The future
is wide open.

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What constitutes future-focused design?
How do new ideas gain wider acceptance?
How do you create design values that last – and won't be obsolete in a couple of days?

These are the very questions that drive us at mañana. Our design studio in Düsseldorf develops visual identities and brand strategies for people, companies and institutions from the fields of business, culture and development aid. mañana means so much to us:

Staying receptive to new aesthetic currents and directions.

Making solutions fit for the future – with flexible, modular design concepts.

Being prepared to continue learning new things in ever-changing projects a whole life long.

And last but not least: refusing to compromise on quality – even if this means taking a day longer.

With these core ideas in mind, we have been supporting clients from a wide range of sectors for 15 years, from committed non-profit organisations to major corporations. Our wide network of competent colleagues enables us to live up to our claim of always charting new territory – and to provide a wide range of services:

Analysis, concept and strategy, art buying, art and creative direction, book design, corporate communication, corporate design, corporate identity, corporate publishing, editorial design, employer branding, event design, photography and film, graphic design, illustration, infographics, campaign development, communication in space, brand development, trade fair design, motion graphics, naming, orientation systems, packaging, user interface design, web and app design, …

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“TAUKO PAUS PAUSE”, Tomi Leppänen, Helsinki

The mañanas,

at their core are Sara-Lena and Daniel. Two kindred spirits who met while studying design – and have been working on their future together ever since, both professionally and creatively.

Formative stages in this process include ...

… Trips to New Zealand and Buenos Aires, from which the two returned with much inspiration (and an award-winning thesis in their bags)

… Freelance lecturing at various universities in the fields of graphic and corporate design

… Work as permanent and freelance art directors for renowned agencies and their own clients

Despite their constant appetite for new inspiration and projects, Sara-Lena and Daniel remained close to their adopted hometown of Düsseldorf. They established a creative environment in their design studio at Alte Molkerei. And found the perfect place to raise their two daughters – in Düsseldorf.

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Sara-Lena Bolay
Communication Designer (Dipl. Des)

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Daniel Bolay
Communication Designer (Dipl. Des)

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The list of our customers is now as diverse as our range of services. Some of the organisations we have been privileged to work for, either directly or in collaboration with other agencies, over the past few years include:


Ada Magazin, amazee_labs, Deekeling Arndt Advisors, Fresh Fruit Communication, Handelsblatt, Havas Worldwide, Heithausen Behler, K12, MAC Studios, Ogilvy & Mather, Rheinische Post, Twenty One Media, Wirtschaftswoche, YeaHR!

Real estate

Alexa Berlin, Centro Oberhausen, Copera Immobilien, die Mep Meppen, Dreilaender Galerie, Europa Galerie, GAGFAH Group, Hansainvest, Höfe am Brühl, Huma St. Augustin, Mercado Nürnberg, mfi, One am Coloneum, Prime Consulting, Ratio_Land Baunatal, Sonae Sierra, Vivawest, Wandsbek-Quarree


Aareal Bank, Air Liquide Group, Apollo Optik, Arvato SCS, Atelier Gardeur, ATLAS Smart Snacks, Bauernhof Hördemann, BMW Group, BMW Motorrad, Christ, Deutsche Post DHL, Dupont, Ergo, First Christmas, Grip Motion Ltd., Happy Tree, Hospitality Digital GmbH, LG Electronics, Logoline, Lohmann, López|Flemmig, MEAG, Medifoxdan, Metro Group, Mini, Notifier, NX-Food, ODA, Osteopathie Plus, Rollce Royce, Schleich, Schüco, Schuelke, Seat, Skoda, Sparkasse Düsseldorf, Steuerkanzlei Frenking, Thyssenkrupp, TUI Group, Unitymedia, Vaillant Group, Vital Air, Wacom


Aktion Mensch, Alexander von Humbold Stiftung, BAM Freie Aktive Schule, BCW Bildungscentrum der Wirtschaft, Bethel.Regional, BGL e. V., BMZ, BZgA, Bund Deutschland, djo NRW, EMBA, EUFOM, Fairtrade Deutschland, Fördergesellschaft zeitgenössischer Kunst, FOM Hochschule, Fröbel, Haus des Waldes Stuttgart, IHK NRW, Kindernothilfe e.V., LVR, Ministerium der Justiz NRW, Ministerium Schule und Bildung NRW, MiQua Jüdisches Museum im Archäologischen Quartier, Pflege Schleswig-Holstein, Skiathos Garden Theatre, Stadt Köln, Stiftung Zollverein, Teach First Deutschland, Terre des Hommes, Undersound, VDI Technologiezentrum, Weltladen El Mundo, Wir handeln gemeinsam – Veranstaltungsbündnis, WiWo e. V., zakk Kulturzentrum Düsseldorf

A selection of logos and brands
developed by us

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What are your plans for the future?
Let's discuss them – we look forward
to hearing from you.