And this is VÄN.
A creative design studio based in Karlsruhe.

Since I was little I have been fascinated by lines, shapes, colors and how they combine to make a new whole. A few years later, I’m still fascinated. Now, I call it design. I call it my profession!

VÄN is Swedish and means friend. I believe design can and should be like a friend. Communicating, understanding, encouraging and activating you. Design should not be just passive. It should actually get you where you want to be.

If someone asks why Swedish? Well, I have always had a preference for Scandinavian’s clear minimalistic way of design.



•  Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications,
School of Design of Pforzheim University

•  Communication Design, 
University of Applied Sciences Trier
•  Certified Graphic Designer (staatl. geprüfte Grafikdesignerin), Vocational College of Graphic Design, Carl-Hofer-Schule, Karlsruhe



•  Freelance Graphic Designer, VÄN
•  Art Director, Kontext Kommunikation, Heidelberg/Berlin

•  Internship, Kontext Kommunikation, Heidelberg/Berlin
•  Freelance Work, Quintessenz Manufaktur für Chroniken, Heppenheim
•  Internship, slk mediendesign, Ettlingen


  • Creative Suite
  • Indesign
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • Muse
  • Photography


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© 2017 Barbara Nagel