The Swiss Designer Nicolas Bourquin presents five CI projects he never showed before.

The reason: They’ve been submitted during the last 12 month to design competition and had been rejected: Kieler Woche, Region Stuttgart, Fondation Cartier Paris, Campus Bielefeld and Energieberg Georgswerder Hamburg (in cooperation with raumtaktik). His conclusion: no contests because they lead to a financial disaster.

Der Schweizer Designer Nicolas Bourquin präsentiert fünf CI-Projekte, die er bisher noch nicht gezeigt hat. Genauer: fünf erfolglose Wettbewerbsbeiträge, an denen sein Büro onlab in der vergangenen 12 Monaten teilgenommen hat: Kieler Woche, Region Stuttgart, Fondation Cartier Paris, Campus Bielefeld und Energieberg Georgswerder Hamburg (in Zusammenarbeit mit raumtaktik). Fazit: ein finanzielles Desaster.

About the speaker

Nicolas Bourquin lives and works as a creative director in Berlin. He was born in Tramelan (french part of Switzerland), studied graphic design at the School for Applied Arts in Biel. In 2000, Nicolas Bourquin founds the graphic design studio onlab and moves in 2002 to Berlin. He co-founded in 2003 the independent Berlin publishing house etc publications. The different identities and platforms enable to find various approaches and systems while looking at cultural differences and similarities in a subjective manner.

Nicolas heads and supports the onlab team working in Berlin on commissioned, collaborative as well as self initiated projects. onlab explores ways to stage complex content and convey relevant topics while changing and playing with common perceptions.

Some of the main projects of onlab involved the new visual identity of the city of Tramelan in Switzerland, the entire redesign of the architecture magazine domus (80th anniversary, april 2008) or the design and conception of the German contribution to the Architecture Biennale in Venice in september 2008. Nicolas is also co-editor and designer of the best selling books (amongst others) Los, Dos and Tres Logos and Data Flow 1 + 2 (Gestalten)

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