Sehsucht is a motion design label – a specialist for creative development – and production process for moving pictures. Founded in 2000 and driven by the three partners Martin Woelke, Mate Steinforth and Ole Peters, Sehsucht creates and produces topnotch commercials for world-known brands with a team of 35 specialists.
Their philosophy : Ideas need pictures. Pictures need motion. And motion has the need to rephrase existing things in a new way and new things in a familiar way. Creating moments that have their own life emphasizes the brand to a level where it can transcend its charisma in a fascinating way.
Moving image, static design or visualization of additional benefits: Sehsucht goes a step further. The leading design studio in Germany. Two offices, one located in Hamburg’s Karolinenviertel, the other in Berlin‘s Prenzlauer Berg. Sehsucht is in the central cre?ative spot where advertising agencies, production companies and artists meet.
Sehsucht‘s visuals for campaigns for Daimler Benz, Concert Hall Dortmund or Deutsche Telekom were internationally awarded over and over again with prestigious awards, including the Cannes Lion.
Sehsucht is connected to internationally leading freelance artists and agencies. Together they realized various projects in the studios in Hamburg and Berlin, using the most efficient and state of the art tools and production techniques for our daily work. Because it is only about: Worlds change the moment.
In the past years, Sehsucht has been internationally awarded more than fifty times for creativ e excellence. Clio and ADC, One Show, LIAA, D&AD, Epica, Eurobest, NY Festival, BDA, Andy Award and Red Dot (plus German awards like ADC Germany, Die Klappe, Spotlight, VDW and Red Dot Design Award). “Sounds of Summer” for Mercedes-Benz was honored with a Cannes gold lion and the Golden Award of Montreux. “Symphony in Red” for concert hall Dortmund and “Work” for Sparkasse Financial Services have recently been awarded with some more creative awards.
Sehsuchts two leading directors and partners are :
Mate Steinforth who was born in 1977 in Hannover, Germany. He is a designer and director based in Berlin. In his teen years he became active in the computer art subculture called Demoscene and eventually began working as a graphic artists for computer games. He studied graphic design at University of Applied Arts Hildesheim and the University of Madrid, Facultad de Bellas Artes.
In 2002, he moved to Madrid to work as an Art Director in the graphic studio Juan Dela Mata. From 2004 on he worked as a freelance motion designer/director for several companies in Berlin and Munich. In 2007, he moved to New York to work for the production company PSYOP.
From 2002 to 2006 he was focussing on animation, particularly the Performance art of VJing. Under his VJ alias of mateuniverse, he has toured Europe. He could perform at various art and electronica events in Europe and abroad with his moving pictures work being screened at festivals and on TV.
From 2005 to 2009, he worked at PSYOP as a Designer and Director.
Starting December 2009, he moved back to Germany to head up the Berlin branch of the motion design and animation Label SEHSUCHT.
Ole Peters who was born in 1971 in north Germany. He trained as a type setter, worked as a freelance graphic designer in the print industry. Work stations include Husum, Munich, and Hamburg, where he encountered motion design.
In 2001 Ole founded Labor TV Design GmbH together with Gerrit Siegfriedsen. In 2002 he published the book “After Effects 5.5 Compositing,
Motion Design & Animation”. Labor TV merged with Martin Woelke’s company Sehsucht in 2003, becoming Sehsucht GmbH.
Ole Peters joined the Clio award jury in the years 2006 und 2007 and was appointed member of the Art Directors Club Germany in 2007.