Nicolas Bourquin,
Creative Director,
Head of Think Tank at Infographics Group in Berlin,
Founder of onlab

Nicolas was born in 1975 in Tramelan (french part of Switzerland), studied graphic design at the School for Applied Arts in Biel.

In 2001, Nicolas founds the graphic design studio onlab in Zürich and moves in 2002 to Berlin. Some of the main projects of onlab involved the visual identity of SoundCloud and the city of Tramelan in Switzerland, the redesign of the italian architecture magazine domus or the conception and design of the German contribution to the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2008. (clients list)  In 2015, Nicolas creates – together with Konstantin Grcic and Jesko Fezer – Design Display, a new exhibition series for Volkswagen at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg.

From June 2016 till August 2017 Nicolas was collaborating as Creative Director at Method, Inc. in San Francisco, helping companies to develop visions for a disruptive future using insight gained from working on innovative products and technologies.

Nicolas is co-editor of the best selling books (amongst others) Los Logos, Dos Logos and Tres Logos as well as Data Flow 1 + 2 (Gestalten). Nicolas co-founded in 2003, together with Sven Ehmann and Krystian Woznicki, the independent Berlin publishing house etc publications.

In 2006, Nicolas was invited by the Swiss Art Council Pro Helvetia to stay in Cairo (Egypt) as artist in residence.

In the past few years Nicolas Bourquin has been regularly invited to several international universities and art schools for lectures and workshops.

In 2009 Nicolas got a regular assignment at the University of the Arts in Bremen (Germany) and in 2010 he was holding, together with Thibaud Tissot, a visiting professorship at the Bauhaus Weimar (Germany).

In August 2011 and September 2012, Nicolas initiate the onlab Summer School in Berlin. Supervised by Bourquin and Tissot, the Summer School was set out to provide concrete knowledge on the actual production process in the Editorial Design field.

You can read more about Nicolas’ biography in the article published in Eye Magazine #74.


  • Red Dot Award for “On Display” magazine2017, Berlin (DE)
  • Most Beautiful German Book for “Speculations Transformations – Thoughts on the Future of Germany’s Cities and Regions”2017, Frankfurt (DE)
  • Kress Award in the category “Relaunch of the Year” for the yearbook of Reporter Without Borders2010, Hamburg (DE)
  • Fedrigoni Award in the category “Prestigious volumes” for the retrospective of the Trussardi Foundation2010, Milano (IT)
  • German Award for the “Best Young Book Designer” for the publication: Design Reaktor Berlin2009, Frankfurt (DE)