Benjamin Wurster is a graphic designer based in Stuttgart, Germany.

— Hello Benjamin how are you?

Hi Dennis, hi Tiffany. I’m fine, thank you.

— Can you introduce yourself?

My Name is Benjamin Wurster. I was born in Taipei / Taiwan in 1990 and am now based in the south of Germany. Currently I am studying Communication Design at Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. I also work as a graphic designer for clients, mostly poster design, editorial design and corporate design.

— Where does your interest in graphic design come from?

I never really knew what I would want to become when I grow up. I liked to scribble and I loved to play Lego so I thought architecture could be nice. Later in 2008 I went to an information day at the Academy in Stuttgart. Since then I knew what I wanted to do: graphic design.

— Would you like to explain to us one of your projects?

Sure. I recently worked on the identity for the Rundgang 2016 exhibition at the Academy in Stuttgart with my friends Pascal Altszeimer, Leander Aßmann, Felix Bareis and Stephan Gross. Our aim was to show the diversity of the school and represent as many students as possible. So we decided to just show works of the students, without imposing some kind of motto over the exhibition. We wanted the visitors to know what they can expect at this weekend.

— Do you have a favorite typeface to work with?

No, actually not. Mostly I have two or three typefaces that I like to work with for some projects. But they change every now and then…

— Is there any designer you appreciate a lot?

There are a lot of designers that I appreciate and lot of designers that influenced me. I think those I had personal contact with, shaped me the most. First of all my professors at university, Hans-Georg Pospischil, Gerwin Schmidt and Marcus Wichmann. Then of course Sascha Lobe and his team at L2M3, where I had the honor to do an internship for six months. And then also designers I did workshops with, like Ludovic Balland, Antonio de Luca, Ariane Spanier and Christopher Jung. Only to name a few…

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

I love to read books that have nothing to do with graphic design. I think they force me to change my way of thinking. The most eye-opening book to me is the one that is inspired by the greatest designer of all times. That’s why I try to read the bible every day.

— The last word…

Thank you very much for having me.

Pictures and projects by Benjamin Wurster.

Interview: Dennis Moya, 07.16

Graphic Design