At Fork, everything we do we approach from a user’s perspective. We collaborate across disciplines to create meaningful and inspiring experiences. We want to help change the web for the better, one project at a time.
Websites are what we’re famous for but with connected devices taking the web to weird places we’ve learned to deal with a spectrum of touchpoints and contexts. Attracting folks’attention, moving them to engage, and winning their hearts and minds in complex and distractive environments, that’s our bread and butter.
Since 1996, Fork has been a competitive and ‘sympathisch’ partner (not one major fuck-up, in all those years) for businesses, brands, shops, cultural institutions and nonprofits alike.
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You would like to join our team and grow with us? We are looking for interns in consulting, design, project management and text. German language skills are helpful. Please make sure to provide your online portfolio or application documents.
Lamp would be the translation of the German word “Lampe”. True to his last name, Sebastian is the guiding lamp of many a projects. He’s the classic unexpected hero. Small in size but great when it comes to forming a fellowship and navigating both, clients and teams through the Mines of Moria.
Born in Indonesia Firyal isn’t put off by an archipelago of tongues. At Fork he jumps right into a junction of low and high-level languages, design vocabulary, as well as the grammar of responsive web-design. We are so happy to have him aboard our quest for an inspirational Esperanto of design.
What’s this ‘FF’ all about; two letters printed on almost all of his outerwear? Does it refer to the German ‘Effeff’, meaning that someone is mastering his craft to perfection? Would fit, when it comes to campaign ideas. On the other hand, Arne might also just be a foo-fighting metalhead.
Claudia’s a fashion-following, trend-setting aficionado who’s usually directing photo-shoots and showing brands the world over how to create the perfect digital magazine.
Fork is one of the few real aristocracies in the modern world: An aristocracy of quality. And with Dr. Philipp zu Sayn-Wittgenstein we are governed by a royal rooted in the real world. Unlike many other nobles, Phil is not badly educated at all. This prince holds a doctorate. Can he fix a stomach flu? No. Unfortunately not.
Form follows Förg. Peter is the impersonation of design process. He’s got the components, he’s got the patterns, he’s got the grammar, and he’s got the system. Every layout saved on his hard-drive works like clock-work.
Niente di nuovo sotto il Sole? Far from it! Our tech team has been spiced up with Mediterranean flair. Marcello, a full-blooded virtuoso simpatico, ‘autentico’ from ‘macchina’ to ‘baffo’. We were ‘insoleroed’, almost immediately.
Boy on a wireframe. Maurice finger on the trackpad never shakes, his face sits tight and still, and he’s quite as mouse when setting out to work on the future user experience of any given client. Wireframe-fame is guaranteed, a bright future is awaiting this fellow.
Matt is something like a North Star to Fork’s creation. A passionate Creative Director and (emotion) designer who won’t give up until true quality is achieved. There are few people who have dug deeper into the soul of the Fork Brotherhood and as with every celestial body, Matt comes with a mysterious share of shining light and a dark gravity.
Holger is a living database when it comes to the silver screen. And over the years, he’s breathed life into dozens of database-driven websites – some of which proving to be real blockbusters in their genre. We’re also pretty sure that this is the only photograph of him in existence.
Karin is our very own “Alice in Medialand”. She’s the designer to talk to if you’re ever lost in type or need some help with a little CMYK. Plus: as a budding maritime photographer, you’ll often find her on the high seas taking snapshots on container ships.
Tattooed stray kitten goes from abandoned to loved. Yeah, this would make a good headline for our story with Susanne. Having picked her up in our backyard, one rainy-day, she turned out to be creative Wonder Girl. We can’t tell who’s luckier, the girl with the ship on her forearm or her new people.
Julia ‘Jule’ Jensch is our own incarnation of Janice (of the Muppet’s Electric Mayhem) and Wunderwaffe of our consulting team. Ain’t no briefing mysterious, ain’t no capability planning futile, and ain’t no demand exceptional enough. If you need to get in done, ask J-to-the-J.
Klaudia’s a bit like a creative boomerang – she keeps coming back with more! Kicking-off her Fork career as a talented copywriter, she’s transformed herself into an accomplished Designer during a few maternal timeouts where she produced her best ever work. A persistent source of creativity and charisma, Klaudia’s an inspiration for us all.
Everybody knows wolves are back in this ‘Schnitzel-formed’ land of ours. What‘s actually new is that there‘s a Wolf in the Kranhaus and he just recently started to form a pack. You won‘t find a better creature to be leader of pack (aka project manager), neither on the left nor on the right banks of the Rhine river.
Projects are much like broncos, and as a project manager it is your job to take the reins and then… Well, good luck! With Julia a real wild child has appeared at our creative rodeo. She has found the perfect rhythm with our digital ponies and successfully rides projects off into the sunset.
Franziska von Lewinski
We happen to exist in a matriarchal system and Franziska is not only our ‘Jeanne d’Fork’ but also a wanderer between worlds, shuttling between motherhood, parent company and subsidiary. Like every mom, she juggles. But besides being a super- heroine herself, she can rely on a great family support system.
One of the doglovers at Fork. His long-lasting experience with the bow-wow might be the reason for his mastery in non-aggressive fighting when it comes to resolving conflicts with barking (external) IT departments. In the end, he is always part of the solution.
Atishoo! Nora truly lives up to her last name. ‘Atishoo!’ is the imperative of rhythm in her creative process. It’s Ideas and ‘Heureka-moments’ coming on like a sneeze. ‘Atishoo!’ – there comes another great tweak of concept; and she simply waits for it until it comes.
This graduate of Hogwarts School of Programming and Wizardry is Leon-(h)arder than you think! It actually is frightening to realize how skilled now days cubs are. Already at a young age they are capable to challenge us alphas, to end our reign with a single stroke of their paws. Fortunately, we are still hearing the sound of a gently-purring Leo…
The miller’s daughter prefers pixels over corn. Although young of age, Maria is a great designer and it’s hard to imagine our creative team without her any more. A word of caution: If you should ever enter our studio don’t let the sight of this fairy damsel lure you into walking against the wall of our server room.
If we had only one face to the customer, we’d definitely make Sebastian ‘de one’. Customer relations, consulting or project management – the ‘Sebastafari‘ is ‘de’ answer. ‘Him’ makes what is good, better, and what is better, best. One Love, ‘Mon’.
Although he does play in a band, we’d like to go on record and confirm that Olaf is in no way related to ex-Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones. Although he doesn’t speak much, Olaf prefers to do his talking in the source code. Just like any other accomplished backend programmer.
Tough shell around a software core, gasoline in the blood, the looks of a member of the Night’s Watch – Frank is a hundred percent pure Internet Rock’n’Roll. One of our “Benztown-Boys” who can literally do everything except speaking proper German. But who cares about proper standard language, anyhow!?
Roman is known to lead his fellowship without any unnecessary shilly-shally. He’s managed to balance the formalities of business with his own brand of creative flair. His rule is often associated with extravagance but never tyranny.
A programming and managerial powerhouse, Siggi’s a talented bass player and resolute technical project manager who packs a punch both on-stage and on digital projects.
Don’t underestimate the drive behind her tranquil guise. When it comes to project management, consulting and user experience, Katrin’s versatility and efficiency would give even the sharpest Swiss army knife a run for its money. And a lot like a female MacGyver, she can handle any situation with composure, finesse and charm.
Another talented musician, René also hits the right notes when it comes to creating amazing illustrations. From fancy Flash animations right through to atmospheric storyboards, René is our in- house Hergé.
Sandra is the soul of our Hamburg studio and our very own female version of Clark Kent; part time ‘Girl Friday’ part time Super-Heroine. Moving paper mountains, taming nerdy egos and mending broken hearts is all in a days work for Ms Müller… we’re actually thinking about releasing a set of ‘Wonder-SMÜ’ action figures.
Our one and only local hero of the ‘Strom’ (aka Rhine) likes to laugh aloud and often. We can’t tell whether his laughing is related to jokes within the source code or the positive work climate in the AT-AT (aka ‘Kranhaus’). Most definitely it’s not related to the performance of his favourite club (who’s just so different).
Club-Malte? Well, Malte does indeed organize clubbing events and is alert-eyed, too. Some of his ideas for digital campaigning are strong like caffeine (lots of caffeine), and some go down like sugar. Being a tech-savvy consultant Malte is a perfect fit in this deeply intertwingled digital outpost.
Picture Robert Mitchum in his famous role as Reverend Harry Powell! Can you see his knuckles, the tattoos of the words ‘LOVE’ and ‘HATE’? Now, imagine his revenant in nowadays Cologne, illuminated by the pale blue light of a laptop screen. A helluva consultant, don’t you think?
Ha! Ho! Let’s go! Hanne is the girl rocker of our little endeavour. Away from the mud of festivals she is a guarantor for clean and reusable code. We’re talking separately maintained version of reusable assets, here. Don’t you dare call this ‘Mädchen-Informatik’ (#likeagirl).
There are two kind of ideas you can expect of Paul: great ones and even better ones. Our Scotsman (expat-style) has always been one of the most inspiring powerhouses of idea development. Much like a good Scotch in a barrel, he seems to be in the middle of a process of sophistication, no end in sight, yet.
Back in black! Having returned from her maternity leave Dania stirs up the agency even more powerfully and energetically than ever before. Dania to Fork is what Malcolm Young used to be to AC/DC. The driving rhythm of the agency‘ bodily functions.
Jason Lee Rogers
Apparently it never rains in California. So you can imagine our surprise when we managed to attract a real-life California Guy to rainy Hamburg. And not just any old California Guy either. On a quest for the holy grail of script, we’ve instated Mr. Jason Lee Rogers as our newest code-crusader. And just like his 0s and 1s, Jason’s a lean, mean variable machine.
Jakob is our quasi-helpful, quasi-sometimes-too- helpful and quasi-patient front-end wizz. Yes, he uses this tiny little word ‘quasi’ quasi always. The freckly Whiskey and Jazz aficionado is pursuing the ambitious goal of becoming Mr. Front-End himself. Striving for World Wide Web dominance – quasi.
You know how the cookie crumbles when your project manager is furnished with sharp claws. Yana has developed a form of alternate communication using her nail polish. Our clients love it when she starts painting the words D E A D and L I N E on her nails.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and Katja‘s talent as a creative person. When she first appeared at Fork for a one week work trial, the sun turned into darkness. Well, we accepted this sign from above.
As you may have suspected, Indra’s beginnings are rooted deeply in a far off kingdom: Baden- Württemberg. Despite the initial culture-shock of Cologne, his concept and consultancy skills empowered this managerial maestro in quickly climbing the Fork ladder all the way up to leading our Cologne team.
“All systems go” is a phrase we wouldn’t hear very often if it weren’t for Michi. With his infectious laughter, he’s always the friendly ghost in the system, master of the machines and guardian of spare parts. Oh and make sure you leave a note when you drop something off on his desk.
One sometimes can’t exactly tell what happens inside the skull of a programmer (until it’s too late). But what happens on top of Alexander’s scalp really amazes us. He must own a dozen different caps and hats, and each one is a message that awaits to be decoded. Be it a Shtreimel, Fez, or Boss of the Plains – This black box comes in style.
Some years back, at SXSW, we managed to rescue a distraught young man from the clasps of a rather unsavory hotel room, in which he’d begun to pupate within the confines of his trusty sleeping bag. Since his liberation, Henning has repaid us by flourishing within Fork’s creative walls, shining with his accomplished design skills, forward- thinking and ongoing drive for innovation.
You know when you’ve been ‘timofeeved’! All of sudden, everything’s feels so clean and neat. Prima project ballerina Elena has the superb ability to (re-) order and resolve almost any kind of tense situation. Somehow, she must have secret techniques of controlling bodies and the minds of people.
“Jetz isch färtig luschtig!” Lisa just took her first step into working life as a designer at Fork. It is our pleasure, and responsible task as well, to tame and train this granny-blue-haired queen of monophthongs, diphthongization and crossbows.
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