Anke Stohlmann studied Visual Communications at the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf, Germany, and holds a Masters Degree in Design Management from Pratt Institute in New York and a Masters Degree in Interaction Design from the School of Visual Arts (SVA). She began her career with creative apprenticeships for the renowned graphic designers Paula Scher and Carin Goldberg. Before establishing Li’l Robin, Anke held positions at several of New York’s leading agencies, including senior designer at Pentagram; creative director at Time Inc. Custom Publishing; founding art director at eDesign Magazine; and branding and new media designer at Red Sky.
Anke and Li’l Robin have been honored with numerous design awards, including gold and silver medals from the Society for Publication Designers. From 2008 to 2010 Anke served on the board of directors of the AIGA New York Chapter, where she led a monthly speaker series on the business of design. She was also involved in the AIGA/NY Design/Relief project and part of the Red Hook Team.
In 2013, Anke launched with her husband Richard Baker Li’l Stories Cards. Their daughter Luna loves stories. When she was younger, she wanted to hear stories all the time – in the morning, on the train, over dinner, and at bedtime. But telling a captivating story on demand is hard. Thus they created Li’l Stories Cards: cards that make storytelling easy and fun. Li’l Stories Cards was kickstarted by 97 backers — you can now purchase the cards online.
As part of her thesis project in the MFA Interaction Design program at SVA, Anke worked on a second iteration of Li’l Stories: a language arts framework that inspires creative thinking and collaboration in elementary school classrooms. Anke launched Li’l Stories in early 2016 with the help of 140 Kickstarter backers. Since 2016, Li’l Stories has been running storytelling labs in public elementary school throughout New York City, working closely with teachers and students to continuously develop new learning materials and experiences. Li’l Stories uses the power of storytelling to prepare children to be thinkers, problem solvers and innovators.