Johanna Schäfer studied English Literature at the LMU Munich and Trinity College Dublin before completing a degree in Communication Design, Exhibition Design, and Scenography at the University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe. In her work as a graphic designer she frequently takes excursions into neighbouring professions: she writes, reads, translates, publishes, codes, and decodes—while combining subjective and technological strategies of narration, documentation, and image production.
Johanna sees her practice as fundamentally collaborative. She is co-founder of the micro publishing house Accidental Interest Books and part of the collective and exhibition platform A Place in the Woods. Since December 2022 she is working as artistic associate in the class for graphic design at Kunsthochschule Kassel.