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Kindermusik // Musicalische Früherziehung auf Englisch

More than one million kids in 60 countries have enjoyed Kindermusik since its beginnings in the United States in 1978. Hamburg’s very own Kindermusik Studio is run by dedicated ex-pat American entrepreneur Karen Bergquist-Lüth. Karen aims to create a musical experience that will engage children and their families in the fun and excitement of exploration in movement and song.

SCOTT. Design + Text created this illustration for Kindermusik way back when, and it is still going strong in a swathe of printed media all over Hamburg.

BERNHARD RITSCHARD Violin Maker // Website Relaunch

Bernhard Ritschard is a peripatetic, polyglot violin maker of the traditional Italian school. Born in Interlaken at the foot of the Swiss Alps, he learned his craft at the tradition-rich International School of Violin Making in Cremona, following in the footsteps of Antoni Stradivari.

In his northern German workshop near Lübeck, Bernhard creates and restores repertoire-specific instruments and bows for Early Music specialists and Music Schools from all over Europe.

A catalogue of these hand-built string instruments is now online at:



brwebsite_1200-x-800-copySCOTT. Design + Text designed and translated the website which features the wonderful photography of Nina Strugalla.  Johannes Zapotoczsky programmed the site to function beautifully on a desktop or tablet. Thanks guys.

HFBK Choir // Identity Design and Concert Marketing Material

The HFBK-Chor is a choir consisting of a collection of rugged individualists who are graduates  from the visual arts, design and architecture faculties of Hamburg’s most respected Fine Arts Institution the Hochschule für bildende Künste. In reality, it’s been a few semesters since most of the singers graced the halls of that august institution but that’s a mere detail. Arguably Hamburg’s best looking choir the HFBK-Chor’s ever-evolving repertoire encompasses a range of styles and eras; from heart-wrenching Madrigals full of metaphysical yearnings to heady contemporary pieces with lashings of German Romanticism thrown in  for good measure.

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Plätscher Poster 2013

 SCOTT. Design + Text created the HFBK Logo and the marketing material for a series of concerts including Chor + X, Plätscher! as well as the collaborative performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana Fortuna Digitalis with Elbtonal Percussion and Realitäten Revue at the Miralles Saal in Hamburg.

© Tessa Scott

der kleine Sprachsalon // Language School Identity

The multi-talented Stintje Hüllsiek is the brains behind a language school with a difference; der kleine Sprachsalon (the little language salon) was conceived by the languages and theatre specialist while on a break from full-time teaching. At the kleine Sprachsalon, students enjoy the benefit of Oxbridge style tutorial sessions in groups of between 3 and 6 learners in a relaxed, lounge-like situation. Alongside the launch of the website Stintje has big plans for her brand; currently working towards the inaugural kleine Sprachsalon Language Tour. First stop – Italy.

SCOTT. Design + Text created the logo and website which features a basic web-based CMS. Site editors log-in and update content from whenever, wherever. Nice!

Elena Kaufman // Writer, Actor & Educator Identity Design

Elena Kaufman is a professional writer, actor and educator with a wealth of experience on the stage and behind the lecturn. A graduate of the Writing MA at Oxford University, she not only writes long and short fiction, she can teach you to maximise your voice and body potential with her amazing workshop programme: vocal power – go there, it roars!


SCOTT. Design + Text were charmed to create Elena Kaufman’s shiny new logo.

Maedchenchor Hamburg // Hamburg Girls’ Choir

The Mädchenchor Hamburg (Hamburg Girls’ Choir) is a choral school for girls between the ages of 4 and 20 years old. Since 2003 the choir has enthralled audiences from Switzerland to Swaziland with their nuanced sound and polished performance style.

cd_insideMaedchenchor Hamburg have now served up a slice of their unique sound to CD: Song of Hope presents key studio repertoire and live recordings from the Hamburg Laeiszhalle and the Weimarhalle in Weimar.

olgaSCOTT. Design + Text created the CD and translated the sleeve notes. Panorama shot of the Mädchenchor performing in the Kulturkirche (Hamburg, Altona) by kind permission of photographer extraordinaire Martin Zitzlaff – thanks Martin!

Alba’s Empire 2016 Calender

This year’s 2016 Calendar features Mysterious Heads with Alba’s Zany Instagram Squares inside them. Available print on demand on white (with or without photos) or on blue. A lot of the time while I was making this collage illustration I was listening to Otherppl, Brad Listi’s brilliant podcast about writers and writing. I was thinking a lot about the ceaseless movement of people across the globe, by choice or necessity. And of how we carry a part of the people we hold dear within us, no matter how long ago you knew them or how far away they happen to be. If you’d like to order a Calendar just contact the studio!

SCOTT. Design + Text are delighted to work as Alba’s Empire when the occasion demands.

The Daily Cliché // one size artworks


Here at Alba’s Empire we understand how tiring it is being fresh, original and above all authentic. So, we’ve taken the think out of “thinking-woman’s-crumpet” so you don’t have to. The result is “The Daily Cliché” a series of mass-produced, one-size-fits-all artworks. Never look slightly to the left of someone’s eyes at a party again as you scramble for something witty, insightful and or profound to say. Just reach for a cliché, there’s a grain of truth in each one.




Order one, or, order the set, there are 8, yes, EIGHT, to choose from. Each cliché has been lovingly mass-produced and framed in white.

Here’s to 2015 // Freebie alert!

…Let’s make it brilliant, dazzling, exciting, exhilarating, stimulating, vivacious, coruscating, effervescent, lively, vibrant, ebullient, sparkling, shining, bright, gleaming, glittering, twinkling, coruscating, flashing, shimmering, shimmery…and all that!

If you’d like a free copy of our 2015 The Sun & The Moon Calendar, featuring the mysterious Victorian Lady with the zany ‘Times Square’ patterned skirt, just contact the studio!


Or, if you’d rather print it out yourself, here’s the PDF: 2015_sunandmoon

2015_sunandmoonDesign, Hamburg: Tessa Scott | Photo, New York: Andrés Crump