I am a visual communicator particularly interested in collaborative design processes and the transformative potential of design-informed endeavours and co-founder of Precious Plastic Vienna, an open-source plastic recycling initiative. ︎︎︎ CV

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↓ Projects
Zur kleine stiege
Nobody is an Island
Mutant Chairs
7000 Bänke documentation
OMI – Open Material Infrastructure
Questionism – School of Thought
Smell The Kings
Pewter Transmutation
Bolzano Ti Saluta

↓ Interventions
Declaration of Human Rights
The Black Hole Said:
Democratic Cocktails &
Liquid Democracy

↓ Visual communication (selected works)
OM YEAH (visual identity, webdesign)
Lenkerbande (logo and branding)
Social Design Studio (master program)
National Excitement (data-visualisation)
Shared Walks (card set)
COOP. Sophia (visual identity)

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I use design as a critical communicative and translative tool to prototype narratives and situations to envision and tinker with possible futures built on a strong belive in the collaborative capabilities of humans.

My design approach seeks for plain and bold ways of communication.

I am living and working in Vienna, Austria.

For further questions feel free to get in touch sending an email to ahoi(at)raphaelvolkmer.com


2017 – 2020
Master of Arts
Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria

Guest student
MA in Eco-Social Design
Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy

2012  February–July
Exchange semester, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

2010 – 2014
Bachelor of Arts
Product and Communication Design
Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy

Professional Experience

2018 – present
Co-founder of Precious Plastic Vienna www.preciousplastic.wien
Vienna, Austria

2016 – present
→ Freelancing Visual Designer, www.raphaelvolkmer.com

2016 September/October
Project assistent → Brave New Alps
Within the project ComunFare
Rovereto, Italy

2013 March – May
Intern, → Studio K:100
Munich, Germany

2012 September – 2013 March
Intern, → Studio Jolan van der Wiel
Amsterdam, The Neatherlands

Grants and Awards

Research grand by FFG (Österreichische Forschungsförderungs GmbH) for Precious Plastic Vienna

Support grant by the University of Applied Arts Vienna for the project Nobody is an Island

Grand by Wirtschaftsagentur Wien for Precious Plastic Vienna

→ DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Grand ‘Fine Art, Design, Visual Communication and Film’

2015 July–December 
→ Province of South Tyrol
Grant ‘innovacoop’ for the project Nu_Volante

→ Hans Sauer Preis 2015
Finalist with the project Nu_Volante