Discover as well the «Star Wars Special»: all about the upcoming «The Last Jedi», an interview with Mark Hamill and a portrait of director Rian Johnson. The «Frame» issue #16 is available at the newsstand and selected movie theaters on December 10 2017. More information on www.frame.ch

ART DIRECTION & GRAPHIC DESIGN

UNCLAD BY ARMIN DIETRICH

On the occasion of Armin Dietrich's first solo exhibition, I was asked to design the art catalogue for his work cycle «Unclad». The artist has created for his series a photographic system using different colour-filter sheets on transparent glass-fibre screens, or large slides, which are superimposed on his subjects. To give the art catalogue a similar feeling and sensuality - I came up with the idea to use some printed acetate sheets recreating the visual and translucent nuances of the art pieces. The glamourous vernissage and book launch took place in Berlin during the Gallery Weekend 2017 in attendence of well-known art critic Mark Gisbourne and Europe's art collectors elite. More group and another solo exhibition will follow in Hamburg later this year. More information about the artist and his work on www.armindietrich.com

ART DIRECTION & GRAPHIC DESIGN

FRAME 1/2017

"And the Oscar goes to "Ma vie de Courgette" for Best Animated Feature" .... who knows? What are the odds that this Swiss stop-motion animation movie will win? If you want to guess along check out the "Oscar betting game" in the new "Frame" issue. Also find out more about the other nominated Swiss movies "La femme et le TGV" & "I am not your Negro", their makers & producers and what it takes to win an Oscar. Discover as well the grand interview with director Martin Scorsese about the power of the chruch and the cinema. The new "Frame" issue is available at the newsstand, selected movie theaters or the app store on February 19, 2017. More information on www.frame.ch

ART DIRECTION & GRAPHIC DESIGN

FRAME 4/2016

"The Empire Strikes Back" ist the first "Star Wars" movie I ever saw. By the way, still my favourite one. Back then, obviously much too young for watching this kind of movie, there was only one way to see the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Princess Leia and Han Solo: I had to sneak past the cashier and the operator in the cinema. Luckily I managed and ever since I was a  faithful "Star Wars" fan. Comprehensible that I was very delighted, when we decided to feature a "Star Wars" special in the upcoming "Frame" magazine - covering the stand-alone film "Rogue One - A Star Wars Story" starring Felicity Jones. Discover among others an article about the best Swiss editors with impressive portrait photos by Dan Cermak or an interview with cult director Jim Jarmusch. The new "Frame" issue is available at the newsstand, selected movie theaters or the app store on November 27, 2016. More information on www.frame.ch

GUEST LECTURER & ART DIRECTION

DESIGN SCHOOL ZURICH & NZZ

When asked by the Design School 'Media Form Colour' Zurich to be a guest lecturer for the module 'Human Portrayal' I accepted immediately - since  I love to support Swiss Fashion Photography, to discover new talents and give them a platform for quite a while. In collaboration with the NZZ Stil Magazine and Kenzo x H&M "my" photodesign students could realise an incredible fashionshoot: Each student having the chance to come up with a unique visual concept and executing it. Special thanks to lecturer Zoe Tempest, Stylist Kim Dang, Scout Model Agency Zurich and Style Council (Hair & Make-up) for their kind support. The issue is available on Sunday 23 October 2016 at the newsstand as a supplement of the "NZZ am Sonntag" or as ePaper - additional images and "the making of videos" can be viewed on www.bellevue.nzz.ch

ART DIRECTION & GRAPHC DESIGN

POSTFINANCE

Have you ever wondered how your payments via online-banking or at the post office are processed? This customer magazine shows how the money transfers actually work and how their worldwide harmonisation will make the "entrepreneur payment life" much easier. This publication for the Swiss post office "PostFinance" was commissioned by "NZZ Media Solutions" in collaboration with "Being Bold GmbH". The amazing artwork was done by German illustrator Marek Haiduk. More information on www.postfinance.ch/harmonisierung-zv

ART DIRECTION & GRAPHIC DESIGN

GESCHICHTE ISSUE 7

“NZZ Geschichte” illuminates fascinating facets of both international and Swiss history and their effects on the present. This issue is mainly dedicated to reformer Ulrich Zwingli (1 January 1484 – 11 October 1531). In 1518, Zwingli became the pastor of the Grossmuenster in Zurich where he began to preach ideas on reforming the Catholic Church. I had the great pleasure to art direct the "Geschichte Issue 7" and working with the inspiring editor-in-chief Peer Teuwsen and editor Martin Beglinger. The "Geschichte Issue 7" is published by the NZZ Mediagroup, available at the newsstand and the app store on October 6, 2016. More information on www.nzz.ch

ART DIRECTION & GRAPHIC DESIGN

FRAME 3/2016

Glamour and star alert in Switzerland: Uma Thurman, Daniel Radcliffe, Hugh Grant, Ewan McGregor, Oliver Stone, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and "Frame"-Cover-Girl Shailene Woodley are only a few celebrities, that are expected to stroll over the "Green Carpet" at the 12. Zurich Film Festival, that takes place from September 22 - October 2, 2016. Right on time, the new "Frame" issue is available at the newsstand, selected movie theaters or the app store on September 18, 2016, bringing insights on the Film Festival and among others reports on CAA, the world's biggest talent agency or the Hong Kong Cinema. Discover as well the amazing art work of the illustrators Joe Darrow and Marek Haiduk. More information on www.frame.ch

GRAPHIC DESIGN

MOURJJAN SS17

The spring & summer 2017 "Mourjjan" collection was shot in Mykonos - giving the new creations of the designer-duo Michael Muntinga and Roland Rahal the right amount of chic and a spalsh of jet set attitude. I was very proud, when the "Mourjjans" were invited to show their new collection at the "Mode Suisse Edition 10 Zurich - L'autre regard" in September 2016. Check out the all the fashion looks and the online shop on www.mourjjan.com

ART DIRECTION & GRAPHIC DESIGN

NZZ FOLIO 7/2016

Growing up in a small village in the Swiss Alps, I thought, I knew everything about the life of a cow. But working with the NZZ Folio editorial staff on this issue proved me wrong: I basically knew nothing. Just take a look at the infographic by the talanted artist Ole Häntzschel and you see that the cow is indeed the most important animal on earth. Find out for yourself. Available at the newsstand or the app store. More information on www.folio.nzz.ch

ART DIRECTION & GRAPHIC DESIGN

FRAME 2/2016

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Captain America: Civil War" just hit the silver screen - the adventures of "Jessica Jones", "Daredevil", "The Flash" & Co. can be followed on television. We are basically surrounded by the superheroes of the Marvel and DC Comics universe. Unfortunatley, these blockbuster-heroes threaten the art-house film, cinemas and industry. Find out more in the cover story of the new "Frame"-issue, which I had the opportunity to art direct. As a huge film fan, this was "a dream come true" and a great experience working with this passionate editorial team, lead by chief editor Christian Jungen. "Frame" the biggest Swiss movie magazine, is brought to you by "NZZ am Sonntag" in cooperation with the "Zurich Film Festival". Available at the newsstand, selected movie theaters or the app store on May 8, 2016. More information on www.frame.ch

ART DIRECTION & GRAPHIC DESIGN

NZZ FOLIO 4/2016

Since ever I was a huge science fiction movie fan. "Star Wars", "Star Trek", "E.T.", "2001 – A Space Odyssey", "Flash Gordon" and "Barbarella", just to name a few of my favorites. I remember very well how excited I was, when I heard that Steven Spielberg planned to direct "Artificial Intelligence: A.I.". The story about a highly advanced robotic boy that longs to become "real" and seeks the love of his human mother – a project initially developed by Stanley Kubrick. The film hit screens in 2001 starring Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law as "Gigolo Joe". 15 years later I got the chance to art direct the Folio issue 297 dedicated to Artificial Intelligence. Believe me, since then many things have changed. Find out for yourself. Available at the newsstand or the app store. More information on www.folio.nzz.ch

ART DIRECTION & GRAPHIC DESIGN

NZZ FOLIO 3/2016

"NZZ Folio" is the renowned monthly magazine for sustainable intelligence published by the NZZ Mediagroup, Zurich. Each issue is dedicated to one theme pointing out its essence and diversity. I had the great pleasure to art direct the "Up and Down" issue and working with editor-in-chief Daniel Weber and his amazing editorial team - as well as the very talanted illustrator Daniel Stolle and infographic artist Ole Häntzschel. The "NZZ Folio" magazine is available at the newsstand or the app store. More information on www.folio.nzz.ch

ILLUSTRATION

ANNABELLE

I was very excited when I was asked to do an illustration for "Annabelle" – especially cause I used to work as a Graphic Designer for that Swiss women's magazine many years ago. Back then I used to think that “Sport kills”. But over the years this has changed and along with almost all my friends I practise nowadys all kinds of workout and actually having fun doing so. Check out the best fitness apps in this article and more interesting topics on www.annabelle.ch

 

ART DIRECTION & GRAPHIC DESIGN

MOURJJAN

Fashion and photography has played an integral part of my life over the last 20 years. This has led me to consult for Michael Muntinga and Roland Rahal of the Mourjjan fashion label, bringing to life their colorful creations in the advertising campaign and accompanying lookbook spring & summer 2016. Check out their website and online shop at www.mourjjan.com