Studio Pandan is a Berlin-based design studio with a flair for detail and an imaginative outlook. A playful sensibility informs our approach to identity systems across print and digital, as well as our design for standalone publications and websites. We take great care in creating an active dialogue with our clients, often forging long-term relationships in the process, and connecting the dots with our conceptually-driven, individually-tailored solutions. It’s our belief that a successful outcome reflects a client’s intentions back to them, while also making visible something new – it’s a magic mirror, crystal clear and occasionally beguiling. In our research-heavy process, we are deeply committed to the ways in which design can add new layers of meaning to a project.
Since forming in 2015, typography has been our regular tool of choice, which we wield with wit, criticality and spark. In our practice, we dance between roles and categories, donning the construction planner’s hard hat when laying out your website’s grid, the eye of a curator when selecting shades for your identity and the heroine’s sword when traversing a maze of styles – leaving no stone unturned from concept to production. Our hands-on team is actively engaged in contemporary art and cultural scenes, bringing expertise and varied perspectives to projects of all scales. Alongside running the studio, our co-founders Ann Richter and Pia Christmann regularly lecture and host workshops at various art and design institutions.
Ann Richter is co-founder of Studio Pandan, where she spins many organisational plates and lends her systematic thinking to a variety of design mediums. Prior to setting up the studio, Ann worked at various international design agencies including Graphic Thought Facility in London, Project Projects in New York and Heimann und Schwantes in Berlin. She is also one half of A.R. practice, which devices of projects that sit at the intersection between design and curating; the duo’s work has been shown at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and published by Onomatopee, amongst others. Ann studied visual communication at the State Academy for Visual Arts in Stuttgart and graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig. In addition to probing contemporary visual culture, you’ll often find Ann reading up on feminism or exploring her Southeast Asian roots, such as perfecting the art of Siaopao.
Pia Christmann is co-founder of Studio Pandan, where she manages the day-to-day operations of the studio while also surfacing original visual approaches. Before starting the practice, Pia studied at the Academy Fine Arts Leipzig with professors Markus Dressen, Oliver Klimpel and Maureen Mooren, completing her studies with a diploma cum laude. She was later selected by Wallpaper* magazine as a Best Graduate of the Year in the field of visual communication for her visual essay “But what matters today isn’t work but idleness”, which explores productive boredom, inspiring idleness and, more generally, the relationship between work and leisure. Both inside and outside of the office, Pia is interested in abstract thinking, coincidences and she always flips through books from back to front.
Bundeskunsthalle Bonn/The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Guggenheim Museum, Royal College of Art, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Dresden State Art Collections (SKD), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), Berlin University of the Arts (UDK), Free University of Berlin (FU), NIKE, AIGA the professional association for design, DAAD German Academic Exchange Service, form design magazine, DUMMY Verlag, Spector Books, Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig (DLL), Institut für Entwerfen und Städtebau LU Hannover, Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Kunstmuseum Reutlingen, Museum Villa Stuck, NEMO Network of European Museums Organisations, Edit, Sternberg Press, Schering Stiftung, Falling Walls Foundation, Fabriktheater Rote Fabrik Zurich, radialsystem Berlin, Kinostar, Fat Cat Records.
Ads, Animations, apps, art books, art direction, bags, banners, booklets, books, brochures, business cards, campaigns, CD cases, caps, cards, collages, corporate identities, exhibition graphics, exhibition signage, flags, flyers, illustrations, logos, LPs, magazines, novels, packaging, posters, presentation templates, puzzles, record covers, stamps, stationery, stickers, T-shirts, visual identities, visual systems, wall texts, websites ...
We offer internships as well as freelance opportunities on a project-by-project basis. Please send your applications (CV, portfolio and cover letter) by email to: email@example.com. German language skills are an advantage and at least four semesters of student enrollment is required. Thank you for understanding that we are unfortunately unable to respond to all emails and enquiries.
Staff and interns
We would like to thank the following people for their past and present work in our team: Vreni Knödler, Lisa Drechsel, Julia Kemperman, Franziska Doll, Anastasia Marx, Jina Heo, Ronja Lang, Lili Dubbick, Lena Rossbach, Elliot Frydenberg, Lara Luk-Fenn.
“Eye-catching, often heavily typographic and conceptual results.” (Madeleine Morley for AIGA Eye on Design)
“With a strong eye for unusual, striking typography (…) they are increasingly in-demand.” (Louise Benson for Elephant)
“Studio Pandan is producing some of my favorite design work these days — combining a sense of typographic rigor with a playful, experimental approach to structure and visual form across media. I'm always excited to see what they'll make next!” (Prem Krishnamurthy, Wkshps and P!)
Publications | Awards
2021 PAGE, 01/21
2020 form 287
2020 Schönste Deutsche Bücher 2020
2020 Willy Fleckhaus Preis (ADC), Nomination
2019 Willy Fleckhaus Preis (ADC), Nomination
2019 GRAPHIC Magazine, No 44
2019 Schönste Deutsche Bücher 2019, Shortlist
2019 Stack Awards 2019: Magazine of the Year, Shortlist
2018 All Possible Futures: Unrealized Archive, Institute of advanced Uncertainity, San Francisco
2017 not a muse
2016 PAGE online
2016 Wallpaper* Magazine, Graduate Directory 2016
2016 Nomination, Sächsischer Staatspreis für Design
2016 International Exhibition of 27th International Biennal of Graphic Design Brno, Brno ( CZ )
2015 Grafik Magazine
2015 it’s nice that
2015 A.R. practice: ON VIEW, Kunstverein KV—Leipzig, www.on-view.eu
2014 Nomination, Sächsischer Staatspreis für Design
2014 A.R. practice, Returning to Sender, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2014 International Exhibition of 26th International Biennale of Graphic Design Brno, Brno ( CZ )
2013 Azimuts No. 37/38
Lectures | Teaching | Workshops (Selection)
2021 Lecture, tgm typografische gesellschaft München (upcoming)
2020 Book editorship, A.R. practice (Ann Richter) at Onomatopee
2019 Poster workshop, M.A. Typography, Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel
2019 Lecture, Positions Conference, Designer’s Open, Leipzig
2019 Lecture, Show & Tell, Berlin
2019 Lecture and guest critique by Ann Richter, HSD Hochschule Düsseldorf
2018/19 Teaching position, Identity Systems Seminar, University of Applied Sciences, Berlin
2018/19 Teaching position, Editorial-Design Seminar, Berlin University of the Arts
2016 Lecture, A.R. practice (Ann Richter), at +ultra gestaltung schafft wissen at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
2013 Typography workshop, Ann Richter and Lysanne Bellemare, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig
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