CHRISTIAN LANGE — Interview
Christian Lange, graphic designer currently based in Munich.
— Hello Christian, how are you?
I am fine, thanks. At the moment I am preparing my son’s first birthday. There are a lot of balloons to be blown up.
— Can you introduce yourself?
I am a graphic designer currently based in Munich. My work is focusing on book design, creating visual identities and exhibitions mostly for clients in the cultural field.
— Where does your interest in graphic design come from?
When I was a child I did a lot of drawings (especially cars, buildings and Garfields) for me and my friends. A little later my interests in photography and art were growing. Actually the discovery of Kippenberger’s oeuvre in artist books blew my mind for months. The symbiotic interrelation between language and image is very attractive to me.
— Would you like to explain to us one of your projects?
My book “Lange Liste 79-97” is very dear to my heart. It is the result of my master studies at the Zurich University of the Arts during 2010 and 2011. I had a very good time there and I appreciate a lot my Swiss friends and colleagues. “Lange Liste 79-97” documents the everyday life of my family using meticulously kept cash books. My mother gathered endless accounts of groceries, taxes, parties, leisure activities, clothes or presents with an exact price index over decades. To complement the cycle of this everyday life narratively, the first 18 years of my life, from 1979 to 1997, were analysed and summarised in appropriate categories. Brief explanations and interviews with protagonists of the list illustrate important moments.
A series of family photos, pictures of products, certificates and receipts add to the family’s archive. With its 12.051 items, this book grants a detailed impression of the hidden desires, pleasures and losses of a family’s household kept in two different political and economical systems. It is the story of my childhood and youth in form of a housekeeping book. And it is a unique document covering everyday life during the late GDR and the German Republic shortly after unification.
— Do you have a favourite typeface to work with?
Being honest, I like the classics.
— Is there any designer you appreciate a lot?
Designers with a sense of humour and a strong concept in their work.
— What stimulates you outside graphic design?
Counting tiles during swimming in the pool, dancing in pyjamas, a good coffee…
— Is there a book which opened your eyes about design?
“BLAST” from Wyndham Lewis, the magazine/manifesto from the Vorticist movement from 1914 it’s definitively one of them.
— The last word…
Never look back, walk tall, act fine. (Thanks Mr. David Bowie)
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Pictures ©Christian Lange.
BD A6 with ©Atelier Bernd Kuchenbeiser.