Cihan Tamti

A spotlight on Cihan with 8 questions and our favourite pieces.

Cihan is a Graphic Designer based in Bochum, Germany. He specialises in visual identities, typography and printed matter.

I am always active and work on a lot of self initial work next to university and freelancing jobs. I love to experiment with letters and customising fonts. It feels always more personal and human. With instagram, which is my personal gym for graphic design, I have a little following and a great network of designers in different fields to work with as well.

After being name-checked  as one of Stefan Sagmeister’s top four young designers on curatedbyfb and having an article on AIGA Eye on Design „Type Tuesday“, I want to work and collaborate with Brands and Agencies/Studios, where I can create unique Designs on my way. I want to work international and remote. I am looking for projects I can learn from and grow. My dream is to teach one day and having my own studio running.

Do you remember the moment you knew you wanted to become a designer?

Yes. It was quite funny. When I was at the secondary school, me and my friends were spraying graffiti all over the school. Our art teacher knew that it us and forced us to paint over it and said “If you want to put big letters on walls, design Posters”. Then we learned early a bit about graphic design and after secondary school we started to get a proper design education at a design school.

Did you go to design school? Do you think it was necessary to get to where you are today?

yes, I was at a design school with an education next to it. So I had school and design studio life together. Now I am studying communication design. After that I am planning to study Editorial Design MA.

For me, it was absolutely necessary. If I wouldn’t go to design school I wouldn’t know the design basics and rules and my work wouldn’t be like it is now.

You have to know the rules to break them. I love to break the rules for a reason and get a concept out of it.

Who is your favorite designer right now?

My favorite Designer is Wolfgang Weingart. A Swiss designer who was bored of the minimalistic and clean Swiss design. He was breaking all the rules and did experimental typography even with a letterpress. 

What is your all time favorite font?

My favorite Font is Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk. It’s an old Sans-Serif font with strength in the Lines and a great Kerning.


What is your method of getting out of a designers block?

To get out of a designers block is a hard thing. If I have no ideas and my creativity is lost, I just take a break and stop working for a day. My friend and family are at the end Inspiration enough to get back. If this is not working I am always looking at design books and magazines.

Can you describe your ideal working environment?

I really love to work at Home. Having my tea next to me and beats in the background. I am working more effective and faster when I am alone.

Some of our Favorites

What advice would you have given yourself 3 years ago?

I would say myself to start Instagram and work on self—iniated projects. Make some noise and show the world what you got.

What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career so far? How did you overcome it?

I would say the pandemic. Lots of projects were canceled and there were no jobs and clients suddenly. So I started a big collaboration with the Instagram Community and made a magazine. This brought new clients and Interviews and Live Talks.

Want more info on Cihan?

Check out his Instagram, personal website, or Behance.

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