With a focus on typography, corporate design, and especially editorial design Carolin Rauen works mainly for publishing houses, design agencies, companies with a unique vision and cultural institutions.

She designs visual identities, books, catalogues, magazines, posters, websites and many more, has special knowledge in materials and production and a great network to lead a project from an idea to a product.

After studying in The Netherlands, Spain and Germany she holds a master’s degree in Arts as well as in Fine Arts, teaches book and editorial design, writes about art and design and shows her work in exhibitions. Besides she initiates projects to make new discoveries in the field of perception to find new ways of visual communication.

Design starts with asking the right questions.



2007 – today Freelance Designer/Art Director
2013 – today Lecturer at Freie Schule für Gestaltung, Hamburg, Germany

2010 – 2013 Senior Designer at Paperlux, Hamburg, Germany
2006 – 2009 Designer at Ligalux, Hamburg, Germany
2005 Intern at labor b, Dortmund, Germany

2012 – 2016 Student Fine Arts (Theory and History) at HFBK Hamburg, Germany; Master of Fine Arts
2009 – 2010 Student Editorial Design at Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany; Master of Arts
2005 Student Communication Design at EASD, Valencia, Spain
2002 – 2006 Student Visual Communication at AKI, ArtEZ, Enschede, The Netherlands; Bachelor of Design

1982 born near Münster, Germany


Publications (selection)

2018 “Hätte ich das mal früher gewusst! – Teil 5” in Page Magazine 10.2018
2018 “Zeig’s mir” in Page Magazine 08.2018
2017 MS Europa 2 in You’re Invited!, Gestalten
2015 Die Philosophie des Laufens on designmadeingermany.de
2015 European Film Promotion on designmadeingermany.de
2015 A typographic statement in MEMOVOCO calendar 2016
2015 Reinventing the bookmark in Super-Modified – The Behance Book of Creative Work, Gestalten
2015 mairisch book covers on bookcoverdesigners
2014 How we look at places on slanted.de
2014 Goldener Reiter on fontsinuse.com
2014 Portfolio of the Month in Page Magazine
2013 Novum Cover in Produced with Love, Index Book
2013 Novum Cover in Basic Cover, Index Book
2012 A better world? in Trend Diary Values! by Eiga Design, NBVD
2012 TUI Cruises and Novum Cover in Lupa Magazine
2012 Novum Cover in HOW magazine
2012 Novum Cover in Design Research, AVA publishing
2011 TUI Cruises in Not for Sale, Victionary
2006 Interview in Mythos Designer sein, Verlag hellblau


Lectures, articles and other stuff

2017 Ich konnte nicht aufhören hinzuschauen und plötzlich war alles anders, Prothese Magazin #2
2016 “Alles bunt? – Niederländische Buchgestaltung”, mairisch blog
2014 Interview in “Buchbiografien”, a documentary film by Heiko Volkmer
2013 “You can’t touch this?”, as part of Paperlux, TYPO Berlin 2013 “Touch”
2013 “Was macht eigentlich ein Verlag? Teil 2: Grafikdesign und Buchgestaltung”, mairisch blog
2010 Interview about “10 × City” on slanted.de
2009 “Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst”, with Martin Schwatlo, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg



4 × Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2018 – Winner/Best of the Best
3 × BCM Best of Content Marketing 2018 – Winner
2 × ADC Award 2018 – Winner
German Design Award
2017 – Winner
Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2015 – Winner
Die schönsten deutschen Bücher 2013 – Shortlist
Lead Awards 2012: Cover of the Year – Nominee
German Design Award 2010 – Nominee
Berliner Type 2009 – Diploma
if Communication Design Award 2008 – Nominee



2016 außerhalb des Bücherregals, FETT6, Hamburg, Germany
2016 Graphic Dialogue — A Trilateral Posters’ Retrospect, Kubrick Café, Hong Kong, China
2016 Annual Exhibition, Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, Germany
2015 Unvollende, Island, Hamburg, Germany
2014 A Graphic Dialogue: China/Hong Kong, Kollaborat, Leipzig, Germany
2014 Just One Percent, designxport, Hamburg, Germany
2013 NOW HERE, RAUMinBetrieb, Halle (Saale), Germany
2013 Privat, Kunsthalle Lindenthal, Cologne, Germany
2012 VISUAL LEADER 2012 – The Best Of Magazine And Internet, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
2012 Plat du Jour, nachtspeicher23, Hamburg, Germany
2011 Gottlob Lenz, Chez Lenz, Hamburg, Germany
2011 Leinenzwang, Frappant, Hamburg, Germany
2011 Einzelzimmerzuschlag, nachtspeicher23, Hamburg, Germany



Accademia Teatro Dimitri
Arjowiggins Creative Papers
Audi AG
BS07 Bergedorf
Burda Verlag
Büttenpapierfabrik Gmund
Daimler AG
Die Goldene Kamera von Hörzu
Die Welt
Dr. Schmidt-Pich & Kollegen
EFP European Film Promotion
FALL Magazine
Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
Greenpeace e.V.
Hardware MedienKunstVerein
Hermès, Paris
Karin Rocke
mairisch Verlag
MEWA Textil-Management
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
Novum – World of Graphic Design
Porsche AG
Relevant Film
Suhrkamp Verlag
TUI Cruises
Universitätsklinikum Münster
Van der Grinten Galerie
Walter Knoll
ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel



Factor Design
Karl Anders
Peter Schmidt Group
Tom Leifer Design