The team of Kollaborat consists of German and Chinese designers, strategists and advertising experts. Melissa Ristau, Jakob Gleisberg and Hendrik Möller currently work at the Leipzig site. Lu Cheng, Shanshan Feng and Bing Ly crew the Beijing office.
This creative, courageous designer and photographer was born in 1980 in Görlitz. After completing his course of studies in Berlin-Weißensee and Leipzig – main focuses: photography, typography and book design – he had positions with Prof. Markus Dreßen, Leipzig, and Gourdin & Müller, Leipzig, and had assistantships with David Southwood, Cape Town, and Hanns Joosten, Berlin. Gleisberg teaches poster design at a design college in Leipzig. He stands for unconventional, divergent thinking and thus inspires the creative processes at Kollaborat.
Strategic Partner, Organiser, born in 1979 in Bad Oldesloe. Studied at The Hague and Berlin-Weißensee – main focuses: strategy, typeface design, design documentation. Experience with the Dutch agencies lust and Studio Test, which influenced his analytical and creative working style. Then with the corporate design agency MetaDesign in Berlin, later in Beijing, responsible for Volkswagen, Fisher & Paykel, Siemens. Like Gleisberg, he also teaches young people design. Möller controls the branding processes at Kollaborat with strategy, convergence and goal-orientation.
Das Nachwendekind als Digital Native 1997 in Torgau geboren. Ausbildung zur Designerin an der Designschule in Leipzig, Praktika im Kulturbereich und in der Modebranche, zuletzt in London. Seit März 2017 unterstützt Ristau mit ihrer überlegt sachlichen, aber erfrischenden Kreativität die Designimpulse bei Kollaborat. Als zentrale Ansprechpartnerin für einen unserer Hauptkunden in der Schweiz treibt sie die Internationalisierung von Kollaborat voran.
With more than 12 years of experience at the agencies of the US group 4A’s, Ly has worked at JWT (J. Walter Thompson), Leo Burnett, Dentsu and TBWA China. His high degree of empathy and excellent abilities in dealing with photographers and pictures make it possible for him to cater the special customer requirements. Ly, born in 1981, is, together with Gleisberg, the expert in pictures and photography at Kollaborat. In campaigns in the automotive segment, he has supported brands such as BMW, Infiniti and Dongfeng Motor. Bosch, Lenovo and Tencent also feature in his portfolio.
Strong-willed, organising North-Chinese, born in 1981. Studied Graphic Design in Hamburg, was afterwards at MetaDesign, Interone, Uniplan and Landor in Beijing. Adapted to requirements in China, Cheng has particular experience in events management and packaging design. She manages the Chinese office and is the central contact there for German customers. Her previous customers include renowned brands such as BMW, Bosch, Cofco, Nivea, Volkswagen, WMF and Zhejiang Daily Press Group.
Born in 1982 in Beijing, childhood in Austria, studied design in Beijing, Masters in Dundee in Scotland. Feng gathered experience at the advertising agencies BBDO Interone, Saatchi&Saatchi and MetaDesign in Beijing and became a trend scout. She recently developed campaigns for Apple China. With one foot in the world of fashion, she detects social currents and scenes. She is the creative driving force at the Chinese site. As a sideline, Feng runs two fashion shops in Beijing, with an exquisite selection of high-quality second-hand clothing.
Former employees and interns
Jessica Chau, 2015 – 2017
Sena Oh, 2015
Sandy Hofmann, 2014
Marcel Pohl, 2013