About Manuel Kniepe

Manuel Kniepe



»Hi there, nice to meet you!«

I am Manuel, a Cologne based interdisciplinary and internationally experienced communication designer and photographer with a passion for clean design and a genuine interest in people.

I see myself as a problem solver and I believe that particular design disciplines combined with a curiosity in people can tackle and solve today's problems in various fields. Ever so often I find the holistic understanding of problem spaces combined with various skills and knowledge to be the best way to most effective solutions.

My studies as well as professional experiences comprises national and international works in Europe, China and Japan.

Please feel free to contact me for requests or inquiries.

Professional Qualifications

// 2018–NOW – Germany
Embedded Design Thinking
Barilla Deutschland GmbH, Cologne

// 2010–NOW – Germany
Freelancing Designer and Photographer
based in Cologne

// 2016–2017 – China
Freelancing Photographer
based in Hong Kong

//2014–2015 – Japan
Freelancing Photographer and Designer based in Tokyo

// 2012–2014 – Germany
Photography Agency Founder (Team of 2-4 Photographers)
based in Cologne

Education and Studies

// Cologne, Germany
Studies in Integrated Design
Koeln International School of Design

// Cologne, Germany
Studies in Photography & Ecological Design
ecosign/Academy for Design

// Koblenz, Germany
State certified Media Designer for Digital & Print Media

Abroad Studies

// Hong Kong, China
Studies in Advertisement Design & Marketing
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

// Tokyo, Japan
Studies in Design Management
Chiba University

Language Skills

Mandarin Chinese

Exhibitions / Publications

»Cultural Impacts on Service Design« Publication, DE
»Nichts was bleibt« Publication, DE 2017 »extraordinary« Publication, Jap 2015 »extraordinary« Exhibition, Shibuya/Tokyo 2015 »Nothing remains« Exhibition, Cologne 2014 »KISD Annual 2013« Publication, DE 2013 »SPIESSER 18« Special Publication, DE 2012 »Kleinodkollektiv« Exhibition, Cologne 2012 »PASSAGEN 2011« Exhibition, Cologne 2011 … and various others.


// ISAP Stipendium by DAAD
2016, PolyU Hong Kong

// PROMOS Scholarship by DAAD
2015, Chiba Japan

// JASSO Scholarship by Japanese MEXT Ministry 
2014, Chiba Japan

Clients & Partners

A fine selection of amazing people and companies which I was able to work with