‘Grid fanatic’ and ‘typography nerd’ Jeremias Diekmann confessed to aiming for artful simplicity with his design

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Talking about his work for various musical artists and festivals, Jeremias simply states: “If I had the choice, I would only work for musicians”. “For me, the interface of music and design is the embodiment of creativity in graphic design, because it always generates something new.” With his love for music being so powerful, during the pandemic Jeremias began his Techno Series, who is currently in his third tour, in which he is creating a number of posters and vinyl covers based on the feeling he gets from listening to his favorite tracks. Not only working in the techno industry, Jeremias has worked with Cologne-based Jazz Jazz Jazz, a series of jazz events featuring artists such as Mulate Asatke and Nubya Garcia. With events slowly returning after the pandemic, the series sought a new look. Starting with a few “colorful and overloaded” ideas, Jeremias soon realized they weren’t working, and instead opted for a “cleaner” look that heavily emphasized the musical artist. “It was important to create clear hierarchies while getting away from the highly structured aspect,” he adds.

The expansive nature of the music industry has also allowed Jeremias’ love of typography to flourish. Starting with his techno series, Jeremias created his first type as an illustration idea for Yan Cook’s Graphite EP, specifically for the track The sand. “The goal was to develop a fairly blocky typeface that reflected very hard techno, which nonetheless opened up in little round corners here and there.” Enjoying the process so much, Jeremias decided to build a whole alphabet. Moving away from the very blocky, techno-thin exterior, Jeremias instead leaned towards softer elements and “something more sensitive to curves”. “The thickness of the font is not completely lost, but the contrast between the two extremes is more beautiful now.” This emphasis on the softer, more rounded potential of type is evident throughout his work for Jazz Jazz Jazz, which features the designers’ most developed and confident typefaces. Still early in his career, but showing such skill and determination, we’re sure the music industry will see a lot more of Jeremias.

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