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Ingo Offermanns

Ingo Offermanns, Professor of Graphic Art

Leave your ego, play your music and love the people.
(Luther Allison)

Ingo Offermanns studied painting at the Akademie der bildenden Künste München, Munich, from 1994 to 1998, and completed his Master of Fine Arts degree at the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnheim (the Netherlands) in 2001. Since 2000, he has worked as an independent designer specialising in books and printing for a number of museums and publishing houses in Germany and abroad. Before taking up his post at the HFBK Hamburg, Ingo Offermanns lectured at a number of institutions, including the ArtEZ hogeschool voor de kunsten in Arnheim (the Netherlands) and at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (USA). Since June 2019 he is vice president of the HFBK.

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

New articles at is the social network of the HFBK. It opens a digital forum for exchange and discussion in which students, teachers, guest authors, art critics and the interested public provide a wide range of content and perspectives.

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?