Prof. Björn Bartholdy

Media Design / Co-Director CGL

Email: bb(at)
Phone: +49 221 8275 – 3236

Björn Bartholdy studied communication design (diploma) at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart and media design (diploma) at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. He also worked as a freelance designer for Bayerischer Rundfunk, RTL, VOX and VIVA. In 1994 he founded cutup, a media design agency, and was its creative director and business manager until 2002. The agency won many national and international prizes in the categories of film and TV design as well as new media. In 1999 the majority of the agency was taken over by Bertelsmann. Björn Bartholdy ran the virtual design department at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg from 1999-2002. From 2002 to mid-2004, he led the content strategies department at verytv in Cologne. Since 2003 he has been responsible for the department of audiovisual media at the KISD, Köln International School of Design (TH Koeln) and since 2006 he has been course convener of the Bachelor in European Design. Björn Bartholdy is a long-standing member of the “Eyes and Ears of Europe”, the European association for design, promotion and marketing of audiovisual media. He has published three books: SHOWREEL.01 and .02 on audiovisual design and has also written “Broadcast Design”, an account of current TV design. He has also contributed various articles to the Design Dictionary (Birkhäuser) Magazines and other Publications.

In 2006 he started the initiative to found the Cologne Game Lab, where he starts to teach Media Design as a full time professor summer term 2014. He co-directs the institute together with Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth.

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