Patrick Hanenberger

Entertainment Design


Patrick was born in Melbourne, Australia and raised in Wiesbaden, Germany. Early 1990's computers, model kits and drawing feverishly sparked his interest in Industrial Design. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Industrial and Graphic Design at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Transportation Design at ArtCenter. During his studies he fell in love with Feature Animation after completing an internship at Pixar, where he had the chance to briefly work on The Incredibles. Nine years later Patrick was the Production Designer for the DreamWorks film, Rise of the Guardians. During his time at DreamWorks Animation Patrick also worked as an Art Director and Visual Development Artist on many titles for the studio such as Croods, Monsters vs. Aliens, Over the Hedge and many others. After DreamWorks Patrick spent a year in NexGen gaming working as the Visual Consultant on the Xbox One release title Ryse Son of Rome. Patrick recently completed production designing the Lego Movie 2—The second part and is currently Art Directing in Indie Gaming. Patrick recently became a faculty member at the ArtCenter where he teaches Visual Communication, Digital Painting and Production Design. Together with his wife Margaret he is the founder of The Neuland, an international design consultancy. They like to split their time between Los Angeles, California and Bavaria, Germany.

"Patrick is a large presence. I have known Patrick since we went to school together, he has been an inspiration and someone who I have consulted with and confided in since the beginning of my career. His energy and excitement for the industry and the work he does is unparalleled. He is always challenging and pushing the way our industry works. Innovative in applying real time graphics and expanding the function of art departments for large scale animated films, Patrick is an intelligent, articulate designer solving creative problems and pipeline issues with equal interest and effectiveness." Robert Kondo • Founder Tonko House

"Patrick is one of those rare and talented production designers who have the open minded curiosity that is the essential driver of our craft; and is at the same time deeply engaged in pushing the possibilities of what design can and will do in the narrative media of the future. He's already there at that leading edge. Try to keep up." —Alex McDowell, RDI • Director, World Building Institute; Owner, Experimental Design Studios

"I have known Patrick from when he was a student at the Art Center College of Design. He is a true professional. His work is outstanding and his leadership skills are exceptional. As an instructor at Art Center he has proven to be one of the finest instructors in the Entertainment Design program." —Bob Kato • Associate Professor at ArtCenter College of Design

"Patrick is the sharpest, focused and most competent production designer I have ever had the pleasure working with. As a senior colleague he provided guidance, helped break through difficult design conundrums, and was a compassionate teacher. His presentation skills are unparalleled and he goes the extra mile to sell an idea he fervently believes in. Tools such as Maya, Modo, Photoshop are inclusive in his many techniques along with him being an excellent draftsmen. He is a true leader and makes the most of every artist's skills and any company would be blessed to have him in a senior leadership role." —Jayee Borcar • Concept Artist, Warner Bros Animation