Bus Group

bus.group is a creative service for celestial hospitality. We develop contemporary visual content in close partnership with clients across the corporate and cultural stage. Consider us the stunt doubles of graphic design, render whisperers of CGI and trip sitters of brand strategy. We’ll be your leading lady, background extra, design director and production runner.

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bus.group
Ritterstraße 2
10969 Berlin

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@bus.group

bus.group

Manuel Birnbacher (founder), Daniel Schnitterbaum (founder), Enno Pötschke, Joana Huguenin, Ollie George, Felix Feldmann, Sophia Brinkgerd

Selected Clients

Art Basel, Babor, Balenciaga, Cartier, Deutsche Bahn, Ferragamo, Instagram, Nike, Nomos Glashütte, Rimowa, Visa

Friends & Collaborators

Florian Apel, Luke Archer, Jorinde Barke, Verena von Beckerath, Mirko Borsche, Basti Boss, Johannes Breyer & Dinamo, Colin Dörffler, Ertl & Zull, Atelier Fanelsa, Robert Fehse, Geckeler Michels, Haw-lin Services, Sebastian Hennecke, Rafaela Kaćunić, David Kamp, Thomas Kartsolis, Kemmler Kemmler, Sina Linke, Linh Mai, Christian Metzner, Nachtdigital Crew, Ina Niehoff, Vanessa Olt, Marek Polewski, Sebastian Schönheit, Nikolai Sivertsen, Hannes Weikert, WvH GmbH + Sorry Press

Work with us

We are looking to expand our team via project-based freelance roles and dedicated positions. Current opportunities can be found below:

  • CGI Artist

    We have an opening for a full-time senior role

  • Freelance CGI Artist

    We are looking to work with senior freelancers for ongoing projects with experience in Cinema 4D, Redshift and Octane. Skills in Houdini, Marvelous and Unreal are an added plus.

  • Internship

    We offer a 6-month, paid internship for motivated students and recent graduates of graphic design and animation.

How to apply

Please send your application (portfolio, cover letter and resume) to jobs@bus.group with the respective role included as subject header. We are looking forward to hearing from you! Please note, we can’t reply to every application. Thanks for your understanding!

Past interns

George Beattie, Emile Bigler, Melanie Glück, Eloïse Harris, Emir Karyo, Sargon Khinoev, Calvin Kudufia, Leonhard Laupichler, Lisa Lennartsson, Michael Rüegsegger, Johannes Schnatmann, Junhyeok Shin, Christophe Synak, Pia Thalmann, Caroline Vang, Paul Zech, Shuaitong (Shui) Zong

Credits

Code
Nikolai Sivertsen
Copy
Ollie George
Typeface
Diatype (Dinamo)

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Tuning (back) up

CGI and 3D animation for the 2022 edition of PITCH.

After an extended period of distance between bodies and movement, bus.group were asked to create visuals for the returning music and arts festival in Victoria, Australia. We worked with PITCH to produce a playful 3D-driven film that combines surreal materialities against minimalist studio environments.

"Bringing together a community of like-minded individuals for our fifth edition, we welcome you back to the tranquil Grampian plains for an aural experience of electronic music and an assembly of visual delights."

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Might bruk your heart

CGI and 3D animation for the third release of BRUK records.

BRUK is a musical platform for fresh variations on the soundsystem ethic, developed as an artist-focused endeavour and geared towards producers with range, depth and ingenuity in their sound.

The third release invites Cassius Select into the label’s density of sonic textures: “hinting at the anthemic while remaining steadfastly cool and deadly, Cassius Select’s mutant brand of club has the space and versatility to slip between scenes, doing damage wherever it lands.”

Game on for the shake!

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Wining and splining

As summer draws to a close, we’ve used up the last of our seasonal stock for a fine, liminal feast. Sun-dried refreshments and extroverted introspection are served fresh in COVERT GALA, a 2021 film by bus.group. Volume up at the banquet please!

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A week of works, a decade of weeks

Art direction and 2D animation for the trailer of Berlin Art Week's jubilee edition.

Held over a week in September, the program sees the city's biggest art scene players show out and show up for a spectacle of talks, shows, screenings, fairs and performances. bus.group highlighted the forms of several works within the playful announcement trailer.

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Arriving on Panamera

CGI for a self-study on the idyllic supercar photography of the 1970s and 80s.

bus.group worked with HAW-LIN SERVICES and RGBERLIN to twist this era of imagery into an unknown age of travel. In the fog of an otherworldly landscape, the Porsche Panamera voyages across a rugged terrain.

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Timeless precision

CGI and 3D animation for a global campaign by luxury goods brand Cartier.

The Culture of Design film showcases the seven-strong collection of watches and jewellery within dynamic movement and fine lighting. bus.group worked with Haw-lin Services to produce the film and elevate each piece’s allure and precision.

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Long views and deep wilds

CGI and 3D animation for a product campaign by Canada Goose.

HUMANATURE signals a new era of sustainable, ethical production for the winter clothing company. The Standard Expedition Parka is made from recycled and undyed fabrics and 100% responsibly sourced down and reclaimed fur.

bus.group produced a 3D campaign film that unveils the Parka within a cocooned, arctic world. The animation travels inside and outward, revealing its arctic technology.

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New ties for an old bow

CGI and 3D animation for a campaign film of an Italian luxury goods brand.

Salvatore Ferragamo launches a collection of bags that re-work its signature Vara Bow. Originally conceived by Fiamma Ferragamo in 1978, the bow’s iconicity is updated within a contemporary silhouette.

bus.group were asked to realise a 3D-driven campaign film that re-imagines the bow in fluid motion, centring the bag within a surreal architectural scape.

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Don’t judge a typeface by its texture

CGI and 3D animation for the website of type foundry Dinamo.

For the launch of Dinamo 3.0, bus.group selected characters from each of the foundry’s twenty-five typefaces and gave them some extra skin. The animated CGI extrusions were deployed across the website — ABC3D style.

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Which role will you play?

Graphic design and 2D animation for an anti-racist online campaign by MTV Germany.

Meine Rolle platforms a crucial discussion on the casting of BIPoC in German TV and media. Delivered direct from the voices of several actors, musicians and online personalities, the effects of typecasting are voiced to and mobilised for the audiences of MTV.

bus.group worked closely with the network and its community of talent – photographed by Iga Drobisz – to produce a frank graphic delivery of the words and experiences described.

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Beethoven’s gemstone

CGI and 3D animation for the visual framework of Musikfest Berlin.

During the Beethoven jubilee year, the month-long programme pulls together instrumental and vocal ensembles as part of its orchestral festival for the music of our times. For the 2020 edition, bus.group developed a trail of 3D imagery that encrusted rock around its rhythm.

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No feeding on the dancefloor

Visual identity and supporting CGI for the music festival Nachtiville.

Following the party trail left by Nachtdigital last year, another musical offering arrives from its makers. For Nachtiville's debut by the Baltic Sea, bus.group developed a playful identity and 3D-driven artwork that welcomes its arrivals with a waddling, winter mascot.

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New stories at the table

Website design and accompanying identity for the Berlin restaurant Ernst and bistro Julius.

The intimate dining experience updates its online presence. bus.group have worked with Ernst and its 'little brother' Julius to further re-imagine its design formats.

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Melodic ecologies

CGI and 3D animation for the album artwork of band Jeans for Jesus.

19xx_2xxx_ is the third LP of Swiss band J4J. For the supporting imagery, bus.group transformed 3D scans of the band members into eco-mythical figureheads.

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Chained up for spring

3D animation featuring elements developed for the ready-to-wear Spring 2020 collection of Balenciaga.

The work was debuted during Paris Fashion Week to an audience dispersed within a swirling blue production. Chain imagery was produced for use within a ready-to-wear silhouette and brought to life inside a swirling animation.

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A routine roll call

CGI and 3D animation for a series of product campaigns by skincare company BABOR.

For their Sea Creation and Reversive and Valentine’s Day campaigns, bus.group produced a set of product sceneries that suspended the skincare collection in motion.

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How does the future smell?

3D outtakes for an editorial feature entitled The Doors of (Multi-Sensory) Perception.

MOLD is a magazine about the future of food and investigates the potential of ‘designing food’ across interviews, editorials and critical essays. For the fourth issue, Designing for the Senses, bus.group were commissioned to envision a new model for perception, worn amongst a text by Maria Jimena Ricatti.

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Paging through plans

Graphic design and art direction for an architectural publication.

Notes on Architecture is a research project initiated by Verena von Beckerath and Niklas Fanelsa within the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism program at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Developed as an ongoing series, the publication documents the various outputs and collaborations between students, professors and external institutions. Each iteration has been designed by bus.group inside a unique format and collated as a reflexive body of research.

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How does the future smell?

Animated outtakes for an editorial feature entitled The Doors of (Multi-Sensory) Perception.

MOLD is a magazine about the future of food and investigates the potential of ‘designing food’ across interviews, editorials and critical essays. For the fourth issue, Designing for the Senses, bus.group were commissioned to envision a new model for perception, worn amongst a text by Maria Jimena Ricatti.

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Lag-free shopping

CGI and 3D animation for a digitally driven shopping experience.

Project RetailCX is a “highly configurable in-store system” that comprises storage robots, interactive screens and output compartment. bus.group were commissioned by Knapp to produce supporting 3D imagery as part of the project’s international launch.

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You need your eyes tested

CGI and 3D animation for an eyewear brand’s campaign film.

bus.group provided the modelling and animation for the Sportmax FW19 eyewear campaign. The film emphasises the strong and experimental shapes of the collection, with a nod to its active geometry.

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Wrap up, break down

CGI and 3D animation for the second release of BRUK.

BRUK is a musical platform for fresh variations on the soundsystem ethic, developed as an artist-focused endeavour and geared towards producers with range, depth and ingenuity in their sound.

The second release sees producer Siete Catorce unravel his sonic influences of Latin America and futural techno abstraction. The Temperatura EP is fractured, rhythmic and in constant shift.

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Wrap up your bruk

CGI and creative direction for a music label’s inaugural release.

"BRUK is a new platform for fresh variations on the soundsystem ethic, developed as an artist-focused endeavour and geared towards producers with range, depth and ingenuity in their sound." Beside the chopping first statement from Josh Thompson's FFT alias, bus.group produced abstracted imagery to cover the sleeve in its own sheathed visual.

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If you’re me, and I’m you, then who’s who?

Art direction and graphic design for the fourth issue of This is Badland.

Inside its biggest offering yet, places of origin and spaces of dwelling are brought to the fore, asking its contributors: are we home? Across a four-cover offering, rapper Yung Hurn is photographed by Juergen Teller, Rita Lino reveals her Tool for Protection, Viktor Naumovski captures the Kids at Home and bus.group dream up a world of fungi.

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If you didn’t see the render, did you even wear the shoe?

CGI and 3D animation for a global campaign launch of the Balenciaga Triple S.

bus.group produced a teaser film for Balenciaga and provided full concept, modelling and animation. Though, even before our machine had finished rendering, the Triple S had already incited industry riot.

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Those that do not bruise

Graphic design for a photographic artist book.

Fruit of the Womb welds together a series of ceramic work by the German-Iranian artist Nigin Beck. The book’s photography sets the delicate objects — fruits of Beck’s youth and family — amongst their raw counterparts in a Berlin market scene. The series was collated into a 44-page book and presented inside an embossed dust jacket.

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Dimensions of debate

CGI for the web shop of a product design studio’s collection.

The young, Berlin-based venture Argument proposes a new perspective on design, understanding its collection of furniture as something discursive where objects ‘become arguments’ in themselves. bus.group augmented the website of Argument with fine 3D imagery for the collection’s launch campaign.

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Dimensions of debate

Art direction and visual identity for a product design studio.

Argument is a young, Berlin-based venture that proposes a new perspective on design, understanding its collection of furniture as something discursive where objects ‘become arguments’ in themselves.

bus.group provided design and art direction to Argument, developing a contemporary identity for use across formats. A multimodal website was produced to house the launch collection, developed with full integration of shop functionality.

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Did you hear the story of the golden wurst?

CGI and 3D animation for a Rimowa sticker pack.

The collection brought together iconic Berlin imagery, allowing travellers and seasoned Berliners the chance to board with a piece of the German capital. bus.group modelled a golden currywurst for the pack, in a collaboration with Studio Marek Polewski.

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Back in my day we loved our politicians

Visual identity and supporting design materials for an exhibition in Samos and Athens.

Anatomy of Political Melancholy was a group exhibition on contemporary disillusionment. Curator Katerina Gregos describes it as one that “probes the increasing and widespread loss of faith in politics and politicians today.” A visual identity was produced for the two-part exhibition, drawn up via block colour and fragmented motifs.

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Post-romantic rhythms

Art direction and graphic design for the debut album of Rachel Lyn.

‘Oh Daydream’ reveals the sonic work of Rachel Lyn within a long form listening experience. The 8-track album weaves together narratives of her VHS-induced childhood, produced into a ‘post-romantic’ story that composes various soundscapes within the artist’s own intimate flow.

bus.group developed the accompanying graphic design for the LP’s full release.

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Bittersweet mints and forever-never goodbyes

Visual identity and supporting design for the final edition of a German music festival.

Nachtdigital offered festival solutions to a small German camping village for 22 years. Within the festival’s swan song identity, bus.group installed a minty mascot across its design furnishings. Tees, LPs, and a fitting mix of memories inside the welcome booklet reminisced on the past two decades of Nachtilove.

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Artificial Teller Machine

3D modelling, texturing and rendering for a short campaign animation.

bus.group was commissioned to produce imagery for the financial company Liechtensteinische Landesbank. The animation unmasks the inner mechanisms of a robotic figure.

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Made with ambiguity

Visual identity, website design and ongoing art direction for product designer Christian Metzner.

The Berlin-based label produces objects with a playful detail and an unconventional choice of materials. Founded in 2006, Metzner’s work is characterised by a ‘timeless, clear design’ and the ambiguity of his hometown Brandenburg.

bus.group has worked closely with Christian Metzner to hone the art direction of his practice within a reserved identity and supporting website.

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You smell like you sound

CGI and 3D animation for an album artwork.

In 2017, Swiss band J4J released their second musical offering – an eclectic album entitled P R O. For its supporting artwork, BUS developed 3D imagery of the LP’s ‘scent’, rendered out as a sleek flacon and filled with sonic smell.

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Balenciaga Royale

3D animation featuring elements developed for the ready-to-wear Spring 2019 collection of Balenciaga.

bus.group created an eccentric, casino-themed print, produced as full-form patterning within a dress, shirt and scarf silhouette. The pieces were presented during Paris Fashion Week inside a blockbuster, multi-reality show – a collaboration between Demna Gvasalia, Jon Rafman and Ezra Miller.

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If we’re together, then who is alone?

Visual identity and webshop design for a clubwear clothing label.

TWDA (Together We Dance Alone) catches the ‘madness and sadness of dancing’ within a collection of printed shirts. bus.group designed a custom logotype to be used across the clothing label’s presence and product.

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Double dating

CGI for a campaign film of Nomos Glashütte’s most celebrated watchpiece.

The Tangente Update introduces a two-dot date ring around the watch’s dial, a style attributed to 'the new neomatik caliber within'. bus.group provided the concept, modelling and animation for the 3D-driven campaign.

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Sònar-powered wings

3D animation for a music festival’s stage programming.

SonarDôme is a longstanding partnership between Red Bull Music and Sònar Festival. For the 2018 edition, bus.group were asked to produce its supporting kinetic visuals.

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City swiping and urban panning

Website design for the architectural firm Heide & von Beckerath.

Founded by Tim Heide and Verena von Beckerath, the Berlin-based studio engages with urban, interior and larger architectural projects. Their design processes are applied to interests that span society, sustainability and technology. bus.group developed an interactive, map-driven presentation of the firm’s work: visitors are invited to pan, zoom and move across the project archive.

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I’ve found my solemate

CGI and 3D animation for a sneaker campaign by Marco Polo.

For the FW20 collection, bus.group produced a kinetic 3D animation that reveals the two-shoe pairing within an abstracted environment.

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130 beats per page

Visual identity and website design for an acclaimed techno musician.

Ellen Allien is an international DJ with a sound at home inside her native city Berlin. She holds an extensive back catalogue of releases and doubles as A&R of two self-founded labels. Allien’s identity and website was updated by bus.group, complete with a custom web player for continuous listening of the artist’s output.

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Four columns and a sticky

Website design for an architectural practice founded by Niklas Fanelsa.

Atelier Fanelsa is based between Berlin and Gerswalde, with a multifarious practice that engages with architecture across private and public projects. The portfolio website collates the practice’s output into a dynamic four column design.

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I wanna see you FLEX

Visual identity and supporting design materials for the 21st edition of a German music festival.

In 2018, Nachtdigital introduced its FLEX theme to festivalgoers. bus.group worked up a sweat for its ensemble identity, as liquid bodies collide with graphic typography across poster and film formats.

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24-carat imagery

CGI for a luxury jewellery event held in Berlin.

The Salon of Rare Beauty is a two-day jewellery and watch salon, hosted by FUSION at the Ritz-Carlton in Berlin. For the private event, bus.group were asked to produce a collection of 3D imagery to sit amongst its event material.

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Habit follows form follows function

Visual identity and design for a Berlin-based product design studio.

Geckeler Michels brings into play a diversity of mediums within their hybrid practice, translating the studio’s ‘autonomous in-house studies’ into lighting, furniture and spaces. bus.group worked with the studio to develop a robust identity, put to work across print formats and an itemised website design.

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Scans of the Zodiac

3D imagery for a musical project by actor and musician Edison Chen.

The Monkey King unites two figures — a series of 3D scans of Chen, with another of Ai Weiwei’s artwork The Monkey — into an emotive, golden figurehead.

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Have you heard of Fluoro Baroque?

Visual identity and graphic design for the tenth edition of Samos Young Artists Festival.

The annual event brought together emerging and established performers in an ancient Greek theatre. Artists from across the world gathered during the seven-day presentation, playing music that spanned the Baroque, tango and contemporary. The supporting designs capture the musicality of performance across dynamic, hand-rendered illustrations.

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If you’re me, and I’m you, then who’s who?

Art direction and graphic design for the fourth issue of This is Badland.

Inside its biggest offering yet, places of origin and spaces of dwelling are brought to the fore, asking its contributors: are we home? Across a four-cover offering, rapper Yung Hurn is photographed by Juergen Teller, Rita Lino reveals her Tool for Protection, Viktor Naumovski captures the Kids at Home and bus.group dream up a world of fungi.

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Bad Bad Bad on the World Wide Web

Website design for the online platform of This is Badland.

Dedicated to the exploration of art and culture from the Balkan region, the Berlin-based publication extends its reach into the online space. An editorially-driven website was designed to offer the Badland team a platform for regular publishing of its content.

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Seeing double in the filter bubble

CGI and 3D animation for an editorial collaboration with filter artist Johanna Jaskowska.

In a pursuit for 'more than a filter', Johanna Jaskowska comes face-to-face with her replica Johwska. Together with Jaskowska, bus.group augmented the photography of Alex de Brabant within a surreal cult of self. Narcisse was featured in the third issue of This is Badland, Larger Than Life.

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Bad objects, found lands

CGI and 3D animation for an editorial interlude within the second issue of This is Badland.

Pronadeni Objekti is a series of four objects ‘found’ by bus.group between 2017 and 2018. The names attributed to these sculptures are Mali Zmaj, Dvostruka Vjšala, Bakin Hrast and Janjeće Iznutrice.

bus.group welcome any further discoveries of those caught between lands.

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Bad bites and Balkan athletica

Design materials for a launch event of This is Badland.

In a collaboration with Berlin-based Bite Club, BAD BITE coupled spreads of food with spreads of content. The event’s guests were invited to buy the newly launched magazine and eat from its region.

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Double double, filter bubble

Art direction and graphic design for the third issue of This is Badland.

In a double cover issue, Larger Than Life locates a contemporary condition marked by the so-called ‘cult of self’. The editorial direction is amped up within an uncanny aesthetic across the issue’s contributions and includes a 3D collaboration with filter artist Johanna Jaskowska.

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Tan lines on the Balkan mountain

Art direction and graphic design for the second issue of This is Badland.

Inside The Devil’s Sunbed, themes of food, ritual and body hold fort across the issue’s editorials. Following suit, bus.group dive further into the dualistic design direction: the issue is interspersed with energetic illustration, fake advertising and found objects.

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A postcard of non-belonging

Art direction and graphic design for the inaugural issue of This is Badland.

The Adriatic Reimagined sets out to readers its editorial remit of the Balkan region. This is Badland reconciles a feeling of non-belonging — an area caught between East and West — with the contemporary talent of artists, writers and creatives from its geographies.

Under bus.group’s direction, the magazine duels with its visual content across essays, features and interviews. Typography is rendered against bold editorial imagery, and a display of logotypes double as graphic headline and essay doorstop.