Claudiabasel, Basel-based graphic and interaction design studio. Founded by Roland John, Thomas Bircher and Jiri Oplatek. Interview with Jiri Oplatek.

Hello Jiri, how are you?

Always thirsty!

Can you introduce yourselves?

Claudiabasel is a Basel-based studio, focusing on graphic and interaction design. Founded by Roland John, Thomas Bircher and me, Jiri Oplatek, we mainly work autonomously on our own projects. Roland and Thomas are more or less in the field of interaction design and I do exclusive printed stuff, mostly corporate designs for cultural clients such as museums, festivals, theatres and so on. Usually we have two to three people working with us. We try to stay small.

Where does your interest in graphic design come from?

I will just talk about me. I have always been interested in painting, drawing as well as in words, so the decision to study graphic design was closed. At that time, a huge part of the education in graphic design lay in drawing, as well as in classic landscape, figurative drawing and in black and white translation. The real love for typography and graphic design came up later by doing it.

How did you come to start up the studio?

Being independent was already clear as we were studying.

We saw your Wildwuchs Festival posters at the 100 beste plakate exhibitions. Can you tell us more about this project?

It is funny that you chose that project. It was a competition at the end of 2013, which we had almost cancelled, x-mas was quite near and the year was almost done, so we were already in holiday-mood. But then we had this idea of the two « W » and sketched-up, I think almost in two days this series of three posters was done, et voilà. The final posters are almost the same as the presented sketches, just the photographs were made new and some details in the typography.

What are the key features of your design?

Always have a good idea! (laughing)

What is the project that you have done with more pleasure and interest?

In the last year it was a series of ten posters for the Museum Tinguely, which were made analogue. That was quite fun to do, to come to the office and not to sit in front of the « television ». We have cut the templates for the silk screen directly from black paper, as they used to do years ago. I think that was interesting to use an old technique with contemporary feelings of aesthetics and shapes.

Is there any designer you appreciate a lot?

Yes, but I will keep them secret.

Which books are on your bedside table?

« From Nose to Tail », a cookbook.

The last word…

Bye bye.

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