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Hello, I’m Henning — an interdisciplinary designer with more than a decade of experience creating digital interfaces for small devices, visual identities for regular-sized brands and wayfinding systems for extra large spaces.

Here is a list of things I’ve done. Let’s add some more!

Project

Type

Dagens Naeringsliv

interface design

Whether online or in print, Dagens Næringsliv is Norways’s leading platform for economy news. Renowned for its quality content in both writing and visual journalism, a major goal concerning the redesign was to emphasize these assets. The design process was further based on extensive UX research and testing, aiming to optimize usability with a focus on Norwergian’s media habits (they love their frontpages bold and tightly packed), ease-of-use, recirculation and reading experience.

Art direction for erlerskibbetönsmann
with Henning Skibbe, Jonas Buntenbruch & Lasse Wolf

Elbjazz festival

interface design

The Elbjazz Festival features more than 50 musical acts presented against the unique scenery of Hamburg Harbour. Together with the Elbjazz team, I refined the existing CI and developed a new website interface – translating the festival’s liveliness into an appropriate online experience. To make the website more fun and handy during the festival, we introduced new features like a personalized timetable and curated artist playlists.

www.elbjazz.de

Oberhafen Quartier

wayfinding system

Initially used as a freight depot, Hamburg’s Oberhafen quarter today hosts creatives from all kinds of fields on 67,000 sqm. To provide guidance for tenants and visitors alike, the wayfinding system introduces a vibrant color coding system. The use of material and texture in signage elements is inspired by the location’s traditional industrial artifacts.

Art Direction for Die Brueder
production by vonschmidt

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation

visual identity, interface design

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation collects, exhibits and supports photographic work since 2015. Its Deutsche Börse Art Collection is an impressive accumulation of contemporary photographs comprising more than 1600 pieces by some 100 international artists.

Deriving from the design of Deutsche Börse Group, the new corporate identity presents a flexible design system across a wide variety of media. Subtle and strict with a strong focus on the artworks, but also playful in modulation of its wordmark’s distinct initials.

www.deutscheboersephotographyfoundation.org

Art direction for hauser lacour
with Mirjam Platz & Kiki Schmidt

Alter Fischereihafen Cuxhaven

interface design

Cuxhaven’s Harbour District has been shaping life in the region since the 16th century. After undergoing decades of structural change, the area is now facing a new chapter in its story as an ambitious urban development group presents its vision of a new “old harbour”. By contrasting stories of people and places from today and the past, the project’s website aims to build a link from the past to its potential future.

afh-cuxhaven.de

Art Direction for Die Brueder
AFH Corporate Design by going places

hamburg ahoi

visual identity, interface design

From 2016 to 2019, hamburg ahoi was a bilingual online magazine initiated by Hamburg Tourism. On the website, a small group of authors and photographers presented intimate stories of Hamburg’s makers to an international audience. The website’s CI transformed Hamburg’s distinct visual identity into an autonomous, modular design system.

Art direction for Die Brueder

Fraport headquarters

wayfinding system

Fraport is a transport company which operates Frankfurt Airport, one of the world’s most important aviation hubs and Germany’s biggest workplace. Its new headquarters consist of two main wings connected by a large light-filled lobby. The architecture’s openness and transparence embodies Fraport’s new-found company culture – A motif that also influences the wayfinding concept.

Typographically, the guiding system consists of two and three letter codes derived from the company’s internal language. Mounted with translucent film, the codes give directions from further away while detailed informations become legible from up close.

Art direction for hauser lacour
with Alexander Horn
Photography ©Becker Lacour

Indiecon microsite

interface design

Indiecon is a two-day publishing festival in Hamburg. It brings together the creators of independent magazines, books, art prints and zines. The microsite provides an overview of participating publishers from all over the world while presenting a visual review of past Indiecon events.

http://indiecon-festival.com/

Art direction for Die Brueder

trivago Campus Düsseldorf

wayfinding system

The campus provides a new home for trivago and its 1,500 employees at Medienhafen Düsseldorf. Wayfinding and Signage are based on a concept derived from trivago’s brand proposition. The “band of trust” attaches itself to the offices’ curved walls and becomes a red thread for both employees and visitors.

Art direction for trivago
with Anna Druckrey & Steffen Kauenhowen

Photography ©trivago, ©Schwitzke

FH Münster visual identity

visual identity

The FH Münster, with 13,000 students and 12 faculties one of the largest FHs in Germany, refines its brand identity. The approach to its revised corporate design is rooted in the university’s aspiration to become more agile and flexible in addressing their target groups.

The new brand architecture establishes visual coherence for all faculties and institutes based on a system of three letter codes. On a graphic level, a system of twelve dynamic patterns is introduced to privide a framework for accentuating different tonalities – from classic insititutional to active and vibrant.

Creative direction for hauser lacour
with Alexandra Fukazawa

FH Münster website

interface design

The new website sets the tone for FH Münster’s comprehensive brand relaunch. As one of the main channels to transport the brand’s identity, the website aims to establish itself as a central content hub, connecting dynamic content and media. “FH Storys”, a newly conceived content feature provides multifaceted insights into campus life by the university’s protagonists – students, teachers and employees.

Creative direction for hauser lacour
with Felix Kopp

Art Director’s Club exhibition

wayfinding system

The ADC Germany’s annual festival hosts the world’s largest exhibition of works from all creative disciplines. To conquer this visual complexity, the wayfinding system appears bold and distinct. Set in ADC’s iconic Futura typeface, quotes by prominent creatives provide guidance and structure within the exhibition.

Art direction for hauser lacour

Sony exhibition booth

wayfinding system

The Sony trade fair stand at IFA Berlin brings together 1,600 products in an integrated brand world. In coordination with the Sony Creative Center in Tokyo, Schmidhuber and hauser lacour aligned the design of Hall 4 at Berlin’s exhibition center to the reorientation.

Clearly designed infographics and labels for 900 products safely guided visitors through the product worlds “Play”, “Watch”, “Listen” and “Create”. Suspended displays surrounding the presentation area form a 360-degree panorama visualizing the brand horizon using motion graphics.

Art Direction for hauser lacour / Schmidhuber
with Johanno Hess & Alexander Horn
Photography: ©Becker Lacour

Teaching & Talking

  • Münster School of Design @FH Münster
    guest lecturer
    2018–2019
  • Department Design @HAW Hamburg
    guest lecturer
    2017–2018
  • FH Münster, FH Darmstadt, FH Mainz
    talks and workshops on interface design and wayfinding
    2013-2017

Silverware

  • The projects by teams I’ve lead and worked with have been recognised by various design juries, including iF communication design award (3x), Red Dot Design Award (2x), DDC Award Digital Media, Annual Multimedia Award, Iconic Award & 100 beste Plakate