Art Direction &
Graphic Design
Currently working from
Hong Kong, Lausanne, Bern, Mainz, Amsterdam, Strasbourg

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Eric Lee, Lecturer HKDI
"Mr. Stille has offered our students rewarding experiences in both cultural and pedagogical exchange. Through working in workshops and classes, the design projects offered by Stille student draw students away from computers production, and allowed them a new perspective to typography and illustration. The lecture and workshops on Typography and illustration conducted has enriched the knowledge base of students towards fundamental graphic design language."
Taura Edgar, Digital Devotee
"Working with Stille Studio on my client's icon set was pure pleasure. Klaus was able to take a relatively simple brief and help us create something meaningful and multipurpose. All with great collaboration and timing."
Bohan Qiu, PR Executive
"In a sense, what Klaus truly impressed us, is that he can be either given a direction and concept and uniquely paint a clear and perfect image, or be given no direction and invent a subject that leads us into thinking. That to me, is what makes a great graphic designer."

Stille Studio is a consultancy company experienced in communications consulting, research, web and graphic design. Klaus Stille is a highly motivated, swiss graphic designer with an artistic approach graduated from ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne in 2015. He currently lives and works in Hong Kong. He has been selected by the university of Hong Kong, faculty of architecture, to being responsible for their new overall visual identity, design of all spatial, printed and electronic items starting February 2017. His focus lies on designing identities, websites, books and posters. For any questions or inquiries regarding things you have seen or read on this page or elsewhere, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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↓ Selected projects 

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Date
23.03.2017
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Design and Exhibition set up for a presentation by the artist; Christo (Floating Piers 2014 -16 Lake Iseo, Italy and work in progress Mastaba project for Abu Dhabi, UAE.) at the University of Hong Kong. Coming soon.

Date
27.02.2017
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Movie Night Poster Template for the department of architecture at the university of Hong Kong. The Movie Night Series stand for fun evenings with food and drinks, looking at architecture with the Students through movies. Typeface: Everett by Nolan Paparelli

Date
27.02.2017
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Lecture Series Poster Template for the department of architecture at the university of Hong Kong. Typeface: Everett by Nolan Paparelli

Date
27.02.2017
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Lunchtime Seminars Poster Template for the department of architecture at the university of Hong Kong. The presentations are given by PhD Candidates, allowing the wider architectural community in the school to get a glimpse of their fields of research. Typeface: Everett by Nolan Paparelli

Date
27.02.2017
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Poster for a Symposium for the department of architecture at the university of Hong Kong. This first International symposium on reading, writing and criticism in architecture highlights and challenges reflections and responses to pressing questions ranging from situating architectural criticism today in a global neo-liberal market, passing through history as an indicator and marker of positions on contemporary criticism. It explores the art of criticism in China and its similarities and differences with the methods used in the west where the ideas of “being modern” have been challenged. It will finally discuss the relationship of pedagogy with the subjects. The debate will allow us to draw hypothetical conclusions as to where the education of architects may be leading; as well as exploring this recurring struggle of universities around the world to place architectural design in a “research” context. Typeface: Everett by Nolan Paparelli

Date
17.01.2017
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François Gérard is a French native now living in Hong Kong, experienced in Product Development, Product Management, Marketing, Sourcing, Design and Styling. He asked me to design his name card. We decided to make reference to Sham Shui Po's fabric market using a fabric samples format and applying the identity across the medium. The cards are fully made by hand (& helvetica), and are limited to 50 copies. 

Date
24.11.2016
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I was asked to send a proposal (2) for a redesign of Think Young. 
ThinkYoung is the first think tank that focuses on young people. It was founded in 2007 and has expanded to have offices in Brussels, Geneva and Hong Kong. It is a not for profit organisation, with the aim of making the world a better place for young people, by involving them in decision making processes and by providing decision makers with high quality researches on youth’s conditions. ThinkYoung makes studies, surveys, documentary movies, policy proposals and education programs: up to today, ThinkYoung projects have reached over 600’000 young people.

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15.10.2016
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Poster for the "Mothra" concert at Salon n10 – The trio explores electroacoustic territory extending the sonic possibilities of their instruments with effects, loops and live electronics. Mothra is a giant moth, the monstrous God of peace of the Japanese cinema, appeared on the screens in 1961. It reveals its devastating powers only when its environment is violated or when his friend / enemy Godzilla becomes evil. Its wings, symbol of an intangible lightness, are transformed into lethal weapons with which gives rise to hurricanes. A moth as a symbol of fragility that can unleash an irrepressible force: the three musicians combine these contrasts through music in a constantly changing that, through mutual listening and improvisation, can be delicate and introspective but also furious and release. The three of them are joined by extra-European musical approaches: Mina plays flute but also bansuri flute, duduk, danmoi, fujara; Zanotti plays percussions and other instruments from Africa like mbira and kamalengoni, Andean drums and objects; Frana plays turkish oud, in particular an electric variant as well as the lute, Afghan rabab and other plectrum instruments.

Poster for the powerful jazz punch "Baenz Oester and the Rainmakers" on concert at Studio 9 Hong Kong, supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai. "Spontaneous cameraderie and a deeply felt musical intention are what unite this group and deliver an immediate, powerful jazz punch. This band is playing “the music of intention”!" "Swiss Vibes (Switzerland)

Date
21.09.2016
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I was asked to design the promotion poster and website for "Das Fremde" which is a performative installation featuring a species of artificially intelligent entities that creates its own language and culture by ontogenetic process. The cultural identity of this micro-society faces foreign cultural elements introduced by visitors. Like any indigenous population gradually invaded by an outside population, its culture is forced to expand, to hybridise, withdraw or completely surrender. The overall territory covered by these areas of perception constitutes the world of these agents, their primary forest. The space that surrounds this immediate area is imperceptible to the population and constitutes a sort of terra incognita, bringing about other forms of life and civilisation unknown yet to the population of robots. 
The making of Das Fremde is in the hands of Stéphane Noël and Michael Spranger, from its original inception, to the conception and public presentation.

Date
11.09.2016
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Visual Identity/Logo for Studio 9 (Society of the Unusual Dreamers). The logo exists in three variations, allowing a completely flexible system for all various format. Studio 9 acts as a host to international music events, private dinnes, product launches, art exhibitions, corporate annual parties, gala events and auctions. The venue has multi prposes related to design, art and food and beverage. State of the art features that will include a AV system, kitchen area, dining area, bar, reception, storage and bathroom. Website coming soon. 

Date
11.09.2016
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Visual Identity, Website Development & Design for Missing Sock Studio. Visit the Website here. Missing Sock Studio was founded in 2000 by Ahlaiya Yung and Nana Aganovich, graduates of London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins school. Missing Sock’s USP was immediately evident in the fact that its founders were both designers rather than factory owners. A designer’s priority will always be quality rather than profit. Their quest for quality led them to make an unusual ad- justment to the traditional production process. Rather than opting for the more economical assembly line format they chose to train their seamstresses to construct an entire garment.

Date
01.09.2016
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Currently working on some of the monthly event Banners for Salon No.10. Host to regular live musical and performance acts, Sunday lunch & film series, exhibitions, product launches and private dinners. Each series of events has its own identity. 

Date
10.08.2016
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Graphic identity of the monthly techno event in Hong Kong. The E-shaped grid: The ‘Responsive E’ can also be seen as a flexible typographic grid. The E-shaped construction is an excellent platform for all kinds of text. The position of the ‘E’ is always ‘locked’ in the left-hand upper corner; this ‘fixed’ position functions as the only static element in an otherwise completely flexible system for all various format.

Entropy is an expression of disorder, randomness of a system and our lack of information about it. 
Merciless, unforgiving techno.

Date
10.08.2016
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Johnny Hiller's "A Different Beat" graphic identity, in collaboration with the Music Room at Potato Head, Hong Kong. Through the Music Room, Potato Head Hong Kong hopes to inspire different generations of music enthusiasts through its eclectic offerings and add to Hong Kong’s cultural mix by going deeper into the subject matter through curated events, listening sessions and private events.

Date
07.08.2016
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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2017. In celebration of this important milestone, I proposed a design for their anniversary logo. Shape of „80“ with three intertwined equal size circular shapes.
Each of them represents one of Hong Kong Polytechnic Universitiy‘s core values
1 Professional Knowledge
2 Real World Experience
3 Service Learning
All these emphasize critical thinking and personal reflection while encouraging a
heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility.
Further, the „80“ shape suggest the first two letters of „PolyU“.
It is both, combining optically and referring to PolyU 80th anniversary.

Date
12.05.2016
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Set up exhibiton at gallery l'elac at ECAL to show the outcome of my residency in HK together with Hansel Schloupt, Laurence Kubski and Iris Andreadis. Exhibition will be open until May 27, Wednesday to Friday from 1pm to 5pm. come, come!

Date
10.09.2015
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New Band Logo for Shumking Mansion & Drumskin Cutting

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24.06.2015
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Diploma Project at ECAL

A review over a one year period summarising the worlds perpetual absurdities. The absurd articles that give me my inspiration come from the newspaper “Blick am Abend”. As a matter of fact, the news no longer serves solely to convey information but to give the reader a certain type of entertainment. And so it comes about that we are confronted with a load of rubbish every day. At the same time, an image of our modern society emerges. But isn't it rather a sing of a society impoverished in human or natural values? But at least it is an expression of our time and our dynamic western society. The diary helps me to digest and process this trash.

Date
07.03.2015
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During my internship at Komet in Bern I had the honour to participate at this beautiful project, the sixth Soirée graphique. Soirée graphique was first launched in 2008 by Komet and the agency has been organizing and curating the yearly event ever since. The exhibition also acts as a platform for creatives from the fields of graphic design, photography, and visual arts. I did also the coverdesign for the magazine and the magazine itself. You can order the magazine here.

Date
27.02.2015
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Breaking records appears to fulfill lifetime’s ambition for many of us. It is an expression of our time and our dynamic networked western society. Guinness World Records was published for the first time in 1955 and became the best-selling copyrighted book until today. But what is the fascination with record breaking? Isn’t it rather a sign of a society impoverished in human or natural values? And isn’t it absurd to break records? A Never Ending Action? This book therefore includes Camus’s philosophy of the absurd in the Myth of Sisyphus and compares Sisyphus’s meaningless task of pushing a stone up a mountain (and to see it roll down again) with the human effort to become famous and break Guinness World Record. The book thus confronts to some absurdities humans do in their lives.

Date
25.02.2015
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Selfmade Businesscard printed on a dot matrix printer (Model Panasonic KX-P2123)

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11.02.2015
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Thesis
From the Body to the Book back to the Body

At the very beginning - There‘s a fascination about books. There‘s no particular ingredient, either it catches you, or not. It‘s about perception and manipulation - in term of sense experience with the physical world. Can we manipulate perception into being a temporary reality? There‘s a fascination about the movements of the hands and overall postures, the language of gestures using the components of complex human communication. There‘s a fascination about the manipulation of the object of the book. The magnificent and intriguing adventure of the body manipulating the object which again shows the body. This double manipulation creates the very sensual artistic point of intersection which I want to treat in my thesis. Charly Chaplin once said in the final speech of The Great Dictator: „We think too much and feel too little“. Here is where I would like to begin, tracking the dynamic relationship of material and meaning.

VISIT THE WEBSITE HERE

Printed on a dot matrix printer model Panasonic KX-P2123.
Special thanks to Daniel Weberruß for lending me his printer.
Number: 4 copies
Lenght: 16,5 meter/copy
Printing time: 6,5 hours/copy
Printing noise: 50-70 dB cf. vacuum cleaner at one meter
Printing fun: ☺

Date
11.02.2015
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Visit the website here (WEBSITE WORKS BEST ON SAFARI Version 5.1.7)

From the Body to the Book back to the Body

At the very beginning - There‘s a fascination about books. There‘s no particular ingredient, either it catches you, or not. It‘s about perception and manipulation - in term of sense experience with the physical world. Can we manipulate perception into being a temporary reality? There‘s a fascination about the movements of the hands and overall postures, the language of gestures using the components of complex human communication. There‘s a fascination about the manipulation of the object of the book. The magnificent and intriguing adventure of the body manipulating the object which again shows the body. This double manipulation creates the very sensual artistic point of intersection which I want to treat in my thesis. Charly Chaplin once said in the final speech of The Great Dictator: „We think too much and feel too little“. Here is where I would like to begin, tracking the dynamic relationship of material and meaning.

Date
03.02.2015
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Fargo is a 1996 American crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The poster is an infographic, a visual interpretation & representation of the movie data.

Date
20.01.2015
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Visual Identity proposition for the African Music Archive in Mainz.

Date
24.11.2014
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Fuck Your Belief System was created in collaboration with Océan Bussard during a Workshop at ECAL with Mason Wells and Sean Murphy from Bibliothèque (UK, London). Our first approach was to invert the working process in order to get out of restrictions, and handle the concept freely. So we decided to feel printing ink whole week and get off of our computers! It was a great pleasure!
see more here

Date
20.11.2014
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...into some of my sketchbooks...

Date
21.10.2014
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Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters Some Old Posters 

Date
04.10.2014
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Website for a great friend and artist, Florent Marvier. 

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30.06.2014
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Comic Strip is a song from Serge Gainsbourg from 1968. I made an animation of the song that I encapsulated from the pop art context into a timeless language and to give it a bit more identity with the handlettering. I dissected, isolated, combined, and imagined accents, found the key points of the song in order to set the pace of the animation. In a further approach I did the poster, that shows a main phase of the animation.

Date
30.06.2014
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Traffic is a regular medium grotesk typeface. First hand drawn then vectorized.

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30.06.2014
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Traffic is a regular medium grotesk typeface. First hand drawn then vectorized.

Date
29.06.2014
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The ten commandments or sarcastic social network decalogue
This book gives an insight in ones social network life, it isn‘t neither about voyeurism nor about representation of oneself. It is a naiv approach on all that superficial content which goes round and round every day on these platforms. At the same time, an image of our modern society emerges. Treating social network issues of our every day life isn‘t only about going into these typical stereotypes. It is about profile research, filtering all these accessible informations about ourself, that can be reinterpreted and recombined into new formulas. It is about everything and nothing in particular.

Date
29.06.2014
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Generative Heartbeat 
The main idea is to make heartbeat signals into audible sound. Three heartbeats will be analyzed with the aid of computer software. Each of them has the function to be attributed to a different sound. Also would be interesting to see, if the measured impulses are adapting to each others sounds. At the beginning one may hear a crack or another kind of noise - which is maybe strange. But is it possible that these three hearts beat in the same time, which would lead to a kind of rhythmical music? That would be awesome. Let's see what happens. It is an experimental approach on how organism perceive sounds and respond to this stimulus. A sound is nothing but a mental representation in our nervous system. And these emitted sounds influencing again the rhythm of our heartbeat.

Date
29.06.2014
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Water soluble colour pencil drawing I did on a grey day in winter.
dimensions: 220x305mm

Date
28.06.2014
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Design by accident 3 is the result of a one week workshop with the second year graphic design students. The experiments were done directly on the offset plates with revelator and was printed in offset. The workshop was lead by Guy Meldem/Maximage and Angelo Benedetto.

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01.06.2014
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Make your own Kandinsky.
Kandinsky sometimes used musical terms to identify his works;
he called his most spontaneous paintings "improvisations" and described more elaborate works as "compositions."

Do your own composition #1 here based upon Quiet Harmony 1955
Music: Alfred Schnittke - Yellow Sound (1974)

Do your own composition #2 here based upon Colourful Ensemble 1938 
Music: Arnold Schoenberg - Music And Art Get One (1874-1951)

Do your own composition #3 here based upon The smallest World 1939 

:::Work in Progress:::

Date
29.11.2013
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Burning Bern is a self initiated one-week project collaboration with Anita Moser and Linda Moser. It is an alternative travel guide of the city of Bern. Upon the recommendation of the young people of Bern, we chose the best offers that lead you to the most interesting parts of the city. 

Date
27.11.2013
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Visual identity proposal for the Solothurn Film Festival during my internship at Komet, in Bern. The logo is based on the 16:9 ratio (1.77:1) (16:9 = 42:32) with a width of 16 units and height of 9. A common aspect ratio for televisions and computer monitors.

Date
26.11.2013
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Primary Color Silkscreen Poster I made on a grey day in winter.
Of the 20 copies I cutted 1 A2 poster down to Postcard format and sended them out to friends and clients for christmas.

Date
28.05.2013
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A poster for an event which never will take place. Sebastian Zimmerhackl is a friend and student at fh mainz. His name keeps cropping up nearly everywhere. Zimmerhackl is omnipresent. I combined those two aspects together in one poster, and hung it up everywhere, so everybody could see it, using all the lies to mislead the public. After 4 hours, half of poster have dissapeared. "Everybody is asking and I don't know anything about it", so Sebastian :) The poster is handprinted with silkscreen in two colors and is limited to 20 prints.

Date
27.03.2013
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Street By Street, Block By Block is a publication produced by Goleb – in collaboration between Taf Hassam and Roel Griffioen – that reflects upon the current urban strategies and utopian roots of Amsterdam’s New-West. This book was realized in collaboration between Goleb and the Foreign Legion.

Date
14.01.2013
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A little welcoming present for Tevo Howard as he was playing in my neighbourhood.

Featured Projects

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Das Fremde
Date
21.09.2016
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Studio 9
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11.09.2016
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A Different Beat
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10.08.2016
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From the Body ...
Date
11.02.2015
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Fargo, 1996
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03.02.2015
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