Profile

anschlaege.de is a Berlin-based creative agency. Our work centers on communication, design and »phorschung«. We offer individual solutions for clients with the courage for change. anschlaege.de is an owner-run business founded in 2005 by Axel Watzke, Christian Lagé and Steffen Schuhmann.
Communication

Communication won’t make a mountain out of a molehill. But it will make an idea into public opinion, chewing gum into revenue, an inside tip into a full house. For those who have something to say, we supply a platform. A full service with every effort that seems useful - whether it be an exclusive print product, Corporate Design, an image campaign or a complex communication concept.

Design

There’s a yardstick for design: functionality. Good design makes for easy cleanup; it makes books readable and complicated ideas understandable. No position is sacred, and no cow is set in stone. The only thing that’s sacred is deadlines. And quality. Other than that, anything goes. If we’re going to do the best we can on your job, then we have to look at it critically. Which means we ask a lot of questions. Including stupid ones. And awkward ones. Don’t be scared! We can learn a lot from each other when we’re honest.

»Phorschung«

»Phorschung« means: experimentation and lightheartedness in the search for new methods of sustainable communication design - radically analog and intelligently online. We don't do it alone. We collaborate with experts, whether they're scientists, poets or grocers. Design is not always a solution. Not every question can be answered with design. We look for the most sensible and appropriate solution to your problem. Not the prettiest. Because we're excellent designers, we can also find answers to your questions outside design.

Principles

We have Principles. We update them regularly.
Human dignity is inviolable.

Our work centers on communication among people – including when the client is a theater, a city or a business. We’ll meet you on an equal footing, with the conviction that our collaboration should be based not on fear and control, but on mutual trust and motivation. We want to work with you, not for you.

Periodic nonsense has normative power.

There’s method in our madness. If you want to go beyond the standard, then you’ll have to break habits, bend rules and cross boundaries with us. Not every risk needs to be taken – especially for its own sake. We keep things in proportion. There’s only one danger we fear: lack of courage.

You can still think when the power’s out.

A smartphone is a multipurpose tool perfectly fitted to the human hand. So is a stone handaxe. You already know what you need? Good. But give us a chance to think outside the box together.

No position is sacred, and no cow is set in stone.

The only thing that’s sacred is deadlines. And quality. Other than that, anything goes. If we’re going to do the best we can on your job, then we have to look at it critically. Which means we ask a lot of questions. Including stupid ones. And awkward ones. Don’t be scared! We can learn a lot from each other when we’re honest.

Design is not always a solution.

Not every question can be answered with design. We look for the most sensible and appropriate solution to your problem. Not the prettiest. Because we’re excellent designers, we can also find answers to your questions outside design.

“We want to make ourselves useful, but we’re not useful idiots.”

We’ll work with you to plan your project in detail so you can follow every step of our collaboration. We want you to sleep soundly at night. Which goes for us too. We don’t work nights or weekends. We know what our work is worth. And we value what you do.

We work on designs for a better world.

We want to use design to make the world fairer, more beautiful and easier to understand. Your world. Ours too.

Team

anschlaege.de is neither a cube farm nor a one-man show. Along with the three partners, our core studio staff also includes three employees. We also have long-standing relationships with a number of freelancers we enjoy working with, and we call on them as projects require.
  • Christian Lagé

    Managing Partner
  • Professor Steffen Schuhmann

    Partner
  • Axel Watzke

    Managing Partner
  • Evelin Fuhrmann

    Production Management
  • Johanna Götz

    Systemic Consulting / Freelancer
  • Mona Leinung

    Senior Designer
  • Henrik Miers

    Graphic Design
  • Jean-Paul Olivier

    Project Manager / Freelancer
  • Jens Rudolph

    Graphic Design / Freelancer
  • Gerald Wagner

    Graphic Design / Freelancer

Network

anschlaege.de works out of Heikonaut, in Berlin’s Friedrichsfelde neighborhood. We’ve transformed what was once a vacant preschool into a place where we can work alongside fellow designers, photographers, writers and artists. You won’t find us frothing the milk there. We’re more likely to be out in the garden, turning the earth. Or reaching for the stars.
Heikonaut

Heikonaut is a multifunctional workspace. It provides whatever space and equipment its crew may require to put new ideas into practice. In the garden is the plantarium, a fulldome lab for 360-degree projections, while the basement houses a workshop, a silkscreen shop, a fabric cutting table and a photo studio. At the heart of it all is the kitchen, designed by Van Bo Le-Mentzel, where everyone winds up by lunch at the latest.

Community

In addition to our regular work, anschlaege.de is also involved in various networks and institutions; we support causes worth supporting. We’re interested both in comparing notes with colleagues and in promoting what’s important to us.

Jobs

We are hiring. You are a resilient and flexible person with excellent organizational and communication skills. We are looking for you.
Internships: Our next round of internships will begin in January, 2017.

We’re not as interested in your grades as we are in your skills and what you hope to learn. You should be in at least the second year of a degree program in design, social sciences or humanities, and available for six months. E-mail your application to staff@anschlaege.de, and please note that we plan three to four months in advance. Send us a CV and some samples of your work in PDF format. Your PDF file should be no bigger than 7MB. Please do NOT send us piles of paper, website links, CDs, DVDs, etc.

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