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Berlin Mural im Buchstabenmuseum von Chris Campe und Merle Michaelis, Juli 2020

Lettering Mural Buchstabenmuseum Berlin

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In Conversation

In his podcast Ohne den Hype, Sven Saro usually interviews design giants such as Stefan Sagmeister, Eike König and Paula Scher. At the end of November 2023, I was his guest.

First, I pointed out to Sven that he doesn’t have enough women on the podcast: 31 out of 147 episodes, which is only 21%. It was a great conversation.

Chris Campe im Podcast von »Ohne den Hype« Folge 147
»Say What« Lettering Collage von Chris Campe, 2012

At the Museum

In spring 2023, the Hamburg Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe acquired a number of my early works. Some of them are currently being shown in the exhibition »Wiki-Women – working together to fill the gaps«.


The platform »Design by Women« celebrates the work of women and queers in the design industry. In an interview with founder Mary Hemingway, I shared why I specialize in lettering. Spoiler: It has to do with gender.

Interview mit Chris Campe auf »Design by Women«
Coverbild für den Vortrag von Chris Campe auf der Adobe MAX Konferenz 2022: "How to create experimental lettering with Adobe Fresco and on paper"

Online Talk

It’s really no big deal, but last fall I spoke at Adobe MAX. In Los Angeles. If you missed the in-person talk about experimental lettering, you can still watch a 20-minute version for free online.

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I see you rolling your eyes, I’m sure you’ve subscribed to far too many newsletters—sure, I understand, I did too.

But I said to myself that I shouldn’t cowardly avoid life’s difficulties, but bravely face them. That’s why I now write my newsletter regularly.

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In the Blog

I have a blog now, 15 years after everyone else—as a super late-adopter. I’ve wanted to start a blog for years, but I was too busy writing books. Now the first texts are online and on my list of topics are ideas for 100 more posts about lettering, books and design.

Künstlerhof Schreyahn, August 2023

Learning to Write

»So, how did it go?« That’s what everyone’s been asking since I returned to Hamburg after three months at Künstlerhof Schreyahn. A report from my time as a literary writer.

Skizzenbuchseite von Chris Campe mit Notizen über Animation

How I learn to animate lettering

Maybe I owe it all to Instagram. If the algorithm hadn’t started favoring videos, moving pictures wouldn’t have interested me at all. But then I saw more and more lettering animations – and I wanted to be able to do that, too.

Meanwhile on Instagram …

On this website you see completed projects, on Instagram I show what I’m currently working on. The website is the showroom so to speak, and on Instagram you can look over my shoulder while I work.

Many of the sketches and ideas I post on Instagram don’t appear on my website, because I often just try out new ideas that never turn into bigger projects. In the captions of my Insta posts I talk about my thoughts and in the comments I exchange ideas with colleagues and followers. So if you would like to get an idea of how I think and work,