Helene Uhl is a graduate graphic designer, lives, works and has lived in Frankfurt for many years. She and her business partner Anna Ranches have been working together since their paths crossed a couple of years ago. In the meantime the two of them and their design agency Bureau Mitte have grown into a small team with a strong network. The agency develops individual design solutions in the cultural sector, for companies and public institutions.
Stylistically, the agency’s purist signature can also be found on its own art prints. Bureau Mitte has already received great attention for this. The biggest award so far is the nomination to the Deutscher Werkbund. A major concern of the two designers is the exchange and networking of the local creative scene. Here they regularly host, organize and support various formats.
For me Frankfurt is …
A small town with great opportunities: The close networking of business and the creative scene makes a multitude of projects possible. This is a very clear unique selling point of this city. Through international influence, the economy is also unexpectedly open-minded in its traditional sectors. Frankfurt is on the move.
What do you love most about your job?
The visualization and materialization of ideas. The fine-tuning of concept, form and colour. In short: good design. The close cooperation with our customers: This is where Anna and I meet individual strengths and talents from a wide range of industries. This is varied and an exciting challenge, which we are always happy to take on with enthusiasm.
Where do you get your ideas from?
The inspiration lies in the details: whether it’s a visit to a museum, a walk along the banks of the Main, a bicycle tour through the city forest, summer evenings in Grüneburgpark, the exchange with the neighbourhood in our “neighbourhood”, the countless cultural events – Frankfurt has a lot of inspiration to offer.
My lunch break …
… I spend time with Anna in the immediate neighbourhood. With an address in the old town, we sit in the middle of Frankfurt – a very exciting and often underestimated quarter. Museums, galleries, owner-managed shops, culinary diversity, cosy cafés and the banks of the Main are right on our doorstep.
What trends do you think we will see this year?
The mix of different and also contradictory influences: Globalisation, a return to traditional values, progressive digitalisation – keyword Industry 4.0, the further revival of analogue technologies in the most diverse areas. It is mixed, discarded, tried, discovered. Freely based on the credo “Everything can, nothing must”. An interesting time that promotes and demands strong creative expression.
What else can we still learn?
We attach great importance to further education and development. The entire industry is in constant motion: There is always something new to discover and old knowledge to deepen. In this sense, you never stop learning.
You should definitely do that in Frankfurt …
Change your perspective – from resident to tourist. I take a moment from time to time to take part in one of the well-known tourist attractions: Whether riding the Ebbelwei-Express or a climb up the cathedral – when we look at the city through the eyes of a tourist, we are constantly reminded of what a beautiful city we live in!