Bus Group

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Ritterstraße 2
10969 Berlin

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Manuel Birnbacher (founder), Daniel Schnitterbaum (founder), Enno Pötschke, Joana Huguenin, Ollie George, Felix Feldmann, Sophia Brinkgerd

Selected Clients

Art Basel, Babor, Balenciaga, Cartier, Deutsche Bahn, Ferragamo, Instagram, Nike, Nomos Glashütte, Rimowa, Visa

Friends & Collaborators

Florian Apel, Luke Archer, Jorinde Barke, Verena von Beckerath, Mirko Borsche, Basti Boss, Johannes Breyer & Dinamo, Colin Dörffler, Ertl & Zull, Atelier Fanelsa, Robert Fehse, Geckeler Michels, Haw-lin Services, Sebastian Hennecke, Rafaela Kaćunić, David Kamp, Thomas Kartsolis, Kemmler Kemmler, Sina Linke, Linh Mai, Christian Metzner, Nachtdigital Crew, Ina Niehoff, Vanessa Olt, Marek Polewski, Sebastian Schönheit, Nikolai Sivertsen, Hannes Weikert, WvH GmbH + Sorry Press

Work with us

We are looking to expand our team via project-based freelance roles and dedicated positions. Current opportunities can be found below:

  • CGI Artist

    We have an opening for a full-time senior role: essential experience in Cinema 4D, Redshift and Octane is required, with skills in Houdini, Marvelous and Unreal an added plus.

  • Freelance CGI Artist

    We are looking to work with senior freelancers for ongoing projects with experience in Cinema 4D, Redshift and Octane. Skills in Houdini, Marvelous and Unreal are an added plus.

  • Internship

    We offer a 6-month, paid internship for motivated students and recent graduates of graphic design and animation.

How to apply

Please send your application (portfolio, cover letter and resume) to jobs@bus.group with the respective role included as subject header. We are looking forward to hearing from you! Please note, we can’t reply to every application. Thanks for your understanding!

Past interns

George Beattie, Emile Bigler, Melanie Glück, Eloïse Harris, Sargon Khinoev, Calvin Kudufia, Leonhard Laupichler, Lisa Lennartsson, Michael Rüegsegger, Johannes Schnatmann, Christophe Synak, Chris Tangredi, Pia Thalmann, Caroline Vang, Paul Zech, Shuaitong (Shui) Zong

Credits

Code
Nikolai Sivertsen
Copy
Ollie George
Typeface
Diatype (Dinamo)

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A postcard of non-belonging

Art direction and graphic design for the inaugural issue of This is Badland.

The Adriatic Reimagined sets out to readers its editorial remit of the Balkan region. This is Badland reconciles a feeling of non-belonging — an area caught between East and West — with the contemporary talent of artists, writers and creatives from its geographies.

Under bus.group’s direction, the magazine duels with its visual content across essays, features and interviews. Typography is rendered against bold editorial imagery, and a display of logotypes double as graphic headline and essay doorstop.

Founders / Editors

Rafaela Kaćunić, Nina Vukelić

Creative Director

Rafaela Kaćunić

Art Direction

bus.group

Graphic Design

bus.group

Imaging

Vladimir Milašinović

Printing

Königsdruck

Sound

Florian Apel

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Tan lines on the Balkan mountain

Art direction and graphic design for the second issue of This is Badland.

Inside The Devil’s Sunbed, themes of food, ritual and body hold fort across the issue’s editorials. Following suit, bus.group dive further into the dualistic design direction: the issue is interspersed with energetic illustration, fake advertising and found objects.

Founders / Editors

Rafaela Kaćunić, Nina Vukelić

Creative Director

Rafaela Kaćunić

Art Direction

bus.group

Graphic Design

George Beattie, Eloïse C. Harris, Enno Pötschke, Shuaitong Zong

Imaging

Skulptur Berlin

Sound

Florian Apel

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Double double, filter bubble

Art direction and graphic design for the third issue of This is Badland.

In a double cover issue, Larger Than Life locates a contemporary condition marked by the so-called ‘cult of self’. The editorial direction is amped up within an uncanny aesthetic across the issue’s contributions and includes a 3D collaboration with filter artist Johanna Jaskowska.

Founders / Editors

Rafaela Kaćunić, Nina Vukelić

Creative Director

Rafaela Kaćunić

Art Directors

bus.group

Graphic Design

Colin Doerffler, Enno Pötschke, Johannes Schnatmann, Christopher Synak, Pia Thalmann

Copy Editor

Hayley Morgan

Imaging

rgberlin

Printing

Medalis Offsetdruck

Sound

Florian Apel

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If you’re me, and I’m you, then who’s who?

Art direction and graphic design for the fourth issue of This is Badland.

Inside its biggest offering yet, places of origin and spaces of dwelling are brought to the fore, asking its contributors: are we home? Across a four-cover offering, rapper Yung Hurn is photographed by Juergen Teller, Rita Lino reveals her Tool for Protection, Viktor Naumovski captures the Kids at Home and bus.group dream up a world of fungi.

Founders / Editors

Rafaela Kaćunić, Nina Vukelić

Creative Director

Rafaela Kaćunić

Editor-at-Large

Miloš Trakilović

Art Direction

bus.group

Graphic Design

Felix Feldmann, Ollie George, Leonhard Laupichler, Enno Pötschke, Caroline Vang

Copy Editor

Hayley Morgan

Imaging

rgberlin

Sound

Florian Apel

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Bad bites and Balkan athletica

Design materials for a launch event of This is Badland.

In a collaboration with Berlin-based Bite Club, BAD BITE coupled spreads of food with spreads of content. The event’s guests were invited to buy the newly launched magazine and eat from its region.

Graphic Design

bus.group

Photography

Henrik Alm

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Have you heard of Fluoro Baroque?

Visual identity and graphic design for the tenth edition of Samos Young Artists Festival.

The annual event brought together emerging and established performers in an ancient Greek theatre. Artists from across the world gathered during the seven-day presentation, playing music that spanned the Baroque, tango and contemporary. The supporting designs capture the musicality of performance across dynamic, hand-rendered illustrations.

Graphic Design

bus.group, Colin Doerffler

Sound

Florian Apel

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Back in my day we loved our politicians

Visual identity and supporting design materials for an exhibition in Samos and Athens.

Anatomy of Political Melancholy was a group exhibition on contemporary disillusionment. Curator Katerina Gregos describes it as one that “probes the increasing and widespread loss of faith in politics and politicians today.” A visual identity was produced for the two-part exhibition, drawn up via block colour and fragmented motifs.

Art Direction

bus.group

Graphic Design

bus.group

Editors

Katerina Gregos, Ioli Tzanetaki

Photography

Enno Pötschke

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Paging through plans

Graphic design and art direction for an architectural publication.

Notes on Architecture is a research project initiated by Verena von Beckerath and Niklas Fanelsa within the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism program at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Developed as an ongoing series, the publication documents the various outputs and collaborations between students, professors and external institutions. Each iteration has been designed by bus.group inside a unique format and collated as a reflexive body of research.

Art Direction

bus.group

Graphic Design

bus.group

Photography

Andrew Alberts

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Habit follows form follows function

Visual identity and design for a Berlin-based product design studio.

Geckeler Michels brings into play a diversity of mediums within their hybrid practice, translating the studio’s ‘autonomous in-house studies’ into lighting, furniture and spaces. bus.group worked with the studio to develop a robust identity, put to work across print formats and an itemised website design.

Art Direction

bus.group

Website

bus.group

Development

Artur Turkuli

Typeface

Oracle GM by Dinamo

Editors

David Geckeler & Frank Michels

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I wanna see you FLEX

Visual identity and supporting design materials for the 21st edition of a German music festival.

In 2018, Nachtdigital introduced its FLEX theme to festivalgoers. bus.group worked up a sweat for its ensemble identity, as liquid bodies collide with graphic typography across poster and film formats.

Creative Direction

bus.group

Art Direction

bus.group

Graphic Design

bus.group

Music

Mary Yalex – River

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130 beats per page

Visual identity and website design for an acclaimed techno musician.

Ellen Allien is an international DJ with a sound at home inside her native city Berlin. She holds an extensive back catalogue of releases and doubles as A&R of two self-founded labels. Allien’s identity and website was updated by bus.group, complete with a custom web player for continuous listening of the artist’s output.

Website

bus.group

Development

Bäucker Sanders

Photography

Stini Röhrs

Music

Ellen Allien – Flying Objects, Amotik – Tetalis [Ellen Allien remix], Ellen Allien - Junge Sein

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City swiping and urban panning

Website design for the architectural firm Heide & von Beckerath.

Founded by Tim Heide and Verena von Beckerath, the Berlin-based studio engages with urban, interior and larger architectural projects. Their design processes are applied to interests that span society, sustainability and technology. bus.group developed an interactive, map-driven presentation of the firm’s work: visitors are invited to pan, zoom and move across the project archive.

Website

bus.group

Development

Small Systems

Editor

Tobias List

Translation

Caroline Ahrens

Photography

Heide & von Beckerath

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Do you have a pen I can borrow?

Event identity for an ongoing lecture series on the cultural intersections of architectural praxis.

Some Notes is a nomadic event that engages with discussion on the working knowledge transfer between Germany and Japan. bus.group continue to provide the graphic design for each edition, uniting the visual language of its two regions in a typographic format.

Graphic Design

bus.group

Sound

Florian Apel

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If we’re together, then who is alone?

Visual identity and webshop design for a clubwear clothing label.

TWDA (Together We Dance Alone) catches the ‘madness and sadness of dancing’ within a collection of printed shirts. bus.group designed a custom logotype to be used across the clothing label’s presence and product.

Art Direction

bus.group

Website

bus.group

Typeface

Colin Doerffler, Christophe Synak

Development

Lukas Eberlein

Shader

Lukas Eberlein, Florian Zia

Music

Goldffinch - Diatonic

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Spatial cues for facial hues

Visual identity and supporting design materials for hair and make-up artist Philipp Verheyen.

bus.group developed a bold, face-less identity for Germany’s most sought-after hair and makeup artist. The design’s red-white colour scheme is supported by kinetic logotype, put to work within a dynamic website.

Website

bus.group

Development

Felix Niklas

Typeface

Lapidar Bold by Dinamo

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Bittersweet mints and forever-never goodbyes

Visual identity and supporting design for the final edition of a German music festival.

Nachtdigital offered festival solutions to a small German camping village for 22 years. Within the festival’s swan song identity, bus.group installed a minty mascot across its design furnishings. Tees, LPs, and a fitting mix of memories inside the welcome booklet reminisced on the past two decades of Nachtilove.

Creative Direction

bus.group

Art Direction

bus.group

Graphic Design

bus.group

Music

Polo – My Problems

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Dimensions of debate

Art direction and visual identity for a product design studio.

Argument is a young, Berlin-based venture that proposes a new perspective on design, understanding its collection of furniture as something discursive where objects ‘become arguments’ in themselves.

bus.group provided design and art direction to Argument, developing a contemporary identity for use across formats. A multimodal website was produced to house the launch collection, developed with full integration of shop functionality.

Creative Direction

Robert Fehse, bus.group

CGI & Art Direction

bus.group

Strategy & Copy

David Kamp

Website

bus.group

Development

Nikolai Sivertsen

Typeface

A 000 by Nolan Paparelli

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Those that do not bruise

Graphic design for a photographic artist book.

Fruit of the Womb welds together a series of ceramic work by the German-Iranian artist Nigin Beck. The book’s photography sets the delicate objects — fruits of Beck’s youth and family — amongst their raw counterparts in a Berlin market scene. The series was collated into a 44-page book and presented inside an embossed dust jacket.

Art Direction

bus.group

Graphic Design

Daniel Schnitterbaum, Enno Pötschke

Photography

Ini Niehoff

Text

Jesi Khadivi and Susanne Ehrenfriend

Printing

Medialis Offsetdruck GmbH

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Wrap up your bruk

CGI and creative direction for a music label’s inaugural release.

"BRUK is a new platform for fresh variations on the soundsystem ethic, developed as an artist-focused endeavour and geared towards producers with range, depth and ingenuity in their sound." Beside the chopping first statement from Josh Thompson's FFT alias, bus.group produced abstracted imagery to cover the sleeve in its own sheathed visual.

Art Direction

bus.group

CGI

bus.group with Julian Braun

Logotype

Christophe Synak

Graphic Design

bus.group with Calvin Kudufia

Music

FFT – Month

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New stories at the table

Temporary website and accompanying identity for the re-opening of Berlin restaurant Ernst.

The intimate dining experience updates its online presence. bus.group are working with Ernst to further re-imagine its design formats, ahead of an October opening and beyond.

Art Direction

bus.group

Website

bus.group

Development

Nikolai Sivertsen

Typeface

Diatype (Dinamo)

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Which role will you play?

Graphic design and 2D animation for an anti-racist online campaign by MTV Germany.

Meine Rolle platforms a crucial discussion on the casting of BIPoC in German TV and media. Delivered direct from the voices of several actors, musicians and online personalities, the effects of typecasting are voiced to and mobilised for the audiences of MTV.

bus.group worked closely with the network and its community of talent – photographed by Iga Drobisz – to produce a frank graphic delivery of the words and experiences described.

Creative Direction, Concept & Production

Wana Limar

Content & Concept

Moshtari Moshtari

Concept & Production Assistance

Madeleina Aissa

Art Direction, Animation & Graphic Design

bus.group

Photography

Iga Drobisz

Music

Florian Apel

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