the company

Orientation, information and communication within spaces: these are the key areas in which we work. Peter Eckart and Bernd Hilpert established unit-design in 2000. Today, we are a team of ten, developing design solutions to high creative and strategic standards – and successfully putting them into practice. Working with international customers and partners, we implement projects with lasting design quality.

what we do

signage and information system

Giving people guidance and conveying information and values in architecture, urban environments and regions, from the design stage to implementation in products, media and interior design.

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Thematic worlds built around sustainable communication rather than creating a short-term effect, in museums, visitor centers and public buildings.

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Corporate design and branding – with a long-term approach and implemented in the context of space-focused design and the relationship with architecture.

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public spaces

Public design that integrates information and product design. From spatial concepts to signposts and street furniture.

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Products and product systems, particularly – but not only – in the context of signage: orientation, information and communication in three dimensions.

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spatial graphics

Graphics send a signal and give spaces a specific atmosphere, synchronized with brands, themes and architectural designs.

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who we are

Partner + management

bernd hilpert

Graduate in design; studied at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and at ENSCI in Paris; worked as a freelancer in communication design and exhibition design from 1996 to 1999; with unit-design since 2000, becoming partner and managing director at unit-design GmbH in 2002.



peter eckart

Graduate in design; studied under Professor Dieter Rams at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg; at Braun AG from 1989 to 1992; worked as a freelancer for multinational companies in product and information design from 1992. Professor of product design at Offenbach University of Art and Design since 1999; founded unit-design in 2000; partner in unit-design GmbH since 2002.


Our team comprises ten designers with extensive experience in graphics and in media and product design. We also use freelancers depending on the situation and the project.


In our projects, we operate as an independent, agile unit of design specialists, working closely with architects, urban planners, graphic designers and curators. As a result of this, we have built up an international network of professional partners.


If you are a designer interested in signage and information systems and you have, or would like to gain, experience in the field, we should get to know each other. We offer challenging assignments in an inspiring working environment.