The Human Empire Studio is a design & illustration studio based in Hamburg, Germany.
The Human Empire brand and the Human Empire Shop are two more divisions of Human Empire.


Founded in 2003 by Jan Kruse and Malte Kaune, the studio moved into an
old store in the 'alternative' district Schanzenviertel in Hamburg (Germany) in 2005 .
With the studio located in the back rooms, Human Empire started
selling design related products, like fashion, books, poster, interior,
accessoires and products of their own Human Empire brand.
With opening the store, Wiebke Schultz joined the team to care for the shop.
Finally, in 2010 the current Human Empire Onlineshop opened its doors
and is nowadays a main focus of all Human Empire activities.


Originally 'Human Empire' was founded by Jan Kruse in 2001, as a brand for T-Shirts and
paper products. Today Human Empire still permanently works on new products.
Lots of them are results of collaborations or commissions of young and upcoming
artists, designers and illustrators from all over the world.

Studio Clients

New York Times, Die Zeit, Zeit Leo, Dein Spiegel, Spiegel, Stern,
Focus, Geo, GQ, Neon, Nido, Taz, Frankfurter Rundschau, Süddeutsche
Amazon, Volkswagen, Audi, Mini, Deutsche Bahn,
Morr Music, Tapete Records, Audiolith, Warner, Good School

Studio Publications

Human Empires work has been published in several design and
illustration books and magazines during the past years.
For more details please contact us.

Studio Awards

More than a decade ago Jan runs another design studio,
which was awarded several times. Human Empire never took part in
any award competition, cause we think there are so many better ways to spend money,
than for events with a smell of nepotism.