Studio for Visual Science Communication / Daniela Leitner / Design meets Science


Studio for visual science communication

Hi! My name is Daniela Leitner, I’m a German Communication Designer with a great passion for explaining science.
I take pictures, make films, illustrate in 2D or 3D and mix these techniques to create new extraordinary visual worlds that impart knowledge in an understandable, fresh and sometimes humorous way.
Besides that, I’m author for popular science books (»Als das Licht laufen lernte«). For scientists and students I also provide creative-workshops, in which the participants can take a look behind the scenes of my kind of working. Thereby they learn how to communicate scientific issues visually – aesthetically outstanding in a way that arouses interest and reaches the target group accurately.

explain complex aspects way better, faster and more exciting than pure text alone can do – whether in popular science or in a graphical abstract for scientific journals.

Illustrations and Photographies
transform information into stories that arouse emotions – thereby it’s easier to memorize them.

Editorial Design
combines text and images to a strong unity to breathe life into the content of books and magazines.

Films and Animations
impart knowledge in a very special way. Moving images, combined with music, unfold a huge impact. Therefore they are extremely easy remembered, when it is to convey information in a short period of time.

Portrait Daniela Leitner / Design meets Science

CV Daniela Leitner

Since February 2012
Freelance Dipl. Designer Daniela Leitner | Design trifft Wissenschaft

Since February 2015
Freelance Designer for Ernst Klett Verlag (Stuttgart)

Since May 2013
Free Author for Verlagsgruppe Random House (Munich)

2013 – 2021
Freelance Designer for bild der wissenschaft (Leinfelden-Echterdingen)

2013 – 2017
Freelance Designer for the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik) (Karlsruhe)

2012 – 2014
Freelance Designer for Spektrum der Wissenschaft (Heidelberg)

February 2012
Diploma with distinction

Since 2006
Freelance Communication Designer

October 2004 – February 2012
Study at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe / Communication Design

Born in Naila (Bavaria)

Logos of some clients of Daniela Leitner


bild der wissenschaft, Konradin Mediengruppe

Chemie Cluster Bayern

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG – German Research Foundation

Deutsche Krebsstiftung

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY

DLR – German Aerospace Center

DKG – German Cancer Society

Ernst Klett Verlag

Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Fraunhofer Institute for Translational Medicine and Pharmacology ITMP

Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR) Luxembourg

German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)

German Rheumatism Research Centre Berlin – DRFZ

Haus der Astronomie

Hector Fellow Academie

Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ)

Helmholtz Center Munich

Hochschule Geisenheim University

Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)

Kösel Verlag

KIT – Karlsruhe Institute for Technology

Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL)

Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth

Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Medical University of Vienna

Nature Genetics, Nature Publishing Group

NexWafe GmbH

Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Sympra GmbH

Technical University of Darmstadt

Technical University of Munich

University of Bayreuth

Universität Hamburg

University of Regensburg

University of Stuttgart

University of Tübingen

Awards / Daniela Leitner / Design meets Science / Studio for visual Science Communication



Nominee for the Opus Primum Förderpreis of the VolkswagenStiftung
for the best scientific newcomer publication of the year:
Als das Licht laufen lernte | Eine kleine Geschichte des Universums, publisher: Bertelsmann

Nominee for the Scientific book of the year 2014, cathegory esthetics:
Als das Licht laufen lernte | Eine kleine Geschichte des Universums, publisher: C. Bertelsmann

The nicest German books 2014:
Als das Licht laufen lernte | Eine kleine Geschichte des Universums, publisher: Bertelsmann
Shortlist of the best 108 books

Award Special Mention of the German Design Council
in the context of the German Design Award 2014
for my diploma thesis Als das Licht laufen lernte

Nominee at the German Design Council
for the German Design Newcomer Award 2014

Silver Nail at ADC Junior Award
for my diploma thesis Als das Licht laufen lernte

Red Dot Award: Communication Design
for my diploma thesis Als das Licht laufen lernte

Diploma with distinction
Als das Licht laufen lernte

:output award
for the seminar work Licht im Raum

Award at the ADC Junior Award
for the seminar work fashionac