Malte Knaack

Malte Knaack has been drawing ever since he can remember, and as a child he wanted to become a comic artist. After studying Magazine Design and Illustration at HAW Hamburg he worked for Financial Times Deutschland and Gruner & Jahr Business Media. By and by he became their inhouse illustrator, but the daily production schedule didn’t leave much time for experimenting and development. So in 2010 Malte decided to carry on as a freelance artist.

The possibility of telling a story in pictures that would otherwise need lots of words and descriptions is fascinating to him. It’s often the everyday things that inspire him: Conversations and observations, books, magazines or newspaper articles – the daily madness! Malte loves bright colours and images that dare to leave things out. “When you do it right, the reader will fill that gap themselves in their head.”

Pencil and Ink, Watercolour, Digital Colouring and Vector Drawing are his techniques. When working on a client project, the technique usually plays second fiddle to the idea and he likes to use the technique that best fits the brief. This can be analogue, digital or a mixture of both. Malte does not like to categorize his style. It is often narrative, with a wink and an underlying irony – at least if that’s allowed!

Working for Financial Times Deutschland and having many contacts in business journalism, Malte’s main focus is on that sector, but he is open to excursions into other subject areas. He does like a playful approach: Deliberately leaving things open to give the viewer room for thought. This is not always an easy task in business journalism, where complicated topics need to be visualized in a simple way.

An exciting recent project was a hidden object scene for the City of Lübeck. Malte got to know the city in a whole new way and discovered corners and features he had never known before.

Malte happily remembers the first book he designed himself: A travel guide for Hamburg, published by Marco Polo. The idea was to make the reader engage creatively with the city. „It was great to see what people created using the book!“

In future Malte wants to tell more stories with pictures and sound out their creative possibilities, be it with comics, animations or visual essays. He also has an illustrated card game hidden in a drawer that’s waiting to be completed and published.


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Fahrrad Parkour für Kinderschatzsuche in Hamburg. Schnitzeljagd.
Fahrrad Parkour für Kinderschatzsuche in Hamburg. Schnitzeljagd.
Fahrrad Parkour für Kinderschatzsuche in Hamburg. Schnitzeljagd.
Fahrrad Parkour für Kinderschatzsuche in Hamburg. Schnitzeljagd.
Fahrrad Parkour für Kinderschatzsuche in Hamburg. Schnitzeljagd.
Nachhaltige Energie, Grüne Energie, Nachhaltigkeit.
Icon Illustration für Bosch Zünder Magazin für Ecommerce Warenkorb
Icon Illustration für Bosch Zünder Magazin für Emobility Batterie
Icon Illustration für Bosch Zünder Magazin für Fast Forward Symbol
Illustration einer Frau mit Social-Media-Krone und Zepter in der Hand, die über digitalen Medien regiert.
Illustration zur Mensch, Maschine, Roboter Interaktion. Zukunft mit Robotern.
Politische Illustration zur CDU Baustelle in Frankfurt.
Finanzillustration für Bankmagazin über Gewinner und Verlierer
Finanzillustration für Bankmagazin über neue Geschäftsfelder
Finanzillustration für Bankmagazin  zum Wandel im Kundenservice
Finanz Illustration für Bank Magazin zu Angriff der Investoren
Finanz Illustration für Bank Magazin zu Blockchain
Finanz Illustration für Bank Magazin zur Multichannelberatung
Finanz Illustration für Bank Magazin zu Finanzverbrände
Illustration zu Auswirkungen von Rot- und Blaulicht für Schlafdauer. Schlafstörungen.
Illustration zu Vollmond und Mondphasen beim Schlafen. Schlafstörungen.
Illustration zur Schlaflosigkeit. Insomnia. Schlafstörungen.
Wimmelbild Illustration für Glutsch Probiermesse in Luzern
Wimmelbild Illustration für Glutsch Probiermesse in Luzern
Wimmelbild Illustration für Glutsch Probiermesse in Luzern
Wimmelbild Illustration für Leifiphysik Experimente
Detail aus Wimmelbild Illustration für Leifiphysik Experimente
Detail aus Wimmelbild Illustration für Leifiphysik Experimente
Familie in einem Haus während der Corona-Krise.
Kind beim Händewaschen in einem Haus.
Homeoffice während der Corona Krise.
Stadt mit Häuser voller Menschen in Isolation.
Editorial Illustration für FAZ zur grünen Bundesanleihe
Wimmelbild der Hansestade Lübeck
Wimmelbild Detail vom Lübecker Holstentor
Wimmelbild Detail von der Lübecker Trave
Wimmelbild Detail vom Lübecker Rathaus St Marien
Editorial Illustration für Stuttgarter Zeitung zur Digitalisierung und Roboter Utopie
Editorial Illustration für Stuttgarter Zeitung zur Zukunft der Pharmaindustrie
Editorial Illustration für Stuttgarter Zeitung zur Zukunft der Mobilität
Illustration mit vegetarischem Burger. Vegetarische Ernährung.
Illustration einer Grenzkontrolle und LKW Schlange. Brexit.
Illustration einer Wirtschaftsflaute. Segelboot im Sonnenuntergang auf stillem Wasser.
Illustration zum Handelskrieg mit Schachfiguren.
Illustration eines Tachos. Automobilindustrie.
Szene im Büro eines Software-Entwicklers und Fehlermeldungen.
Szene im Büro eines Software-Entwicklers und Fehlermeldungen.
Szene im Büro eines Software-Entwicklers und Fehlermeldungen.
Musik Band Illustration für Business Punk Magazin.
Musik Band Illustration für Business Punk Magazin.
Illustration zum Thema Lebensversicherung und Geldanlage.
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Editorial Illustration für die Rheinsiche Post
Tierillustration zu Ostern mit einem Ei als Aquarium mit Frosch und Libelle.
Tierillustration zum Thema Finanznen mit einem Bullen, einem schwarzen Schwan, einem grünen Schwan, einem Nashorn, einer Taube und einem Falken.
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The possibility of telling a story in pictures that would otherwise need lots of words and descriptions is fascinating to him. It’s often the everyday things that inspire him: Conversations and observations, books, magazines or newspaper articles – the daily madness! Malte loves bright colours and images that dare to leave things out. “When you do it right, the reader will fill that gap themselves in their head.”

Pencil and Ink, Watercolour, Digital Colouring and Vector Drawing are his techniques. When working on a client project, the technique usually plays second fiddle to the idea and he likes to use the technique that best fits the brief. This can be analogue, digital or a mixture of both. Malte does not like to categorize his style. It is often narrative, with a wink and an underlying irony – at least if that’s allowed!

Working for Financial Times Deutschland and having many contacts in business journalism, Malte’s main focus is on that sector, but he is open to excursions into other subject areas. He does like a playful approach: Deliberately leaving things open to give the viewer room for thought. This is not always an easy task in business journalism, where complicated topics need to be visualized in a simple way.

An exciting recent project was a hidden object scene for the City of Lübeck. Malte got to know the city in a whole new way and discovered corners and features he had never known before.

Malte happily remembers the first book he designed himself: A travel guide for Hamburg, published by Marco Polo. The idea was to make the reader engage creatively with the city. „It was great to see what people created using the book!“

In future Malte wants to tell more stories with pictures and sound out their creative possibilities, be it with comics, animations or visual essays. He also has an illustrated card game hidden in a drawer that’s waiting to be completed and published.


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