Bus Group

bus.group is a creative service for neighbourly autonomy. 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.

Address

bus.group
Ritterstraße 2
10969 Berlin

Instagram

@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)

Copyright

Info

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.

Info

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.

Info

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.

Info

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.

Info

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.

Info

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.

Info

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.

Info

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.

Info

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.

Info

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.

Info

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.

Info

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.

Info

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.

Info

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.