What keeps me moving is design and its dynamics—the constant exploration of new knowledge and concepts.
I am a Berlin based Designer having extensive experience in branding, from redesigning and developing existing brands to building a corporate image from scratch. I am highly confident working to more traditional or commercial briefs. However, I have taken equal pleasure in providing cutting edge, challenging designs for a variety of clients from independent music labels to exhibition curators and artists. I also work with a non-profit publishing project involving creative writing and illustration, whose aim is to support, develop and promote young writers, designers and artists.
Studying in Germany I pursued my passion for typography and layout; I pride myself on my eye for detail and ability for technical communication. In England, at Goldsmiths I developed my knowledge of the critical side of design and focused on conceptual application within a brief.
I consider my originality in approaching a brief one of my major strengths.
Florian Feineis, surface grafik, Frankfurt am Main, www.surfacegrafik.de: «Her creativity and high set standards regarding her own work has led to excellent results. She was at all times in the position to take on projects that were completely independent and to a large extent expected self-motivation.»
Martin Volves, graphic tutor, Goldsmiths University, www.ma-work.co.uk: «I have worked with Silke as both a tutor and practitioner. She has a great eye for structure and placement and her attention to detail was exemplary. She has a love for typography and this comes through clearly in both her professional and personal projects. On projects we have worked on together, I have seen first hand how this passion has pushed and shaped projects in new directions.»
Ron Heussen, owner, realbrands, Berlin www.realbrands.de: «Silke impressed us over and over again with her excellent expertise, superb engagement and outstanding creative ideas. She comprehensively mastered all graphics programs and distinguished herself yet further with her great conceptual strength. […] By virtue of her courage, she was able to convince our client, the Senate of Berlin to work with us as an agency. As a freelance designer Silke has always continued to be hardworking, reliable and conscientious. During this time she has always matched up to even the most demanding briefs. Every task given to her she has always met to our complete satisfaction, with diligence and awareness.»
Surface FFM, 2011–2015 / senior designer, art direction, project management (Schirn FFM, Historisches Museum FFM, Deutsche Bank PWM, Mario Pfeifer, The Forsythe Company, Greene Naftali, Rat für Formgebung—German Design Award, Markus Gardian)
The Cinema Museum, 2011–2012 / London / graphic design
realbrands, 2006–2008 / graphic design
Straw Design and Publishing, 2007 / founder & graphic design
Tjarks and Tjarks Design Limited, 2007–2008 / project management, administration, quality control of artwork
Verfreundungseffekt 2015 / Magazine Launch / Exhibitor
dmy berlin 2008 / Exhibitor / Straw Design
London Design Festival 2008 / 24hr Design & Make / Exhibitor
London Design Festival 2008 / Exhibition Graphics for «Making Time»
Free Range 2007 / Annotations / Goldsmiths Graduates
Goldsmiths University of London, Design, 2005–2007
FH Aachen, Visual Communication, 2003–2005