Nikolaus Hafermaas

Award-winning designer and creative director for exhibitions, branded spaces and digital media installations of international scope. Proven, future-focused executive with over 15 years in building and leading large and multidisciplinary creative teams both in the agency realm and in art and design education. Passionate innovator and advocate for integrated design solutions across all media formats with a focus on branded experiences.

Vision, creative direction and excellent design skills spanning 2D, 3D and 4D – combining physical space with time-based media and virtual experiences.

Proven leadership in building, managing and motivating complex creative teams.

Very well connected to networks of internationally renowned designers and architects.

Direct access to emerging creative talent through Art Center College of Design.

Experienced in educating non-designers on the value of design and design thinking processes.

Regularly holds presentations on executive board level and at international design conferences.

Embraces a cross-cultural global perspective: Europe/US/Asia.

Work Experience

Art Center College Of Design

Chair Graphic Design | Executive Director Berlin Programs

Chair Graphic Design:
Leading a faculty of over 40 professional designers and 300 students in a new Transmedia Graphic Design curriculum that fuses the areas of print, branding, packaging, motion and interaction design.

Executive Director Berlin Programs:
Leading international academic collaborations in Berlin.
August 2004 - California, United States

Ueberall International

Founder, Chief Creative

Creating and producing large-scale exhibitions, branded environments, and media-driven public art installations. Clients include San Jose Airport, Atlanta International Airport, San Diego International Airport, BMW, NASA/JPL, Vitra Design Museum, Nevada Museum of Art.
December 2013 - California, United States

Triad Berlin

Principal Partner, Chief Creative

Formed together with two partners one of Germany’s leading design firms specialized in communication design. Led a creative team of over 30 designers and architects. Clients included Bertelsmann Media Group, World Expo 2000, Deutsche Telekom AG, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Toyota, and Zurich Financial Services for the Swiss Expo.02.
July 1995 - July 2004 Berlin, Germany


University Of Arts Berlin

Diplom Designer

September 1984 - June 1989

Berlin School Of Creative Leadership

Executive MBA

September 2009 - July 2012


English (Fluent),
French (Conversational),
German (Native),