büro svenja is a visual communications and branding studio. We believe that good design should be clear, appropriate and distinctive, and achieve this through a balance of creativity and common sense.

We bring this balance to projects with a broad range of clients, from corporate to cultural, commercial to non-profit.

approach

We think of communications in terms of filling needs, not filling space. Similarly, we think of these materials not in terms of a list, but as a set, working together to answer these needs.

Our capabilities span online and off-line, print to digital, outdoor and indoor, direct mail to social—every communication that plays a part in your company’s identity.

work process

Our working method is a collaborative one from start to finish.

Having worked with larger agencies with convoluted flows and structures, we value the efficiency of direct client communication—as do our clients. With büro svenja, nothing is refracted through project managers or lost in translation, and your comments are always heard and answered.

who

A native of Germany, Svenja Knödler founded büro svenja  in 2011, working with a network of collaborators that includes web programmers, graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, printers, stylists, and copywriters. Depending on the scope of the project, we collaborate with any combination of these to arrive at the most appropriate results for our clients.

Present and past collaborators:

Web Development: PaperPlane.co /Bill Lovett

Illustration and Design: Masha Zolotarsky / Luba Proger / Paloma Nunciato / Seulgi Ho / Ashkahn / Jonathan Leder 

Printing: Harris Litho, Washington, D.C. / Finlay / Pomp, Bottrop, Germany / Meridien Printing, Project

recognition

Exhibitions: Graphic Design: Now in Production, at the Walker Art Center in 2011 and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in summer 2012: The curatorial approach sought out “innovative practices that are pushing the discourse of design in new directions, expanding the language of the field by creating new tools, strategies, vocabularies, and content.”

Projects featured in design publications: PRINT magazine Regional Design Annual, 2013 ; Behance: Editorial Design Served, 2013 (online); Delicious Branding, 2013;  Tea Design blog, 2013; Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibition catalogue, 2012; Format First, Vol. 3, 2012 (Sendpoint books) which brings together layouts from the last two years that are noteworthy, “bringing together content and format”;

Other press: NYC Jazz Record; The Wire, ABC news (TV);  Reuters (online); Slate (online); Vice (online),  NY Times; Gala Men…

awards

PRINT Regional Design Annual 2013 (call it art box-set)

Design Observer’s 50Books/50Covers 2013, nominated (Triple Point Records: Call it Art and Barbara Nitke: American Ecstasy )

Design award of the Federal Republic of Germany 2009, nominated (Finden, Führen, Fliehen, book; w/buero uebele, published by Hermann Schmidt Verlag Mainz)

iF communication design award 2007, award (Finden, Führen, Fliehen, book; w/buero uebele, published by Hermann Schmidt Verlag Mainz)

DDC (Deutscher Designer Club) Award, the Joseph-Binder Award, bronze award 2006 (formvollendet, book; at University of Applied sciences, Düsseldorf, published by Niggli)

iF Communication Design Award 2005, award (formvollendet, book; at University of Applied sciences, Düsseldorf, published by Niggli)

The “Schönsten Schweizer Bücher” book award 2005, award (formvollendet, book; at University of Applied sciences, Düsseldorf, published by Niggli) 

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