The Family Five: Christoph Niemann - Design Bureau

Christoph Niemann

Christoph Niemann

Christoph Niemann

Christoph Niemann

The Family Five: Christoph Niemann

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

You’re clever and/or funny. Do you agree?

While I am working, I am usually in a pretty foul mood and certainly feel anything but clever and funny. If looking at my drawings makes you think I am, I happily accept it as a compliment.

Whose wit and wisdom have you been enjoying as of late?

I am a great fan of the Shouts & Murmurs pieces in The New Yorker. I am also addicted to the opening segment ofThe Daily Show with Jon Stewart—it’s stunning how they have kept up such a level of quality for years and years now.

Do you have a vision for the world? Do you feel it comes through in your work?

I have plenty of visions of the world, but try to keep them as far away from my work as possible. Maybe I am too much of a visual pessimist, but I don’t think drawings are a good way to change peoples’ minds. And preaching to the converted is terribly boring.

Has anyone asked you a question and your “reply” was to draw him or her a picture?

Not in a work situation. But I do that a lot when I talk to architects or my three young boys.

What’s the deal with art anyways? Who does it think it’s foolin’ ?

As long as I feel that the artist puts a lot of effort and suffering into his or her attempts, I gladly let them fool me.

Is there a question you’ve always wanted someone to ask you in an interview? If so, what is it? And please answer.

“I want to become an artist. What is the one and only pencil I should use?”

2H. Anything softer is for impatient amateurs, anything harder will eventually cut through the paper and leave nasty marks on your desk.

Each issue, The Post Family interviews a new designer/studio with the goal that they reveal all of their most secret wisdom so we may learn to be as radical as them.


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