My name is Margarete Laue – but you may call me Maggie – and I’m a multidisciplinary creative living and working in Hamburg, Germany.
While I specialize in illustration, graphic design and art direction, I am equally interested in many other forms of artistic expression. This includes writing, photography and animation. Basically, in all that I do, I want to tell a good story. I’m passionate about finding the right angle and authentic voice for every project and client.
My love for storytelling was implemented early on. As a child, you would usually find me escaping reality with my nose buried in a book or propped up in front of the TV watching Disney cartoons. My parents made sure I would turn out weird by getting me cassettes with deep and somber parables and stories by writers such as Peter Bichsel and Josef Guggenmos, many of which have remained stuck in my head up to this day. Weekly trips to the public library did their part in shaping my imagination, getting me my frequent fix of new books and comics, and fueling my interest for literally everything that surrounds me. From there it was only a small step before I started developing my own short-stories and comics.
These days, more than anything, I’m inspired by the dark and weird corners of the internet – I love browsing tumblr blogs concerned with futurism, strange architecture, botany or animals, forgotten worlds and stuff I can’t make sense of. Cartoons have stuck with me as well, though my taste has evolved and I now enjoy many different styles besides googly-eyed dogs and mice. Current favourites include Rick & Morty, Bobs Burgers and Adventure Time.
More of who and what inspires me can be found on the BLOG.
Currently, whenever I have the time, I’m trying to deepen my knowledge about art direction for film and animation – I’m learning Cinema 4D and AfterEffects and reading up on production design and cinematography. I’m hungry for more and keen on expanding my horizons in all directions.
PRIMARY DISCIPLINES & SKILLS
I am available for …
For most projects, I can also help you with photography, copywriting, basic animation & video editing. If the task at hand should require someone with a higher skill-level than mine, I’ll happily recommend someone from my network to you.
I have worked for big commercial clients such as
IKEA, IKEA FAMILY, HVV (Hamburger Verkehrsverbund), Volkswagen, GeoMini (Gruner+Jahr), Sauerländer Verlag, sensor Magazin (Mainz), Asklepios Kliniken, ecco, Amplifon, Peek&Cloppenburg Düsseldorf
and smaller family-owned businesses like
Café im Schloßtheater & Schmitz Katze in Münster and Kosmetik im Kreuzviertel (also Münster).
When I’m not working, I like to play the piano and ukulele, have hours-long breakfasts, stroll through the neighbourhood, cook fancy three-course-dinners for my friends and family, go to the cinema or museum and listen to music between all genres.