Red Dot: Agency of the Year 2021


Owner-run agency denkwerk stands out in the Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design with a total of 47 distinctions – including 39 Red Dots, five Red Dot: Best of the Best and three Red Dot: Grands Prix. denkwerk frequently puts forward digital solutions that feature outstanding design and a high degree of experimentation. This special accomplishment in the competition thanks to great creativity coupled with exceptional digital expertise highlights why denkwerk is Red Dot: Agency of the Year 2021.

The owner-run agency was founded in Cologne in 1998 and also has offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. Under its motto “Create positive change”, denkwerk focuses on the digital transformation of leading brands and companies. It has already created award-winning works for numerous clients including DeepL, ESPRIT, Motel One, Santander or the YOU Foundation.

Under the management of Jochen Schlaier and Marco Zingler, denkwerk consistently explores new ways of implementing digital change successfully at its clients. These include an agile way of working as well as bundling corporate consulting and design services. A lot of emphasis is also placed on research and development. With this approach and its continuous distinctions and top performances in creative rankings, denkwerk is one of Germany’s most innovative and successful design agencies.

“Our work is based on the conviction that good projects can truly have transformative power.”

– Jochen Schlaier, Chief Creative Officer, Managing Partner