Story – 1980 to Present

Since 1980, ABERHAM Design has been designing brands and identities for companies and organizations in both the realm of business and culture.

In October 1980, the designer Ottmar Aberham founded one of the first German specialty agencies that concentrated all of its energies on brand development and packaging design in an all-encompassing and very personalized manner. In a loft gallery in the Karlstadt quarter of Düsseldorf, many pioneering packaging concepts came to life for such companies as Dr. Oetker, Trumpf, Henkel, and Gatzweiler, ideas that paralleled the new era of deliberate positioned packaging design. Six years later the company needed more space and moved to Düsseldorf-Oberkassel on the other side of the Rhine, where it grew to its present size. In 2013, ABERHAM Design saw another move to its freshly renovated and spacious gallery in Düsseldorf-Flingern, where it remains today.
In 2004, Ottmar’s son Morris, who had spent 10 years as an Art and Creative Director at BBDO, joined the company. After a transitional period of a few years, where father and son combined their creative talents, Ottmar handed the company over to Morris in 2007. With over 36 years of experience in design and communication, ABERHAM Design continues to enjoy success on the national and international levels with its small but focused team. Although retired, the founder Ottmar Aberham is still available as a consultant to the team.

The photos show the first gallery from the 1980s, as well as some of the projects and impressions from just under four decades of ABERHAM Design’s history.