Graphic Design & Art Direction
Resial (Diploma typeface), Bringing together functionality and idiosyncrasies
Dear Tom (Album artwork, logotype), EP II
Dear Tom (Album artwork), Golden Water Remixes
ephemera (Logotype and identity), Fragrance brand, Los Angeles full case coming soon
Strength in Fragility (Publication), Diploma project with Anna Deller-Yee, RCA London
Studio Berkheim (Logotype)
Tim Bengel (Custom typeface), Exhibition “Graves of our Generation”
Maxwell Ashford (Label design), RUEI-01
Maxwell Ashford (Publication), Fractions
Phrase (Typeface), Rooted in De Vinne and flavoured by magazine design from the 70s
ECAL (Publication), AREA workshop by Jan Horčik
Amber Notes (Logotype and identity), Film production company, Los Angeles
human-808 (Modular typeface)
Critical Regionalism in Type Design (MA Thesis, écal MATD)
Boris Brejcha (Title lettering and credits), Spicy (feat. Ginger)
Aufstiege Lichtkunstfestival (Identity)
illitera (Publication), BA final project
Offkey (Typeface), Jazz music means regularities and irregularities
de frakto (Logotype)
Kakushibori (Lettering, Publication) with Anna Deller-Yee
vhy! (Logotype), Timo Hildebrand’s vegan restaurant, Stuttgart
Monotype, Grandstories (Lettering)
Sample Soaps (Logotype and Typography)
Nicolas Bernklau is a graphic and type designer based in Lausanne, Switzerland. After working for Jung von Matt and Deutsche & Japaner he is currently working as a teaching assistant in the MA Type Design at ECAL while continuing his own practice for international clients. With a focus on bespoke type solutions, a balance between established and unconventional shapes, the continuous aim is to keep a clear visual language and to develop sustainable design solutions which last longer than a scroll in your feed.
Feel free to get in touch to find a suitable solution for your idea. I am happy to help in distributing space, drawing, colouring and shaping your project together from (A) to (Z). Open for business, type talk and Campari spritz. Closed for sexism, racism and fascism.
+41 76 720 65 73
If you’re interested in using one of my typefaces (Resial, Phrase, Offkey, Orbitea), don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m also happy to discuss custom versions for your own project.
Clients and collaborators
Worked and collaborated with designers and clients such as (A) Amber Notes, Anna Deller-Yee, Arthelps, (B) Benjamin Bichsel, Boris Brejcha, (C)(D) Deutsche & Japaner, Dear Tom, Depot, Diego Fellmann, (E) ephemera, (F)(G) Grundig, Gymnasium Casimirianum Coburg, (H) Hannes Drißner (Spector Books), heine, (I) Import Export, (J) Jeffery Lambert, Joanna Wierzbicka, Jose Houdini, Jung von Matt, Junge Möbelschau Stuttgart, Justinas Vilutis, (K) Klaus Birk, KulturRegion Stuttgart, (L)(M) mey, Maxwell Ashford, Moritz Keller Quintett, (N)(O)(P)(Q)(R)(S) Sample Soaps, Sara Bastai, SOM, Stefan Wittemann, Studio Berkheim, Superultraplus, Symplektik, (T) Tim Bengel, Timo Hildebrand, (U) Ultra Music, undbitte, (V) Verlag Antje Kunstmann, Viktor Rhodin, vhy!, (W)(X)(Y) yvjo Studio, (Z).
Type Design (Custom typefaces, Custom letterings, Logotype drawing)
Graphic Design & Art Direction (Identity, Editorial design, Concept)
BA in Media Design, DHBW Ravensburg & University of Reading
MA in Type Design, ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’Art de Lausanne
ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’Art de Lausanne
Publication and exhibition
ADC, Actual Source Shoplifters, Arthelps, Art Karlsruhe, Börsenblatt, Coopers Union, D&AD, DDC, Design Made in Germany, designwelike, DHBW, ECAL, Espace Arlaud, Factory Berlin, Galerie Rother Winter, HG Contemporary, Horizont, KulturRegion Stuttgart, Metapaper, Monotype, Novum, Oneclub, Sandu Publishing, Schwaebische, Studio Berkheim, TDC, Technische Akademie Schwäbisch Gmünd, TED, The Moving Poster, The Brand Identity, TypeMag, Typomania, Typostrate, Uncover, Verlage der Zukunft, Volkshochschule Stuttgart, Weltformat.
Awards and scholarships
Tokyo TDC Annual Awards 2022 Prize Nominee Works, Macau Design Award 2021, Scholarship Fondation Baccarini en mémoire de Pierre Keller 2020, German Design Award 2019 Newcomer of the Year Nominee, Uncover Designpreis 2018 Finalist, European Design Award 2018 Silver Award, Type Directors Club New York 2018 Certificate of Typographic Excellence, Art Directors Club New York 2018 Award, Art Directors Club Germany 2018 Silver, Deutscher Designer Club 2018 Finalist, D&AD London 2017 Yellow Pencil, 100 beste Plakate 2016 Finalist.