My name is Alexander Hanke, I am an art director and graphic designer in the field of Graphic and Packaging Design.
Some years ago I was born in the wild lands of east Germany. Early I discovered how to eat a yummy pencil and what to do with funny stuff like paper and walls. So I started working for different clients back in the early days of 1998, long before I moved out to Cologne and afterwards to the small city of Hildesheim to graduate in Corporate Design in 2008. In the same year I established the label “Zum Heimathafen” to separate my art driven mind from the day-to-day graphic design job.
At the moment I’m working as a freelance artist and creating posters, shirts or flyers as well as Corporate Design and packaging solutions for clients arround the world. So feel free to drop me a line to get more information about the smartdesignz empire.

Take care!




Jobs and schools

01/2002 – 06/2002 espressivo / Internship
07/2002 – 06/2003 jacco – Werbung und Marketing / Internship
08/2003 – 07/2005 Köln International School of Design
08/2005 – 10/2005 SWM Magdeburg – Marketing / Internship
03/2006 – 08/2008 Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim / Bachelor of Arts
1998 – today Freelancer


Environmentalism 07/2008-08/2008 Urbanpiraten “Galerie & Laden” (Magdeburg/D)
Voices in Forests 05/2009-06/2009 Soloshow @ Lebherz (Braunschweig/D)
Animal Family 06/2009-07/2009 Urbanpiraten “Galerie & Laden” (Magdeburg/D)
Art Fabriqué 08/2009-08/2009 Urbanpiraten @ Noorderzon Festival (Groningen/NL)
We need no future 04/2010-06/2010 Soloshow @ Augapfel (Magdeburg/D)
ART to SHOP 06/2010-07/2010 Urbanpiraten @ Never Ending (Magdeburg/D)
Woodblocks 10/2010-11/2010 Urbanpiraten @ Blauer Bock (Magdeburg/D)
Do It Green 05/2011 Groupshow @ LOKAL (Hamburg/D)
Gruun gemaakt 08/2011 Groupshow @ Noorderzon Festival (Groningen/NL)
Benutzeroberfläche Stadt 11/2011 Groupshow @ Kunstmuseum Kloster u. l. F.  (Magdeburg/D)
Urbane Begegnungen mit Klassik 03/2012 Groupshow @ Laeiszhalle (Hamburg/D)
Romantik 2.0 06/2012 Groupshow@Altstadtkrankenhaus (Magdeburg/D)

Published Work

The DESIGN AND DESIGN Book of the year Vol. 1 (Index Books / ISBN: 8496309800)
The DESIGN AND DESIGN Book of the year Vol. 2 (Index Books / ISBN: 8492643412)
KOLK. Ausgabe 1 (Hunger Verlag)
Typoshirt One (Gingko Press / ISBN: 8492643552)
Fresh Box: Cutting Edge Illustrations (Daab / ISBN: 3942597071)


Music – playing (I used to play bass/guitar in different bands) / listening / concerts,
photography, travelling, looking

Record Label Confidence Records 2004-2007
Concert Group Cpt.Emo Networks 2005-2008
Urbanpiraten Collective 07/2008-today
Clothing Brand Zum Heimathafen 05/2008-today