Ian Warner is co-owner of the Berlin design consultancy State, and founder of Slab-Mag, “the heuristic journal for gonzo blurbanism”. He studied communication design in Portsmouth, England, and emigrated to Germany in 1996. He has lived and worked in Berlin ever since.
After freelancing at agencies including MetaDesign for three years, in 2000 he became partner at the design studio Blotto. Whilst here he worked with diverse clients in the cultural sector, and also as a UI-designer for Berlin software giant Native Instruments on the initial versions of Traktor, Battery and Kontakt as well as a host of Reaktor Instruments.
In 2014, together with designer Johannes Siemer, he co-founded State. State’s recent commissions include visual identities for the Rundfunkchor Berlin and Komische Oper Berlin, wayfinding systems for the DomQuartier Salzburg and the 2015 Deutscher Architektentag, and websites for Greenpeace Magazine, CTM, Hadi Teherani architects and the author Michael Schindhelm.
In 1996 Ian founded Slab-Mag, an online journal exploring architecture and urbanity from a defiantly subjective perspective. Humorous conjecture is given equal footing with detailed research, enabling the site’s five permanent writers to weave nuanced and revealing fictions into a sprawling analysis of the built environment.
He has taught communication design at the University of Arts (UdK) and the Design Academy in Berlin, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, has lectured at the Technical University (TU) Berlin and for students of architecture and urban studies at the AdbK Nürnberg. Since 2015 he is a co-organizer of the KAM architectural workshops held annually in Chania, Crete.
Some nights he can be found performing with artist Jens Nordman as one half of the Truant Monks, a music duo working on the far-flung fringes of Berlin’s underground improv/noise music scene.