Hey, I’m Lukas Völp. I am a graphic designer from Frankfurt a. M., Germany

I love to develop and realize holistic design concepts with small brands and businesses to create beautiful print and digital products. I believe that design shouldn't just provide nice surfaces to look at, but should create the communicative experiences everybody loves to have.


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— »Dillon Head«
An illustration I made of one of my favorite newcommer music artists. My man Dillon Cooper. Coop Killa!

I did this illustration when Dillon came to Frankfurt for giving a concert at Zoom Club. I had tickets and wanted to create something special to appreciate the event. So I came up with the idea to create unique t-shirts for me and my friends that would come with me. My intention was to create a very graphic, clean looking illustration of Dillons face, so I used only Illustrator and finished it by only adding the slightest bit of texture. In the end I combined the Illustration with Dillon's official logo. I liked the idea to make them look like real merchandise so people would wonder whether they could buy them.

— »Schema F«
A small book highlighting and comparing grid systems in design, urban landscape and nature.

I created this book together with my fellow student Tobias Wenz during a workshop at HS Mainz. During the workshop we experimented with different grid systems, inspired by natural shapes and urban landscapes. We also did research on the historic development of grids in the field of design and art and tried to put them in context of our current work. Therefore we started to develop our own grid system by combining conventional layout grids with the golden ratio and used it as a basic layout for this book. Even the japanese sewing on the spine was arranged by using the golden ratio.

Links: Tobias Wenz

— »Dot Dot Dot«
A booklet created during an inspirational exercise based on Bruno Munari's »Dots« game.

Actually one of the first books I ever made. Bruno Munari created the game as part of his »Block Notes« series in 1992. The game should provide a playful approach to encourage creative thinking. Initially created for children, Munari's exercise works just as well for adults.

Personally I had a great time, mindlessly connecting the dots and just creating new composition and images over and over again. In my opinion it’s a great exercise for everyone.

— »Doodle Dimension«
A booklet of four pictures created by mixing photography and scribble style illustrations.

In this small project I wanted to combine photography with pencil drawings. My intention was to highlight the contrast between the perfect reproduction of reality in a photography and the roughness of a quick pencil doodle. Therefore I made the edges of the paper look as torn as possible to underline the contrast of these two worlds.

I also liked the idea of two dimensions existing parallel to each other and overlapping in these pictures.

— »Visual Perception«
A little handout explaining the formation of optical illusions and general facts about visual perception.

This handout, designed by me and my fellow student Tobias Wenz, was created supporting our lecture about the topic of human visual perception. It contains the basic outlines of our topic and shows graphic examples of visual illusion and the reasons how and why they occur in this way.

If applied in the right way, these effects or illusions can be used in the context of design, to create unique graphic experiences that stand out of the common graphic content.

Links: Tobias Wenz

— »Nonlinear Thinking«
A magazine created in a workshop based on creativity techniques and the importance of the coincidence factor.

During our workshop »One step beyond« at HS Mainz, me and my fellow student Theresa Bast created this magazine to display our train of thought. The concept of this workshop was to develop unconventional design approaches by taking intellectual detours and forcing yourself to rethink by focusing and defocusing over an over again. We called this process »nonlinear thinking« because of its habit of rapidly jumping from one idea to the other.

Branching out to fully incoherent topics and research might open up yourself to new points of view, taking account of new approaches and solutions that you may have never thought off before.

— »Pattern Language«
A magazine created by experimenting with shapes, forming super-signs and patterns.

This magazine resulted form several graphic experiments with different geometric and organic shapes. In the course of multiple actions performed with these shapes (i.e. transformations, flips, multiplications or blends) new, more complex shapes called super-signs were created. By combining, rearranging and mixing the different shapes and super-signs, we developed multiple pattern designs, which we then used on other products like posters.

— »Typographic Landscape«
A series of two three-dimentional posters that are creating a landscape out of typography.

This project was realised in the context of the »interdisciplinary project - typography, dynamic, material« under supervision of Prof. Phillip Pape and Prof. Holger Reckter at HS Mainz. The approach was to develop new typographic experiences, by working with different kinds of robotic machines. Therefore I chose to work with laser plotting machines.

The central issue of my work was the interaction of geometric and organic forms in a semantic context. I used a quote of the English calligraph and author Paul Standart to create an artificial landscape out of organic shapes. These shapes weren't created randomly but based on a set of rules and formulas that I developed to create a holistic visual experience for the viewer.

— »Pixel Type«
A poster made out of physical pixels that provide the ability to create flexible content.

The poster consists of two DIN A2 sized pieces of paper: one white, one coloured. The white paper in the front has 38x38 lids cut into it. These lids can be folded downwards, so the coloured paper on the back can be seen. By doing so, the lids allow you, like a pixel grid, to fold practically any shape, icon or text into the poster. The viewer himself can alter the message or even create whole new content by himself for whoever he wishes to communicate with.

— »Trees & Crowns«
A series of three screen printed posters that display an abstracted flow of information.

This project has more of an artistic approach. It was created during a workshop at HS Mainz, which focused on an experimental way of displaying informative content, like info-graphics, diagrams and statistics in different states of abstraction. By experimenting with various types of materials and processes like screen printing, letterpress or relief printing, we discovered new forms of adaptation to changing requirements.

My personal approach consists of three different screen printed pieces, all showing a more or less compact flow of information. The flow is always displayed by a mostly vertically moving stream of lines which show the constant exchange of information from one source to another.

— »Hello Mr. Panda«
A poster that resulted from experimenting with polygon style illustrations.

During a period of experimenting with different kinds of vector based illustrations, I started to mess around with polygon style illustrations. I really liked the subtile form of abstraction, allowing you to split complex shapes into simple angular shapes. I used photos as templates and applied gradients for more depth and softer transitions.

— »See My Soul«
A series of three portrait collages created with an artificial double exposure effect.

I wanted to create these portraits so they would tell you more about the nature of the displayed person. Therefore I took three monochrome portraits and combined them with landscape photography that would reproduce the character of the respective person. It was important to me that the viewer would see both things at the same time and thereby have the appearance to have seen not only the outside but also the inside of the displayed person.

— »FFM Crossfit«
A new corporate identity created for a local crossfit box, consisting of logo design, website landingpage and business stationary.

A friend of mine whom I was training with wanted to start his own business. So I offered him my help to give him a good head up start into entrepreneurship. I developed a logo that would have strong recognisable features, with a heavy typeface that would suite the character of his business. I chose one striking colour for highlighting accents and applying some detail. High contrasts should give it a tough characteristic look. Based on this logo, I developed a whole visual brand identity for an holistic, individual look that would be easily recognised in the local community.

— »Mode Schneiderei Atelier«
The new brand identity of a small taylor shop in Karlsruhe, consisting of a redesigned logo and new corporate design.

Redesigning a logo always isn't that easy because there is always some discrepancy between what the customer wants to keep and what the designer wants to change. In this case it was fortunately easy. The customer was open for fresh ideas and accepted some big changes to the concept.

I reworked most of the old features of the logo because I think the old logo has way to many fine details in it. I added a classic antiqua typeface to highlight an elegant, fashionable look. Soft colours and a touch of gold should provide a recognisable, feminine appearance that would also resemble the character of the owner. I kept most of the the old logo's composition, so long time customers would still recognise their brand of choice.

— »They are comming!«
A poster for an event of the »Junge Freunde des Hessischen Landesmuseum Darmstadt« association.

I created this poster in collaboration with my good friends from Arndt Benedikt, studio of design. The »Junge Freunde des Hessischen Landesmuseum Darmstadt« are an association that support cultural growth in their region. This poster was promoting their event »Robots: Science vs. Fiction« where people could listen to various lectures on the topic of artificial intelligence and afterwords enjoy themselves on one of the best parties of the year.

We wanted to create the poster in a sharp, minimalistic look and at the same time that give the typography a 3D-like effect. To achieve that I applied a gradient of fading circles to every single letter and arranged the informative content around them.

Links: Arndt Benedikt Junge Freunde

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