Polimekanos is a graphic design practice based in London and Vienna, and works across a variety of media, from visual identities, books, exhibition design, websites and wayfinding to public realm work. The studio has a reputation for a working method that is research-led, that allows place, history and the immediate context to inform the design process, and that is at the same time open to unusual references, interdisciplinary and contemporary discourses. Polimekanos was founded in 2001 by Stefan Kraus and Joseph Kohlmaier.

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8 Ripley House
Rushworth Street
London SE1 0RA
United Kingdom


Stefan Kraus


Lisa Stephanides

Stefan Kraus, director of Polimekanos, works both as designer and as artist. He holds an MA in Visual Communication at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, Saarbrücken, Germany, and an MA in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University, London. Before co-founding Polimekanos, Stefan worked in London for Nick Bell Design and Imagination. www.stefankraus.net

Lisa Stephanides joined Polimekanos in 2013 and is based in Vienna since 2019, from where she is still collaborating with the studio on a project basis. She has a diploma in communication design from die Graphische in Vienna and holds a BA in Design & Interaction from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design, London. In 2013, she gained an MA in Book Design at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading with a focus on art publications and exhibition design. Since autumn 2019 she is teaching at die Graphische in Vienna.

Selected Publications

  • ‘If You Could Collaborate: Sebastian Wrong and Stefan Kraus’, It’s nice that, 2011
  • ‘Polimekanos’, Design Week, June 2010
  • ‘Objects of desire: Font Clock’, Grafik, 2007

Archiboo Live Awards 2021, 'Best Visual Design' for Office S&M Website

Teaching and Workshops


Teaching position, Die Graphische, Vienna, Composition and Visualisation; Communication Design (Lisa Stephanides)

Head of Critical and Contextual Studies, The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (Joseph Kohlmaier)


Visiting Tutor: Layout Workshop, London College of Contemporary Arts


The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design. Critical and Contextual Studies in Visual Communication


Talk: Designing for the Public Realm, Camberwell College


Studio Talk and Working Life in London, Die Graphische, Vienna


Visiting Tutor: Identity Design project, Camberwell College. In collaboration with Rob Sollis

Colour Dance Workshop, Field Studies, London Metropolitan University


Design Workshop, Escuela de Arte y Superior de Diseño Antonio Lopez, Tomelloso, Spain. Funded by Erasmus


Rhythmic Drawing Workshop, Musarc, The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design


Polimekanos Studio Talk at Spike Island


Rhythmic Drawing and Colour Dance Workshops. Typography Summer School, London


Polimekanos Studio Talk, Central St Martins