Teaching Assignments

Bauhaus-Universität, (2010, visiting professor) Weimar – DE
Hochschule für Künste, (2009) Bremen – DE

Workshops

Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm – SE
Berghs School of Communication, Stockholm – SE
Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule, Halle – DE
CalArts, Los Angeles – USA
Ecole d’Arts Visuels, La Chaux-de-Fonds – CH
Ecole des arts décoratifs, Genève – CH
Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Bielefeld – DE
Forsbergs Graphic Design School, Stockholm – SE
HEAD, Haute École d’Art et de Design, Genève – CH
Hochschule für Künste, Bremen – DE
HyperWerk, FHNW, Basel – CH
Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel, DE
onlab Summer School, Berlin – DE
Pädagogische Hochschule, Bern – CH
Staatliche Akademie der Bild. Künste, Stuttgart – DE
UQAM École de design, Université du Québec à Montréal – CA

Lectures

Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm – SE
Berghs School of Communication, Stockholm – SE
Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule, Halle – DE
CalArts, Los Angeles CA – USA
Danmarks Medie Journalisthøjskole, Copenhagen – DK
DHBW Mediendesign, Ravensburg – DE
Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Bielefeld – DE
Fachhochschule Münster, Münster – DE
Hochschule für Angewandte Wissen, Hamburg – DE
Hochschule der Künste, Bern – CH
Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig – DE
Hochschule für Künste, Bremen – DE
HyperWerk, FHNW, Basel – CH
Kunsthochschule, Kassel – DE
Kunsthochschule Weissensee, Berlin – DE
Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel – DE
Northeastern University, Boston MA, USA
Schule für Gestaltung, Biel – CH
Scuola Politecnica di Design, Milano – IT
Staatliche Akademie der Bild. Künste, Stuttgart – DE
Technische Universität, Berlin – DE
UQAM École de design, Université du Québec à Montréal – CA
ZHdK University of the Arts, Zurich – CH


– onlab Summer School –

In the past few years Nicolas was invited to several international universities and art schools for workshops. In 2009 he got a regular assignment at the University of the Arts in Bremen (Germany) and in 2010 he was holding a visiting professorship at the Bauhaus Weimar (Germany). Nicolas’ main objective in teaching is to establish the missing link between academic teaching and professional practice.

In August 2011, Nicolas initiate the first onlab Summer School in Berlin. In design, the ability to familiarize oneself with new specialist themes in a short period of time is very important. This is why an interdisciplinary team, the integration of diverse competencies, a persistent willingness to continue further training and project-relevant collaboration with experts are all fundamental prerequisites. Only then can a designer develop an understanding of complex social, economic and political issues—without losing sight of its own expertise and focus. The summer school sets out to practice these “fundamentals” in an international, interdiciplinary context.

onlab’s Nicolas Bourquin and Thibaud Tissot regurlarly carry out teaching assignments in universities and art schools all over Europe and the US. Based on their teaching experience, the summer school is set out to provide concrete knowledge on the actual production process including editing, layout, typography, illustration, data visualization, photography, paper, print, and distribution. In a production chain with different fields of activity, the designer takes on a specific area of operations. In principle, the development and implementation of a single publication involves many players, from journalists to editors, illustrators and producers. Work on a publication is always a collaborative process, so the exchange of ideas and expertise, collective responsibility and trust, and above all the ability to reach decisions collectively are all inherent features.

Supervised by Nicolas Bourquin and Thibaud Tissot and with further guidance by experts from other disciplines, the participants are guided through the entire production chain within 10 intensive workshop days. At the end of the workshop, the participants leave with copies of the summer school publication in their hands.