BADESAISON — Interview

Badesaison, graphic design studio based in Zurich, Switzerland. Founded by Lukas Ackermann, Andreas Spörri and Boris Stoll.

Hello Lukas, Andreas and Boris, how are you?

Great, thank you! We just bought 2kg golden Christmas chocolate coins. So we are prepared for the long, dark winter days.

Can you introduce yourselves?

We are Badesaison, a graphic design studio from Zurich. In May 2015 we graduated our bachelor studies at the Zurich University of Arts (ZHdK). Already during our studies we realized various projects beside the courses together. Since our diploma we are full-time self-employed and working on jobs for several cultural institutions, musicians, shops, restaurants etc. It’s really important to us, to extend this field of projects and to be active in different categories of visual design.

How do you work together?

It varies a lot from project to project. Sometimes we have smaller jobs that can be done by one person. On bigger ones we start working all together, especially in the phase of searching ideas. After that we split the responsibility in two persons who realize the project. The third person figures as an «advisor» with an unprejudiced view and input. All the important decisions are made together.

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

Of course. We created a very flexible concept for the music festival Perlaton in Zurich, which works for multiple editions. It was very important to visualize the broad range of bands and musicians who play at the festival. We created a large collection of free fonts, which are associated with different music genres. In each edition we make a selection of ten fonts and set them according to strict predefined rules. The typographic layer is completed by another layer of pictures, which also varies every year. With the combination of the playful handling and a strict and clear usage of the type, we create a strong, individual identity with countless possible appearances.

Do you have a favorite typeface to work with?

No, we don’t. We don’t want to restrict our work by imposing a dogma on us. Therefore we always try to work open and unprejudiced with typefaces. What pleases us of course is the very active and dynamic current generation of type designers with a very strong output. The most important criterion for us is always the quality of the typeface and its coherence to the content.

Is there any designer you appreciate a lot?

There are too many good designers in different fields to pick out individuals. As a designer it is essential not just to look left and right on other designers work, but to deal with other things and individuals and to develop self-contained solutions and positions.

What stimulates you outside graphic design?

Tattoos, Powerade, golden Christmas chocolate coins, new sneaker smell, swimming pools, succulents, Spaghetti-Lasagna, Gran Classico, laser guns, technology, strobo, fog, funny towels, Samuel Weidmann and his inspiring brown ceramic foot, curry cashew nuts, Minipic, spacebar, Babybel, Tirzah, Wes Alane, Dirt Bikes, Magic cards, Golf, Ducktails, Photo Booth, reflective everything, 2 Chainz, eggplants, eggs, Pinball, money, Turmix TX40, Continental anti puncture belt, vitamin tabs, sit-ups, black, white, glasses, mushroom cream sauce, techno, Altstetten City, Cool Runnings, Otto’s, love.

Is there a book or a manifesto which opened your eyes about design?

No, there is no specific one. Rather books in general.

The last word…

Thank you and stay tuned.

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Pictures ©Badesaison

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