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  • Hi, nice to meet you. My name is Melanie Achilles. I am a German graphic designer based in Berlin. On this site you can view my projects or download a selection of work examples.


    New literature from Japan



    This book is a compendium of the contemporary Japanese literature. In collaboration with Fabian Borlein I planned, designed and realized it. 60 portraits of Japanese authors that are presented to the Western audience are the core of the book. Every text is two pages long and illustrated. Additionally the authors are shown by illustrated portraits with a special reference to their characters and works. In the middle of the book you can find a glossary that explains current trends und themes. Therefore also readers without having a certain knowledge about Japanese literature get an easy and entertaining access.

    The texts are written by »J-Bungaku Arbeitskreis« of the J-W-G University Frankfurt. The Illustrations are made by the »Illustrationsklasse« of the Offenbach Academy of Arts and Design.


    book yomitai!

    book yomitai!

    book yomitai!

    book: yomitai!

    book yomitai!

    book yomitai!

    Title: »Yomitai! Neue Literatur aus Japan«, book, 337 pages, 17,5 x 23,5 cm, 2007



    Kissed by the light



    This experimental font is the result of a workshop I participated during my studies at Sint Lucas Antwerpen. The task was to learn to generate fonts with FontLab and work with the given subject »light«.

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    Title: »Kissed by the light«, font, 2007



    Who is Walter van Beirendonck?



    The assignment was to present an especially inspiring Belgian personality in a dossier of six pages. I chose fashion designer Walter van Beirendonck as I really like his open and playful way. Taking into account his eye-catching appearance and colourful work I designed the pages, that are limited to single-colour printing. I started playing with type and graphical elements, too. The conspicuous names of the collections are itemized on two pages that can be taken out and be hung up as a poster. In addition, a short text gives some information about the personality.

    dossier beirendonck

    dossier beirendonck

    dossier beirendonck

    dossier beirendonck

    Title: »Walter van Beirendonck«, Dossier, 6 pages, 29,7 x 42 cm, 2007



    Installation inspired by a Belgian song



    Wannes van der Velde is a Belgian singer and songwriter. He wrote a song about a dotty man who lives in a tiny mansard watching the development of the world outside from a safe distance. The illustrations show my personal ideas of such a plain and simple realm inspired by the melody of the wacky song. All the images and some passages of the song are printed on mangy wooden plates that remember on the materiality of a mansard. In this manner the coloured prints show that such a reclusive being must not inevitably be boring and drab.

    installation mijn mansarde

    installation mijn mansarde

    Title: »Mijn Mansarde«, installation, silk-screen printing on wood, various formats, 2007