It’s All About TEAMS

TEAMS Is Not Just A Name
— It’s Our Attitude

Our Mission

We exist to inspire people with the everyday, every day. We do that by striving to understand as well as reflect needs and desires alike, by collaborating on a personal eye to eye level and by building a creative and diverse global team.
That’s what we see as the keys to long-term success, benefiting people, brands and products alike

About TEAMS

Whether with our partners, projects or teams themselves, we have been fortunate over the years to accomplish many formidable achievements. Here are just a few we’re particularly proud of.

Years Spent
Designing Products…
Partnerships Lasting
More Than 10 Years ...
Industries Rely On Our Competence
Nationalities
At TEAMS

Our Values

We differentiate ourselves from others in the way that we do things. Rather, the way that TEAMS understands business and collaboration.

1

We Realize Concepts, from Ideation to Execution

A thought can change the world, but only if it is put into action. The same way, we understand that only realized ideas are good ideas.

2

We Are Convinced That Collaboration Is The Best Way To Solve Problems.

Product development requires making decisions. Gathering knowledge from a variety of sources guarantees finding the best solutions.

3

We Develop Relationships Of Trust And Support To Unlock Creative Freedom.

We have experienced that the longer you work together, the better you know each other, the better you trust and support each other.

4

Our Products Enable Success for Companies & Users Alike

Making companies and brands successful, increasing revenue, making users happy, motivating people. For us inseparably connected.

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Our Story

As a design company, TEAMS has existed for almost 70 years. We’ve seen decades come and go, and are always on the cutting edge of what it means to be innovative at any time.

Design In Everyday Objects

1956-1975

During Germany’s economic wonder, one bold step, made by Hans Erich Slany, stemming from a passion for solving problems, set the basis for the identity of our design agency.

TEAMS from the beginning established that products must be rethought and redesigned to put use, ergonomics & aesthetics at the focus of everyday objects, providing design as added value.

That has been our guiding mission from the beginning, transforming brands into the world famous icons that they are today.

The New Economy

1975-1990

Design, technology & consolidated markets generate new economies & fields of application for design, services & products that were not existing before.

From the purely physical, to digital touchpoints of interaction. Design was established as a fixed factor of product quality and influenced trendwise the way products were marketed.

The TEAMS mindset of strategic design to guide brands from focussing on a single product to precise knowledge of complex development processes from idea to realization. TEAMS adapts its services to the new tasks and grows up to 20 people in 1990.

The Connected World

1990-2010

In the 1990s, the world experienced a major change, as the internet begins to boom. More users get connected online, new business models take form in an open global economy. This generates the need to rethink products and services for a global economy.

It requires specialized knowledge of how to bring products into any country, and inspired TEAMS to open new studios all around the globe in Chicago, Belgrade, Shanghai and Hamburg to meet new product & service expansion. TEAMS widens its portfolio with consumer testing, engineering, production support, and grows to 80 people.

From Physical Objects To Digital Experiences

2010-2025

Dematerialization is taking over. As a new digital dimension augments our lives, objects and services that used to be physically produced and marketed are either virtually experienced or left in the past, changing the meaning of design thoroughly towards strategic, multidisciplinary guidance.

Our proven strengths at TEAMS in leading innovative ideas to products, systems, and services of global scale is now shaping how we guide brands & products to think and evolve digitally.

We see ourselves as a global team collaborating on the base of strategic partnership with one studio, clients have access to a global design and strategy expertise. Hence the majority of our projects deal with global products and brands.

Singularity: From Object To Character

2025-2050

Creating an intellectual, mirrored image of ourselves, - our own mind - incorporating the same intelligence, or even higher will change the world more thoroughly than any Sci-Fi movie has illustrated in the past. 

Design will revolve around the interplay of making seamless integrations of digital and physical experiences into our everyday lives. 

The subjects of our work will have switched from designing objects and systems to designing characters, giving our human centered approach a new dimension. In an age of multidisciplinary and highly complex tasks for design our waz of building and guiding teams will more than ever be in the focus.

Our Studios

TEAMS is both global and local, featuring five global studios, each with their own unique personality and flair. Click on any of the cards below to learn more about each of our studios.

Our Partners

We love our partners and love to form long-term, exciting relationships. With each project, our partners motivate us to become more adaptive, more innovative and stronger in implementation.

Our Services