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Wigger Bierma

Wigger Bierma, Professor of Typographic Art

    Individual tutorials

    Mon 12–18 h, Wed 16–18 h, Fri 10–16 h, every 2 weeks

    Group tutorials
    Wed 14–16 h, every 2 weeks

    Project tutorials
    Tue 10–18 h, Wed 10–14 h, Thu 10–18 h, every 2 weeks

    Projects will be announced on the pinboard next to room 151 Le.

Wigger Bierma (*1958) studied typography at the Kunstakademie in Arnheim (the Netherlands) during its heyday, under Alexander Verberne, Jan Vermeulen and Karel Martens.

After serving as an assistant to Walter Nikkels, Bierma has worked as an independent designer since 1985. He has since won the “Most beautiful books in Holland” award 16 times.

Bierma’s areas of activity are primarily cultural, and include work for museums, special exhibitions, work for publishing houses and art in public spaces. He has designed catalogues for the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo and the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, and the companion book to the Arnheim Skulpturmanifestation Sonsbeek 92 project. As well as designing a number of façade signs, he has created the typographical concept for the permanent exhibition at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the public memorial to the Jewish community of Doetinchen. Bierma designs publications for the Fondation Custodia, Paris to this day.

In 1998, he founded the successful Werkplaats Typografie Master programme in Arnheim (jointly with Karel Martens). Wigger Bierma has lectured at the HFBK Hamburg since 2006, and has published (artist) books through the university’s in-house Materialverlag publishing press.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

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.

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?

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.