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CALL FOR ENTRIES ! FREISTIL THE BIBLE OF ILLUSTRATION # 7 / 2020, to be released in November 2020 at publishing house Hermann Schmidt – so please apply now, deadline is 31 July, 2020

FREISTIL has been accompanying the renaissance of illustration for nearly 20 years and offers illustrators a high-quality platform. It showcases illustrative diversity and power, scouts new talents and presents the latest work of the stars of the scene. FREISTIL raises issues and addresses the topics that affect the scene. It also serves as the starting block for a number of illustrators’ careers. And for some art directors, FREISTIL saves the day: It’s where they’re guaranteed to find the look they want.

Raban Ruddigkeit: “Three years after the last issue, we will release FREISTIL 7 in fall 2020 featuring the best illustrators in the business and thrilling essays on the role of illustration in the media and communication sector and the role of the illustrator in an ever-changing society.”

THE JURY – to ensure a professional selection of illustrators, this year’s jury consists of: Esra Gülmen, Frank Höhne and Joni Majer. The editorial office, i.e. the jury, editor and publishing company, reserves the right not to include contributions which do not fulfill the quality standards of the book.

This issue features a two-page spread for each illustrator containing the work, contact information and references in addition to a statement about their personal perspective on the future of illustration. So if you too would would like to be among these illustrators and become a part of FREISTIL 7 – please apply by 31 July, 2020.

FREISTIL – THE BIBLE OF ILLUSTRATION, is published by Raban Ruddigkeit and is appearing at the publishing house Hermann Schmidt in November 2020. A two-page spread costs € 342.20 incl. VAT. Email any questions to Raban Ruddigkeit: or give him a call under +49(0)30 - 80 92 97 77 … Need more information on FREISTIL? GoSee :
17.07.2020 show complete article


featured by GoSee SHOP : PHOTODARIUM Classic 2020 – The world’s first and only instant-photography-tear-off-calendar; we have an exclusive preview for you on GoSee

PHOTODARIUM is appearing now for the third time and will delight us again every day in 2020 with an instant photo and its own little story. The high-quality tear-off-calendar presents artistic and intimate snap shots by 366 well-known photographers and newcomers, by professionals and Polaroid fans all around the world.

The front of each calendar page shows an analogue Polaroid photo printed in the original size with a special lacquer finish for an authentic Polaroid look & feel. On the back of each page is a short text with the often deeply personal story behind the photo as well as information on the photographer and the Polaroid film used. PHOTODARIUM (formerly POLADARIUM) is a carefully curated gem and an eye-catcher for the desk, window-sill, coffee table, rear window shelf, shop display, nightstand … and, of course, makes the perfect Christmas gift for all aficionados of analogue photography!

PHOTODARIUM Classic 2020

The world’s first and only instant-photography-tear-off-calendar

Editors: Lars Harmsen, Raban Ruddigkeit, Oliver Seltmann

Creative Direction: Boris Kahl

Publishing house: seltmann+söhne, fine art and photo books

Release: August 2019

Volume: 380 pages

Format: 8.8 × 10.7 cm / 3.5 × 4.2 inches

Language: English

Specials: 366 pictures with a high-quality lacquer finish in a sturdy collector’s box with stand

ISBN: 978-3-946688-59-4

Price: 29.80 euros

01.10.2019 show complete article


Lea Brousse & Raban Ruddigkeit - the design & illustration experts are supporting the jury of the GoSeeAWARDS and present their exhibition 'Graphic Comments' in parallel to UPDATE17 in Berlin

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