Thomas Manss started his career at Erik Spiekermann's Metadesign in Berlin. During his five years at Sedley Place Design he ran design projects for some of Germany’s leading companies including Volkswagen, Schering, Deutsche Bundespost and Deutsche Bundesbank. In 1989 he joined Pentagram in London and collaborated with Alan Fletcher on design programmes for Scandinavian Airlines, The Barbican Arts Centre, Shakespeare's Globe and a competition entry for a new City of Berlin identity.
In 1993, Thomas Manss & Company London was founded followed by offices in Berlin, Florence and Rio de Janeiro. Thomas Manss & Company’s work has won numerous awards in the UK, US and Germany as well as having been selected for the Biennale for Graphic Design in Brno. Thomas Manss’ personal reputation is reflected by invitations to lecture in Europe, Russia and Brazil. In 1994, he was appointed Visiting Professor for corporate identity at FH Potsdam. He was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the D&AD and the Society of Typographic Designers since 1996.