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Michael Keller (designer)

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Michael Keller
Born (1963-05-02) May 2, 1963 (age 61)
EducationParsons School of Design

Michael Keller (born May 2, 1963, in Glendale, California, United States) is a German designer.

Life and career[edit]

Michael Keller studied in Munich and at the Parsons School of Design in New York where he received the Cooper Union scholarship. Starting in the mid-1980s, he and Knut Maierhofer ran KMS, a successful design agency. Since its 2012 restructuring, Keller is owner and managing partner of BLACKSPACE, an independent company. Keller has developed visual identities for numerous brands, companies and cultural events across the world. His work for Audi,[1] Vodafone,[2] Lamborghini, Mercedes and the World Trade Center (“Silverstein Properties“) has received international recognition. KMS was chosen “Red Dot: Agency of the Year“ (2009),[3] and BLACKSPACE “International Automotive Brand Contest: Agency of the Year“. (2013). Starting in 1998, Michael Keller has created more than 75 trade fair exhibits for numerous brands worldwide, including stands at the Frankfurt Motorshow, the Mondial de l’Automobile Paris, the Geneva Motor Show, the Tokyo Motor Show, the North American International Auto Show and the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. Many of them were awarded with national and international prizes. Some of Keller's best known works are the design for the Audi museum in Ingolstadt (2000),[4] the launch of the Lamborghini Murciélago on the Mount Etna (2001) in Sicily, the Voestalpine company museum in Linz, Austria (2008),[5] the “Bahrain Pearls Museum“ (2010), the “Qube 3“, an installation for Audi in Barcelona's harbor (2011) as well as Michael Keller's personal exhibition “Black Space. Two views on the creative mind.“ at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2013).[6] Since 1999, Keller's works have received 345 national and international design awards, including the Red Dot Grand Prix, Gold at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the Golden Nail of the German Art Directors Club, the iF Award in Gold, the Grand Prix at the German “Corporate Design Preis“ as well as the Art Directors Club of New York Award in Gold and the Golden Award Montreux.

Awards (selection)[edit]

  • 8x "Best of the best" at the Red Dot award (3x 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014)
  • 5x Gold at the iF communication design award (2000, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
  • 6x Gold at the ADAM award, since 2014 FAMAB award (2001, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2014)
  • 4x Gold at the ADC Germany competition (2005, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Gold at the ADC New York competition 2001
  • Gold at the Contractworld award 2002
  • Gold World Medal at The New York Festival 2005
  • Gold at the DDC award 2010
  • Gold at the ADC Europe competition 2012
  • Golden Award Montreux 2012
  • Gold at Cannes Lions 2012

Works (selection)[edit]



  • "1/1 Architecture and Design: New Synergies“; Christoph Ingenhoven, Michael Keller; Birkhauser; Düsseldorf 2001; ISBN 3-7643-6466-1
  • "KMS – 12 chapters about a design agency“; Conway Lloyd Morgan; avedition; Ludwigsburg 2002, ISBN 978-3-929638-68-4
  • Michael Keller: "From Attitude to Form"; in: "HQ – high quality. Best of advertising, art, design, photography, writing; Heidelberg 2008


  1. ^ "Automakers Create Indoor Cities At 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show : Pics". PSFK. 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  2. ^ "Vodafone flagship store by KMS BLACKSPACE, Cologne". Retail Design Blog. 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  3. ^ "Red Dot Online: Designing worlds – Munich agency KMS TEAM is the "red dot: design agency of the year" 2009". En.red-dot.org. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  4. ^ "museum mobile : Ingolstadt : Audi Forums : Audi Worldwide". Audi.com. 2013-06-14. Archived from the original on 2011-10-12. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  5. ^ "Design : Features : Retail Design : Interior Awards 2011". Contractdesign.com. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  6. ^ "Schaustelle. Black Space". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-03-03.

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