Studio

»Aesthetics are regarded in a philosophical sense, communications in a social context and design in an experimental manner.«

Fons Hickmann M23 was founded in 2001 in Berlin and is run by Bjoern Wolf and Fons Hickmann. The staff originates from around the world and varies a lot in size and scope.

The design studio focuses on the design of complex communication systems and is working mainly in the cultural field, ranking among today’s most awarded design studios worldwide. The studio lends its expertise to everything related to events, communication and visual identity. Its activities include corporate design, book and poster design, magazine design and web design.

Fons Hickmann studied photography and communication design. He has taught at several universities, held lectures and workshops around the world and is a professor at Berlin University of the Arts. He is a member of the Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club New York and the Alliance Graphique Internationale.

Portraits by Sebastian Donath

Fons Hickmann

Bjoern Wolf

Raúl Kokott

Lizzy Onck

Miriam Rech

Piotr Zapasnik

Max Edelberg

Melissa Lücking

Awards

Publications

»Morgen und davor«, Pascal Kress, Fons Hickmann (ed), Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2017

»Hallo Deutschland« Andre Benker, Soirée graphique, 2017

»Lahti Poster Triennal« Hanna Suihko, Lahden Taidemuseo, 2017

»Berlin Design Digest« Eysoldt, Ruddigkeit (ed) Slanted Publisher 2017

»Wir sind grüne Hauptstadt Europas« Rene Gronert (ed) Steidl, 2017

»Los Logos 8«, Klanten, Kouznetsova (ed), Gestalten Publisher, 2017

»Graphis Poster Annual 17«, B. Martin Pedersen, Graphis Inc, 2017

»Typograhy 38«, Type Directors Club NY, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2017

»100 Beste Plakate Atlas«, Jens Müller (ed), Lars Müller Publisher, 2016

»13 Triennale Internationale De L’affiche Politique« Mons Memorial Museum, 2016

»Grafikdesign. Das Ideenbuch«, Steven Heller, Stiebner, 2016

»Liebeslexikon«, Fons Hickmann, Morlok, Conrads (ed), Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2016

»Graphis Poster Annual 16«, B. Martin Pedersen, Graphis Inc, 2016

»Typograhy 37«, Type Directors Club NY, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2016

»100 Beste Plakate 14«, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2015

»Experimentelle Gestaltung«, Lindauer, Müller (ed), Niggli, 2015

»No Words Posters«, Armando Milani, RIT Press, 2015

»Anschlag Berlin – Zeitgeistmedium Plakat«, Fons Hickmann, Sven Lindhorst-Emme, Seltmann+Söhne Publisher, 2015

»The graphic design idea book«, Steven Heller (ed), Laurence King, 2015

»Graphis Poster Annual 15«, B. Martin Pedersen, Graphis, 2015

»Typograhy 36«, Type Directors Club NY, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2015

»Das beste Spiel aller Zeiten« Büsges, Gehrs, Hickmann, Kein und Aber, 2014

»Als Ob – Produktive Fiktionen«, Galling, Haebler, Schulz, Hickmann (ed), Ästhetik & Kommunikation, 2014

»Der 12. Mann«, Glückstein, Steudemann, Hickmann (ed), Spielmacher Verlag, 2014

»Masterclass«, Merle Kokhuis (ed), Frame Publisher, 2014

»Von erfolgreichen Designer lernen«, Galileo Press, 2014

»100 Beste Plakate 13«, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2014

»AGI Posters International«, Farkas, Lins, RLS comunicacao, 2014

»golden bee moscow«, Serge Serov, golden bee, 2014

»los logos 7«, Robert Klanten (ed), Gestalten Publisher, 2014

»City X Berlin«, Victionary, Victionary, 2014

»Stellenwert. Ein Jahrhundert im Spiegel der Schweizer Aussengestaltung«, S. Bammatter, Stämpfli, 2014

»Graphis Poster Annual 14«, B. Martin Pedersen, Graphis Inc, 2014

»Typograhy 35«, Type Directors Club NY, Harper Design, 2014

»I used to be a design student«, Frank Philippin, Bill Kiosoglou, L. King Publishing, 2013

»Der Funke der Semantik«, Dieter Fuder, Rasch, 2013

»Die schönsten deutschen Bücher«, Alexandra Sender, Stiftung Buchkunst, 2013

»It’s Nice That – Annual«, Hudson, Bec (ed), It’s Nice That, 2013

»Typography 34«, Type Directors Club NY, Harper Design, 2013

»100 Beste Plakate 12«, 100 Beste eV, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2013

»Ideenstadt Düsseldorf«, Jens Müller (ed), Droste Verlag, 2013

»Es geht um die Welt«, Barbara Martin, Kunstmuseum Cottbus, 2012

»Curious Minds«, Alex Ward (ed), Israel Museum, 2012

»Stop Think Go Do«, Rockport, 2012

»Kartografisches Denken«, Christian Reder, Springer, 2012

»Pop Politics – Fons Hickmann«, Regula Stämpfli, epubli, 2012

»Trienále Plagátu TRNAVA«, Róbert Parso, 2012

»Typography 32«, Type Directors Club NY, Harper Design, 2012

»Das Lexikon der Angst«, Hickmann, Wagenbreth, Barber (ed), UdK Verlag, 2012

»GEO Graphics«, Viction:ary, Victionary, 2012

»Golden Bee 10«, Golden Bee Bienal, Alma Mata, 2012

»Aarhus International Poster«, Finn Nygaard (ed), Dansk Plakatmuseum, 2012

»German Design from Postwar to Present«, Jianping He, Hesign, 2012

»Black and White – new monochrome graphics«, victionary Publisher, 2012

»How to use Type«, Marshall, Meachem (ed), Laurence King, 2012

»100 Beste Plakate 11«, 100 Beste eV, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2012

»Taschenlexikon der Angst«, Hickmann, Wagenbreth, Barber (ed), Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2012

»Typography 33«, Type Directors Club NY, Harper Design, 2012

»1000 Indie Posters«, John Foster, Rockport, 2011

»Typography 31«, Type Directors Club NY, Collins, 2011

»100 Beste Plakate 10«, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2011

»yearbook of communication design«, reddot edition, 2011

»Achtung: es wird gleich schön«, Dummy, Kein und Aber, 2011

»TypoLyrics«, Slanted, Birkhäuser, 2010

»Letters Only«, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Lars Müller Publisher, 2010

»Los Logos Compass«, Klanten (ed), Gestalten Publisher, 2010

»Book Worm«, Jianping He, Page One Publisher, 2010

»Golden Bee 9«, Moscow International Biennale, Alma Mater, 2010

»1000 posters«, C. W. de Jong (ed), Abrams Publisher, 2010

»Best of Corporate Publishing«, Forum Corporate Publishing, Horizont, 2010

»Das Lesikon der visuelle Kommunikation«, Juli Gudehus, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2010
Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2010

»Typomofo – Type Morphing into Forms«, Kelley Cheng (ed), Page One, 2009

»Typography 29«, Type Directors Club NY, Collins Design, 2009

»6+6«, Jianping He, Hesign Publisher, 2009

»Masterpieces Socio-political Posters«, Radovan Jenko (ed), Fundacija Brumen, 2009

»How to type«, IDEAfriend Studio, Taiwan, 2009

»Graphic Design Refreshed«, Gomez-Palacio, Armin Vit (ed), Rockport, 2009

»100 Beste Plakate 08«, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2009

»Extra«, Morlok / Beckmann, Birkhäuser Publisher, 2009

»100 Beste Plakate 08«, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2009

»Colour Mania«, Victor Cheung, Victionary Publisher, 2009

»Every Ting Design«, A. Brändle, Hatje Cantz, 2009

»The Sourcebook of contemporary Graphic Design«, Maomao, Harper Collins, 2009

»Retrofonts«, Gregor Strawinski (ed), Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2009

»Communication Design 09/10«, Peter Zec (ed), Evedition, 2009

»Typography Unity with new life«, Wang Ziyuan, Artpower, 2009
»Erfolgreich als Designer« Joachim Kobuss, Birkhäuser Verlag, 2009

»TDC 30«, Type Directors Club NY, Collins Design, 2009

»Dirty Fingernails«, John Foster, Rockport, 2009

»Typeviews«, Slanted, Slanted, 2009

»Poster Design«, John Foster, Stiebner, 2009

»Typography 28«, Type Directors Club NY, Collins Design, 2008

»Designers League«, LST Publishing House, 2008

»100 beste Plakate 07«, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2008

»Red Dot CD 08/09«, Peter Zec (ed), Reddot Edition, 2008

»Los Logos 4«, Klanten, Hellige, Mollard (ed), Gestalten Publisher, 2008

»Fully Booked«, Klanten, Hübner (ed), Gestalten Publisher, 2008

»ADC Annual«, ADC Germany, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2008

»Geschlossene Gesellschaft«, Anna Berkenbusch, Burg Giebichenstein, 2008

»We love books«, Michel Bouvet (ed), Centre du Grapheme, 2008

»Zgraf 10«, graphic design exhibition, ULUPUH, 2008

»Contemporary Graphic Design«, Charlotte, Peter Fiell (ed), Taschen Publisher, 2007

»Who is Who in Design«, Peter Zec (ed), AV edition, 2007

»ADC Annual«, ADC Germany, 2007

»Kelvin«, Brumnijak, Ehmann, Klanten (ed), Gestalten Publisher, 2007

»100 Beste Plakate 06«, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2007

»AGI Graphic Design since 1950«, AGI, Thames & Hudson, 2007

»Serialize«, Brumnijak, Mischler, Klanten (ed), Gestalten Publisher, 2007

»Designer Portraits«, Melk Imboden, Niggli, 2007

»Red Dot Yearbook 07-08«, Peter Zec (ed), reddot edition, 2007

»Typography 27«, Type Directors Club NY, Collins Design, 2007

»Formulare gestalten«, Borries Schwesinger, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2007

»Formulare. Von der Wiege bis zur Bahre«, Ryan Abdullah, Stiebner, 2007

»Grafist 11«, Istanbul Graphicdesign Week, Mimar Sinan University, 2007

»beyond graphic design«, Nardin, Hickmann (ed), Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2007

»Festschrift 75 Jahre DA«, Design Austria, 2006

»New Masters in Poster Design«, John Foster, Rockport, 2006

»Keine Kunst. 100 Beste Plakate«, Fons Hickmann (ed), Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2006

»Typography 26«, Type Directors Club NY, Collins Design, 2006

»Data Pilot«, Björn B. Peters, Designklinik, 2006

»360 Design Austria«, Design Austria, Designforum Vienna, 2006

»Berlin Select A – Z«, Lisa Eidt, Graphic-Sha Publishing Co, 2006

»All Men Are Brothers«, Jianping He, He Publisher, 2006

»Around Europe Publisher«, Indexbook, 2006

»5 x Berlin«, Festival Chaumont, Pyramid Paris, 2006

»Rotis – eine Streitschrift«, Burkhardt, Hartig (ed), Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2006

»red dot communication design«, Peter Zec (ed), red dot edition, 2006

»Fons Hickmann and Students«, Jianping He, China Youth Press, 2006

»The Design of Dissent«, Milton Glaser/ Mirko Ilic Rockport Publisher 2005

»Graphic Design from the 21 century«, Charlotte, Peter Fiell (Ed), Taschen Verlag, 2005

»Touch Me There«, Fons Hickmann, Gestalten Publisher 2005

»Verlockung – Erotik in der Plakatkunst«, Barbara Martin (ed), Brandenburgische Kunstsammlung Cottbus, 2005

»Typography 25«, Type Directors Club NY, Harper Design International, 2005

»100 Beste Plakate 04«, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 2005

»Designed to Help«, Klanten (ed), Gestalten Publisher, 2005

»Introducing«, Klanten, Brumnjak, Mischler, Gestalten Publisher, 2005

»Tres Logos«, Klanten, Bourquin, Geiger (ed), Gestalten Publisher, 2005

»ADC Annual 05«, ADC Deutschland, 2005

»Ball im Kopf«, Nils Jockel, Jens Oestreicher, Gestalten Publisher, 2005

»AREA – 100 graphic designers«, Phaidon Press NY 2004

»This gun is for hire« Klanten/Lovell«, Gestalten Publisher 2004

»Parallelwelten«, Fons Hickmann (ed) Gestalten Publisher 2000

Clients

100 beste Plakate e.V, 2und50, AIAP, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Alliance Graphique International, Amnesty International, Axel Geis, B8, Bayer Foundation, Bayerische Staatsoper, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Borgmann Liqueur, Bund Deutscher Architekten, Bundesministerium für Finanzen, Büro für soziale Innovation, Busse & Geitner Architekten, Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, Connecting Talents, Create Berlin, Design Report, Deutsches historisches Museum, Diakonie Düsseldorf, Doctors without borders, Dummy Magazin, Einstein Foundation Berlin, Embedded Art, ewo, Festival d’affiche de Chaumont, Fête du graphisme, Forum Typografie 13, Gabriele Rothemann, Gerdes, Gestalten Publisher, Grafic Europe, Graphisme dans la rue, Greenpeace Media, Grotrian – Steinweg Pianos, Hauschka, Herr Friedrich, HFG Offenbach, Humboldt Forum, ifa, Impulse Theater Festival, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Katholische Frauengemeinschaft Deutschlands, Kieler Woche, Klasse Hickmann, Berlin University of the Arts, Kunstgewerbe Museum Dresden, Kunsthalle Bremen, Kunstzeitung, Labor für Soziale und Aesthetische Entwicklung, Lass uns Freunde bleiben, Les Ballet de Monte Carlo, LUK, Markus Steur Photography, Mercedes Benz Museum, Miriam Vlaming, Museum Moderner Kunst Kaernten, Museum of Modern Art Toyama, Museum of the Image, Museum on the Seam, Natural Recall, Neubad, Nonex, Papyrus Paper, Red Dot Award, Rias Kammerchor Berlin, ROC Berlin, S.I.G.N.A.L., Sador Weinsčlucker, Schloss und Park Pillnitz, Semper Zwei, Semperoper Ballett, Semperoper Dresden, Semperoper Junge Szene, Shutterstock, Slanted, Sony Classic International, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Stiftung Buchkunst, Stummfilmtage Graz, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Theaterhaus Düsseldorf, Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien, V-Day Berlin, Vox Nostra, Weltformat, Wiesbaden Biennale, Wilf Moss, Woollaa

Staff since 2001

Fons Hickmann M23 was founded in 2001 in Berlin by Simon Gallus, Gesine Grotrian-Steinweg and Fons Hickmann.

Sabina Albanese, Rebecca Balogh, Barbara Bättig, Scarlett Bang, Johannes Bissinger, Martin Blättler, Miriam Bröckel, Anna Bühler, Anne Baier, Markus Büsges, Franziska Cordes, Bianca Courtenay, Kenan Darwich, Max Edelberg, Vincenzo Fagnani, Kerstin Finger, Tansu Firatli, Iris Fussenegger, Jenna Gesse, Simon Gallus, Salina Gandji, Áine Gibbons, Carsten Giese, Marco Gjergja, Alexander Govoni, Christina Graeni, Gesine Grotrian-Steinweg, Salomé Guyot, Carolin Hansen, Heike Hansen, Daniel Hermes, Fons M. Hickmann, Lea Hinrichs, Seb Holl-Trieu, Birgit Holzer, Andreas Hucks, Julian Humm, Sabina Keric, Martin Kerschbaumer, Adli Klein, Daniel von Klippstein, Melanie Köcheler, Raúl Kokott, Sabine Kornbrust, David Krause, Anaïs Krebs, Ilka Kremke, Thomas Kronbichler, Daniel Künzner, Julia-Sophie Kuon, Felix Lindacher, Sven Lindhorst-Emme, Jonas Löffler, Melissa Luecking, Cathrine Mason, Carla Matthes, Anke Meier, Guillaume Mojon, Laura Moor, Adrien Moreillon, Franziska Morlok, André Müller, Christof Nardin, Nina Nicolaisen, Lizzy Onck, Mandy Ozdi, Verena Petrasch, Miriam Rech, Paul Roberts, Charlotte Rohde, Julia Rompel, Björn Rüther, Nicole Schade, Josh Schaub, Ute Schindler, Viktor Schmidt, Viola Schmieskors, Sebastian Schöndorfer, Thomas Schrott, Lisa Schweizer, Susanne Stahl, Sabrina Staudinger, Susann Stefanizen, Danilo Steffen, Ulf Stein, Lea Steinbach, Martin Sperling, Carla Streckwall, Sandra Teschow, Jan Totzek, Annik Troxler, Thies Uthmöller, Cindy van der Meijden, Monique Voigt, Tabea Wachsmuth, Till Wiedeck, Sabine Wilms, Bjoern Wolf, Piotr Zapasnik

Work with us

We offer a 6 month internship for motivated, enthusiastic people. Send your application to work@fonshickmann.com. Please note, we can’t reply to every application. Thanks for your understanding!

The next internship starts in August 2018
We are happy to see your portfolios!