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editorial health illustrative journalism lifestyle magazine cover


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Earth airplanes animals birds boats books buildings cars christmas cityscapes computers faces hands hearts industrial insects landmark landscape love machinery mountains music people plants portrait relationships robots science skeleton space technology time transport travel trees

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abstract architectural collage digital exploded diagram hand drawn line mixed media pixel printmaking technical
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Twinkle Twinkle by Stephen Marche / Wired Magazine

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Aerial View / OTC Limited


Candle / Royal Society of Chemistry


Brain Surgery / PSH Moralzentrum


Box / Deloitte

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VR Goggles / Deloitte

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Biochmedical Engineering / Tufts University

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Chemical Engineering / Tufts University

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Animal Icons / Foreign Policy Magazine

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Semiconductor / Foreign Policy



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In the Future, AI's Will Design Our Wireless Signals / IEEE Spectrum

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What Blockchain Could Do / Proto Magazine 2

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The Limits of Science / Psychologie Heute

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What Makes Us Who We Are? / New Humanist

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Der Neue Mensch, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / Federal Agency for Civic Education


Putting Technology into Practice / Economia



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Bader Rutter

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Global Islamism / Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung

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Degrees of Separation / Aircraft Interiors

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What Blockchain Could Do / Proto Magazine 1


Instrumental Opener / University of Chicago

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Die Grenzen des Wissens / Pyschologie Heute

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Nintendo Labo / Fast Company


Bus Stop / CNET

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Outer Limits / Men’s Health

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Fire Insurance / Berliner Sparkasse


Modern Marvels by Ian Sherr / CNET Magazine, Opener


Ikone / Fig. 1

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Lumpi, Heart of A Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov / Büchergilde Gutenberg


Brain / The Secret Diaries of Dr. Frankenstein


Surgeon Tools / The Secret Diaries of Dr. Frankenstein


π-Casso / 1st Phase, Mundi Machinarum

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Das Versprechen der Leistung, Spread 1 / Psychologie Heute


Microhomes / Modus Magazine


Quantum Computing / IEEE Magazine

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Was wäre wenn … / Edison Magazine

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Industry 4.0 / Global Big 4 professional services firm


Propublica's Year In (Mostly) Visual Journalism

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Christmas Card

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A Microscope to Save the World, Portrait of Manu Prakash / The New Yorker


Cyber-Crime / TÜV Süd

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The Money Issue / The New Yorker

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California Screaming by Nathan Heller / The New Yorker

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The Adolescents by Rachel Kushner / The New Yorker

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TV by Miranda July / The New Yorker

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Love Stories by Colm Tóibín / The New Yorker

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Robot's Wedding / Society of Illustrators


Enigma / Slanted Magazine


Spinnennetz / Maxim Gorki Theatre

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Clocks / Lufthansa Magazine

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Time Zones by Marc Bielefeld / Lufthansa Magazine


Univers, Time Travel / Lufthansa Magazine


Imposture / Literaturhaus Stuttgart

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Mensch Maschine, Motive 1 / Lamborghini Magazine

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Portraits / Notebook 1

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Beautiful Girl by Tobias Wolff / The New Yorker and GQ Italy


The Secret Diaries of Dr. Frankenstein

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Colossus / Calendar Sheet


Cave Canem / Büchergilde Gutenberg

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Celebral Hemisphere, Heart of A Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov / Büchergilde Gutenberg


Robot Portrait / 3x3 Annual


Belka / 3x3 Annual


Aeronaut / 3x3 Annual


Ikone / Fig. 2

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Terra Incognita / Associazione Culturale Tapirulan

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Drei Gleichen / Ministry of Finance, Germany

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The Zelmenyaners by Moyshe Kulbak / Die Andere Bibliothek

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My Old Flame by Joshua Ferris / The New Yorker


Smoker’s Lounge / Büchergilde Gutenberg



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Face / Postcard

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Bufett, Heart of A Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov / Büchergilde Gutenberg

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Surgery, Heart of A Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov / Büchergilde Gutenberg

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N.K.W., Heart of A Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov / Büchergilde Gutenberg

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Broken Glass Bulb, Heart of A Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov / Büchergilde Gutenberg

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Jungle, The Origin of Mathematics / New Scientist

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Sweet Spot / Entrepreneur Magazine

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How to Take Breaks / Entrepreneur Magazine

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How to Give Bad News / Entrepreneur Magazine

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Filipp Filippowisch, Heart of A Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov / Büchergilde Gutenberg

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Urban World, The Origin of Mathematics / New Scientist


Christian Gralingen was born in Essen (Germany) and now lives and works as an Art Director and Illustrator, as well as teaching Illustraiton and Communication Design, in Berlin. He has a diploma in Communication Design from the University Duisburg-Essen (Folkwang). His client list includes design agencies, publishing houses, magazines, academic institutions and foundations.

His aesthetics have many influences but are particularly inspired by the imagery of scientific publications, construction plans and technical drawings.

References and previous clients include:

Bader & Rutter, The New Scientist, BBDO, Wired, Brew Dog, Büchergilde Gutenberg, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, Condé Nast, Die Andere Bibliothek, Gruner + Jahr, GQ Magazine, Hertie School of Governance, Hertie Stiftung, Lamborghini Magazine, Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Lufthansa Magazine, Ministry of Finance (Germany), Ogilvy, Rotes Kreuz, Slanted Magazine, The New Yorker, TÜV-Süd Magazine, CNET.

Christian’s work has been recognised by 3x3, The Art Directors Club Germany, American Illustration, Freistil, Joseph Binder Award, The Society of Illustrators and The Type Directors Club. He was one of the judges of the 3x3 Illustration Annual 2015. He has been awarded the Indigo Design Award 2020 (Graphic Designer of the Year and Gold Award, was inclided in the 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 2018/19 by Lürzer’s Archive, Hiii Illustration 2017 (Best of the Best and Jury Award), Chairman of the 3x3 Illustration Illustration Show 2020 and was nominated for a World Illustration Award, AOI.

Christian is part of the creative collective "The Hof" located in the centre of Berlin. "The Hof" is an art space and also an association of designers, illustrators, photographers and copywriters.
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