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.
Freelance Work for ZEIT Verlag, NDR Television, Territory and others
2010 – 2012
Corporate design work with PBLC/ Public Design Studio (Partner/ Co-Founder)
Work for various clients in the vast field of culture (Self-employed)
1999 – 2002
Illmatic/ Streetwear (Jr. Art Director)
2012 – 2015
Master of Fine Arts in Typography with Prof. Wigger Bierma and Prof. Ingo Offermanns/ University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK)
2004 – 2009
Diploma in Communication Design with Prof. Almut Schneider and Asmus Tietchens / University of Applied Sciences Hamburg (HAW)
Erasmus Semester / Iceland Academy of the Arts (Listaháskóli Islands)
Lecturship for Graphic Design / Kunstschule Wandsbek Hamburg
Lecturship for Typography / Bildkunstakademie Hamburg
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
Visual identity for the online gallery leikela.net. The colored frame expands over all media, analog and digital.
Visual identity for the culture association HALLO: e.V. and their annual festival the HALLO: Festspiele. The people at HALLO wanted to make all of their activities visible under the HALLO label. The colon works as a hinge between HALLO and the activity that is being communicated.
In 2018 the Festspiele where all about how to use the inner city waterways as part of the public sphere. A vector wave generator was developed for the festival visual together with Büro für Exakte Ästhetik.
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
"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.
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