Back in 2015, in the context of the launch of On Display Magazine, MagCulture reported the creation of magazines instead of exhibition catalogues as an emerging trend. Three years and seven issues after, Nicolas will present the proof of concept of the award-winning magazine at the EDCH Conference in Munich on Friday March 9th, 3.40 – 5 PM. (Business Session).
A little bit more than one year after moving to San Francisco, I got the great opportunity to join the team at Infographics Group in Berlin. As head of the IGG Think Tank / Creative Direction I look forward to teaming up with founder Jan Schwochow and my long-term creative partner Sven Ehmann.
As founder and owner of onlab, I am staying on in an advisory capacity and consultant.
At Method in San Francisco, I helped companies to develop visions for a disruptive future using insight gained from working on innovative products and technologies. I am excited to bring this competence together with the craft and experience gathered in the past years to seek after new grounds, innovative formats, technology, projects, services, products and partnerships in the fields of infographics, data visualization and visual storytelling.
The shift in knowledge transfer and information processing, the potential of the ensuing social and economic changes constitute fascinating and promising challenges. I can’t wait to explore, discuss, share and develop ideas with all of you.
On Display magazine (German/English) is published to accompany the exhibition series Design Display held in the Autostadt in Wolfsburg (Germany). Each issue (6 so far) provides more background information with essays and interviews. Concept, Art Direction, and Design: onlab Berlin.
The exhibition focus on the terminus of design and its extended understandings. Its concept – developed in collaboration with Konstantin Grcic and Jesko Fezer – is based on the principles of dialogue and process.
Every three months two carefully selected design objects/positions/projects are brought together – within a huge prismatic vitrine, which itself can be read as a design object and statement due to its size. The vitrine offers generous space to let the two exhibits start a dialogue with both each other and the visitors in front of it.
By extracting and recombining selected design aspects the exhibition project aims to contribute to the contemporary discourses about what design is, can and will be, its social impact and where it is passing its very own limits.
You can order the 5th issue of the Magazine FOR FREE here. On Display 05 deals with the interplay of design and democracy (participative design and electronic democracy).
Speculations Transformations is an atlas of Baukultur composed of texts, maps and photographies that drafts scenarios about the spatial, natural, urban, architectural, and social environments in which we might live in 2050, after having faced economic and infrastructural transformations.
The book Speculations Transformations – Thoughts on the Future of Germany’s Cities and Regions (Lars Müller Publishers) we spent more than 3 years to design, facilitates a better understanding of the present, addresses pending spatial transformations and speculates about their effects.
The atlas of Baukultur is composed of texts, maps and photographies that drafts scenarios about the spatial, natural, urban, architectural, and social environments in which we might live in 2050, after having faced economic and infrastructural transformations.
In the October 2015 issue of the German Design Magazine “On Display“, Florian Heilmeyer attempts to figure out what exactly graphic designer Nicolas Bourquin does.
“It could be that Nicolas Bourquin is primarily a graphic designer with a keen interest in the political and economic relationships of the world; as a result, he cannot simply be a graphics service provider, but must inevitably grapple with his projects’ contextual positions.”
With more than 9 billion to feed by the year 2050, the world will need new ways to produce and distribute food. Vertical farming is both efficient and environmentally friendly. The infographic shows the aspects and process of Vertical Farming.
The hand drawn Infographics was released in the 5th issue of Technologist magazine – an initiative of the EuroTech Universities Alliance published by the media agency LargeNetwork, bringing together exciting research and innovation from Europe and beyond.
“The 2020’s Will Be The Decade Of The Vertical Farming Revolution.”
Ray Kurzweil, Google
In the heart of the refugee crisis and the rise of the right-wing extremism in Europe, the infographics “Germany Remixed” designed for Geo Magazine (actual german issue: 09 2015) present the share of the population with migration background in Germany and other countries today.
Stunning? Regions where the right-wing activism is at the highest, the population with migration background is at the lowest. Germany Remixed – check out our inforgaphics in the actual Geo Magazin issue!
Joël Tettamanti won the swiss design award 2015 in the category “photography” with the publication ‘Works 2001 – 2019‘ and series of photographies. Congratulations Joël! Concept, editors: Nicolas Bourquin, Sven Ehmann, Design: Nicolas Bourquin (onlab), Texts: Gianpaolo Arena, Alan Rapp, Joël Tettamanti, Published by Benteli
All the award winners will be honoured on the evening of 16 June, starting at 6pm, together with the selected award winners of the Swiss Grand Award for Design 2015: 16–21 June, Halle 4, Messe Basel
Four Master’s students of the HAWHochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg are working on a new publication: Edition Umbruch. This project is about the future of books and the new role of the designer in this context. With an interview of Nicolas Bourquin (among others great participants). You can support the Crowdfunding project here >
Vier Masterstudentinnen der HAWHochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg haben die Publikation Edition Umbruch erarbeitet – eine Publikation über die Zukunft des Buches und die damit verbundene Rolle des Gestalters. Mit Interviews von Nicolas Bourquin, Sven Ehmann und viele andere Interviewpartner. Nur noch 7 Tage für die Crowdfunding-Aktion >
The project revives the photo book as a medium in times of digitalisation. “Works 2001–2019” is a professionally published book combined with print-on-demand production including various types of editions, thus enabling customers to participate in the production process by selecting photos for their own edition.
Presentation: 09.10.2014, 3.00 pm.
Location: 4.1 Q17, Exhibition site of the Frankfurt Book Fair
Organiser: Benteli Verlag & Stiftung Buchkunst
Participants: Joël Tettamanti, Nicolas Bourquin, Sven Ehmann
Every year the School of Design invites international renowned designers, academics and practitioners, working in different fields of design, to animate a series of intensive workshops. These workshops allow participating students to identify different conditions of both professional and alternative practices in the various design fields.This year, the “International Design” week will begin on Saturday, April 26, ending Saturday, May 3, 2014
Nicolas Bourquin is invited by the Master Design Communication of the ZHdK Zurich University of the Arts to talk about onlab’s work, working method and professional practice in the field of Editorial Design, Visual Identity, Infographics, Knowledge Transfer and Information Processing.
The conference is taking place on Wednesday April 16th. at 5.30 pm.
at the ZHdK, Zurich University of the Arts, Ausstellungstrasse 60, room SQ504, 5th. floor.
The event is for the Master and Bachelor students of the ZHdK and open to the public.
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Unter der Veranstaltungsreihe SPOT stellen wir interessante und namhafte Designer aus der Praxis ins Rampenlicht und hören gespannt ihren Erfahrungen aus dem Designalltag zu.