Communication won’t make a mountain out of a molehill. But it can make an idea into public opinion, chewing gum into revenue, an inside tip into a full house. For those who have something useful to say, we supply a platform – whether that’s an exclusive print product, corporate design, image campaign or complex communication concept.
There’s a yardstick for design: functionality. Good design makes for easy cleanup; it makes books readable and complicated ideas understandable. We work on designs for a better world.
»Phorschung« means experimentation and lightheartedness in the search for new methods of sustainable communication design – radically analog and intelligently online. We don’t work alone. We collaborate with experts, from scientists to poets to grocers. Design is not always the solution.
A simple truth, but it’s always important to say it loud and clear.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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’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 want to use design to make the world fairer, more beautiful and easier to understand. Your world. Ours, too.
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 full-dome 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.
If you’re a university student taking advanced courses (in communication design, visual communication, media design, graphic design, etc.) and you’re ready to jump into the working world with both feet, we look forward to receiving your application.
Send a convincing application, including samples of your work, either in PDF format or as a link to your online portfolio, to Anne Jänichen, firstname.lastname@example.org. Our internships start in September or March, depending on the semester.