Hagen VerlegerTypography & Book Design

My name is Hagen Verleger, I am a Berlin-based graphic designer, editor, researcher, and lecturer working mainly with artists, cultural and educational institutions, and publishing houses. My emphasis is on editorial design, typography, and book design. I am available for freelance design work as well as artistic collaborations. Feel free to get in touch.​​

I studied Communication Design focusing on typography and book design at Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel with Klaus Detjen, Annette le Fort, André Heers, and Petra Maria Meyer; and at Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig with Günter Karl Bose.

In addition to commissioned work, my personal design and research work, which often revolves around the practice and theory of editing and publishing, is informed by a strong interest in the interrelation of fiction and reality. I am exploring themes such as power structures within institutions, collective models of authorship, and materially embedded ideologies. In 2017/2018, I was artist-in-residence at Dutch postgraduate institute Van Eyck. In 2020, I was research fellow at Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach and Kulturstiftung Schloss Wiepersdorf.

I am currently teaching graduate students at Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design and at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and I have given lectures, seminars, and workshops at the following institutions: Cranbrook Academy of Art, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, London College of Communication, Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Jan van Eyck Academie, Montclair State University, Munich Academy of Fine Arts, Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, Pratt Institute School of Design, Staatsbibliothek Berlin, Type Directors Club New York, University of Cologne.

Awards & Grants

  • Type Directors Club New York: Certificate of Typographic Excellence (2016, 2022)
  • Type Directors Club New York: 2022 Ascenders Award (Shortlist)
  • Tokyo Type Directors Club: Prize Nominee
  • RAVI Art Residency (Belgium)
  • Research Fellowship, Kulturstiftung Schloss Wiepersdorf
  • Narva Art Residency (Estonia)
  • Research Fellowship, Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach
  • DAAD research grant (USA)
  • Van Eyck Art Residency (The Netherlands)
  • Stiftung Buchkunst: Die schönsten deutschen Bücher (Shortlist, Longlist)
  • German Design Award (Nominee)
  • MfG-Award (2nd Prize)
  • Stiftung Buchkunst: Förderpreis für junge Buchgestaltung (Longlist)
  • 100 beste Plakate aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz
  • DAAD scholarship (The Netherlands)

Selected References

Alice Salomon Hochschule, Anne Frank Fonds, Bundesministerium der Finanzen, Bundes­ministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Cherry Red Records, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Christian Dior, Damien & The Love Guru, Delfi: Magazin für neue Literatur, Deutsches Technik­museum, Die Andere Bibliothek, Dudenverlag, Elizabeth Jaeger, Fach­gesellschaft Geschlechter­studien, Fehras Publishing Practices, Gerstenberg, Gesellschaft für Medien­wissenschaft, Hammann von Mier, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Hessisches Kultus­ministerium, Hirmer, Insel, Jan van Eyck Academie, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Klemm’s Berlin, Kultur­stiftung Dessau-Wörlitz, Kultur­stiftung Schloss Wiepers­dorf, Kunsthaus KuLe, Kunstmuseum Diesel­kraftwerk Cottbus, Muthesius Kunst­hochschule, Peradam Press, Raum der Publikation, Revolver Publishing, Sophie Schmidt, Technische Universität Berlin, transcript, Ullstein Buchverlage, Universität Bayreuth, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Westermann, Wilhelm Fink, …

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