I’m Nele, a Berlin based designer and art-director who merges visual design with spatial environments to create engaging exhibitions, events and retail experiences.

These experiences are often realized in collaboration with architects, spatial designers, curators, digital designers and writers.

With more than ten years experience I have worked with organizations such as Arthesia AG, GBI AG, Die Zeit, Cruise Terminal Rotterdam, Greater London Authority, ProPotsdam and The Open University.

Areas of special interest include new approaches to the built environment and projects that reconsider heritage, narrative and place. I have previously lived and worked in Rotterdam, New York and London.


Initial situation analysis
Needs and briefing

Framework and doability
Content strategy


Project supervision
Quality management


Central Saint Martins
MA Narrative Environments
Master of the Arts
with Distinction
2014 – 2016 London UK

ArtEZ Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten
Bachelor of Graphic Design
2004 – 2008 Arnhem NL


German – native proficiency
English – professional proficiency
Dutch – professional proficiency
French – elementary proficiency


Designpreis Brandenburg / Nomination
ProPotsdam: Wir machen Stadt! > 06 / 2019 Potsdam DE

TATE Exchange, TATE Modern London / Groups exhibition
The Citizenshop Who are We? > 03 / 2017 London GB

Clerkenwell Gallery London / Groups exhibition
The Citizenshop > 05 / 2017 London GB

Lethaby Gallery / Groups exhibition
Best final projects at UAL > 10 / 2016 London GB

Central Saint Martins / Groups exhibition
Final year exhibition > 06 / 2016 London GB

Arup Foresight and Innovation / Groups exhibition
The Future of Urban Resilience > 2015 London GB

Danish Poster Museum / Selected poster
Education Requires People, Money and Instruments
2013 Aarhus DK

Festival N.A.T.U.R. / Curation
Art exhibiton > 04 / 2013 Bochum DE

Mutuo Art Centre / Groups exhibition
SHS Publishers > 04 / 2012 Barcelona ES

Showroom Arnhem / Groups exhibition
Proeftuin! > 01 / 2012 Arnhem NL

Imagine 2020 Festival / Exhibition
The Future of Food > 09 / 2011 Rotterdam NL

Rotterdamse Oogst / Installation
Citysalad Zaait! > 05 / 2011 Rotterdam NL

Kolabo Summer Lab / Groups exhibition
Internet of Things > 07 / 2010 Rotterdam NL

Gallery Between / Groups exhibition
Studio B > 10 / 2010 London GB

Disseny D’HUB Barcelona / Selected Entry
Visual identity > 11 / 2008 Barcelona ES


“Nele Vos has already worked for us many times. In the METABOX project Nele has once again demonstrated her unique skills both as a strategic thinker and as a very experienced but innovative designer.”

– Thomas Sevcik, Co-Founder of the Strategy Think Tank, Arthesia AG



“Mrs. Vos designed our application for the Real Estate Manager Award and I am sure, that the extraordinary presentation of our SMARTments as a pop-up book was one of the reasons for our win.”

– Martina Miloloza, Marketing Manager, GBI AG


Narrative Environments and Experience Design by Tricia Austin,
The Citizenshop in Dramatic Conflict and Story Dynamics in Critical
Narrative Environments, Routledge Publishers > 07 / 2020 London GB

Design Museum London / Work presentation
Industry Nights, talk on design and storytelling in my practice
02 / 2019 London GB

Viewpoint Magazine, On the Move / Project feature
The Citizenshop > 01 / 2018 London GB

Open Democracy / Project release
Unequal Journeys > 11 / 2017 London GB

Central Saint Martins / Final catalogue
Project contribution and design > 2016 London GB

AIGA Small Talk / About the Process
Interview VosBrenner > 2014 Chicago US

Die Gestalten, Turning Pages / Project contribution
Various projects > 2013 Berlin DE

Volume Magazine #31 Guilty Landscapes / Infographic
The Great Plastic Tide > 2013 Amsterdam NL

Volume Magazine #32 Centers Adrift / Infographic
Search and Supply > 2013 Amsterdam NL

The New Yorker Magazine / Book review
Don’t: a Guide to Publicity > 2013 New York City US

Het Wilde Weten / Book presentation
The Last Supper > 02  / 2010 Rotterdam NL

Steetlab Zine Jam / Book presentation
The Last Supper > 03 / 2010 Amsterdam NL

Arnhem Zine Festival / publication
Cannot Connect > 04 / 2010 Arnheim NL

Manystuff About your Process / Project feature
Published by Charlotte Cheetham > 04 / 2009 Paris FR

Graphic Union Press NYC / Publication launch
Nature versus Culture > 03 / 2009 New York City US

Spelling Change / Selected entry
Mother New York > 10 / 2008 New York City US

ArtEZ Final Year Catalogue / Cover image
Nature versus Culture > 06 / 2008 Arnhem NL


Narrative Environments responds to the growing need for multidisciplinary collaboration and critical, socially–engaged design. It addresses the demand for meaningful visitor experiences in cultural, commercial and community environments.

This encompasses heritage sites, museums, retail, travel and leisure destinations, urban public spaces, libraries, health and educational environments.

Increasingly, organisations want to communicate their stories through the physical environment. They may need to inform their communities; overcome social divides; develop their reputation; and increase visitor numbers or attract new audiences.

Narrative Environments constitute a core part of “the global experience economy”. This addresses the desire for transformational encounters, providing opportunities for learning, discovery, social interaction and cohesion as well as the purchase of products and services.

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