Boris Kochan

Co-Chairman Main Jury, President

Boris Kochan (B.1962) designs and creates: companies, organizations, relationships and networks – in his capacities as entrepreneur, publicist, designer, bookmaker and consultant. Following his training in the field of layout and typography in the graphic collective Studio Sternagel, he gained first journalistic experience at the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung and continued expanding his technical expertise in the typesetting studio Lothar Wolf and in lithography in the offset and screen printing company Jürgen Höflich. In 1981 he founded together with friends a graphic and text studio, two years later he expanded it with typesetting and lithography, in 1989 with ZELIG-DRUCK and in 1995 with the interactive unit PEPPERMIND. Today KOCHAN & PARTNER is one of the 15 largest owner-managed branding and design  agencies in Germany with over 60 individualists in Munich and Berlin.

He hold lectures and conducts workshops on branding, communication and design politics. As President of the international non-Latin typography project GRANSHAN, he is responsible for annual competitions and conferences, exhibitions and publications. Back in 2011, he initiated EDCH (formerly QVED), now Europe's largest editorial design conference. Following his seven years as President of Typographic Society Munich (tgm), he was elected 2016 the first President of the newly formed umbrella association of German Societies for Design, Deutscher Designtag (DT).

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