Prof. Klaus Hesse

Klaus Hesse

Klaus Hesse born in Elberfeld studied Photography and Typography at the University of Wuppertal. Following his studies, he worked as an Art Director in Hamburg, Munich and Düsseldorf. Together with Christine Hesse he founded Hesse Design in Düsseldorf in 1988, and in Berlin in 2001. Hesse Design is responsible for the corporate image of numerous renowned German companies. In 2004, the specialist media nominated Hesse Design as the most creative design studio in Germany. In 2006, Klaus Hesse won the design competition at “Kieler Woche”. In 1993, he was appointed Professor for Communication Design in Dortmund and, in 1998, also in Essen. He has taught in Offenbach since 1999. From 2011 to 2018 he was Dean of the School of Art. Since many years he is teaching in Australia, China and South Africa too. He has been one of the initiators of “11 Designer” in 2003, the “1st Graphic Design Biennial Germany China 2010” and is the Editor-in-Chief of “sushi” magazine since 1998. Klaus Hesse is a member of the Type Directors Club of New York. 

 

University ranking in Germany:  

In 2006 the news magazine »Focus«, in cooperation with the Art Directors Club für Deutschland ranked creative universities for the first time. That year the »Communication Design« course at HfG Offenbach, headed by Prof. Klaus Hesse, took first place. This success was based on the numerous awards won by his students and on his own personal success in competitions. 

Ranking 2006 

 

Memberships:  

Type Directors Club of New York 

www.tdc.org 

Deutscher Hochschulverband 

www.hochschulverband.de 

 

Initiative:  

»1. Grafikdesign Biennale Deutschland China 2010« in Offenbach 

www.biennale-decn.com 

 

»We do not have to give up yet«  

Eleven Designer for Germany 

Initiative of Klaus Hesse and Fons Hickmann 

www.11designer.de 

 

Board:  

From 2004 to 2008 member university council of University of Applied Sience Mainz 

 

Juries:  

Kommunalverband Ruhrgebiet 2002, Essen/Germany 

100 Beste Plakate 2005, Berlin/Germany 

Braun Preis 2003-2005, Kronberg/Germany 

Art Directors Club für Deutschland 1993-2011 Berlin/Germany 

Platinium Graphic Design Competition 2013, Hangzhou/China 

Shanghai World Expo Museum 2014, Shanghai/China 

Haze Poster Competition 2014, Beijing/China 

Hiiibrand 2014, Nanjing/China 

Asia Next 2015, Suzhou/China 

International Design Biennial 2016, Wenzhou/China 

Biennale of Posters for Peace 2017, Nanjing/China 

 

Personal awards

100 beste Plakate 02, 03, 05, 07, 08, 13  

Shenzhen International Poster Festival 15, 16 

2nd Korea International Poster Biennale 04 

American Center for Design 00  

ADC Deutschland  

89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 97, 00, 02, 03, 04, 05, 07, 08, 09, 13 

ADC Europe 91, 93  

ADC New York 95, 00, 03  

BDG Grafik Design 89, 91  

Berliner Type 

87, 88, 89, 92, 93, 94, 97, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 09  

Cannes Cyber Lions 99  

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum 10  

Corporate Design Preis 02, 07, 08  

Creativ Club Austria 94  

D&AD London 02, 03  

Deutscher Designer Club (DDC) 02, 03, 07, 15  

Deutscher Multimedia Award 99  

Designmanagement Europe Award 07  

European Design Award 07, 08, 10, 13  

iF-Design Award 95, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 18 

Red Dot Award  

93, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 05, 07, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17  

New York Festival 92, 93  

Taiwan International Graphic Design Award 09  

TDC New York  

91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 97, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 10, 11, 15  

TIA London 93  

Typography Germany 90  

 

»Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland«  

seit 2004 vielfach nominiert  

 

»Kieler Woche«  

Gewinner des Corporate Design-Wettbewerb für 2006  

 

»Kreativstes Designbüro Deutschlands in 2004«  

(Ranking Fachpresse)