Oliver Weiss Design
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Biography in Brief
About the Artist

Oliver Weiss is a whimsical illustrator and designer working in mixed media for publishers and packaging producers from Europe, North America, and Asia. Originally from Munich, he divides his time between Berlin and New York City.

Some of his clients include The New York Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Welt am Sonntag, Kiplinger's Magazine, AOK, Psychologie Heute, Rowohlt, Crain, Gruner+Jahr, New Scientist, Scientific American, Die Zeit, Random House, Ritzenhoff, Johns Hopkins, Focus, National Geographic, Ravensburger, CBS, The Christian Science Monitor, Der Spiegel, Milken Institute, Tesa, Prospect Magazine, and Deutsche Bank.

Oliver's work was chosen to be included in Lürzer’s 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide book. In 2012, his work won him four awards of excellence in the European Newspaper Award contest for pieces he did for Germany’s largest newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung. Other recognitions include American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, and Novum: World of Graphic Design magazine.

In 2011, Oliver was a judge for the 3x3 Magazine illustration annual; and in 2008, he won the grand prize in the Munich Oktoberfest design competition.

Oliver has been among a designer's pool of only 100 to get invited to create stamp designs for Germany. Further, he created the jacket design for Random House's Who am I - and if so, how many?, a nonfiction bestseller authored by Richard David Precht (over 1.5 mill. sales).


Recent Projects

Oliver designed his first mug design for Ritzenhoff in 2011. In 2010, he created a range of tin packaging product designs for Huber Decorative. Winning the grand prize (10,000 EUR) in the closed competition for the official Oktoberfest poster on behalf of the City of Munich in 2008, Oliver's design has been featured on a multitude of merchandising products ranging from the official collector’s item beer stein to t-shirts and mugs. This tops off a series of awards Oliver has received over time.

Other projects of Oliver's include jacket designs and illustrations for book publishers like dtv, Droemer Knaur, Carl Hanser, Random House, Rowohlt, Piper, and Campus. Oliver has created the design for Wer bin ich? ("Who am I?") and Liebe ("Love"), two Goldmann Verlag nonfiction titles on philosophy authored by Richard David Precht that rank among the highest selling nonfiction books within Europe (over 1.5 mill. copies sold).

Further books for which Oliver has created artwork and jacket designs include Gregory David Roberts' worldwide bestselling novel, Shantaram, and nonfiction titles from Tal Ben-Shahar, Dirk Steffens, André Fourçans, Tom Buhrow, and Anne Cushman.

Other recent clients include The New York Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Welt am Sonntag, Focus, Crain, Kiplinger, AAA, Milken Institute, and The Christian Science Monitor. A documentary of 2004 included footage of Oliver working on a DER SPIEGEL cover design that was used for an international exhibition tour showcasing the cover art of 50 years from Germany's largest news magazine.


From Journalism to Corporate Design to Multimedia

Oliver is also engaged in corporate design projects. Clients include publishers, universities, and conference organizers. He has also been an expert reviewer for design and multimedia engineering.

In 1999, Oliver launched LEGAmedia, a self-owned online-only legal magazine that he edited for five years. Following Oliver's three-month stint in New York City in 2001, LEGAmedia quickly evolved into one of the world’s largest legal web sites, featuring multilingual articles from authors like former NYC mayor, Ed Koch, Harvard's strategic management guru, Michael Porter, and hundreds of partners from major international law firms.

In 1996, while working as a freelance journalist for a variety of magazines, he evolved into one of the country's first web site developers, working for large-scale clients from publishing, and for major law firms. Oliver was also contracted by AOL to edit a legal online publication.

In 1999, Oliver's web site for Haarmann Hemmelrath, then among the country’s top-five law firms, was awarded the grand prize (3,500 EUR) in recognition of what the jury at the German Bar Association considered to be Germany's best web site for a law firm.


A Long, Bumpy Ride

Oliver’s career as an artist is somewhat unique in that he is self-taught in everything he has professionalized in. He holds a master of science degree (Diplom-Ingenieur) in Information Technology from Munich's elite University of Technology, specializing in signal processing and speech analysis.

Oliver supported his university years by creating illustrations for some of Germany’s largest daily papers, including weekly artwork for DIE WELT, and assignments from Süddeutsche Zeitung and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, as well as hundreds of special-interest publications from around the world. This is where his profession as a self-taught illustrator and designer got initiated.

During graduation and after, while still supporting himself entirely on artwork, Oliver was torn between making a living as a professional artist and seeking a post-graduate academic career in the fields of ethology (voice analysis in bonobos, cetaceans and birds) and phonetics (speech analysis in humans).

To this end, he spent a total of over a year at ethologist Konrad Lorenz’s Max Planck Institute for Behavioral Physiology with human ethologist, Irenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt, as well as at universities in Germany and France.

Around 1996, with the Deutsche Bank approaching him for a major illustration assignment, Oliver decided to take the plunge and settle for illustration, design and journalism.

(c) 1989–2017 Oliver Weiss Design Up! 
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