Polimekanos is a graphic design practice based in London. It was founded in 2001 by Joseph Kohlmaier and Stefan Kraus and works across a variety of media, from visual identities and books to exhibition design, signage and websites. Our clients include individuals and small businesses, as well as institutions in the corporate, educational and cultural fields.


Joseph Kohlmaier was born in Vienna, Austria. He founded Polimekanos with Stefan Kraus in 2001. Joseph studied photography at the Schule für Künstlerische Photographie in Vienna and architectural history in London, where he gained a masters degree in 2005 and where he also teaches as a senior lecturer in the history and theory of architecture. He is director of MUSARC, a research-based music, sound and architecture project at the London Met where he also runs a choir. In the past, Joseph has worked as a lecturer, researcher, performance artist and on public art projects.

Stefan Kraus is an independent artist and director of graphic design practice Polimekanos. He worked in London for Imagination, Nick Bell Design and for Duncan Baird Publishers. Before moving to England in 1997, Stefan studied at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saarbrücken in Germany, where he received his degree, and also for one year at the Beaux-Arts de Nancy in France. His main focus of his studies were fine art, art history and design.

Lisa Stephanides has a diploma in communication design from die Graphische in Vienna and a BA in Design & Interaction at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design, London in 2012. She gained an MA in Book design at the University of Reading with a focus on art publications and exhibition design. Lisa joined Polimekanos in autumn 2013.


Diseño de sitios web, Alan Pipes, Promopress, 2012
Design Week
, Volume 25 / Number 24, 27 June 2010
By Invitation Only, Viction:ary, 2010
Grafik, Magazine, September 2007


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