Publishing house

Shift Books


In addition to aesthetic demands on individual book design, feel and material, we focus on sustainable and, if possible, vegan production. #proudtoprintvegan


We believe that together we can create new synergies to unleash unimagined creative potential in everyone.


We support ideas that bring new and old
Breaking down barriers to create unique opportunities, creative content to promote, design and publish.

Forward Thinking

We think that new technologies and other
approaches help us to create designers in
of a traditional sector.


Combining print and digital

Our exhibition publication POWER PLANTS by the Berlin artist duo kennedy+swan shows how classic print media can be transported into the 21st century: Using a smartphone app, the virtually argued images come to life, the publication becomes interactive – a symbiosis between digital and printed content. We create tomorrow’s publications. This includes trying out all the devices in the new media playground and thinking along with them.

Publish sustainably and if possible vegan

As an art book publisher, we publish our books in a holistically sustainable way and vegan whenever possible. With the monograph of the artist Bianca Kennedy we were able to completely avoid animal components in paper, colours, thread and auxiliary materials and thus fulfil all criteria of the V-Label certification. It is important to us that our production and delivery processes are short and transparent, which is why we always work with sustainable regional and local print shops.

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Helena Melikov & Christian Dettler / © Jana Kießer

Communication and transparency

From the first meeting to the final implementation – we value open communication: that’s why we use project management software. This means that everyone involved has access to the current status of our joint project at all times, communication and decision-making paths remain short, and tasks are clearly structured.

Books for contemporary art, photography and social interest

Our program creates space for artistic as well as social topics. Instead of mainstream discourses, we follow inspiring perspectives that show us paths to a possible future.

In our open experimental and individual process with established as well as young artists*, we create publications that redefine the possibilities of print media and consider their artistic work.

The complexity of our publications in terms of content and design is also reflected in their multilingualism – which also positions us on the international market.


Think ahead exhibition

With our concepts for exhibition catalogs, we develop publications that stand on their own in terms of content and design. In this way, they tie in with the exhibition, lead beyond it, and at the same time exploit further potential, such as a broad readership. As a publisher, it is our concern to contribute to the perception of the publication, the exhibition and artists through social media and our distribution.

The bookazine “grenzenlos”, for example, picks up on the themes of the exhibition Boundless: Colonialism, Industry and Resistance, as the colonial heritage of the city of Hamburg and offers further perspectives on the topic of BIPoC.

Use networks

We see ourselves as a link between artists, their community and the spaces they fill with their creativity. To strengthen this connection we offer video and photo accompaniment to the vernissage or finissage. With the mood videos, posts and behind the scenes footage that is created, the community is always there.


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