Tonica Hunter is a curator, cultural producer and DJ from London, based in Vienna since 2014. Tonica has a BA in French and German Studies from the University of Warwick as well as a MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Her work spans institutions such as UNESCO Austria, Weltmuseum, Tanzquartier Research Lab, Stand129, MDW and CIVA festival to name a few. Since 2021, she sits on the Beirat for Frauen Domane as an expert for Arts and Culture and on the BMKÖS Beirat for Kulturinitiativen.
Marlene Engel worked at the Donaufestival in Krems and the Elevate Festival in Graz. She is known under the Alias Bürgerkurator, founded the event series BLISS and designed the Hyperreality - Festival for Club Culture - Vienna durning her time as curator and dramaturge at Wiener Festwochen. As part of the dramaturgical management team, she is currently responsible for the music programs and related projects at the Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg Platz in Berlin. Marlene is the manager of Hyäne Fischer.
Florentina Holzinger is a choreographer and performance artist who consciously plays with the shifting boundaries between high culture and entertainment. Since her early works, she challenges different modes of representation and explores the full potential of human physicality. Her work is intrinsically linked with the aim of exploring modes of embodiment in relation to ones identity and the development of practices to support a physical life in action. Since 2021, she is an associated artist of the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin.
Johannes is a German / Chilean graphic designer based in Berlin. He studied in Zurich and worked for design studio NORM before graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (NL). Together with Fabian Harb, he is running the Swiss type design practice DINAMO, a type design company that offers retail and bespoke typefaces, design software, research, and consultancy. DINAMO has released more than 20 typeface families to date. Winner of the Swiss Design Awards 2017, Member of AGI Alliance Graphique Internationale as of 2018.
Marc is a graphic designer who focuses on strong visual languages and context-based design methodologies. He graduated from the Angewandte in 2014 with a published research project on design in commissioned work for which he was interviewing three generations of alumni from the class. Currently as senior designer of Bleed—a leading design consultancy with offices in Norway and Austria—he works for clients such as EXPO 2020 Dubai, ORF, NRK P3 and the Vienna Museum of Technology.
Ralf is designer, art director, founder and managing director of the design agency Rosebud and inventor of +rosebud magazine. Rosebud operates in Vienna, Munich and Zurich, their list of clients include Wiener Festwochen, MQ Wien, Bene and ORF. The agency's projects have won over 100 international design awards such as Red Dot Award, Creative Club Austria, ADC Germany and Europe, Type Directors Club New York.
Evi Romen studied camera and editing at the Vienna Film Academy. She has been an editor since the early 1990s and a screenwriter since 2017. She is known for her work on Casanova Variations (2014), Komm, süsser Tod (2000) and M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder (2019). The film Hochwald in 2019 was Evi’s debute as a director. Evi's work was received several awards such the Diagonale Prize (2011), the Austrian Film Prize (2016) and the Carl Mayer Screenplay Prize (2017).
Christian creates visual identities for both emerging and established artists and cultural institutions. In 2013 he founded studio VIE together with Anouk Rehorek, built around a mission to raise and challenge Austrian design standards. Clients include Burgtheater, Tanzquartier, mumok, City of Vienna, Austrian Fashion Association, SOAP&SKIN. His work has been internationally awarded. He teaches at University of Art and Design in Linz and returned to University for Applied Arts in 2019, this time as faculty, teaching a new generation of design thinkers how to pitch.
Verena Panholzer is the founder and art director of Studio Es, a studio for visual communication. For the last 13 years, she has been running the studio in Vienna, mainly working with clients from the fields of arts and culture (e.g. Diagonale, MdbK Leipzig, NRW-Forum, keen on magazine, Fotowien). The highly conceptional work of the studio organizes flexible systems in their mainly identity-based output. Through the years the studio has received numerous international awards and has been invited to join juries, conferences and festivals.
Conny Runner, author of the Critical Campaigning Manifesto, founder of the Peng collective and a political scientist, researches new tactics and strategies of political influence using the means of art, hacking and activism. His works can be seen at the Berlin Biennale and the Athens Biennale, among others, 2018 he was awarded the Aachen Peace Prize together with Peng. He regularly teaches at universities such as the Filmhochschule Babelsberg or the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
Kasimir graduated from our class in 2006. After leading the Design Team for the Magazin Wiener, he worked as a Design Director for agencies such as Buero New York (NYC) or LX-AG in Vienna and Shanghai, handling clients like Vogue Hommes International Magazine, Audi, Siemens to name a few. Since 2012 Kasimir is Art Director and Vice Creative Director at the Red Bulletin (Red Bull Media House). We are happy that Kasimir returned to his old stomping grounds, holding the course on Media Technology in winter semester 2017/18.
Manfred R. Hecker is one of the most important experts in criminal handwriting investigation. Hecker was employed by the German Federal Criminal Police Office from 1970, and from 1974 onwards, he was the head of the handwriting division, from 1981 until retirement as Senior Scientific Director. 1996 Doctoral thesis on Dr.jur. at the Humboldt University Berlin. In 2000, he received his Habilitation from the University of Breslau. Publications i.a.: Handschrift und Gender (2003); Treatise on the scientific claim in the forensic correspondence (2000); Forensic Handwriting Investigation (1993)
Astrid Feldner lives and works in Vienna and Oslo. She is leading the Vienna office of the internationally acclaimed design agency Bleed. Astrid studied Graphic Design at the Angewandte and has since then been awarded with numerous international design awards. With a focus on conceptual thinking and big love for details and quality, she creates strong solutions for both traditional and digital surfaces. She has worked for clients such as Pepsi, Myspace, Deutsche Bank, Zaha Hadid and more. Astrid regularly holds lectures or workshops at universities and design events.
Oliver Heiss is managing partner and lead strategist at Brainds in Vienna, one of Austria’s leading brand and design consultancies. With an eclectic background in investment banking, music journalism and corporate development, his focus for the last 11 years has been on the development of innovative brand identity and design concepts for large corporations as well as for i.e. museums or start-ups. He worked with the class on exploring and developing identity concepts for the project "Wiener Grätzln".
Michael Hochleitner of Typejockeys hosted the teaching assignment of Advanced Basics in Typography 2016. Michael studied graphic- and communication design in Vienna. Followed by a detour to media science, while driving a cab for money. Later postgraduate Master study of typeface design at the University of Reading, England. Michael is the co-founder of Typejockeys, where he developes type and letterings for clients like FM4, McDonald’s and OMV. He is a proud father of two girls.
Vitus Weh is an author, museum planner, exhibition curator and 2016’s guest member of our diploma jury.
In his lecture »Ein Flyer ist ein Ausstellungsraum, ein Buch ist ein Museum« (“A flyer is an exhibition space, a book is a museum”), he discussed the historic origins of museums, what it means to be curating exhibitions today, and what are the charms of micromuseums.
Ken Garland was a world-class British graphic designer, writer and game designer. He is well known for his anti-war campaigning in the 1960’s, as well as his FIRST THINGS FIRST manifesto, in which Garland encouraged designers to use their artistic talents for more humanitarian efforts and to shy away from consumer industries. Signed by over 400 graphic designers, the manifesto was originally released in 1964 and re-released by Adbusters in 2000. Ken Garland passed away on May 20th 2021.(Photo by Marc Eckhardt)
Tina Frank is a graphic designer and media artist as well as professor for graphic design at The University for Art and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria. Her roots are in webdesign and cover designs for experimental electronic music during the mid 1990’s when she also started to work with digital realtime-visualisation, video & multimedia. The focus of her work lies in Print, Corporate Design, Signage Systems and within the experimental field of music visualisations. We were happy to have her as our diploma jury guest.
Jérémie Nuel and Simon Renaud are graphic designers, working and living in Paris, while researching different expressions of graphic design such as publishing, typography and digital media. For the 4 day experimental typography workshop in our class they encouraged students to research and interpret issues within the contemporary context of digital writing systems.
Eike König is founder and creative director of HORT, a small Berlin beased design studio made up of a mixed bag of uniquely selected, creative and spirited people. HORT is all about work & play for life and working environment is a creative playground. Once a household name in the music industry, now, a multi-disciplinary creative hub. Eike König visited for a three-day workshop called "Klasse Kartak wants me", as the students voted for him to come.
Walking Chair Design Studio GmbH was founded by the two designers Fidel Peugeot and Karl Emilio Pircher in 2003 and within a short time has established itself as an international trademark and a buzzling lab for unconventional design ideas. They operate within a broad expertise of graphic design, architecture, product design and scenography. We thank Fidel and Karl for supporting the current project "Minorities´ Expo - A World Fair" with a workshop that covered the entire wintersemester.
Stefan Sagmeister, Applied Arts graduate and a star on the graphic design scene, first returned to his alma mater in July 2008 to hold a lecture on “Things I have learned in life so far” (“Dinge, die ich bisher im Leben gelernt habe”). Sagmeister founded his agency Sagmeister Inc. in New York in 1993 and has been managing it together with designer Jessica Walsh since 2012. Two-time Grammy winner Sagmeister is best known for his CD cover designs, for artists including Lou Reed, the Rolling Stones, David Byrne and Aerosmith.
Tal Adler visited the Class to talk about the separation wall between Israel and Palestine, including his personal experience and the political background, in the context of “Walls”, one of the topic options for the semester theme “Story Telling and Animation” in the winter semester 2011. Israeli artist, activist and curator Tal Adler lives in Tel Aviv and Vienna.
Oded Ezer visited the Class to work with students on the semester theme “Eerie” (“Das Unheimliche”) in a two-day workshop. The Israeli typographer has a highly experimental creative philosophy and is internationally known for his spectacular projects, such as his bandaged “Tortured Letters” or the sperm alphabet “Typosperm”, on display at the Museum of Modern Art NY. Oded Ezer’s “A Poem For The 21st Century Typographer” was produced in the basement of the University of Applied Arts. Enjoy!
Dutch-Slovak typographer Peter Bilak visited the Graphic Design Class / Prof. Oliver Kartak during the Vienna Design Week 2009. He talked about his approach to typography in the lecture “On Typography and unrelated matter” and hosted a two-day work shop for the students. For their collaboration Peter Bilak and the Class also used the Vienna Design Week laboratory, where they continued their experimental typography work in a public lab situation.
Andreas Koller of Vienna design studio Strukt was a guest member on the diploma jury in the winter semester 2009/2010. In his lecture “Extended Canvas” he presented current examples of projection and interaction techniques that allow designers to think outside the canvas box. Strukt specializes in interaction design, visual event design, motion and graphic design. Since its formation in 2007 Strukt has worked for renowned clients, realizing media installations and animations for presentations, exhibitions and corporate and cultural events.
Alex Wiederin founded Buero New York in 2001 and has been its creative director ever since, designing all editorials e.g. for Elle (Italy) and Vogue Homme International. He is a co-founder of the iconic publication “Another Magazine” and was responsible for the redesign of “Dazed & Confused”. Alex came all the way from New York to serve as a guest member on the diploma jury for the Class in the summer semester 2010. He also gave a lecture titled “Lots of love” (“Alles Liebe”) and presented a survey of his projects.
Patrick Pulsinger is one of the best-known protagonists on the Austrian electronic music scene and an internationally successful music producer and DJ. In addition to his work in electronic music, various musical collaborations and several film soundtrack productions, he also specializes in Jazz and improvisational music. Patrick Pulsinger visited the Class as a guest member on the diploma jury in the winter semester 2010/2011 and also gave a lecture on modular sound synthesis.
Remo Caminada’s artistic repertoire includes both music and design. Following his studies at the Zurich University of the Arts, he worked for instance in London, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv. His graphic works, for which he has won many international prizes and awards, are characterized by his affinity to color, printing technologies and paper. Remo visited the Class for the diploma presentation in the summer semester 2011 and gave the lecture “A conductor looking for his orchestra” (“Ein Dirigent sucht sein Orchester”).
Jianping He, member on the diploma jury in the summer semester 2014, lives in Berlin and works as a graphic designer, professor, and publisher. His work has received numerous awards worldwide; his solo exhibitions were shown in Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Malaysia, amongst other places. He is a member of the Professional Examination Association, the ESAG design school in Paris, and AGI, Alliance Graphique Internationale. In his lecture »In Between« he presented a selection of his works.
Elsy Lahner has been curating national and international exhibition projects since 2005 (including Space Invasion, Into Position, Next Reality). She was Curator-in-Residence at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and co-founder and co-director of the exhibition space “das weisse haus”. She has been curator for contemporary art at the Albertina in Vienna since August 2011. As a guest member on the diploma jury in the winter semester 2013/2014, she talked about curatorial decisions in her public lecture “WasWoWie”.
Dennis Elbers is the Creative Director of the Graphic Design Festival Breda (Netherlands), which takes place every two years and comprises public exhibitions, lectures and workshops. He also works as a free-lance curator, editor, author and lecturer. Dennis Elbers visited us from Amsterdam to serve as a member on the diploma jury in the summer semester 2013 and to give the lecture “Search/Find/Like/Share”, a title that reflects Elber’s approach to curatorial work.
French illustrator Jean Jullien lives and works in London and visited the Graphic Design Class / Prof. Oliver Kartak at the University of Applied Arts for a three-day workshop. Jean’s multi-faceted oeuvre includes works in illustration, photography, video, costume, installation and book and poster design. He collaborates closely with musician Niwouinwouin and founded the Jullien Brothers in 2011, a duo that specializes in moving images. In his lecture “Roger that!” he presented a selection of his manifold works.
Carlos Lascano, guest member on the diploma jury in the summer semester 2012, works in animation films, a genre that allows him to combine his many facets and artistic talents. He uses a mix of various techniques to tell enchanting stories. “The Legend of the Scarecrow”, his best-known work, was included in the Oscar Preselection in 2005 and has won many awards all over the world. In his lecture “The use of mixed media in film” he offered us a look behind the scenes of his projects.
Rejane Dal Bello was born in Rio de Janeiro and is currently working as a Senior Designer at Wolff Olins. She visited the Class for a three-day workshop in May 2012. From 2004 to 2012 she worked at Studio Dumbar in Rotterdam (NL), a graphic design studio that holds a unique position on the Dutch design scene. Rejane, who studied with Milton Glaser at the School of Visual Arts in New York, also gave a lecture on her attitude to design and her personal creative processes during her visit to Vienna.
Elfie Semotan lives and works in New York, Vienna and Jennersdorf. She is a fashion, advertising and portrait photographer and her works have been published in various magazines, including Vogue, Elle, Interview, ID and Harper’s Bazaar, and exhibited at the ART Basel Miami Beach (2005), at the Galerie für Modefotografie (Berlin, 2009) and at the Museum der Moderne Rupertinum (Salzburg, 2010), among other venues. On the occasion of her exhibition “Elfie Semotan”, staged in Vienna in the spring of 2012, Elfie Semotan talked to the Class about her projects.