Jean Jacques Schaffner, Switzerland
Niels Schrader, Netherland
Prof. Uwe Loesch, Germany

Concentrated expert knowledge - the jury of the red dot award: communication design

The latecomers´ phase of the “red dot award: communication design 2011” ends and for the last time designers, agencies and design offices have the chance to take part at this year`s competition and face an independent, international jury of experts with their creative works.

No matter in which of the 24 different categories the works of communication design will be registered, the jury examines all submissions extensively with an expert`s eye.

Jean Jacques Schaffner – ages of design competence

Jean Jacques Schaffner, born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1954, studied graphic design at the early age of 15 at Basel arts school with Adrian Frutiger, among others. Further training as a photographer and as a music film director with Leo Nadelmann, as well as his attending of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and study stays in San Francisco reflect Schaffner’s great variety of skills. In 1976, together with his partner Silvana Conzelmann he founded the Designersfactory in Basel, which includes a photo studio and a department for interactive media and Internet applications, thus offering the complete range of visual communication services. Since 1987, Schaffner has run trainings in graphic design, CAD, typography and packaging design and has held lectures all around the world. He was president of the Pan-European Brand Design Association (PDA) from 2000 to 2003 and is also a member of many design juries.

Niels Schrader – short films as a communication medium
Niels Schrader, born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1977, studied communication design at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences and at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. He worked as a freelance designer for Uwe Loesch and Irma Boom, before opening his own studio in Amsterdam in 2005. Before starting to teach at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Niels Schrader has lectured at the Delft University of Technology and the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. He has received several awards, including the Certificate of Typographic Excellence and the red dot design award. His short film "White Blackout" was screened at various film festivals such as the Milano Film Festival, and the Int’l Fest of Cinema and Technology in Los Angeles.

Prof. Uwe Loesch – expert for multimedia design

In 1968 Uwe Loesch founds his own "studio for visual and verbal communication" in Düsseldorf. His extraordinary graphic and typographic work is published and exhibited worldwide. The Museum of Modern Art New York has been collecting and showing his works since 1983. In 1985 he is appointed professor for multimedia at the University for Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf. From 1990 to 2008 he holds a professorship for communication design at the University of Wuppertal. Uwe Loesch is president of the German members of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, he is a member of the Art Directors Club for Germany, of the Type Directors Club New York and of the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie. He was president of the juries of international biennales in Warsaw, Lahti, Brno, Fort Collins Colorado, Toyama, Chaumont, Moscow, Ningbo and Hangzhou.

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