Helmut Ness

Managing Partner / CDO

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Helmut originally started his career in type design, typography and corporate design. He designed typefaces, such as Vialog, a font for corporate communication and information (linotype/monotype) currently used by, e.g., Munich’s Transport Authority, Spanish train operator Renfe, New Jersey’s Transport Authority and for English highway signage in Japan.

Following his studies in Wiesbaden, he joined with two partners to establish “Fuenfwerken”, a design agency focusing on corporate design. In the year 2000 Helmut moved to Berlin to set up and grow Fuenfwerken’s office in the German capital under its new name “Fuenfwerken Design AG.” Today, together with the Fuenfwerken team, he supports clients such as Clariant, Weber, Volkswagen and Munich’s Transport Authority by finding and implementing business design solutions centered around people’s needs, where product and service innovations inspire brand loyalty.

Helmut Ness is an international speaker, e.g. at Shanghai Design Biennale, Dongdao University Beijing, TDC New York, tgm, and Typo. He is a board member of IDZ Berlin and a member of the expert panel at IIID, Vienna, as well as co-founder of 5W’s design initiative gestaltBildung.

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