The Graphic Designer: Nicolas Bourquin

On Display #0, Florian Heilmeyer, 11.2015

Florian Heilmeyer attempts to figure out what exactly graphic designer Nicolas Bourquin does. What he discovers is a person working at disciplinary intersections, whose understanding of design extends far beyond graphics.

“So what do you do?” used to be the simplest question in the world. By now, so much has changed in disciplinary definitions and career profiles that the answer has become ever more complicated for ever more professionals. Nicolas Bourquin is a good example of one.

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Interview on the Swiss National Radio

Interview of Nicolas Bourquin and Thibaud Tissot on the Radio télévision suisse (RTS “La 1ère”), the main Swiss public broadcasting in French.

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(18.07.2014, French)


On message

Eye Magazine #74, John L. Waters, 2009

Content is king at Nicolas Bourquin’s Onlab, but its editorial focus incorporates visual delight and conceptual ingenuity.

Don’t tell Nicolas Bourquin that there’s no future in editorial design. Framing content lies at the heart of Onlab, a studio much admired by his fellow Berlin designer-residents. Onlab has been going for less than a decade, with rarely more than six employees and interns, but it has the range, depth and vision you might expect from a larger, more established practice.

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Creating an image with narrative

The Wall Street Journal, A. Losowsky, 31.07.2009

Berlin studio Onlab specializes in graphic design with a compelling story to tell.

A magazine as a musical score. A book about the relationship between visual complexity and simplicity. One hundred ideas to “update Germany.” Onlab is not an ordinary design studio. Based in Berlin, it both works with clients and creates its own books, and operates around a single philosophy: that design is a narrative that can change how people approach the world.

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Design Friends Luxemburg

Design Friends #14, Interview: Duncan Roberts, 2013

Interview with Nicolas Bourquin

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Stilvorlagen 8

HAW Hamburg, Julia Keltsch, Dominik Thieme, Hanna Bauhoff, 16.05.2013

Es war erstaunlich, wie Nicolas Bourquin es erneut schaffte, die Zusammenhänge zwischen Gesellschaft, Politik und Design darzustellen.

Er holte uns aus der schützenden Welt der Universität und zeigte auf, dass die Tätigkeit des Designers nicht nur künstlerische, sondern auch wirtschafliche Aspekte beinhaltet.

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The Photo Book as a Personal Research

YET Magazine #7, Nicolas Polli, 2014

Conversation with Joël Tettamanti and Nicolas Bourquin

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