Vivien Palloks was born in Berlin in 1970. She started her schooling with an apprenticeship in pre-press and went on to study graphic design at the College of Advertising and Design in Germany. She graduated in 1993 and started work on a second degree in communication design at the Academy of Art in Weißensee (Berlin). Palloks did an internship in type design with Lucas de Groot and spent a trimester at the London College of Printing. Since 1997 she has worked at gra(fisch) in Berlin.