Jan Schaab is a graphic designer/ visual artist based in Hamburg Germany, holding an MFA in Typography from the University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK). His work ranges from self initiated projects like curating exhibition and music events and self-publishing, over collaborative work with and for other artists, designers and musicians, to typography based client work. Not confined to any kind of analog or digital media, the outcomes vary from abstract videos and images to the development of visual identities and book design. Jan has gathered some experience in running workshops and teaching. Currently enrolled as a PhD student at HFBK, he is doing research on the process of change concerning the profession of graphic design in the 21st century.
Freelance Work for ZEIT Verlag digital and NDR Television
2010 – 2012
Corporate design work with PBLC/ Public Design Studio (Partner/ Co-Founder)
Project based co-work with Christoph Lohse/ Büro für exakte Ästehtik
Work for various clients in the vast field of culture (Self-employed )
1999 – 2002
Illmatic/ Streetwear (Jr. Art Director)
PhD / University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK)
2012 – 2015
Master of Fine Arts in Typography with Prof. Wigger Bierma and Prof. Ingo Offermanns/ University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK)
Erasmus Semester / Iceland Academy of the Arts (Listaháskóli Islands)
2004 – 2009
Diploma in Communication Design with Prof. Almut Schneider and Asmus Tietchens/ University of Applied Sciences Hamburg (HAW)
2014 – 2015
Explorations into irony as artistic practice / with Prof. Wigger Bierma / University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK)
Self-publishing with Risograph / with Janos Szeymies and Prof. Heike Grebin / University of Applied Sciences Hamburg (HAW)
Identity for Wutzrock Music-Festival/ Workshop / with Daniel Behrens (PBLC)
Identity for the Annual Exhibition of the HAW Design Departments/ Workshop / with Curie Kure
"Tarpenbek Kontinuum" is the continuation of the collaborative work „Tarpenbek“ by artist Rolf Zander and musician Asmus Tietchens. Here Tietchens used Zanders etchings as a base for 12 music pieces. More info here.
These music pieces served Jan Schaab as a basis for 12 images made from visual noise. These images were handed over to Gregory Büttner and Richard Chartier to reinterpret the images into music.
To show the project in an exhibition, six of the images where printed on aluminium plates. The Images were accompanied by the sound interpretations thru the surrounding speakers.
UV prints on aluminium plates, 1m x 1m, 5.1 Soundsystem
Exhibition View/ Photos by Miguel Ferraz.
The Edition combines the results of the „Tarpenbek Kontinuum“ project.
It consists of 12 duotone fine art prints and a white vinyl record inside a matt transparent sleeve.
Edition of 300 released via Materialverlag. Get your Copy here.
Book concept and design for Hans-Joachim Lenger, together with Ingo Offermanns. The book combines facsimiles from the original issues of Spuren Magazine with a contemporary typesetting to bring these historical documents into the present time. Get your Copy here.
22,8 x 28,5 cm, 2c, Offset print
Visual concept for the artwork "Wir Mitläufer" by Carsten Benger, Moritz Herda, Dominic Osterried and Steffen Zillig at Kunstverein Düsseldorf. See Kunstverein Düsseldorf for details about the artwork.
28,5m x 1,15m, Inkjetprint
Video piece generated from a single image using the photoshop algorithms of »sharpen« and »resize«. See a compressed version of the video here.
Portfolio and webarchive for artist Nika Breithaupt a.k.a. dj/ musician Nikae.
Code by Büro für Exakte Ästhetik. Click.
Event concept and poster design for the electro acoustic evening «strom.klang». Curation together with Jan Tackmann. Listen to the concerts here.