Ladies, Wine & Design

LW&D Hamburg

A conversation series by Jessica Walsh.
Curated and hosted in Hamburg by
Anissa Carrington and Karo Berndt.

A salon night for creative femme and non binary people held monthly in Hamburg, Germany. We'll wine, dine and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business and life. Some events will be big and some will be small – either way, reservations are first come, first serve. Stay updated on our events via Facebook or Instagram. Or just say hi!

September 21st, 2022 #25: Level Up!

At our 25th Salon Night, Verena Sandbote (DEPT Managing Director Design & Technology), Özge Özcan (Freelance Recruiter) and Sandra Rehder-Schlie (Organisational Strategist & Management Consultant) will share their experience and varying perspectives on breaking the infamous glass ceiling and leveling up in the creative industry.

After the panel talk, everyone’s encouraged to connect and exchange feedback, questions and advice.

As usual, snacks, delicious wine and softdrinks will be on the house!


Opening Soon

June 28th, 2022 #24: Portfolio Night


November 2nd, 2021 #23: Power Moves

POWER MOVES is a night designed to help you discover strategic tools on how to move smarter through systems and organisations. From understanding power to designing action, our amazing friend and speaker Djenna Wehenpohl, who has years of experience working as a strategist, will talk us all through it.

Thank you to the lovely people at designxport and kreativgesellschaft for hosting us.

KLICK HERE for tickets.


January 26th, 2021 #22: Live Art Club

This time, the sweet people of Live Art Club will join us for a very special LW&D edition of their lovely live drawing sessions!

Don't think you have enough supplies at home? Don’t worry! Leo, Ines & Tina have put together a lovely special edition of their material box, available in their shop for €35 (+ shipping).

Each box will contain exactly what you need to participate in the session PLUS some lovely LW&D HH exclusive goodies by IGEPA, Hamburger Goldmandeln and more.

If you want to participate, secure your ticket via Eventbrite now and pre-order your box until JANUARY 12TH!



December 15th, 2020 #21: Freelance (in a fucking Pandemic)

If you’re a freelancer or want to become one: this is for you.

For our second Cyber Salon Night on December 15th we’ll meet online to talk about the challenges of freelancing – especially in a global pandemic. Our guest Ann Eckert talks about her journey as a freelance designer and how the pandemic affected her work.

KLICK HERE for more info.


September 16th, 2020 #20: LW&D HH x Reeperbahn Festival: (IN)BETWEEN

For our 20th Salon Night (or rather afternoon?) we invited Anne Stiefel and Hanna Osen to the Reeperbahn Festival Arts Playground. Anne and Hanna are the Art Directors of music magazine „Das Wetter“.

They are both designers living and working in Hamburg and will tell us about themselves, their work and especially their job of designing one of Germany’s most exciting print publications.

Check the Reeperbahn Festival Website and join us via live stream! KLICK HERE for more info.


May 26th, 2020 #19: Virtual Masks

In our first Cyber Salon Night on May 26th, Lisa Grüb will tell us about her work, both as a graphic designer as well as as a BA student at HAW.

Lisa specializes in creating Instagram Face Filters. The filters she creates for her clients generate up to 20 million impressions – we’re so excited for her to lend us a peek over her shoulder!


February 11th, 2020 #18: Love Letters
To Yourself

Join us for the first workshop in LW&D HH history!
This evening, led by type designer and illustrator Anna T. Iron, is all about appreciating yourself and your talents while also developing some brand new skills.

Learn the basics of calligraphy and take home some great self-made greeting cards!

Thanks a bunch to igepa Selection for giving us their finest papers to work with.


November 4th - 5th, 2019 Adobe MAX

We'll join the team of Adobe Insiders at this year's Adobe MAX in Los Angeles to spread the word about our Hamburg Chapter.

October 29th, 2019 #17: Welcome to Hamburg

Are you a female or non binary creative who just moved to Hamburg?
Maybe you just started university, a new job or simply followed the call of the North?
Then this Salon Night ist perfect for you!
The ladies* of Geheimtipp Hamburg will tell you all about their work searching for the hidden gems of our city and will share some of their favorite spots while they're at it.
Join us and meet some great new people!

KLICK HERE for more info.


September 18th, 2019 #16: Automobile

At our next Salon Night on Wednesday, September 18th, we will talk about the experiences of womxn working for an industry, that – traditionally – never really saw them as a target demo:
the automotive industry.

Our panel will consist of Nina Wiemer (Executive Creative Director at Mutabor), Christina Fleuch (Art Director at thjnk) & Hella Fekete (Senior Art Director Digital at Grabarz & Partner).

The panel will be moderated by Marle-Maria Janßen (Head of Strategy at Mutabor).


July 30th, 2019 #15: Hear Me Out!

Ellen Gabriel and Whitney Bursch are two students of illustration at HAW Hamburg.
In their studies, both have separately created works centering around their identity as afrogerman womxn.
Now they are working on a joint book project and creative platform by and for BIPOC called "Hear Me Out!" that focuses on empowerment and experiences with racism.
At our upcoming event, Ellen will show us some of their work and give us an insight into how "Hear Me Out!" is coming along! She will be joined by Hear Me Out!-contributor Natyada Tawonsri.

KLICK HERE for more info.


July 6th, 2019 #14: Respect

Our 14th event will take place at Forward Festival Hamburg. This time Ayla Guerbuez, Interaction Designer, and Isabelle von Moeller, UX Writer will talk about „Respect”:
„We always talk about user experience. Of user interfaces. And user centered design. But if we are honest, the user plays only a minor role in the development of digital products and services. Attention is only paid to the leading roles: technology, brands and Google. It’s time to make websites, apps and online shops more human again. Therefore we need new, more diverse personas. Away from cliché users and stereotypes. It needs texts that don’t exclude, a concept that goes beyond the business goal and designs that don’t serve any drawers and don’t just exist because they are seen as trends by Apple or Google.
Together with intersexual people, we develop a user experience that also appeals to and respects them.“


May 7th, 2019 #13: Zeitgeist

For our 13th Salon Night, we invited an amazingly interesting speaker: KIRSTINE FRATZ is an unconventional visionary – she studies the future for a living.

On May 7th, she will tell us about the importance of farsightedness and the impact that Zeitgeist and trends have on our everyday lives.

Speaking of farsightedness: After the talk, you’ll have the chance to check out VIU Eyewear’s beautiful frames.

KLICK HERE for more info.


April 23rd, 2019 #12: Portfolio Review

On April 23rd, we will have our first Portfolio Review!
Six of you will have the chance to present your portfolio to the group (15 minutes each) and tell us about yourself, your work and your goals.

After the presentations, everyone’s encouraged to connect and exchange feedback, questions and advice.

Sounds good?
If you want to participate, send your portfolio or website to
by April 12th and we will randomly pick a selection of 6 portfolios that will be discussed.

KLICK HERE for more info.


February 12th, 2019 #11: *isms in Advertising

Pinkstinks is a protest and educational organization dealing with the various *isms in the creative and especially the advertising industry.

Their work focuses on educating agencies and companies about their respective missteps and the advantages of progressive and inclusive advertising.
They also offer education for teachers and parents on how to avoid raising a generation that continues clichés and stereotypes of the past.

For our 11th salon night, Pinkstinks' founder Dr. Stevie Meriel Schmiedel will inform us about the organization and their efforts.
After that, we will have a group chat about the participants' own experiences with *isms in their line of work.

KLICK HERE for more info


January 22nd, 2019 #10: New Tech


For our first event in 2019, we’ll explore the way new tech influences our work as designers and how we can use it to push creative boundaries even further.

Join a conversation between:
Liane Siebenhaar, Creative Strategy/DACH Lead at Snapchat
Antonia Stix, Lead Designer at mytaxi
Nora Horn, Designer at IBM iX
hosted by
Hannah Johnson, Experience Director at Demodern

You’ll also get the chance to try out Demodern's newest gadgets and projects!

KLICK HERE for more info


December 13th, 2018 #09: Let's meet under the Mistletoe!

We're having our very own holiday party – and everyone's invited!
Ladies, gents, friends and allies:
join us for after work drinks and some music to dance to! ❄️

The best part: you'll be able to party and do some good!
We are collecting money for the organization Oll Inklusiv that creates opportunities for Hamburg's senior citizens to participate in cultural events and stay connected and buzzing.

The event is free but we'd love for you to donate and tell your friends all about the fundraiser!

KLICK HERE for more info


October 16th, 2018 #08: Film


Our 8th Salon Night will be all about creating moving images!

Talking to us about their experiences will be:

Yvonne Inlund, Creative Director
Kathrin Albers, Director
Sarah Niemann, Filmmaker.

The talk will be moderated by The Marmalade COO Executive Producer Lynn Andernach.

Come and join us!

KLICK HERE for the Facebook event


September 25th, 2018 #07: Newbies


You're a creative lady* who's new in town and looking for connections?

Then this night is perfect for you!

Our guest will be Harriet Dohmeyer, the founder of Fräulein Anker and Ankerwechsel Verlag as well as the author of the beautiful travel guides "Hallo Hamburg" and "Hallo Kopenhagen".

Harriet will tell us about her work as an freelance author, photographer and publisher and she'll also give you an insider sneak peek into Hamburg's sweetest spots.

KLICK HERE for info on how to participate!


August 28th, 2018 #06: Mothers


Our sixth salon night will be all about creatives, who also happen to be mothers – working as one as well as working with them.

Join us at Geometry Global Hamburg for an interesting and honest talk between Nina Puri, Petra Cremer and Sabine Dittrich, moderated by Bettina Olf.

KLICK HERE for info on how to participate!


July 6th, 2018 #05: LW&D HH x Millerntor Gallery

Imke Machura of the Raketerei-Podcast will chat with photographer and DJ Katja Ruge about the importance of a strong visual identity for musicians in a social-media driven world and her individual experience between the two worlds of music and art.

Join us at Millerntor Gallery's Säulengang stage for an interesting and inspiring conversation between two straight up bosses!


July 5th, 2018 #04: LW&D HH x Forward Festival

w/ Ann Eckert, Anna T-Iron and Friederike Hantel

Join us at Forward Festival’s Living Room Stage for the best presentation you’ll ever see, held by three of Hamburg’s finest creatives!


June 19th, 2018 #03: Words


Chris Campe of All Things Letters is bold: she runs her own design studio, writes books for designers and gives talks at conferences. For LW&D #03 she tells you the secrets to lettering, publishing books and public speaking. And she encourages you to be bold, too.



May 15th, 2018 #02: Founders


A group talk led by Katrin Oeding, Elisabeth Plass and Stephanie Solar. After successfully founding their own design / photography agencies respectively, they will talk to us about the chances and challenges of founding your own office.

KLICK HERE for info on how to participate!


March 27th, 2018 #01: LW&D Hamburg
Kick-Off Event


Woohoo! Come celebrate the birth of the brand new Hamburg chapter of Ladies, Wine & Design with us!
We're starting off with a small presentation and talk on LW&D, followed by lots of glasses of good wine.

Sounds good?
KLICK HERE for info on how to participate!


The vast majority of graphic design students are femmes, yet circa 90% of all creative directors are men. Let's change this, hand in hand. By meeting regularly, exchanging experiences and learning from each other, we will be able to promote gender equality in the creative workforce. Would you like to read more on and around this subject? Check out the articles below.

SHOTS: "Facing down racism: experiences from adland" (Part1)
SHOTS: Facing down racism: Pushback and apathy (Part 2)
SHOTS: Facing down racism: lessons and learning (Part 3)
12 Kinds of Kindness: How LW&D began
PAGE x LW&D HH Kolumne, Nr. 1: Studio morgen
PAGE x LW&D HH Kolumne, Nr. 2: Barbara Lüdde
PAGE x LW&D HH Kolumne, Nr. 3: Ann Eckert
PAGE x LW&D HH Kolumne, Nr. 4: Lisa Tegtmeier
PAGE x LW&D HH Kolumne, Nr. 5: Lena Steinkühler
PAGE x LW&D HH Kolumne, Nr. 6: Patricia Tarczynski
Fast Company: 7 ways I've learned from other women to fight imposter syndrome.
It's nice that: Rebecca Wright on the ratio of girls with design degrees vs. those in the industry
Fast Company: 10 Design Leaders On How To Empower Women In The Workplace
Page: Netzwerke für Gestalterinnen
DLF Kultur: Runder Tisch "Frauen in Kultur und Medien"
W&V: Nur 21 Prozent der Agenturchefs sind Frauen
brand eins: Wie führen Frauen?
brand eins: Sogar als Frau!
Kultur Kreativ Wirtschaft: Frauen in der KuK
Edition F: Wieso du mehr netzwerken solltest und wie es dir leichter fällt
For more transparency in design internships: The Design Interns Club Spreadsheet

Check out the work of some of Hamburg's finest creative minds: Designers, photographers and illustrators we know well, work with, or whose work we admire from a distance. This list is still growing. Mail us if you think we should add someone!