Nguyen Gobber is a design practice helping the cultural and academic fields to leave a profound impression through distinctive visual identities and thoughtful editorial designs.


Nguyen Gobber is the collaborative practice of Hoang Nguyen and David Gobber. They studied at the renowned institutions Berlin University of the Arts (Klasse Hickmann) and Basel Academy of Arts and Design (Typography Major) and hold an M.A. in Visual Communication and Iconic Research for their theses on metaphorical design concepts and the visualisation of utopian ideas. In addition, they developed expertise in type design through courses led by Prof. Philipp Stamm, Dinamo, Matthias Pauwels, and Hannes Famira from Type@Cooper.

Before founding Nguyen Gobber, they worked at established design studios such as Hubertus Design, NODE Berlin, Raffinerie, and others. Including these contexts, Hoang Nguyen and David Gobber have so far designed for HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt, MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne EPFL, Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Greenpeace Switzerland, Basel Academy of Art and Design, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, University of the Arts Berlin, Museum Rietberg, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Verlag Baselland, Russell Perkins, FHNW School of Architecture, University of Vienna, Adobe, and more.


“The collaboration with Hoang and David was characterised by great openness right from the start. […] The joint brochure project was a lot of fun—while meeting all deadlines and commitments. Hoang and David also have great expertise in materials and printing processes, as a client I have always felt very well advised.” [translated] (Mag. Susanne Häberle, Corporate Communications, University of Vienna)

“It was a pleasure to work together. I always looked forward to our conversations, and I learned something from each step in the revision process. Hoang and David were efficient, reliable, carefully attentive to the details and ready to offer multiple solutions to every problem. I hope we can continue working together in the future!” (Russell Perkins, MA MFA, Artist)

“Although the skill with which it has been crafted stands out, it does not descend into art pour l’art. It is rare for typography to be executed with such love and joy, and rare for it to be accorded so much time and space.” (Swiss Federal Office of Culture on The Future Tense)

“Hoang Nguyen and David Gobber design courage for the future by giving utopias a concrete form to look at.” [translated] (FuturZwei, Foundation for Sustainability)

“Beyond Concrete was a great challenge due to the extremely diverse contributions. Nguyen Gobber, together with the Basel graphic designer Bosco Ferreira, mastered this challenge brilliantly and created a great book. The collaboration was cooperative, professional and very inspiring.” (Barbara Lenherr, Dipl. Arch. ETH, FHNW Institute of Architecture)

“I’ve heard a lot of people rave about the V# magazine that Hoang and David worked on. They say: The design! The colours! The print! And I’m quick to add: The creative process! The support! The reliability! With Hoang and David, the V# magazine was in good hands right from the start, because they combine inspiring design ideas, a clear organisation and an orientation towards the wishes of the client.” (Amos Postner, MA PhD Candidate, Author)

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