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MetaDesign is an international design consultancy known for branding and brand strategy, founded by Erik Spiekermann, Uli Mayer-Johanssen and Hans Ch. Krüger.[1] The business has offices in Berlin, Beijing, Geneva, Düsseldorf, Zurich and San Francisco and 250 employees.[2][3]

Berlin, 1979 and 1990[edit]

Spiekermann founded the company in 1979.[4] Initially the company had offices in Berlin. Today the companies Berlin office resides in a 1920s landmark industrial building in Berlin-Charlottenburg.[5] MetaDesign's principal reputation was gleaned through engagements for the Berlin Transit System (BVG). Followed by further design work for Volkswagen, Audi, Düsseldorf Airport Authority and Springer Verlag.[4]

San Francisco, 1992, London, 1995, Zurich 2000, and Geneva 2013[edit]

In 1992, MetaDesign established the San Francisco office, around Bill Hill (IDEO) and Terry Irwin (Landor Associates),[6] and then in 1995 the London office around Tim Fendley (now Founder of Applied Information Group), and Robin Richmond (now founder Immersive Projects), formerly Union Design. Meta's San Francisco office developed teaching media including ViZability, IDEO's first web site, publishing systems for Ernst & Young and McGraw Hill and specialist event publicity for Fuse 98.[7] The MetaDesign London office specialized in branding for the digital arena working for clients including The Economist Group,[8] Ferrari, and European identities for Lexus[9] and Škoda Auto.[10] The company also developed the Bristol Legible City initiative for The City of Bristol.[11] In 1998 the San Francisco office brought in Stan Leopard as principal and chairman. In 1999, the London office left the group and joined Icon Medialab, who then merged with Michiel Mol's Lost Boys in 2002. In 2001, Lost Boys had also purchased the majority of the shares of MetaDesign in Berlin. By 2001 founder Spiekermann had left to run his own projects[12] forming the United Designers Network in 2002-2003 which formerly became rebranded as Spiekermann Associates in 2007. MetaDesign Suisse was founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2000, with partners Alexander Haldemann and Bruno Schmidt. Dr. Haldemann launched MetaDesign Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2013.[13]

Beijing, Düsseldorf and Hamburg, 2008[edit]

The MetaDesign AG with co-founder Uli Mayer-Johanssen as managing director and CDO has opened offices in Beijing, Düsseldorf and Hamburg in 2008.


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  2. ^ "MetaDesign, Winner's Exhibition". iF ONLINE EXHIBITION. 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  3. ^ "MetaDesign Creates New Identity for Intrax". Reuters. 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  4. ^ a b "Meta's tectonic man". Eye Magazine. 1995. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  5. ^ "performa | furniture and design". Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  6. ^ Pipes, Alan (2005-01-01). Production for Graphic Designers. Laurence King Publishing. ISBN 9781856694582.
  7. ^ "AIGA Design Archives". Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  8. ^ "The Economist to take new MetaDesign image. (News).(The Economist Group)(Brief Article) - Design Week | HighBeam Research". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-09-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ "Lexus brand in Meta's hands.(Brief Article) - Design Week | HighBeam Research". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-09-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  10. ^ "MetaDesign to drive Skoda bid". Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  11. ^ "Bristol You Are Here" (PDF).
  12. ^ "Erik Spiekermann". Designers & Books. Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  13. ^ "Insurance Global Operations (IGO) Chooses MetaDesign". Retrieved 2015-09-02.

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