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Fons Hickmann M23

Fons Hickmann m23

Mariannenplatz 23
10997 Berlin
Germany

Tel +49 30 69518501
Fax +49 30 69518511

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Studio Staff

Prof. Fons M. Hickmann
Bjoern Wolf
Raúl Kokott
Susann Stefanizen
Viola Schmieskors
Sven Lindhorst-Emme
Vincenzo Fagnani
Bianca Courtenay
Viktor Schmidt
Lea Hinrichs

»Aesthetics are regarded in a philosophical sense, communications in a social context and design in an experimental manner.«

Fons Hickmann m23 was founded in 2001 in Berlin and is run by Bjoern Wolf and Fons Hickmann.
The staff originates from around the world and varies a lot in size and scope.

The design studio focuses on the design of complex communication systems and is working mainly in the cultural field, ranking among today’s most awarded design studios worldwide. The studio lends its expertise to everything related to events, communication and visual identity. Its activities include corporate design, book and poster design, magazine design and web design.

Fons Hickmann studied photography and communication design. He has taught at several universities, held lectures and workshops around the world and is a professor at Berlin University of the Arts. He is a member of the Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club New York and the Alliance Graphique Internationale.

Awards & Exhibitions

  • 2012
    • TDC Award for Typographic Excellence
      for »Semperoper«
    • TDC Award for Typographic Excellence
      for »Vagina Monologue«
    • TDC Award for Typographic Excellence
      for »Amnesty Aktion«
    • TDC Award for Typographic Excellence
      for »Operfestspiele«
    • Aarhus Poster Award
      Dansk Plakatmuseum, DK
    • Golden Bee Award, RUS
      for »Anything«
    • Golden Bee Award, RUS
      for »Heimatkunde«
    • Golden Bee Award, RUS
      for »Vagina Monologues«
    • Designpreis der BRD, nomination, D
    • Master’s Eye Award, Travna, SLO
    • Museum of Modern Art Toyama, Japan
  • 2011
    • TDC Tokyo Award for Typographic Excellence, J
    • 100 Best Posters, A, D, CH
    • Kulturplakatpreis der Stadt Wien, A
    • Strör Plakatpreis 2011, D
    • Designpreis der BRD, nomination, D
    • International Biennial of Theatre Poster Rzeszów, Honorary Mention, P
    • »My City« Kaohsiung, China
    • »German Graphic Design from Postwar to Present« Innocentre Hong Kong China
    • »Curious Minds – New Approaches in Design« Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • 2010
    • TDC Award for Typographic Excellence, USA
    • 100 Best Posters, A, D, CH
    • Red Dot Award, Auszeichnung, D
    • Red Dot Award, Auszeichnung, D
    • Red Dot Award, D
    • Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, nomination, D
    • Design Ausria Joseph Binder Award, Silver, A
    • Best of Corporate Publishing 1. Preis
    • Golden Bee, Moscow International Biennale of Graphic Design, R
    • Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, USA
    • Bienal International del Cartel en México, MX
    • »Humor_Plakate aus aller Welt« Schloss Wiligrad Schwerin, D
    • »WORDPLAY – The lettering of On Language« at New York Times; US
    • »Design Germany 2010« International Contemporary Furniture Fair NY, US
    • »Design Deutschland goes Pop« FuoriSalone Milan, IT
  • 2009
    • TDC Award for Typographic Excellence, USA
    • 100 Best Posters, A,D,CH
    • Festival de l‘affiches de Chaumont, FR
    • Golden Bee Moscow, RUS
    • Red Dot Award, D
    • Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, nomination, D
    • Plakatkunst aus Deutschland vs Taiwan, Memorial Hall Teipeh
    • EMBEDDED ART, Akademie der Künste Berlin, D
    • Phoenix International Design Week Hangzhou China
    • Poster Festival »Plakata Ljubljana« Slowenien
    • 1. Graphic Design Biennale Xi’an Art Museum, China
    • Busan International Design Festival, Korea Metropolitan City Hall
  • 2008
    • TDC Award for Typographic Excellence, USA
    • ADC Art Directors Club, D
    • Festival de l’affiche de Chaumont, FR
    • 100 Best Posters, A,D,CH
    • 21st International Poster Biennale Warsaw, PL
    • ZGRAF Special Award and Award,
    • Designbiennale Zagreb, HR
    • Red Dot Best of the Best und Award, D
    • Chinese Academy of Art Award, CN
    • ADI Art Design Institute of CAA, CN
    • Beste Plakate 2008, Ströer, Aussenwerbung, D
    • ADI Invitational Posterexhibition, Ch
    • Graphisme dans la rue, Fontenay, F
    • Festival de l’affiche de Chaumont, FR
    • The helping hounds of Hell, Berlin/Hamburg, D
    • Dimension der Fläche, Goethe Institut München, D
    • European Championship of Graphic Design,
    • De Beyerd, Graphic Design Museum, NL
    • emzin Gallery, Ljublana, SI
  • 2007
    • Lead Award in Gold, D
    • TDC Award for Typographic Excellence, USA
    • ADC Art Directors Club, D
    • ADC Art Directors Club of New York, USA
    • Red Dot Award, D
    • IF Award, D
    • 1. Prize, Graphisme dans la rue, F
    • ADI Invitational Posterexhibition, Ch
    • Lathi Poster Biennale, FIN
    • Tehran Poster Exhibition, Iran
    • Biennale of Theater Poster Rzeszów, P
    • Graphisme dans la rue, Fontenay, F
    • Rencontres Photographiques du Cambrésis, F
  • 2006
    • TDC Award for Typographic Excellence, USA
    • ADC Art Directors Club, USA
    • ADC Art Directors Club, D
    • 100 Best Posters, A,D,CH
    • Red Dot Award, D
    • Innovationspreis, Deutsche Druckindustrie
    • Golden Pixel Award Austria
    • Festival d‘affiches de Chaumont, France
    • Taiwan Poster Award, Finalist, Taiwan
    • MR_Award Tehran, Iran
    • Invitational Posterexhibition, China
    • Museum of Modern Art Toyama, Japan
    • 100 Best Posters,
    • Austria/Germany/Switzerland
  • 2005
    • TDC Award for Typographic Excellence, USA
    • ADC Art Directors Club, USA
    • ADC Art Directors Club, D
    • 100 Best Posters, A,D,CH
    • Stiftung Buchkunst Award, D
    • Trend Award Austria, A
    • Intenational Poster Biennale Korea
    • Environmental Exhibition Daegu Korea
    • 100 Best Posters, Austria/Germany/Switzerland
  • 2004
    • TDC Award for Typographic Excellence, USA
    • ADC Art Directors Club, USA
    • ADC Art Directors Club, D
    • 100 Best Posters, A,D,CH
    • Joseph Binder Award, A
    • Red Dot Award, D
    • Festival d‘affiches de Chaumont, F
    • Political Poster Festival Mons, B
    • Design Biennal Brno, CZ
    • Tehran Biennal Iran, IR
    • Poster Biennal Warsaw, P
    • Golden Bee Moskow, RUS
    • Chinese Poster Festival, Hingzhou, CN
    • Design Biennal Korea, KR
    • 100 Best Posters, Austria/Germany/Switzerland
  • 2003
    • TDC Award for Typographic Excellence, USA
    • 100 Best Posters, A,D,CH
    • ADC Award, Art Directors Club, D
    • ADC Award, Art Directors Club, USA
    • Tokyo TDC Excellence Award, J
    • Red Dot Award, D
    • Red Dot >Best of the Best< Award, D
    • Formular Corporate Design Award in bronze, D
    • 1st Prize, Best Poster Austria, A
    • 4th Block Triennale, Ukraine
    • Lathi Poster Biennal, Finland
    • Trnava Poster Triennal, Slovakia
    • Poster Triennale Toyama, Japan
    • The Black and White Poster, MFGZ, CH
    • Summit PAN Kunstforum Niederrhein, D
    • 100 Best Posters, Austria/Germany/Switzerland
  • 2002
    • TDC Award for Typographic Excellence, USA
    • 100 Best Posters, A,D,CH
    • ADC Award, Art Directors Club
    • Red Dot Award, D
    • Joseph Binder Award, Design Austria
    • Kieler Woche 2002
    • Brno Design Exhibition, Czech Republic
    • Displace yourself! Exhibition, Vienna
    • Poster Biennale Seoul, Korea
    • 100 Best Posters, Austria/Germany/Switzerland
  • 2001
    • TDC Award for Typographic Excellence, USA
    • 100 Best Posters, A,D,CH
    • Excellence Award, Ningbo China
    • Hong Kong Poster Festival
    • Triennale of the Stage Poster Sofia
  • 2000
    • TDC Award for Typographic Excellence, USA
    • Joseph Binder Award, Design Austria
    • Honorary VDG diploma
    • Golden Bee Award, Moscow, Russia
    • Tokyo TDC Award, Japan
    • German Prize for Communicationdesign
    • Biennale Warsaw Museum Plakatu, Poland
    • Bienal del Cartel en Mexico
    • The Museum of Modern Art Toyama Japan
    • Museum on the Seam Jerusalem, Israel
    • Festival D‚Affiches De Chaumont, France
    • 100 Best Posters, Austria/Germany/Switzerland

Publications

Fons Hickmann – Touch Me There
DGV Die Gestalten Publisher, Berlin 2005

Beyond Graphic Design – Klasse Fons Hickmann
Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz 2007

5 x Berlin
Pyramid Press, Paris 2006

Fons Hickmann & Students
Chinese Youth Press, Beijing 2004

Displace yourself_!
University of Applied Arts, Vienna 2001

Taschenlexikon der Angst (Hg)
Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz 2012

Parallelwelten (Hg)
DGV Die Gestalten Publisher, Berlin 2000

Featured

Der Funke der Semantik
Dieter Fuder, Rasch Verlag 2013

German Graphic Design from Postwar to Present
Hesign Publisher 2012

Pop Politics
HFG Ulm, epubli Publisher 2012

Kartografisches Denken
Christian Reder, Springer Verlag 2012

Das Lesikon der visuelle Kommunikation
Juli Gudehus, Hermann Schmidt Verlag 2010

Contemporary Graphic Design
Taschen Publisher, London 2007

New Masters in Poster Design
Rockport Publisher 2006

No Art – Keine Kunst
Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz 2006

Who is Who in Design
AV edition 2007

5 x Berlin
Pyramid Press, Paris 2006

AREA
100 of the word best designers
Phaidon Publishers, 2004

Graphic Design for the 21st Century
Taschen Publisher, 2005

All men are brothers
He Publisher, 2006

This gun is for hire
DGV Die Gestalten Verlag, 2004

The Design of Dissent
Rockport Publisher, 2005

Poster Collection 08 Black and White
Lars Müller Publishers

Poster Collection 05 Typotektur
Lars Müller Publishers

rosebud Action
DGV Die Gestalten Publisher

Bildsprache Otto Neurath
WUV, Facultas Verlag

Helvetica, Homage to a Typeface
Lars Müller Publishers

Trigger
DGV Die Gestalten Publishers

work with us

we offer a 6 month internship for motivated, enthusiastic people.
You can send your Portfolio to work@fonshickmann.com or by post. Please note, we can´t reply every application. Thanks for your understanding!

Next Internship starts at 1st February 2014. We are happy to see your portfolios!

Staff since 2001

Sabina Albanese
Barbara Bättig
Johannes Bissinger
Martin Blättler
Miriam Bröckel
Anna Bühler
Anne Baier
Markus Büsges
Franziska Cordes
Bianca Courtenay
Kenan Darwich
Vincenzo Fagnani
Kerstin Finger
Iris Fussenegger
Jenna Gesse
Simon Gallus
Salina Gandji
Carsten Giese
Marco Gjergja
Christina Graeni
Gesine Grotrian-Steinweg
Carolin Hansen
Heike Hansen
Fons M. Hickmann
Birgit Holzer
Andreas Hucks
Sabina Keric
Martin Kerschbaumer
Daniel von Klippstein
Melanie Köcheler
Raul Kokott
Sabine Kornbrust
David Krause
Anaïs Krebs
Ilka Kremke
Thomas Kronbichler
Julia-Sophie Kuon
Felix Lindacher
Sven Lindhorst-Emme
Jonas Löffler
Cathrine Mason
Anke Meier
Guillaume Mojon
Adrien Moreillon
Franziska Morlok
André Müller
Christof Nardin
Nina Nicolaisen
Mandy Ozdi
Verena Petrasch
Paul Roberts
Julia Rompel
Björn Rüther
Nicole Schade
Josh Schaub
Ute Schindler
Viktor Schmidt
Viola Schmieskors
Sebastian Schöndorfer
Thomas Schrott
Lisa Schweizer
Susanne Stahl
Sabrina Staudinger
Susann Stefanizen
Danilo Steffen
Ulf Stein
Martin Sperling
Sandra Teschow
Jan Totzek
Annik Troxler
Thies Uthmöller
Cindy van der Meijden
Monique Voigt
Tabea Wachsmuth
Sabine Wilms
Bjoern Wolf

Imprint and Legal

Copyright and Responsibility for this internet presentation:
Fons Hickmann m23 GmbH, Mariannenplatz 23 Gartenhaus, 10997 Berlin, Germany. Telefon +49 (0) 30 – 69 51 85 01 Telefax +49 (0) 30 – 69 51 85 11 m23@fonshickmann.com

Directors:
Björn Wolf,
Prof. Fons Hickmann
Commercial register, District court Berlin HRB 82161 VAT ID No.: DE218237891

Concept and Design:
Fons Hickmann m23.
Fons Hickmann,
Björn Wolf,
Thomas Kronbichler

Programming
Jens Buss

This website contains photography by:
Wolfgang Bellwinkel,
Gerald Biebersdorf,
Kira Bunse,
Markus Büsges,
Hans-Peter Feldmann,
Simon Gallus,
Fons Hickmann,
Nina Lüth,
André Müller,
Thomas Schrott,
Martin Sperling

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Jüdisches Museum Berlin
Heimatkunde

»Home is not where you live, but where you are understood.« Christian Morgenstern Hybrid intensities are created through the fusion of seemingly contradictory objects. Through superficial dialectic this provokes
a confrontation with stereotypes and aesthetics of today’s cultures. The cultural background of the beholder plays an essential role in decoding and evaluation of what is seen. The poster series is an ironic play on the perceptions and expressions of the definition of home. The typographical level merges with the visual and creates new meanings.

Fons Hickmann M23 - Jüdisches Museum Berlin - 100 Beste Plakate, 2011, Poster
Fons Hickmann M23 - Jüdisches Museum Berlin - 100 Beste Plakate, 2011, Poster
Fons Hickmann M23 - Jüdisches Museum Berlin - 100 Beste Plakate, 2011, Poster