Gesine-Grotrian Steinweg (°1967) is an illustrator and teaches graphic design at various universities. Together with Fons Hickmann she founded “Fons Hickmann m23” in 2001. It is one of today's most awarded design studios. It varies a lot in size and scope: “There are seven of us at the moment, sometimes there are four of us, sometimes fourteen” says Gesine. The staff come from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Gesine had exhibitions such as Chaumont (Festival de l’affiche et des arts, 2006), Barcelona (Graphiceurope, 2003) and gave lectures at international graphic design conferences such as the Conference of Graphic Design at CAFA, Bejing China (2002). Gesine also lectured communication design & typography at the Universität Gh in Essen. She’s the mother of two daughters, Uma Malina & Pola Margarita. -