We are FOREAL® – Your friendly neighborhood design studio for any kind of crisp, high end cgi fused animation, illustration and art direction. Based in Germany, booked worldwide.

We are basically a team of friends with a lot of computing power. We love what we do and we do what we love – as corny as that may sound.

That’s why all of our clients have always been stoked on the final product we ship. We have been delivering first-class design made in Germany since our founding in 2013 by Dirk Schuster and Benjamin Simon.

In our early years, we focused on still images. Today's work is all about the conception and implementation of key visuals, animations and storytelling as crisp, high-end illustrations.

We like to add a little attitude and whimsy here and there. Our clients are agencies, companies, magazines and publishers from around the world.

And, sure, maybe you've never heard of our little hometown of Trier – but we can assure you: great design doesn't need big city lights.

If you can’t stop by our studio in the middle of Germany's oldest city, you can find us all over the world: come see us at one of our talks, lectures or conferences – or invite us over for a portfolio show at your agency or shop. We'd love to meet you. 



Benjamin Simon & Dirk Schuster
Seizstr. 2-4, 54290 Trier, Germany

+49(0) 651 561 414 43


We are always happy to meet talented people with diverse specialties – designers, animators, illustrators or creators of any kind – and work with them in our studio in Trier. Get in touch, become part of the crew and help us to keep our work beautiful and exceptional. Send your portfolio to: hireme@weareforeal.com


All you need is skill! We're more impressed with your work and passion for creativity than whatever your degree might be. We usually offer paid internships for a period of 4 months or longer. So, if you are in your last year of study or have recently graduated, we'd love to hear from you. Send an email to hireme@weareforeal.com

Our Services

Art Direction

Key-Visuals, Print/OOH

3D-Typography & Lettering

Editorial & Cover Illustration

Mixed Media

Concept & Style Development

Storyboarding & Animatics

Animation, Loops

Motion Design

AR/Instagram Filter

Talks & Workshops

OFFF Vienna: Vienna – Austria, June 14-15th, 2024

OFFF MX: Mexico City – Mexico, October 14th, 2023

Werkschau Hoschschule: Trier – Germany, May 20th, 2023

Huiput Creative Festival: Helsinki – Finland, May 16th, 2023

OFFF Sevilla: Sevilla– Spain, December 2nd, 2022

Adobe "Future of Creativity": Berlin – Germany, June 15th, 2022

OFFF Barcelona: Barcelona – Spain, May 6th, 2022

The Open End: Luxembourg – Luxembourg, Jun 8th, 2019

Edge Design Talks: Cluj-Napoca – Romania, Mar 2nd, 2019

Imagination Day 8: Warsaw – Poland, Nov 19th, 2018

Animago: Munich – Germany, Oct 26th, 2018

OFFF Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv – Israel, Oct 14th, 2018

Forward Sessions: Munich – Germany, Nov 23th, 2017

Portfolio Workshop Hochschule: Trier – Germany, Nov 17th, 2017

Brief Festival: Madrid – Spain, Oct 27th, 2017

OFFF London: London – UK, Sep 29th, 2017

OFFF Barcelona: Barcelona – Spain, Apr 6th, 2017

44hours - Beyond Routine: Hamburg – Germany, Nov 18th, 2016

Adobe European Creative Jam: Bilbao – Spain, May 6th, 2016

Zirkel Vortrag Hochschule: Trier – Germany, Dec 3rd, 2015

The Open End: Luxembourg – Luxembourg, Sep 19th, 2015

Faux Images XVII: Berlin – Germany, Sep 1st, 2015

Selected Clients

Apple, 2K Games, Adobe, ADAC, Amazon, ARD, AT&T, Bank of America, Base, British Airways, Carrefour, California Avocados, Chupa Chups, Constantin Film, Das Erste, Daimler, Deutsche Bahn, Desperados, Deutsche Bank, Eizo, Eis.de, Edeka, Eurowings, Evonik, FritoLay, Galeries Lafayette, Gamescom, Google, Hugo Boss, HSBC, HypoVereinsbank, Ikea, Innocent, Keurig, Klarna, Kellogg's, Lays, LG, Lidl, Lindt, Lyft, Media Markt, Mentos, Microsoft, Netflix, Nike, Nvidia, O2, PayPal, RedBull, Reebok, Rewe, Samsung, Size?, Snapchat, Swatch, Sephora, Spotify, TalkTalk, Telekom, Toyota, Twitch, United Airlines, Unitymedia, Vodafone, Volkswagen, World Vision, WWF, Xbox, Xiaomi, ZDF

Advertising Agencies
AKQA, Butter, BBDO, BBDO Proximity, Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, Chi and Partners, David&Goliath, DDB, DOJO Berlin, Edelman UK, Grey, Grabarz & Partner, Grimm Gallun Holtappels, GUD.berlin, Heimat Berlin, Hearts & BBDO, Jacobsonrost, Jung von Matt, Jimmy Lee, Kolle Rebbe, Leo Burnett, McCANN, MullenLowe U.S., Mutabor,  NHB, Organic, Saatchi & Saatchi, Saint Elmos, Scholz & Friends, Schöne Neue Kinder, Serviceplan, Sid Lee, Strichpunkt, TBWA, Thjnk, VSA Partners, Y&R

Magazines & Publishing Houses: 
Abrams Books, Axel Springer, 20 Minutes, Billboard, Capital, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Dorling Kindersley, Grid Magazine, Handelsblatt, Scientific American, Fast Company, Fortune Magazine, Focus, Investor View, L'Express, Metropolitan, Men’s Health, MacMillan, Newsweek, Page, Seattle Met, Strategy & Business, Taenk, Time Out, The Verge, Stylist, Washington Post, Wired UK


Seizstraße 2-4, 
54290 Trier, Germany

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