Berlin Poster – Experimental Image Making through Risography

This workshop is about experimental image making. Urban sceneries of Berlin will be translated into iconic expressions. Risography is the main tool, not only used to produce a final output, but serving as creative method in the design process itself.

This workshop deals with the translation of urban spaces into images using the printing technique of risography. From field research in the city of Berlin, different strategies for image making through experimental design tools are to be explored. How can manual and technical methods be remixed to create new visual expressions? And how are they related to urban reality and its spaces?

Berlin as a public stage will be the trigger for our design process. Intangible moments shared with one another during field research in the city will be translated and visually expressed using risography: Specific technical conditions influence the aesthetics in such a way, that the printing process becomes a creative tool by itself.

Our observations will find their way back into the public space as art posters. This shows how an urban scenery can be condensed into graphic images becoming a unique visual expression.

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The course will be structured in two phases: artistic field research in the city and translations of these observations into graphic images. Individual mentorings will be the main teaching format. Inputs and guest lectures bring in concrete related examples from professional perspectives. Presentations serve as supportive formats to share the personal work with the other participants.


Knowledge requirements
Basics in digital design tools (especially Photoshop)


Equipment requirements

– laptop with image editing and layout software

– mobile phone camera (optionally DSLR camera)

– sketchbook and writing tools

Thomas Lehner is a graphic artist, author and lecturer. Unique graphic messages are in the heart of his concern, using all kinds of means and tools. Dedicating 10 years to applied communication design for clients from the arts and cultural field (Thomas Lehner Studio, Berlin), he was as well teaching visual communication at the University of the Arts Berlin ( With a MA of Arts in practise led iconic Research, he alternates between guest professorships, his own artistic research in printing technologies and selected commissioned works. 

Instagram: @maler.mueller

Run period:
23.09.2024 – 27.09.2024
Course time:
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 560

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