Category Archives: Graphic Design

Artwork for the music release “In The Name Of​.​.​.” by Unquiet Music Ltd

“I knew and appreciated Bernhard’s music for quite some time, but was introduced to his graphical design activities only when preparing the CD and booklet for Unquiet Music Ltd’s “In the name of” that was issued late 2020.

I had selected a few images and had some ideas, but couldn’t give them a proper form. I must say that the huge diversity and daring quality of Bernhard’s work seemed a natural fit since these were precisely the aspects of the music I wanted to illustrate. And it went beyond expectation.

Although – or maybe because – he was so experimented, Bernhard’s approach was quite respectful and flexible, and the embryonic ideas I had put forward were well nurtured and grew up quickly. Some photos were re-worked, and a new original drawing from Bernhard was included for “The father” section, based on a poor quality picture I took in Nigeria some 25 years ago.

The overall color and feel of the package was adjusted in details, with a slight gradient of blue green, and we came with an “homogeneous patchwork” well in tone of the hour of musical experience proposed. Friendly, focused and fearless. Thank you Bernhard.” – Jean-Philippe Rossi

unquietmusicltd.bandcamp.com

The work I carried out for Jean-Philippe:
· Illustration
· CD Cover and Label Design
· Image Processing
· Pre-press Handling

Let me know if you’d like to work on a project of yours together.

Book Design for Saskia Schulte

Unveiling my works from my professional life as a graphic designer in this series of blog posts.

Love and Sex in XXL

“Bernhard Wöstheinrich immediately understood what I wanted and was even able to exceed my wishes. For example, I would never have thought of making the background so interesting in the way as it was looking like an actual kind of a fabric. Bernhard created a very sensual atmosphere with the pattern and colors all around. Just what I needed. Still, there were playful elements as well, which is important in a fun erotica book, after all. The cheerful sensual mood was very well implemented and I am very satisfied. The collaboration was easy & relaxed, which I found very pleasant. An uncomplicated, reliable service provider. Thumbs up!” – Saskia Schulte

buchfluestern.de

The work I carried out for Saskia Schulte:
· Illustration
· Book Cover Design
· Image Processing

Let me know if you’d like to work on a project of yours together.

DiN Records – Fully Comprehensive Graphic Design Support

Unveiling my works from my professional life as a graphic designer in this series of blog posts.

“Right from the outset I wanted the DiN label to have a visual identity not only in its visual content but the way it was designed. Whilst it is all too tempting to do this kind of thing yourself there’s no substitute for what a skilled designer can bring to the table. Bernhard came on board for DiN10 and right up to the latest release numbered at DiN66 he has brought an elegance of design and simplicity of layout that has been exactly what I envisaged for DiN all those years ago in 1999 when I set out on this journey.” – Ian Boddy

din.org.uk

The work I carry out for DiN records:
· Illustration
· Logo and Corporate Design
· Layout
· Web Design
· Image Processing
· Pre-Press Handling

Let me know if you’d like to work on a project of yours together.

Book design for Marie Silkeberg’s Damaskus, Atlantis

I would like to unveil more of my works from my professional life as a graphic designer.

I’ve been asked by David Rothenberg, a fellow musician and publisher of Terra Nova Press, to create a design for the book “Damaskus, Atlantis” by Marie Silkeberg.

There were two main goals to attain: first there were the images I had been provided, created from video stills and already processed by the author which were to be made conspicuously visible; secondly the whole design had to fit into the general way the Terra Nova Press books are designed. For the book cover it was the particular challenge to place the text onto the images, which are very rich in contrast. So, no matter where the text goes, it always will cross over very bright and very dark spots. We experimented a lot with various colors in order to have a coherent color palette, but still distinguishable from the background. Retouching and color grading had to be done very cautiously to keep the images in the way they were intended by Marie.

For the book pages the authors script provided not only plain text, but also already obligatory drafts of how the typesetting has to be. But yet there wasn’t any font chosen. The fontset obviously determines letter-spacing, though. Furthermore there was a request of having two types of opposing font families in the design. So, it wasn’t just done with trying out and changing the fonts, but to check if every page’s layout would still fit to guides of Marie’s script. The paper for the book pages was already specified, so the images had to be processed in a way that the print would come out with good contrast and colors on a paper that tends to strongly absorb the paint. In order to recreate the impression of the images as they have on screen, they had to be carefully intensified without exceeding the capabilities of the paper. I was able to fine-tune both the type setting and the image processing together with Marie Silkeberg personally when she came to Berlin. It helped me a lot to understand her ideas and intentions behind this, and to find appropriate technical solutions for her book.

Let me know if you’d like to work on a project of yours together.



The Book is available here:
https://www.terranovapress.com/books/damascus-atlantis-selected-poems