Mag. Philip Reitsperger, MA

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Philip Reitsperger (born on March 22, 1984) is an Austrian designer, design manager, photographer, and design and media theorist.

After completing high school in Salzburg, Reitsperger studied graphics and advertising from 2004 to 2009 in the master class of Walter Lürzer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He was significantly influenced by the type designer Günter Gerhard Lange. From 2013 to 2015, Reitsperger studied Innovation Management at Central Saint Martins London at the University of the Arts London under the guidance of the philosopher Dr. Jamie Brassett. During this period, Reitsperger’s collaboration with Dr. Monika Hestad and Dr. John O’Reilly in Norway and London was particularly influential. Since 2009, Reitsperger has been working as an independent designer. In 2013, he founded the interdisciplinary design studio, Identity Lab. After several stays abroad, Reitsperger relocated back to Austria in 2017. Today, Reitsperger lives in Vienna. He is the father of a daughter.

As a designer, Reitsperger specializes in design management, web design, graphic design, animation, photography, and illustration. Based on his two educational paths, he combines various approaches and merges methods of innovation management with those of co-creation and design thinking. Reitsperger consults for organizations such as the Musikverein Wien, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and NGOs like SOS Children’s Village.

Reitsperger has long collaborated with the Austrian art rock group, Blank Manuskript, designing the artwork for their albums.

Furthermore, Reitsperger has produced an extensive photographic work. He primarily works in series based on travels, documentary research, or thematic investigations. Particularly, Reitsperger delves into the relationship between humans, urbanity, and nature.

Reitsperger contributes to academic publications on the topic of design and regularly publishes in specialized publications and online portals.

In 2023, Reitsperger, as the head of the design studio Identity Lab, received the internationally renowned Red Dot Award from the Design Center North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. In 2017, the major event “Routes – The European Journey in the heart of Vienna”, in which Reitsperger participated, was honored with the European State Prize of the Republic of Austria.

This Gif is from Walter Newton