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A Populist’s Guide

To: shaping democracy.
7 easy steps to autocracy.

Bottle Designs

for Gin Amadé and Green Hell Gin.

Carbon Dioxide

Data visualizations for: Critical Care, Architecture for a Broken Planet.


A collection of poster designs.

Editorial Design

Various layout projects: books, magazines and brochures.


Creating and animating a typeface.

Time X Money

Data visualizations connecting [1] time, money, goods with [2] gender, education, family origin.

Works of Art

Between concept and intuition. Analogue and semi-digital.

Character Design

An upcoming speculative design project: CRISPR Human




European Design Award
Gold in the category Internal Project / Student Project for A Populist’s Guide To: Shaping Democracy.

CCA Awards
Distinction in the category Student of the Year for the project Dr. Google.

Articles / Publications

Published article in »Novum World of Graphic Design« magazine, international issue
Featuring the project A Populist’s Guide To: Shaping Democracy
DE, AT, CH, 2020

Published AR-Artwork and illustration in Forward Festivals magazine
Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, 2020

Published poster-design in the book Blank Poster
Norway, 2019


Graphic Matters
Information Superpower
Breda, NL, 2019

Die schönsten Bücher Österreichs, Deutschlands, der Schweiz und der Niederlande
The most beautiful books of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands
Vienna, 2019

Angewandte Festival 19
Vienna, 2019

Critical Care, Architecture for a Broken Planet
Vienna, 2019

Handschrift und Fotokunst
Salzburg, 2019

The Essence 18
Vienna, 2018

Alphabet of Life / Biomimicry
Vorarlberg, 2018

Design-Thinking in Art (solo)
Salzburg, 2018

Mephistophelia (solo)
Salzburg, 2017

Show Off
Hallein, 2017

Group exhibition at Summeracademy of Fine Arts
Salzburg, 2016

Salzburg, 2016

Salzburg, 2016

Jössas, an Art exhibition (solo)
Salzburg, 2015

Zur Gunst der Kunst
Salzburg, 2015

Make it Big (photography)
Fotohof Salzburg, 2015

4 Jahreszeiten
Salzburg, 2014


Andreas Palfinger, multidisciplinary designer with focus on graphic design and visual arts.
Vienna based, globally active.

Studying at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna “Die Angewandte”: Class for Graphic Design, Klasse Kartak
Currently guest student at the Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany, with focus on visual communication and architecture. (Postponed to autumn)
Wintersemester 2019: guest student at the Class for Design Investigations (Industrial Design 2, focus on Speculative Design), a program conducted by Prof. Anab Jain.

Besides university I’m working as inhouse graphic– and product designer for the premium tequila company Padre azul, designing for business locations in Europe, North America and Asia.

A college with focus on graphic– and communication design (HTL Salzburg) brought me into the creative industries, this was followed by artistic experiences and valuable encounters in form of internships at design studios, studying at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Salzburg or during visits of friends who are active in creative scenes all over Europe.

University of Applied Arts Vienna
Class for Graphic Design (main)
2017 — now

Die Angewandte, Class for Graphic Design: “Our vision of a contemporary and future-oriented professional profile of graphic designers involves the development of designers as independent personalities, who are able to work in all current and future media and take a serious and critical approach to their responsibilities in social and economic matters. The service of responsible designers does not entail delivering complaisant propaganda. Hence, it does not consist of visual communication alone. Responsible design is permeated by a value system based on a sustainable and positive service to people of all cultures. Accordingly, the importance of social, economic, and ecological competence is growing.

The spectrum of tasks in the Graphic Design Department includes conceptual thinking and content research, developing an awareness of global contexts, and a sense of personal responsibility in the shaping of our environment. In our definition, graphic design as a discipline is not a separate field of work but an attitude towards life. In this way, students learn to work with time-based media, interactive media and print, installation, performance, photography, illustration, brand and corporate design, typography, packaging, information and exhibition design as well as sound design. Soft and hard skills are taught in the context of changing semester themes. Interdisciplinary projects are realised in collaboration with other departments of the University of Applied Arts to expand the methodological skills of the class. Research and commissioned projects train the students to develop professional relations with public and private institutions. Regular lectures held by graduates of the department offer further preparation for a professional life after graduation. Workshops and lectures by national and international experts from various disciplines enrich the study programme on the levels of craftsmanship, design, and intellectual discourse.”

University of Applied Arts Vienna
Design Investigations / Industrial Design 2
W 2019

Design Investigations is a design course at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, based in Industrial Design – working within Speculative Design approaches. It’s for the curious and the critically engaged. It’s for people who want to face the complexities and uncertainties of our world head-on. It’s for the responsible radicals who want to challenge and change the world around them. It’s a place where people come together to design tools, experiences, stories and provocations that help to create a more hopeful and humane future for us all.

The course provides a rigorous education that uses critical thinking, investigative research, material prototyping and conceptual speculation to design objects, experiences, stories and systems. You’ll explore the designer’s role in dealing with real-world challenges, probing the limits of our current reality while addressing the future of design and its role within society, culture, politics and the environment.

International Summeracademy of Fine Arts

A course by Senam Okudzeto (Basel, London, Ghana, New York City): “Unorthodox approaches do drawing. The programme is designed to accommodate a range of needs, so that artists who are new to, or uncomfortable with the medium can easily work with those who are more skilled. This class mixes unorthodox and conventional drawing techniques with an aim of both improving drawing skills and developing experimental approaches to drawing and representation.”

Graphic- and Product Designer
2018 — now

Besides University I’m working as inhouse graphic– and product designer for the premium tequila company Padre azul. Current area of responsibilities: packaging–, product– and editorial design, creating POS– and marketing materials for print and screen. I’m designing for business locations in Europe, America and Asia.

College: Graphic- and Communication Design
2011 — 2016

HTL Salzburg: a college with focus on “graphic and communication design”. All important basics are taught, including programs (e.g. Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and so on), to draw/create by hand as well as a skilled handling with shapes, colours and contrasts.
After that the education focused on photography, for instance on how to use a DSLR camera and photography computer applications like Adobe Lightroom and principles about image composition, lighting etc. Many photography projects were based on this, like conceptualizing whole photo series or working in the in-house photo studio. Afterwards it was all about print and screen design. Students learn how to design apps or setup websites. The projects got gradually more and more extensive: whole magazine layouts, corporate designs, packaging design, fair stands, guide-systems and even full map designs.

All years through there are some highly specific subjects, like marketing and communication theory, composition and picture, art history, typography, history of design, film and animation or printing technology. This know-how is used in diverse projects – the conceptual theory is combined with practice and design expertise.
Simultaneous with a general higher education (e.g. natural sciences, applied mathematics, history and geography classes)
The entire education at this school culminated in the conception and technical elaboration of a final diploma project as well as the written and oral Matura (= school leaving examination / diploma examination) in »graphic- and communication design«.


Andreas Palfinger

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