Biography

Coming from a graphic design and sculpting background Oliver Helfrich has a broad and multi-disciplinary approach to design and branding. Originally from Germany, he began his career as a stone sculptor, before moving on to stage and exhibition design. After his BA in Graphic Design in Utrecht, The Netherlands, he has worked for renowned design agencies such as Studio Dumbar and Koeweiden Postma. Throughout the years Oliver has also been teaching Visual Communication at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, as well as giving talks around the world. In addition to commercial work he produces self-initiated projects, like the award winning Book of Paper or the kidswear brand Beep. Currently Oliver lives in London and works as a creative director at Wolff Olins.

Portfolio on request

 

Awards & Nominations

2015 – Pentawards (Silver), project: Technology Will Save Us
2013 – FastCo Design Award (Nomination), project: Little Sun*
2011 – D&AD Award (In Book), project: The Book of Paper, category: book design
2009 – Red Dot Design Award, client: FreeDesigndom, category: identity** 
2009 – European Design Award (Bronze), client: FreeDesigndom, category: identity** 
2009 – European Design Award (Bronze), client: ASVZ, category: identity*** 
2008 – Red Dot Design Award, client: Hella Jongerius, category: identity**** 
2008 – European Design Award, client: C, omroep voor kunst en cultuur, category: identity**** 
2007 – Red Dot Design Award, client: C, omroep voor kunst en cultuur, category: identity****  
2007 – European Design Award, client: Amsterdam Sinfonietta, category: posters**** 
2006 – Red Dot Grand Prix, client: Amsterdam Sinfonietta, category: posters****  
2006 – Red Dot Design Award, client: ArtAids, category: identity****  
2006 – Dutch Design Award (Nomination), client: Amsterdam Sinfonietta, category: posters****  
2006 – Dutch Design Award (Nomination), client: ArtAids, category: identity****  
2005 – Red Dot Design Award (with S. Hwang en D. Koot), client: Items, category: magazine**** 
2003 – Items-Spinhex Prijs (Nomination), Graduation project “For You"


*     at Wolff Olins
**    at Solar Initiative
***   at Koeweiden Postma
****  at Studio Dumbar