News // 4 News by Brousse & Ruddigkeit – Thinking design
Designer, publisher of illustration bible FREISTIL and GoSee friend for many years, Raban Ruddigkeit, operates his studio together with French designer Lea Brousse under the name of Brousse & Ruddigkeit. Last year, their weekly visual column in Der Tagesspiegel won the Illustration of the Year award from the Lead Academy, and the calendars Typodarium and Poladarium are published by Raban and Lars Harmsen. In 2017, the first Berlin Design Digest was published by Raban together with Robert Eysoldt from Slanted Publishers. Raban is supporting the GoSeeAWARDS this year as a jury member. Through the end of August, photographers, stylists and illustrators can submit their works free of charge. Winners will be announced at UPDATE17on 6 October in Berlin and here on GoSee.
That same evening, the exhibition 'Graphic Comments' opens its doors in the heart of Berlin, presenting a selection of the GRAPHIC COMMENTS on 350 square meters published every Sunday since 2015 in the CAUSA section of the supraregional daily newspaper DER TAGESSPIEGEL. The idea for the visual column came about in spring 2015, when the refugee debate sparked public interest and designers Lea Brousse & Raban Ruddigkeit published a first graphic commentary on social networks.
The motif was taken up by the DER TAGESSPIEGEL, marking the beginning of a collaboration in which the purpose of the graphic is not to merely illustrate a text, but instead, to illuminate a topic from different perspectives by different authors who freely and independently comment using graphics.
Since then, more than 100 GRAPHIC COMMENTS have emerged, a selection of which will soon be on display in the gallery NEUROTITAN. Without the texts, the Graphic Comments are subject to individual interpretation beyond the publication date.
Graphic Comments by Lea Brousse & Raban Ruddigkeit
Gallery Neurotitan Berlin, Rosenthaler Strasse 39, 10178 Berlin
7 thru 21 October 2017, Opening on 6 October at 7pm
Brousse & Ruddigkeit is a French-German design studio founded 2015 in Berlin. Lea Brousse and Raban Ruddigkeit work as conceptors, graphic designers, and illustrators. Together they build a concept for corporate design which allows a brand to be more flexible, media-neutral, and – above all – open. Their code-design is based on thinking without logos, but with elements which are simple, recognizable, and very dynamic.
Lea Brousse and Raban Ruddigkeit also work as editors and designers for successful international publications like Typodarium, Photodarium (both with editor Lars Harmsen), Freistil – The Book of Illustrators and Berlin Design Digest (together with editor Robert Eysoldt). Brousse & Ruddigkeit’s Graphic Comments for the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel received the award Illustration of the Year from the Visual Lead Academy in 2016.
Lea Brousse was born in Provence, France in 1984. In 2004, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology GCEA level. After that, she studied product design at the first ESAAT Roubaix and received a BTEC Higher National Diploma in product design in 2006. She moved to Venice, and in 2009, she obtained a Master’s degree in Product Industrial Design from the University of Architecture IUAV. Afterwards, she worked as a designer for Teodolinda (Venice), Glow (Berlin) and many others. From 2012 to 2014, she was Lead Designer at Zafin (North America). She also works as an illustrator, published the book Ficktogram and is living in Berlin.
Raban Ruddigkeit was born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1968. In the 1980s, he co-founded the first and last fanzine of the GDR. After ten years as a designer for magazines and ten years as an art director in advertising (e.g. Scholz & Friends, Jung von Matt), he has been amalgamating these two worlds in his own Berlin studio since 2009. To date, he has won more than 100 domestic and international awards (Cannes Design Lion, European Design Award, ADC Europe…). In 2012, his atelier received the Rookie Agency of the Year award from Art Directors Club and KfW Banking Group. In 2013, he published his first monograph titled Rapport. Raban Ruddigkeit has lectured and taught in Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin, where he has lived since 1996. Since 2016, Raban Ruddigkeit has lectured at Münster School of Design.
23.08.2017 // show complete article
Five years have passed since the last Freistil. Five years on the scene has grown and developed further, improved and is now even better than ever! So it really was about time for a new Freistil. “A lot has changed since we launched Freistil 11 years ago: illustration has developed a new self confidence and has become a vital and significant part of the media world. And Freistil has given wings to quite a few illustrator careers and helped commissioners discover new talent. To make sure this continues we have revamped Freistil”, Raban Ruddigkeit comments on the fifth and latest issue.
The idea was to be open to new names, new techniques and last but not least new media. “But also for new work by stars in the illustration scene, because they also develop themselves further too of course…” Raban Ruddigkeit comments. And the number of entries proved him right: he was spoilt for choice to the highest of standards.
The result: 432 colourful pages, with over 500 colour illustrations by 192 illustrators, accompanied by their work contact details and mission statement. Bound in fabric designed by a Spanish textile mill, that usually makes cloth for espadrilles, especially for Freistil. Summer vibes and southern joie de vivre in book form.
GoSee is delighted to announce Raban Ruddigkeit as Head of Jury in the ILLUSTRATION & CGI category. We are currently in the middle of compiling the jury panel. Today we can reveal that big player WACCOM will be on board in the jury and as a sponsor, providing awards for the winners. So, spread the good NEWS, entry is of course free of charge. GoSee.us/awards
Raban Ruddigkeit (ed.) Freistil 5 - Die besten Illustratoren, 432 pages with over 500 colour illustrations, format 17,2 x 24 cm, hardcover bound in exclusive material, ISBN 978-3-87439-862-6, published August 2014, 39,80 € pre-order direct through HERMANN SCHMIDT VERLAG.
14.08.2014 // show complete article