Hello, my name is Rose Epple a.k.a. Rose Apple. I am a designer, curator, design writer and educator. Design for me is a tool to engage people of all ages – be it in museums, corporations, schools or on the street. If you have a worthwhile project and are looking for a friendly collaborator with a sharp mind, a good eye and the guts to push boundaries, I would love to hear from you.
To see examples of my design work check out the books, exhibitions and visual identities sections. To get a taste of my curatorial work go to We-Traders. Swapping Crisis for City. For a case study of designing with kids, visit design-thinking-kids (in German). In the writing section you may read some of my personal essays about design.
If you want to know more about my background, read on:
I studied in Lyon, Hamburg, Paris and at Central Saint Martins College in London, where I lived for five years, shaped my design sensibilities and watched the E of my last name change into an A. The next years saw me teaching illustration and graphic design at Central Saint Martins, illustrating for English and German publications and doing freelance design. My projects became increasingly complex, branching into corporate and editorial design, after moving to Berlin in 2000.
From 2002 to 2012 I collaborated on scenography projects with architect Detlef Weitz and joined forces with him in 2006 under the name of chezweitz & roseapple. Our studio designed numerous exhibitions and urban interventions, publications and marketing campaigns for leading cultural institutions across Europe as well as urban interventions in public space (for a more detailed resumé read this post or our profile in Eye Magazine). chezweitz & roseapple won numerous awards including the German Design Prize in Gold.
Since going it alone, the scope of my work has widened ever more. Next to designing exhibitions, books and identities with various collaborators, I co-curated participatory exhibitions with Angelika Fitz (Architekturzentrum Wien) and Nicola von Albrecht (Museum für Gestaltung Zürich), taught Design Thinking to business people, directed museum workshops for kids and adults, taught and talked to design students in Berlin and abroad, wrote for Eye Magazine and am currently writing a design activity book for kids.
Thank you for your interest.
© Rose Epple, 2018