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Adrian Bauer is an accomplished German-based art director and illustrator with a visually stunning art style, characterized by geometric forms, explosive colors and mesmerizing textures. Among others he has made a name for himself as a sought-after illustrator with a keen eye for details and a design language rich in symbolism and meaning.
His works speaks to various audiences, from agencies and advertising firms to publishing houses and corporations, where he link editorial illustration, information design and corporate branding close together.
For his works in the fields of art direction and illustration he received several awards such as the 3x3 International Illustration Award and the Adobe Government Creativity Award.

Selected clients

Adobe, Audi, Berliner Volksbank Immobilien, Bosch, Bühler Group, Endress+Hauser, Handelsblatt, Hawesko, Hermann Schmidt Verlag, Lanxess, Nationalpark Wattenmeer, Okta, Random House Group, Reckitt Benckiser, Rittal, Roland Berger, SAP, Sigg, Snapchat, Teekanne, Thomas Henry, Union Investment, VFA, VisualVest, Wajos, Wieland, Wirtschaftswoche, Würth Elektronik

Agency collaboration

Attoma, Büro Medienagenten, C3, CRK Kommunikation, Friedlhampen, Hellofarm, Interactive tools, Jung von Matt, Newcast, Nutcracker Webvideo-Communication, Panama, Ressourcenmangel, Roland Berger, Schokolade Filmproduktion, Zimmermann Editorial


2005 Otto Dill Preis
2007 Sigg Bottle Design Preis
2014 Output Award, Best-of young talents
2018 iJungle Graphic Design Award, Merit Award
2018 Worldwide Logo Design Award, Award of Excellence
2019 3x3 International Illustration Award No. 16, Merit
2019 3x3 International Illustration Award No. 16, Honorable Mention
2019 Adobe Government Creativity Award, Honorable Mention
2020 3x3 International Illustration Award No. 17, Merit Award
2020 Hiii Illustration Award 2020 Creative Quarterly #61, Best-of
2020 Worldwide Logo Design Award, Gold Award
2020 iJungle Illustration Award, Merit Award
2020 iJungle Illustration Award, Merit Award
2021 Communication Arts Award (CA), Award of Excellence
2021 Applied Arts Illustration Award
2021 3x3 International Illustration Award No. 18, Merit Award
2022 3x3 International Illustration Award No. 19, Merit Award
2023 Applied Arts Illustration Award

Longlist / Shortlist

2015 100 Beste Plakate 2015
2020 Communication Arts Award (CA)
2021 World Illustration Award (WIA)
2022 World Illustration Award (WIA)
2023 Communication Arts Award (CA)
2024 Communication Arts Award (CA)


Fresh 3 »Cutting Edge Illustrations« / Bastard Magazine / »Taschenlexikon der Angst«, Verlag Hermann Schmidt / Slanted »Monsterbox« / Output Award Year Book 17 / Errratum Magazine »Cut House« / Design made in Germany / Illustration Friday / Illustrierter Taschenkalender 2019, 3° Grad Verlag / Novum Magazine »Design for weddings« / Illustrierter Taschenkalender 2020, 3° / 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 16 / »Möwen. Müll. Und Meerjungfrauen«, Carlsen Verlag / 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 17 / Creative Quarterly #61 / 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 18 / Communication Arts Annual 2021 / Applied Arts Magazine Annual 2021 / Freistil 7 »Das Buch der Illustration «, Verlag Hermann Schmidt / 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 19 / Applied Arts Magazine Annual 2023

Interviews, livestreams & podcasts

2020 Podcast interview:
2020 Adobe Live, vector illustration:
2021 Adobe Live, isometric illustration:
2021 The Art Side of Life:
2022 Page Magazin, Porträt der Woche:
2022 Adobe Live, map illustration:
2022 Adobe Live, wild animal illustration #1:
2022 Adobe Live, wild animal illustration #2:
2022 Adobe Live, wild animal illustration #3:
2024 Rheinpfalz: »Illustrator Adrian Bauer spricht über seine Arbeit«
2024 IDN Magazine, interview & feature »Scientific illustration«

Coachings, lectures & mentoring

2020 – 2021 Coach at »Owen Davey - Free Portfolio Chats«
Guest lecture »Illustration in der interkulturellen Kommunikation«, HTW Berlin
Since 2020
Mentor in the mentoring program of Illustratoren Organisation
Speaker at IGL Making Design, Oslo »Infographics and corporate illustration«
Speaker at IGL Making Design, Oslo »Wildlife illustration«
Speaker at Kunstverein Bad Dürkheim »Illustration – Sprache ohne Worte«


2007 Solo show, Bad Dürkheim
2007 Group show, Sigg Bottle Design, Designtransfer UdK, Berlin
2012 Solo show, Ori, Berlin
2018 Group show »Zufall«, Enfant Artspace, Hamburg
2019 Open studio, Lange Nacht der Bilder Lichtenberg, Berlin
2019 Group show »Zukunft«, Enfant Artspace, Hamburg
020 Group show »MMUM«, Wyk, Insel Föhr
2021 Group show »MMUM«, Ocean-PopUp-Festival, Kieler Woche
2023 Group show, »Art Walk, International Illustration«, Guangxi Normal University Press Art Gallery (GNUP Art Gallery),  Guilin, China


Illustratoren Organisation (IO)
Adrian Bauer illustration awards
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