Robert Nippoldt

A B O U T   R O B E R T

Robert Nippoldt (born 1977) grew up in Kranenburg on the Lower Rhine. After secondary school, the son of a judge took a wrong turn with law studies before finding his way to Münster in the summer of 1999 to study graphics and illustration at the University of Applied Sciences. His degree project, “Gangster. The Bosses of Chicago”, immediately found its way to a publisher; Nippoldt thereafter focused his work on art books. Following two years’ work, his next book project, “Jazz: The Roaring Twenties in New York” was published in the fall of 2007. Stiftung Buchkunst selected it as the 2007’s most beautiful German book. The last part of the trilogy, “Hollywood in the 30s”, was published in 2010. In 2017 his fourth book “Night falls on the Berlin of the Roaring Twenties” was published. Nippodt and the “Trio Größenwahn“ developed the show „Ein Rätselhafter Schimmer“ - a stage program with live drawings and live music. His art has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including Germany, Switzerland and Spain. His daring book projects teach both him and his publishers the meaning of fear. When he’s not snorkeling or trying to tune his guitar, he’s probably sketching in his studio at Münster’s converted freight depot.

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R E F E R E N C E S / C L I E N T S

The New Yorker, Le Monde, TIME magazine, ARTE magazine, Reader’s Digest, ZEIT, Gerstenberg Verlag, Büchergilde Gutenberg, Bearfamily Records, Mare, Dumont Verlag, JazzThing, Sophiensäle Berlin, AIDA, Deutsche Bahn, Apollo Theater New York, Jacoby & Stuart, Pentagram, Vanity Fair, Mercedes, TASCHEN, …


Lecturer at the Regensburg Academy
Lecturer at the Fachhochschule Münster Fachbereich Design

Robert Nippoldt

C H R O N O L O G I C A L   R E S U M E
Robert Wilhelm Nippoldt
Oktober 13, 1977
Kranenburg (Kleve)
2018 Book: „Night Falls on the Berlin of the Roaring Twenties“, TASCHEN Verlag
2017 Book: „Es wird Nacht im Berlin der wilden Zwanziger“, TASCHEN Verlag
2014 Book: “Hollywood in the 30s”, TASCHEN Verlag
2013 Book “Jazz. New York in the Roaring Twenties”, TASCHEN Verlag
2012 Book: “Fashion Designers A-Z”, TASCHEN Verlag
2011 Collector’s edition: “Gangster, Jazz & Hollywood”, Gerstenberg Verlag
2010 Book: “Hollywood in the 30s”, Gerstenberg Verlag
2008 CD collection: “Jazz in Germany”, Bear Family Records and Gutenberg Book Guild
2007 Book: “Jazz: The Roaring Twenties in New York”, Gerstenberg Verlag and Gutenberg Book Guild
2007 Little board game: “Gangster. The Bosses of Chicago”, LudoArt Verlag
2006 Board game: “Gangster”, Amigo Verlag
2005 Book: “Gangster. The Bosses of Chicago”, Gerstenberg Verlag and La Joie de Lire

Awards and Prizes
2019 German Design Award, Frankfurt
ADC Award, New York
Indigo Design Award, Amsterdam
iF Design Award, Hannover
A' Design Award, Como
International Book Award, Phoenix
Econ Megaphon Award, Shortlist, Berlin
2018 Red Dot Design Award, Essen
International Design Award, Los Angeles
Best Book Award, Los Angeles
Berliner Type Award, Berlin
Auszeichnung vom Art Directors Club, Berlin
Joseph Binder Award, Wien
International Creative Media Award, Meerbusch
Stiftung Buchkunst, Shortlist, Frankfurt
2016 German Design Award, Frankfurt
2015 Best American Infographic, New York
2014 International Book Award, Los Angeles
Good Design Award, Chicago
Joseph Binder Award, Vienna
D&AD Award, London
A’Design Award, Como, Italy
International Design Award, Los Angeles
Best American Infographic, New York
2012 Nomination for the German Design Award, Frankfurt
2011 German Designer Club Award, Frankfurt
Red Dot Design Award, Essen
2010 “Cinema Book of the Year” Award, German Film Archives, Berlin
2009 German Record Critics' Award, Berlin
2008 Nominated for the German Design Prize, Berlin
European Design Award, Stockholm
Stiftung Buchkunst Award: Germany’s Most Beautiful Book, Frankfurt
2007 Illustrative Award: One of Europe’s Most Beautiful Books, Berlin
2006 Red Dot Design Award, Essen
2005 German Designer Club Award, Frankfurt

2004-2019 among others: Berlin, Darmstadt, Essen, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Munich, Madrid, Brussels

1999-2004 Graphic arts and illustration degree, Münster University of Applied Sciences (Department of Design); formal qualification: graphic designer

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