Carolin Wanitzek is a communication designer, illustrator, typographer and photographer who creates from in Mannheim/Germany. She has a serious and devoted passion for handmade graphics and creates three-dimensional illustrations out of paper or other objects for her compositions. In 2011 she won Silver in the Art Directors Club Junior Award and since then her striking and innovative styling has earned her commissions from Fast Company, Nido Magazine, Food Throttle and Signum Communication… I wanted to know more about how she works, where she finds inspiration and what’s next for this creative mind and those creative fingers…
What’s your story? How did you get to where you are today? So, during high school I developed a keen interest in chemistry and therefore chose to study it at the University of Karlsruhe. Even though I enjoyed studying chemistry, got to know some very interesting people and gained very useful insights into experimental physics and inorganic chemistry, I realized that the exclusive concentration on science did not satisfy me. I wanted to combine the theoretical background of science with the practical approach of visual communication. So pursuing my goal to work at the point of contact between design considerations and simplifying the complexity of science, I applied to the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences. Since then great things have happened to me. I found my love for ‘Paper Craft.’ My hand-crafted three-dimensional illustrations found their way to a bigger audience by being published in blogs and magazines. My project, “The Border“ was published in ‘Paper-Craft2’ of the ‘Gestalten Verlag’ in Berlin. In my last year of studying I get in touch with Dennis Adelmann, a wonderful designer and friend, together we discovered our passion for design and started our food installation project, “Food Throttle, New York”.
Which is your favourite collection that you’ve designed to date? Hmmm, that‘s really difficult... I think there are three paper projects I would have to pick. My Bachelor-Thesis “Aesthetic Virology,” the cover for my Master Application and “Food Throttle, New York” in collaboration with Dennis Adelmann.
What did you want to be when you were 10 years old? I wanted to be a Florist actually!
Which uni did you go to and what did you study? I started my graphic design tuition in 2005 at the ‘Carl-Hofer-School’ in Karlsruhe. From 2008 to 2013 I studied ‘Communication Design’ at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences.
Which project has been your career highlight? My project, "The Border" was one of the most important stages in my professional life because I was on a publishing promise from "Die Gestalten, Berlin". Another important project was for Fast Company, New York where I created a series of info-graphics about tobacco, lung cancer and heart disease for the Bloomberg Philantrophies.
How do you promote yourself? I use Behance which helps to get different jobs around the world. I am working on self-promotion at the moment.
Which tools do you use to create stuff? My most treasured tools are my cutter, my scissors and glue.
What inspired your ‘SUB CULTURE’ paper craft project? During my 100+ Days Training at ‘Raum Mannheim’ I was offered the job to create a special cover design for the SubCulture Magazine. It is a listings magazine for all the cultural events in the Rhein-Main-Neckar area in Germany.
What’s your favourite music to work to? I love to listen to electronic music, especially Bonobo, Trentemøller and J.Viewz…
Where has your work been exhibited and what did you do to celebrate when you found out? I’ve actually already had three exhibitions this year. They were all in March! The first was “UP,” an international group show in Athens which aimed to recreate a sky panorama. It was based on the concept of gazing ‘up’ and focusing on what’s not necessarily visible. I crafted ‘Black in Black,’ a sculpture from balls of many different sizes. Sadly I had no time to celebrate because of my bachelor-thesis... Next time though!
Which magazine/blog do you read religiously? I love Pinterest! I follow the German Magazine "CUT" which is about DIY, Fashion and Paper. I love the new "Grafik-Magazine" website too.
What three items could you not live without? My Cutter, my woolen cape and Apple, Carrot and Beet Juice.
What’s next? Do you have any other projects or collaborations in the pipeline which you’d like to share with me? At the moment Dennis and I are working for ‘ROKKEBERG.’ It’s a concept store in Kassel, Germany. They collect cloths, furniture and vintage items. Together, we did the corporate design, fashion and food photography for their website. I’m also planning a collaboration with a Fashion Designer from Germany, however this project is still in it’s infancy.