Deutsche & Japaner
What are your names and where are you based out of?
We are Ina Yamaguchi, David Wolpert, Moritz Firchow and Julian Zimmermann and together with our lovely interns we work every day in our studio called Deutsche & Japaner in Mannheim, Germany.
Can you give us a brief intro about your studio and what you do?
Everyone of us is a designer but with different backgrounds. So we do graphic design, art direction, product design, editorial and online projects. With our interdisciplinary approach we are always trying to cross the lines. Collaborations with other creatives are also very important for us. We think if you team up with the right people you will be able to work on every project in every discipline.
How would you describe your design style?
It is always our aspiration to create work that fits into its time but is also consistent enough to survive time and trends. So our influences are contemporary streams, but also the task itself. We would describe our design style like that: simple and thought through, but always trying to create and add an aesthetic twist to catch your eyes.
Are there any designers that inspire you?
There are a lot. But much more we are influenced by other creative fields like art, architecture, photography, music, history, movies.
What are you doing when you are not creating?
As we are 4 partners, the interests are quite different here: family & friends, traveling & food, wine & beer, cars & boats, yoga & cycling … the list is long.
Where else can we find you?