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ZOOM
With a new location and a new identity opens with a new concept in Fechenheim. Equipped with the latest technical acoustics, standards are set here for live and club concerts. A separate bar area is used for smaller concerts and readings. The design is based on the graphic elements as variants of as many different arrangements as possible. The transparency accompanies the entire communication.

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INS FREIE FESTIVAL
As a visual homage composed with graphic elements of the wall design developed in 1977 by the Frankfurt designer Wolfgang Schmidt (1929 – 1995) for the Orangerie* restaurant in Darmstadt. *by Jourdan & Müller • PAS. The festival design is regarded as a homage and, through the massive poster advertising, also as a monument to a forgotten artistic position.

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German Design Award 2022
Digital campaign in collaboration with Oliver Hardt
Inspired by the work of the visionary designer and design theorist Horst Rittel, who coined the term “Wicked Problems” together with Melvin Webber in the 1970s, respect is paid to the processuality and mode of action of design thinking and the resulting performance of design.

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Städelschule Architecture Class
2020
Based on the abbreviation of the institutional name, Städelschule Architecure Class, the new brand focuses on the modified alphabetical character SAC. Following this abstraction again, the single letters form a graphical construction as image frames from Schmott photographers. These constructs are based on divisions as the principle of a specific area which is required for positioning the pragmatic information more playful.

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The Capital of Desires
Corporate Design, Book Design
The key visual for the pavilion of Republic of Armenia at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice is based on a selection of hand drawn Armenian architecture.

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The Forsythe Company
Campaign 2008/2009
The 2008/2009 campaign for the Forsythe Company displays black + white photography with abstract spaces that, due to their transference, emphasize the dynamics of the figure. The graphic composition integrates the typography in the areas with color and photography.

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Massimo Vignelli 90
A Poster Exhibition to celebrate 90 years of Massimo Vignelli’s influence. The exhibition aims to create a reflection on the relevance of his legacy, as it was stated in his Canon. It is an invitation to think about him addressed in a different way, by using image and typography applied to a poster. Designers from all over the world are invited to express their vision of Massimo.

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Gridless Notations
Diagrams explain the important themes for designers: „looking at ideas“, „taste classified“ and „What you have to say“ as the basis of creative output.

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Sondermarken
Different designs of special stamps for the Federal Ministry of Finance 2018 – 2020. A commemorative stamp is a postage stamp, often issued on a significant date such as an anniversary, to honor or commemorate a place, event, person, or object. The subject of the commemorative stamp is usually spelled out in print, unlike definitive stamps which normally depict the subject along with the denomination and country name only.

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Bungalow
The title design of the film production “Bungalow” for ARTE/HR is based on the design idea of Armin Hoffmann’s methodical exercises for graphic arts classes at the arts and crafts department of the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule Basel. These kinetic movements mask the start and end sequences of Stefanie Appel’s film as a composition with the typographic elements.

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Miriam Cahn
Released on the occasion of Miriam Cahn’s solo exhibitions at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, this publication gives a comprehensive overview of the acclaimed Swiss artist’s extensive and versatile body of work. Ed. The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Gaëtane Verna, text(s) by Amin Alsaden, Henriette Bretton-Meyer, Miriam Cahn, Aruna D’Souza, Roxane Gay, Gaëtane Verna, John Yau

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documenta. Politik und Kunst
The “d” is documenta’s distinctive mark and the defining element of the communication media for the DHM exhibition documenta. Politics and Art. The geometrically constructed letter takes up the history of graphic images — from the first documenta in 1955 to documenta X in 1997. Historical photographs of the major international exhibition are used, which are given a common identifying mark in the form of the “d”. The resulting surfaces are overprinted with colours that also go back to historical originals. The form and colours pay tribute to the visual diversity of the graphic design of the international exhibition. A typographic element with the correct counting of the respective exhibitions is introduced as a supplement.

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Reichsrat von Buhl
Rearrangement of the von Buhl brand.
Different representations of the heraldic animal with a revision of a Franz von Stuck design from 1917 as well as a new orientation of the Manufaktur wines by means of newly revised renaissance print graphics.

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herbert.gd
This platform represents the Graphic Design Division Herbert.gd of the Visual Communications Department at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Named after our patron saint Herbert Bayer, we continue the creative legacy and transformative ideas of the traditional Bauhaus movement. Designed by Moritz Ebeling

About the studio
Studio Markus Weisbeck is a creative studio for corporate, cultural design and visual research. Besides working for notable brands, the Studio is increasingly busy in the fields of contemporary and performing arts, architecture, music and exhibition. The conceptual approach of design and strategy derives solely from the content of the enquirer and develops accordingly. Numerous projects were developed for non-specific areas and published as author-design. The management is lead by designer Markus Weisbeck Wikipedia AGI, who founded the studio in 1997 and is teaching as professor at the Bauhaus University Weimar. Visuelle Kommunikation Bauhaus Universität Weimar
Among its clients Studio Markus Weisbeck counts nationally and internationally renowned companies and cultural institutions, such as the Serpentine Gallery; the Zumtobel AG, Galerie Buchholz; Hugo Boss; Sternberg Press; the Deutsches Historisches Museum; the Jewish Museum; the Manifesta; Siemens Foundation; Documenta; Luma Arles; Federal Foreign Office; Federal Ministry of Finance; William Forsythe, Städelschule Frankfurt; Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt; Deutsche Bank as well as Klassik Stiftung Weimar and Fogo Island Art.

FAQ
Is Surface Gesellschaft für Gestaltung still existing?

Surface continues to operate as a minimum until 2024 until contractually secured design commissions are finally realised.

Why this change of name?

The focus of the subject areas is now on author design and less on purely graphic services. The visual research developed in recent years supports this design consistency.

Publications
1999

Whereishere? Laurence King Publishing, UK
Techno Style Edition Olms, Switzerland

2000

Trade Scalo Publishers, Switzerland
Lürzers Archive Austria

2001

Lürzers Archive Austria
Sampler, Laurence King Publishing, UK

2002

Monographical Article IDEA Magazine, Japan

2003

Lürzers Archive Austria
Legable Graphics, Japan
Helvetica Lars Müller Publishers, Switzerland
Graphic Design for the 21st Century Taschen, Germany
Typo-Graphics: The Art and Science of Type Design in Context Rotovision, USA

2004

Dos Logos Gestalten Verlag, Germany
This Gun Is for Hire Gestalten Verlag, Germany
Sonic Gestalten Verlag, Germany

2005

Monography Surface, Youth Press, China
Whitney Bienniale “Peace Tower” NYC, USA
032c Magazine Germany

2006

Vorn Magazine Germany

2007

The conditions of Graphic Design IDEA Magazine, Japan
The Layout Look Book I HarperCollins Publishers, USA
New Typographic Design Laurence King Publishing, UK
Kelvin – Colour Today, Gestalten Verlag, Germany
Serialize Gestalten Verlag, Germany
Design Evolution Rockport, USA
Coporate Identity und Corporate Design av Edition, Germany
New Visual Works: German Graphic Style LST, China
Quest, Germany

2008

Area 2 Phaidon, UK
Dry Design, Pie Books, Japan

2009

Los Logos 4 Gestalten Verlag, Germany
23rd International Biennial of Graphic Design, Tschechien
60 Jahre Grafik-Design der Bundesrepublik, FAZ, Germany
Goethe Institut, Designtrends Germany
Studio Culture, uniteditions, UK

2010

The Layout Look Book II HarperCollins Publishers, USA
The Designers Graphic Stew Rockport Publishers, USA
Los Logos 5 Gestalten Verlag, Germany

2011

Markus Weisbeck Surface, Lukas & Sternberg, Sternberg Press, Germany / USA
One by One, Hesign, Germany / China

2014

Vorn, Gestalten, Germany
Space For Visual Research, Spector Books, Germany
This New World, about Muriel Cooper, Frieze 3/2014

2015

360 Design, Sandupublishing, China
Markus Weisbeck in Teheran, Idea, Iran
Anschlag Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland AGI Coexistence,
Biel, Switzerland
Das Bauhaus. From Thuringia. EXPO Milan, Italy
Markus Weisbeck in Teheran, Teheran, Iran
Murial Cooper Composings, MAK, Frankfurt, Germany
Space for Visual Research, Kai Middendorff Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany
Vom Mut zum eigenen Bild Welt, Swantje Karich

2016

German Design Award 2016, German Design Council, Germany
Futura Superstar! Felicitas Rhan, FAZ
Die besten Plakate aus Berlin, Print wirkt, Der Tagesspiegel
un Magazine [issue 6.1], un Magazine
AGI LOVE SEOUL, Seoul, Korea
New Everything! – A Century of New Typography and New Graphic Design in Frankfurt,
MAK, Frankfurt, Germany
Anschlag Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2017

ABCstract, Kai Middendorff Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany

2019

Gwangju Design Biennale 2019, Gwangju, Korea
Y Show, Macau, China
Alliance Graphique Internationale, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Manifest of Practice, The Representation of the Free State of Thuringia, Berlin, Germany
Manifest of Practice, La Paz, Bolivia

2022

DO THE STARS NEED A REASON TO SHINE
Markus Weisbeck
Spector Books

Exhibitions
1996

IDCA, International Design Conference, Aspen/Colorado, USA

1997

Muse de la Poste, Paris, France

2001

Didalic Convention, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Wien, Österreich
Trade, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Schweiz

2002

Foto Biennale Rotterdam, Niederlande
Die Kraft der Negation, Volksbühne Berlin / Schauspielhaus Köln, Deutschland
(mit Nikolaus Hirsch & Michel Müller)
Mapping, 1822-Forum, Frankfurt/M, Deutschland

2003

Utopia Station, Biennale di Venezia, Italien
Soundchambers, Museum Serralves, Porto, Lissabon,
Portugal (mit Nikolaus Hirsch & Michel Müller)

2004

Emotion One, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/M, Deutschland
Utopia Station, Haus der Kunst München, Deutschland

2006

Peace Tower, Whitney Bienniale, New York, USA
Protections, Kunsthaus Graz, Österreich
International Poster Exhibition, Tokushima, Japan

2007

Dimension der Fläche – Kommunikationsdesign in Deutschland, Designhaus, Darmstadt

2008

GestalteCreate, 175 Jahre HfG Offenbach, MAK, Frankfurt, Deutschland

2009

23rd International Biennial of Graphic Design, Brno, Tschechien
Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Deutschland
Surface, Design Hessen, Darmstadt, Deutschland

2010

Krome Gallery, Soloshow, Berlin, Deutschland
Haus der Kunst, München, Thomas Mayfried, ephemera, grafik design etc.

2011

The Office Gallery, Frankfurt, Deutschland
Krome Gallery, Soloshow, Berlin, Deutschland
24rd International Biennial of Graphic Design, Brno, Tschechien
Melanchotopia, Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art, Netherlands

2012

Past Present Fortune, Galerie Kai Middendorf
The Future Archive, NBK Berlin
Anschlag Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2015

Anschlag Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
AGI Coexistence, Biel, Switzerland
William Forsythe – The Fact of Matter with Works from the MMK Collection,
Frankfurt, Germany
Das Bauhaus. From Thuringia. EXPO Milan, Italy
Markus Weisbeck in Teheran, Teheran, Iran
Murial Cooper Composings, MAK, Frankfurt, Germany
Space for Visual Research, Kai Middendorff Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany

2016

AGI LOVE SEOUL, Seoul, Korea
German Design Award, Frankfurt, Germany
New Everything! – A Century of New Typography and New Graphic Design in Frankfurt,
MAK, Frankfurt, Germany
Anschlag Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2017

Markus Weisbeck, Dalian, China
Markus Weisbeck in Teheran, Teheran, Iran
ABCstract, Kai Middendorff Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany

2019

Gwangju Design Biennale 2019, Gwangju, Korea
Y Show, Macau, China
Manifest of Practice, The Representation of the Free State of Thuringia, Berlin, Germany
Manifest of Practice, La Paz, Bolivia
Manifest of Practice, Quito & Guayaquil, Ecuador

2022

DO THE STARS NEED A REASON TO SHINE
Markus Weisbeck
Kai Middendorff Galerie

Frankfurt am Main

PETERSSTRASSE 4
60313 FRANKFUR™AIN
Mail: hey@markusweisbeck.studio

Berlin

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