Bureau David Voss, Leipzig-based studio. Interview with David Voss and Ondine Pannet.

— Hello David and Ondine, how are you?

Great, thanks for having us!

— Can you introduce yourselves?

We are a studio based in Leipzig doing conceptual graphic design in the broad field of culture. We do projects with the Goethe-Institut or Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau. For them we design classical outlines like identities or books. We mostly design printed matter, but online media as well.

— How did you come to start up the studio?

Well, this wasn’t a plan at all. When David started, it just happened to him. After he did corporate design for a photo-festival as his thesis project, he got the opportunity to do the graphics for individual projects. Also someone opened up a workspace and invited him to join. So he ended up doing jobs on his own in his own studio.

In 2014 I (Ondine) joined after graduating from the Academy of Visual Art Leipzig (HGB).

— Where does your interest in design come from?

Hard to say… David wanted to become an architect when he was in school but through graffiti he ended up at the university’s graphic design department. Inspired while joining art class I wanted to become a designer even earlier than David. Seems both of us had a straight walk into the field.

— Can you tell us more about your poster design for Schauspiel Leipzig?

The Schauspiel Leipzig is a collaboration with HawaiiF3. They asked David to team up for a pitch on the theatres identity back in 2012 and amazingly we got the job.
Our idea was to give posters a strong impact when displayed all over city. Bold type, so the message is clear, but with some disturbances as well to provoke a second look.

— Do you have a favorite typeface to work with?

Actually no. We like to try out new fonts for each project we start.

— Is there a book which opened your eyes about design?

It doesn’t have to be a book, right? I had one of these moments with “L’Image” a text by Samuel Beckett. It deals with a description of a picture and pulls you in only with the power of words. David got inspired during a work period in NYC, 2003. When he flew back to Germany he found a book named “End Commercial”. He was amazed how a simple typology of images in a not even well designed publication could depict a whole city the way he experienced it himself.

— The last word…

We like to give workshops. Send us a mail if you want us to come by.


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“Schauspiel leipzig” © HawaiiF3 & David Voss,
“Edit” © Pia Christmann & David Voss, other projects © Bureau David Voss.

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