“So what do you do?”


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.”

Read the full article >



Works 2001 – 2019 @ the swiss design award 2015!


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

25.04.2015 – 07.06.2015 Dortmunder U


Exhibition about books at dortmunder u – zentrum für kunst und kreativität, curated by buchlabor – institut für buchforschung.

Joël Tettamanti: Works 2011 – 2019 is part of the exhibition (among other contemporary and innovative book projects) about the reading culture and behavior in the digital society of today.

dialoge über bücher – über lesen
Exhibition: April 25th – June 7th. 2015
Open daily from 11am – 6pm. (Monday closed)

dortmunder u – zentrum für kunst und krativität
uzwei, kulturelle bildung – leonie-reygers-terasse
44137 Dortmund, Germany

Check the agenda of the Exhibition concerning lecture, symposia, workshops and events.
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Organized by: fachhochschule dortmund (fachbereich design)

Tettamanti’s book >
Designed by onlab >


17.04.2014 – Graphic Design Festival Breda


onlab is invited to participate to the Graphic Design Festival of Breda in the Netherlands.

From 17 to 27 April 2014, the fourth edition of the biennal Graphic Design Festival Breda (GDFB) will be held. The festival explores current developments in the field of graphic visual culture and presents it in the historic centre of Breda. This 2014 edition investigates the role designers play in a process of change and offers the public a guideline to apply this process in a personal context.


The infographics is based on the Article “The Ministry of Shell Affairs” by Marcel Metze, published in De Groene Amsterdammer. As main resource for the article and complementary film documentary “Tegenlicht – Big Data: The Shell Search” Marcel Metze used Wikileaks cables mostly related to political issues. The visualization features persons, organisations and countries that are connected to the British-Dutch oli and gas giant company throughout the 400 leaks.