State is a design consultancy in Berlin. We create effective, memorable and charismatic solutions

In 2020 the Berlinale Film Festival celebrates its 70th anniversary under the new direction of Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian. We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Berlinale and the launch of a bright and breezy publicity campaign. Spring is in the air! Photo: © Jan Windszus

For the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts we questioned the conventional building-blocks of a corporate design. Instead of relying on a static logo, we built the brand up from the most fundamental level by developing a custom typeface family. From headline to body text, the HfMDK expresses itself in every word: vibrant, agile and moved by the rhythms of the university. A digital transformation is under way: we’re working on the website relaunch in 2020.


Berlinale Talents
Designing the touchpoints for a new generation of movie makers

DomQuartier Salzburg
Pomp ain’t dead! Four baroque museums unified under one brand.

Komische Oper Berlin
Opulence for everyone! Iconic branding for Berlin’s cheekiest opera house.

Heinrich Böll Foundation
A think-tank for policy reform and a catalyst for green projects. Communicating ideas we can believe in.

Mounting Systems
From supporting role to shining star. Rebranding an unsung hero of the solar industry.

Rundfunkchor Berlin
The most perfect instrument of all. Visual identity for the Grammy-Award winning choir.

Greenpeace Magazine
Go digital: but stay in print. Harnessing the online potential of a successful print journal.

Hohensalzburg Castle
Mighty elegant. Signage for a medieval fortress.

Haus Steuermann
North-coast calm. Branding a luxury island holiday cottage.

Deutscher Architektentag
Planning the future. Event branding for the German Architectural Congress.

Hoffbauer Foundation
An exhibition amongst the trees reflects the foundation’s history.

Where the music resides. Branding and exhibition design for the house of composer Heinrich Schütz.

We are currently working

We deliver:

Workshops and consultancy
Corporate design and visual identity
Campaign and media planning
Web design (UI/UX)
Frontend and backend development
Book and magazine design
Signage and environmental design 
Exhibition architecture and design
Sound design
Motion graphics

Selected clients:

Bach-Archiv Leipzig, Berlinale Filmfestival, Berlinale Talents, Berlinische Galerie, CTM Festival, Deutscher Bibliotheksverband, DOK Leipzig Filmfestival, DomQuartier Salzburg, Die Junge Akademie, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Greenpeace Media, Hadi Teherani Architects, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Kerber Verlag, Komische Oper Berlin, Cyrill Lachauer, Landesrechnungshof Brandenburg, LIN Architects, Red Onion GmbH, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Michael Schindhelm, Salzburger Burgen und Schlösser, Töpfer-Müller-Gassner GmbH, T&C Film Zürich, TU Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin, Verbund der öffentlichen Bibliotheken Berlins, Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin


Johannes Siemer
Founder / Creative Director

Ian Warner
Founder / Creative Director

Dr. Florian Hadler
Strategy Director

Florian Bungart
Project Manager

Katrin Laupenmühlen
Design Director

Stefan Wölfle

Evey Kwong

Sonja Johanna Erb

Sebastian Garbrecht

Hyewon Shin
Studio intern

Renate Hähnel