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envision+ develops ideas and design that provoke thought, interaction and smiles.

brian switzer and esther mildenberger founded the studio for visual communication in 2001 with partners in milan and berlin. today the studio collaborates with a network of select partners in the areas of photography, coding, manufacturing and printing.

educated and experienced in a wide range of international and local projects, envision+ originates from a traditional graphic design practice. our core competencies are in corporate design, editorial design, information design (exhibition and orientation), interaction design and encompass speculative design, design research and education.

our aim is to truly understand the issue or problem at hand and to develop strategically grounded yet aesthetically crafted solutions. experience shows that long-term collaborations with clients and partners lead to high-quality custom-fit designs, that stand the test of time.

today’s challenges for a greater social, educational and environmental good require a wider perspective to solve. we are drawn to complex and interesting problems that keep us asking questions and looking for appropriate solutions. this is why design research takes an ever growing role in our practice.

let us help your business, institution or mission to find the magic, untold stories or answers, develop tangible representations, communicate effectively and awake peoples’ aspirations and desires.

some call it design strategy, design thinking, design evolution. we call it envision+, innovative imagination, applied research and professional implementation.

envision+ partners are international in thought, experience and communicate fluently in english and german.

brian switzer (m.des., b.f.a.) is professor for visual communication design at the university of applied sciences in constance, germany. he earned his bachelor’s degree of fine arts in graphic design at the university of illinois in urbana-champaign and his master’s degree in human centered design and strategic design planning at the institute of design, illinois institute of technology, in chicago. his career as designer and brand strategist took him to metadesign in berlin and london, future brand in london, icon medialab in london and milan, to siemens design group in munich and wgbh design in boston. before he became a professor, he taught information design and typography from 2003 until 2005 in urbana, dessau and zürich.

esther mildenberger (dipl.-des., m.a.(rca)) is a cultural designer with a focus on editorial, interaction and speculative design. after earning her undergraduate degree in graphic design at the university in pforzheim, she worked at metadesign in berlin. her master’s degree at the royal college of art in london emphasized artistic, research and experimental work and methods, and set path for her career at many renowned design agencies. these include pentagram, mccann-ericson and metadesign in london. she also executed numerous independent projects. as founding partner of envision+ she collaborates with architects, artists, institutions and communities of various sizes. esther has been teaching typography at the f+f in zurich (2006/2007), editorial, corporate and speculative design at the university of applied sciences in constance (since 2015) and experience design at salzburg university of applies sciences (since 2023).

our best work comes from collaborations.we always think long term for our clients. great clients are collaborators. mutual respect, trust and cooperation are essential to producing stellar results that stand the test of time.

alliance of german designers (agd), braunschweig
arnoldsche art publishers, stuttgart
avedition, ludwigsburg
birkhäuser publishers, basel, switzerland
centre for research architecture, london, uk
city of constance
columbia college chicago, usa
cornelia ueding, tübingen
danner stiftung, münchen
eric may, media consultant
ferrari, maranello, italy
festspielhaus, baden-baden
freudenhaus, münchen
frenzel physical therapy, bühl
galerie schleicher+lange, paris, france
gemeinde bühlertal
gemeinde reichenau
interaction design institute ivrea, italy
ministry of the interior, stuttgart
klinikum konstanz
maserati, maranello, italy
nova scotia college of art and design, halifax, canada
nestlé, vevey, switzerland
onetta, san francisco, usa
parc foundation, new york city, usa
political equator, san diego, usa
richter dahl rocha architects, lausanne, switzerland
royal college of art, london, uk
royal overseas league, london, uk
rytec ag, baden-baden
sammlung frieder burda, baden-baden
sylvia grieser stylist, new york city, usa
themepark, london, uk
tübinger poetik-dozentur
prof. david watkins, london, uk
w h freeman publishers, new york city, usa
york associates, york, uk
zkm, karlsruhe

partner experience
wgbh boston, usa
südwestfunk, baden-baden
metadesign berlin (audi ag, springer verlag)
metadesign london, uk (skoda, bosch, lexus, ubs, cityspace, vcg)
arena magazine, london, uk
pentagram london, uk (crafts council, booth-clibborn)
icon medialab milan, italy (h3g, ferrari)
future brand, london (the economist)