Melanie Timmler

A book is a complex product - in addition to theme, font, text and images, decisions have to be made about layout, concept and color scheme. The designer has to get to grips with the analog possibilities quite quickly and, if necessary, find new solutions if the result does not match the idea. All the decisions, problems, and alternative solutions that come with analog work ultimately lead to a product, in the making of which, through the progress that can be observed, there is a deep sense of satisfaction. Through the personal design and production, the relationship with one's own craft grows, making the ideal value almost impossible to measure. The content of this book is a tribute to my birthplace Düsseldorf which is located at the river Rhine (Rhein).

Melanie Timmler

My name is Melanie and with almost 46 I am certainly one of the older beginners in the illustration business, but my work experience in medical research is of use to me in many areas. I enjoy typography and printing. Letterpress and linocut printing are my heart. This work is so beautifully haptic and at the end of the day you have a tangible result. Among other things I am inspired by old copperplate engravings and the ornamentation of the art nouveau. I like to get ideas for layout concepts from old books. Overall, I try to use everything as a source of inspiration. Besides the usual creative activities that illustration entails, I spend my free time with flamenco dance, go to the ballet class, play the piano and enjoy to be in nature. I also love to cook, doing workout and running; more or less regularly :-).

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Healthy, happy and doing what I love.

What is a good design for you?

When it's transparent.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

To trust my work.

Who or what inspires you?

Almost everything - and continous work on a current project.

How do you approach a new project?

With childlike curiosity, highly motivated and with a dedicated guess about possible time needed or if it's feasible at all.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Develop a good time management. And don't forget about extra curricula activities.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

After beeing very unhappy in my former job I went to the open days of UE and it was love on first sight.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Process documentations.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

Toast with champagne, go on vacation and start cooperations and own projects.

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