Sven Ehmann

Employee, Head of Design Strategy, polypoly

Berlin, Germany


Professional experience for Sven Ehmann

  • Current , since Apr 2020

    Head of Design Strategy


    polypoly is a startup with the mission to create a new data ecosystem and different ways of seeing, understanding, and handling data. The design team is working on data experience prototypes, data-driven storytelling as well as UX/UI and communication design. Representing the design team towards internal stakeholders also includes working on quality, processes, planning, internal communication, hiring and team development.

  • Current , since Sep 2019

    Founder / Partner


    nexTT is an independent think tank working with founders, CEOs, investors, leadership, and creative teams on applied innovation, product development, and creative excellence. We are conducting self-initiated and commissioned research, ideation, and prototyping projects - currently focussing on citizen and society centered design and data-driven experiences. In addition, nexTT also offers creative consulting services, innovation and inspiration workshops, as well as coaching and team development.

  • Current , since 2014

    Co-Founder / Initiator

    Junior Lab

    Junior Lab is a hardware/ software camp for girls and boys between 8 and 14. We play, tinker, explore the creative possibilities of technology, so that the participants get more confident and creative with using, designing, questioning and improving technology. We started 2015 in Berlin and run events since, growing a pool of partners and mentors. From autumn 2016 we will take Junior Lab on the road. A minimum of 10% of the tickets is given away for free to kids who would not have access otherwise.

  • 2 years, Sep 2017 - Aug 2019

    Head of Think Tank

    Infographics Group GmbH

    The IGG think tank is set up to explore new grounds in the fields of infographics, data visualization, and visual storytelling. In a small team of experts, we do research, development, and prototyping around topics, technologies, formats, products, and services. We are open and curious to collaborate, always looking forward to finding and building inspiring partnerships.

  • 10 months, Oct 2016 - Jul 2017

    Editorial Director

    Maison Moderne

    The beautiful challenge of contemporary media companies is to evolve and constantly reinvent themselves, while staying true to their core editorial ideas and values. I am joining Maison Moderne as a consulting Editorial Director to lead, challenge and support the editors on that journey.

  • , 2002 - May 2017

    Creative Director

    Die Gestalten Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

    Finding upcoming trends and business opportunities, editing books with internal and external teams, connecting to global creative scenes and media. Editor of over 80 books on contemporary art, design and visual culture (infographics, maps, editorial design, visual storytelling, product design, furniture design, branded spaces and experiences, interactive environments, architecture, interior, bicycle culture, outdoor, adventure, travel, food, packaging, urban farming...

  • 2007 - 2017

    Creative Director / Consultant


    Supporting the team around founder Nicolas Bourquin as a creative director, consultant and concept developer for projects such as Domus magazine redesign, "Making of Your Magazine" Exhibition or "Design Reactor" publication

  • 2001 - 2016

    Head of Concept Development

    Flying Saucer

    Supporting the founders as head of concept development for exhibitions, visitors centers, educational and brand spaces, interactive exhibits and environments. Leading internal teams up to 4 creatives. Participating in presentations and client workshops.

  • 2002 - 2013

    Co-Founder / Publisher / Creative Director

    etc publications

    Launching an independent publishing platform together with Nicolas Bourquin. Developing editing, producing three "readers in newspaperformat" and a photography book. Setting up the overall process from idea and editorial, to production, sales and communication.

  • 1999 - 2005

    Co-Founder / Initiator

    filesharing media lab

    filesharing was a space to explore self-initiated projects between digital and analogue, to run events and exhibitions and to meet some of the most amazing creatives, makers, hackers, designers, thinkers, activists in Berlin at that time.

  • 2000 - 2001

    Director Concept Development

    MetaDesign AG

    Concept development for digital media and coaching for internal concept developers. Ideation, concept development, pitch presentations with internal teams for clients such as Hewi, iGuzzini, Bluewin, Quam, DMC2.

  • 1996 - 2000

    Director Concept Development

    Publicis Pixelpark

    Concept development for digital media, online, e-commerce and interactive exhibits, innovation research, presentations and workshops with international clients such as adidas, Sony, Bertelsmann, Lucent Technologies. Co-Initiator of new business unit Interactive Environments. Project support for Pixelpark New York. Extensive research around emerging technologies and interactive environments, including visits to the MIT medialab, Bell Labs, Sigraph, Ars Electronica, Theme parks, ...

Educational background for Sven Ehmann

  • Freie Universität Berlin


  • German

    First language

  • English


  • Italian


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