Studio Tillack Knöll, Design Practice

Studio Tillack Knöll, Multicreative Practice

Studio Tillack Knöll, Exhibition Practice

Studio Tillack Knöll, Collaborative Practice

Studio Tillack Knöll, Spatial Practice

Studio Tillack Knöll, Publishing Practice

Studio Tillack Knöll, Editorial Practice

Studio Tillack Knöll, Political Practice

Studio Tillack Knöll, Community Practice


Studio Tillack Knöll is a design practice that concerns itself with the visual and spatial aspects of communication. We design exhibitions, wayfinding systems, books, visual identities and digital experiences for a variety of clients involved in architecture, art, science and commerce to cultural institutions and NGOs.
The driving force behind our work is the interaction and collaboration with and for other human beings. Besides creating our visual output we enhance our design practice with editing, writing and coding.


The day to day work is the starting point from which we confidently emerge with holistic design concepts for the production of identities and atmospheres that have long-lasting effects. Even though most our work manifests itself through its visual and haptic surface, the goal of our practice is to reach new depths and dive all in – clearly distinctive, tangibly and intellectually.

We regard each project as a challenge. A challenge to attain a visual endurance that surpasses this fast paced world and its economy of quick and cheap satisfaction. A challenge that develops new solutions and ways of seeing things. Ultimately, an inclusive design that expands and changes perceptions.


Sven Tillack


Sven is the studio’s driving force behind all digital endeavours (coded and animated). As creative director and a passionate book designer, his keen eye for detail and production not only comes in handy when completing projects, but also when assembling the studio’s daily playlists as well. He holds a diploma from the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design and has a background in photography, advertising and corporate campaigns and—as author and editor of “Exploriso: Low-tech Fine Art”—he is also the studios very own print specialist and risography-connaisseur.

Steffen Knöll


The fact that Steffen almost enrolled into architecture school probably accounts for the studio’s interest in exhibition-making and spatial design. The other one probably being the fascination for the vastness of space which lead to the publishing of “Apollo 11—Man on the Moon—The Visual Archive”. After finishing his diploma at the State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart, Steffen expanded his knowledge and also holds the position of creative director as well as chief studio accountant and master of the studio’s vast library.


Johannes Hucht


As a HfG Karlsruhe trained communication- and type designer with a background in spatial and product design, Johannes is the latest addition to our team. With his extraordinary perseverance in fine-tuning curves and spacing, Johannes is not only highly equipped in creating bespoke typefaces but also persevering enough to hang between/in/on/under rocks—as he’s a passionate climber.


Past team members include Niklas Berlec, Janis Czapka, Mia Götze, Vincent Herbet, Lilli Klein, Marius Rother and Lea Wellern. 


General Inquiries


+49 (0) 711.50071405

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New Business


Steffen Knöll

+49 (0) 160.91454825


In order to reach a project’s unique outcome we often like to enlarge our team to include specialists and like-minded designers, friends and colleagues:

asphalt kollektiv, HuM Base,, Studio Terhedebrügge, Mark Bohle, Mark Julien Hahn, Nam Huynh, Nolan Paparelli, Hans-Jörg Seidler, Levin Stadler, Natalie Weinmann, Carola Wille, Jonas Zieher.


Design should not be confined to a distinct bubble. One of our goals as a studio is to give back to communities that we cherish and value. We achieve this either through nonprofit work, design coaching or other means. If you have a project that is in need of support please get in contact with us!


Throughout our studies and parallel to our design practice we like to reflect areas of interest through writing, editing and publishing. 
Up until now we have written and edited two books that deal with different visual topics. »Exploriso: Low-Tech Fine Art« serves as a holistic compendium for the art of risograph printing and offers an in-depth analysis of this printing-medium and a comprehensive guide on how to use it. Furthermore, we have developed unique color profiles and have made them available for free through the Exploriso website»Apollo 11: Man on the Moon — The Visual Archive« analyses the impact of the visual and photographical documentation during the first landing on the moon. Both publication were generously supported through the DISCOVERED series (a close collaboration between the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, the University of Fine Arts Hamburg, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig and their affiliated book institutes) and were published by Spector Books in Leipzig. Besides these two endeavours we are deeply invested in the production of artists’ books for artists such as Ann-Kathrin Müller, Jonas Monib, Javier Klaus Kastelum, Prof. Ricarda Roggan and Dirk Reimes. We serve as creative directors for Klub Books and work in close collaboration with its editors Sabine Kastner and Facundo Fernández who publish books about architecture and architectural theory. »Hegemonietempel« is the first publication in an extensive series to come in the future. We are currently working on No. 2 and No. 3 of the series, which will to be released at the end of 2023 and the end of 2024.


Architecture & Urban Planning

'asp' architekten asphalt kollektiv AEI Architekten atelier vohl bda berchtoldkrass Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH Brixner Architekten BDA Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA Cainelliklaska Cluster of Excellence IntCDC Hochbauamt der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart Hochbauamt der Stadt Heilbronn IBA Heidelberg IBA Thüringen JOOS KELLER KIT — Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Legeer Architekten moser Architekten BDA Schlaicher & Ragaller, Freie Architekten BDA Schmutz & Partner Freie Architekten Studio Cross Scale Studio Urbane Strategien Städtebau-Institut der Universität Stuttgart SWAA — Stuttgart Week of Advancing Architecture Engineering & Construction Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg Zweiheit Innenarchitekten

Artists & Art Institutions

Ann-Kathrin Müller Deutsches Fleischereimuseum Böblingen Discoteca Flaming Star Dirk Reimes Galerie der Stadt Tuttlingen Javier Klaus Gastelum Lisa Granada Kunst Büro BW Künstlerbund Baden-Württemberg Meisterschüler:innen im Weißenhof-Programm Peter Sehringer Erik Sturm Ricarda Roggan Städtische Galerie Kirchheim unter Teck Städtische Galerie Villingen-Schwenningen Solid Transitions Villa Merkel, Galerie der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar

Awards and Scholarships

Hannsmann-Poethen Literaturstipendium der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart Hegelpreis der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart Kompositionspreis der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart Johann Friedrich von Cotta Literatur- und Übersetzerpreis

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants

Gian Paolo e Marco, Café & Bar Rocker33 Tatti Stay & See Zum Ochsen — Restaurant und Landmetzgerei

Cinematography & Motion

3b Produktion Arte Cedric Retzmann


Commerce & Finance

Apple Inc. ALH Gruppe (Alte Leipziger — Hallesche) AM Ventures Buchhandlung Rita Limacher Ganryu Capital Nike, Inc. Needz Novafon GmbH Karl Krämer Fachbuchhandlung The Local House


FF*GZ — Feministisches Frauen*gesundheitszentrum Stuttgart e. V. Dachverband Tanz Deutschland Hotel Central e. V. Kunstverein Wagenhalle e. V. Quartier Stadtgarten


0711 Live / Media Productions Room Service Europe GmbH Think Work Observe


Akademie Schloss Solitude Bundesgartenschau 2019 GmbH Dachverband Tanz Deutschland Deutsches Bauernkriegsmuseum Böblingen in.Stuttgart GmbH Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Liederhalle Museumsquartier Bürk Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg Ron Orp AG SoftPowerPalace Stadtarchiv Böblingen Stuttgart-Marketing GmbH The Opéra Magazine for Contemporary Nude Photography Treffpunkt Rotebühlplatz


Fachhochschule Erfurt Hochschule Coburg Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe Hochschule Weingarten Neunlinden-Schule Ihringen RWTH Aachen Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart Universität Potsdam Universität Stuttgart

Engineering, Construction & Energy

EnergieParkHaus Godel Beton GmbH HNVG — Heilbronner Versorgungs GmbH

Food & Drink

Mozzafiato PNEVMA


BMW Foundation iac Berlin Olgäle-Stiftung für das Kranke Kind e.V. Robert Bosch Stiftung


Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg Ministerium für Wirtschaft Arbeit und Wohnungsbau Baden-Württemberg Ministerium für Wissenschaft Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg Staatsministerium Baden-Württemberg Stadt Heilbronn Stadt Stuttgart Wirtschaftsförderung Baden-Württemberg Wirtschaftsförderung Villingen-Schwenningen

Lifestyle & Fashion

Bom Matta Servizio Magari — The finest in fashion, furniture and services. The Hammercurls The Rice Society


Deutsche Bahn AG Moovel Mercedes-Benz SSB AG / Das Ticket Magazin Urban Mobility Solution Mercedes-Benz


Lobby Radio Rickie Lee Kroell

NGOs & Political Institutions

Anstoss Demokratie Bürgerrat Klima Bürgerforum Corona Bürgerbegehren Klimaschutz e. V. die Klimadebatte Hotel Central e. V. ifok GmbH ipg — Institut für Partizipatives Gestalten GmbH Nexus — Institut für Kooperationsmanagement und interdisziplinäre Forschung GmbH SDG Places


Kerber Verlag Klub Books Jovis Verlag Molino Verlag Ruby Press Spector Books Vexer Verlag


STATE Studio Berlin SFB1313 — Universität Stuttgart



Stiftung Buchkunst, Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2023 [The Best German Book Design 2023]. 2 × Longlist

100 Beste Plakate Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz [100 Best Posters Germany, Austria, Switzerland] 2022, 2020, 2018—2013

Stiftung Buchkunst, Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2021 [The Best German Book Design 2021]. 2 × Shortlist

Discovered, cooperation of the art academies and art schools Leipzig, Hamburg and Stuttgart with the publishing house Spector Books

The 3rd Shenzen International Poster Festival SIPF 2018, Silver Medal

Tokyo Type Directors Club TDC 2017, Annual Award

11th Macau Design Biennial, Bronze Award in Category Book, Jury & Distinction Award in Category Book

Taipei International Design Award 2015, Silver Award

The 2nd Shenzhen International Poster Festival SIPF2016, Silver Award

Stiftung Buchkunst, Die schönste deutschen Bücher 2016 [The Best German Book Design 2016], Longlist

Stiftung Buchkunst, Förderpreis für junge Buchgestaltung 2016, Shortlist

Global Biennale of Graphic Design Golden Bee, All Gold of the World 2014 – 2016, 2018, Golden Fix Award

27th Brno Biennial International Exhibition 2016, Selected Work

Taipei International Design Award 2015, Taipei Mayor Award, Gold Award, Judges’ Award

2015 Graphic Design Festival Scotland, International Poster Competition, 2nd Place

Italian Poster Biennial 2015, 2nd Place


Musée Des Arts Décoratifs Paris

100 Beste Plakate e. V.

Permanent collection of Hong Kong Heritage Museum



»Who we are and what we do«, Talk at Deutsches Bauernkriegsmuseum Böblingen [German Peasants’ War Museum Boeblingen] about the Studio and its work on the museums’ new visual identity. »INT’L Workshop«, Talk during the INT’L Workshops »Talking Thursdays«, talk with TwoTimesElliott


»Exploriso: Low-tech Fine Art? — Risographie als künstlerisches Druckverfahren [Risography as an artistic printing method]«, Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Medien e.V., bundesweiter Verbund von Lehrerinnen und Lehrern im Bereich Druck- und Medientechnik [nationwide association of teachers in the field of printing and media technology]


»Mix & Match! Colormanagement am Risographen«, talk within the Start Art Week in cooperation with RISO Deutschland, Metapaper and Drucken3000, University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf »Make Them Seen, Make Them Heard«, talk within the module »Das hat mich schon immer interessiert – Eine Publikation« supervised by Jonas Beuchert and Tilman Schlevogt, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar Lecture in the design department supervised by Prof. Ilka Helmig und Prof. Eva Kubinyi, FH Aachen


Algorithm.Camp, HfG Karlrsuhe × ABK Stuttgart; Karlsruhe & Stuttgart [with Sascia Reibel and Grischa Erbe]


aed Stuttgart »3 × Type«, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart Macau Design Biennal. Expo Center Shanghai Macau Design Biennal. Sanda University, Shanghai IDUGS #51 [InDesign User Group Stuttgart Meet-Up]. Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart


Macau Design Biennial. Macau »Exploriso: Low-tech Fine Art?«, Adobe Creative Jam. Im Wizemann, Stuttgart »Exploriso: Low-tech Fine Art?«, Metapaper Breakfast of Inspiration. Café Netzer, Stuttgart


Lecture during the Taipei International Design Award ceremony, Taipei City Government Department of Economic Development, Taipei, Taiwan



»Der Klang des Papiers – Materialreflexionen im Plakat« [The sound of Paper— Material reflections in the poster], Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Cottbus, Germany


»Der Mond — Eine szenografische Reise zum Erdtrabanten in drei Akten«, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany


»Rundumschlag – rund um Architektur«, ehemaliger Projektraum Lotte, Stuttgart, Germany



INTL, 2-day Workshop, »Community Characters—Collaborative Type Design«


Workshop as part of the traveling exhibition of the 11th Macau Design Biennial in Shanghai, China

Jury & Consulting


Consultation on the tendering and procurement procedure for the new website of Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design


Jury member for »Mut zur Wut 2019«, together with Julia Kahl (Germany), Ariane Spanier (Germany), Verena Panholzer (Austria), and Eduardo B. Arambarri (Mexico)


Jury member for the 11th Macau Design Biennial, together with Guang Yu and Céline Lamée



Sindelfinger Zeitung, »Stuttgart hat im Neckarpark ein neues Architektur-Highlight«


Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, »Weltgeister«

GUESTBOOK MAGAZINE, »NASA Apollo 11 von Steffen Knöll«

Süddeutsche Zeitung, »Zwei neue Bücher über die neue Faszination des Weltraums — 1,5 Zentimeter zum tödlichen Vakuum«

Page 05.21, »Publikationen: Exploriso«

PAGE Online, »Exploriso: Handbuch fürs Riso-Printing«

étapes, 259 — Featureartikel »Stuttgart«

Comm Arts, »Fresh: Studio Tillack Knöll«

Comm Arts, Design Annual #62, September 2021, »Fresh: Studio Tillack Knöll (The designers at this Stuttgart-based studio use their work to create a visual dialogue with their community.)«

Deutscher Drucker 11/56, »Schönsten Deutsche Bücher: Was die Jury aus 633 Einsendungen herausfilterte«


It’s Nice That, »Designing the identity for an art institution that contradicts the all-too-familiar capitalist narrative«

A Book On Books, viction:ary, ISBN 978-988-79726-3-1


Paul Theisen, »Revolution im Großformat«


étapes 243, »Tendances: Jaune«

Printed Pages, Spring/Summer 2018

It’s Nice That, »Studio Tillack Knöll’s ultimate goal is to communicate, rather than just design for design’s sake«

It’s Nice That, »Steffen Knöll’s mammoth 496-page tribute to an amazing, world-changing mission«


AIGA Eye On Design, »Why Graphic Designer Sven Tillack Likes to Work Very, Very Slowly«

Deutscher Drucker 25–26, Themenschwerpunkt Risographie




Studio Tillack Knöll offers internship positions three times a year for a period of three to six months. Design interns will become part of our design team and work closely with us on a wide range of projects ranging from culture, business and architecture to art and NGOs.


Internships at Studio Tillack Knöll focus on learning through hands-on and real-life experiences. We share responsibility, design proposals are discussed, and work is executed collectively. Interns will be involved in the Studio’s everyday business. They are in close contact with clients and partners but will still be given the time and resources to develop additional skills — all while being guided supportively through demanding tasks.


Studio Tillack Knöll considers internships to be an integral part of the design curriculum and therefore should be affordable by everyone — not just the privileged few. The in-house, full-time internships that we offer are paid a salary that makes living in Stuttgart affordable without the help of one’s parents, a second job or depending on student-loans. Interns will never be considered cheap labour in our office!


The interns we look for are those close to completing an undergraduate studies in graphic design, architecture or comparable fields of studies, and who are currently enrolled in a MA/diploma programme. Selected applicants are expected to commit to at least three full months, with a probation period of four weeks.


Applications are generally accepted during the following periods:


February – April
May – July
September – November


To apply please submit a one page CV, a portfolio of your most intriguing design projects and the period for which you are applying within your e-mail to


Please name each CV or portfolio file with your name as well as an abbreviated version of your considered starting point: e.g. NameSurname_CV_2023-03 (for a start in March of 2023). Please keep the mb sizes as low as possible and do not exceed 10 Megabytes. Links to Instagram accounts and websites will only be considered if a CV and portfolio is included. We try to get back to everyone, selected or not, within two weeks (depending on our current workload).

Mental Health

In Germany, roughly about every 18th employee is unable to work due to mental health issues. That is an alarming number that we don’t want to contribute to! This is why we value eye-to-eye communication and take our team’s opinions and feedback seriously — just as we do their and our mental health. We’ve therefore set robust boundaries not only between employee and employer, but also between our team and our clients. Our design positions are paid accordingly. We offer space to grow personally and professionally. We do not tolerate sexism, racism or any other form of misuse of power. At the end of the day we want to enjoy our jobs and reduce stress at the workplace in an industry that is well-known for its top-down-stress-distributing-bull****.


Since climate change is already altering the way we live and impacting our collective future. We try to minimise the footprint of our practice and the products that our job produces. We therefore work closely with companies that value sustainability and the health of our planet in the same way that we attempt to do day to day.