Langesommer Fresh

Langesommer

Typography takes center stage in this Berlin-based design studio’s work.

Christine Lange and Patrick Marc Sommer

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Duration: Five years.

Location: Berlin, Germany.

Key creatives: Langesommer’s cofounders are designers Christine Lange and Patrick Marc Sommer. Lange received a BFA in design from Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany, and studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York; Sommer studied communication design and business administration at the Academy of Visual Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Favorite projects: We really appreciated working for the Jewish Museum Berlin and creating an album cover for the industrial band Einstürzende Neubaten; the band is very important to music history, influencing a lot of musicians and artists with its work. We felt really honored when the band asked us to design the concept for its album Lament.

A good concept needs a well-chosen font in the same way it needs a strong idea.”

Approach: In general, we are old school when it comes to our fields. We mainly work in print; therefore, we’re experts when it comes to production and prepress. Our work is also quite focused on typography: it’s one of our most important tools, as well as a field that we both specialized in. A good concept needs a well-chosen font in the same way it needs a strong idea. Furthermore, you need to know how to work with the font so there is an emotional element, as well as the right application. 

Work environment: We work in a shared office space in the Neukölln borough of Berlin. The space is a former retail store—with a huge glass front—that we renovated for half a year on our own. We share the space with architects and product designers—friends of ours whom Christine met during her studies in Weimar. Since we all studied together in Weimar, we have a tight network. 

Philosophy: Stop thinking and talking. Start doing. Work hard. Do your best. Be authentic. Stay open minded. 

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