Tarpenbek Kontinuum

T.K. Edition


Yesterday Paradise

Galerie BRD

Offensiv Expermientell



Das Rauschen

UFO In Her Eyes

Nika Breithaupt



Frappant Sommerfest


ph projects

Moirés Poster

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.


2012 – 
Freelance Work for ZEIT Verlag digital and NDR Television

2010 – 2012
Corporate design work with PBLC/ Public Design Studio (Partner/ Co-Founder)

2008 –
Project based co-work with Christoph Lohse/ Büro für exakte Ästehtik

2002 – 
Work for various clients in the vast field of culture (Self-employed )

1999 – 2002
Illmatic/ Streetwear (Jr. Art Director)


2015 –
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

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