I was born in 1976 in the city of Pößneck in the German Democratic Republic. Early on I had a passion for the arts and when it became time to choose a profession, it had to be either in the field of music or graphic design. I choose the latter and studied at the Bauhaus University Weimar under Professor Jay Rutherford.
In 1999 I founded a design studio with a partner in the city of Jena. But my main interest in the field of graphic design has always been typography. So beside my regular design work I started several typography projects: the German online community Typografie.info (2001), the type foundry FDI Type (2004) and the typography magazine TypoJournal (2009). I also wrote typography books and continue to write and provide content for various online and print magazines (like PAGE, Smashing Magazine, TYPO magazine, étapes, I Love Typography). I also speak at conferences and maintain a YouTube channel about typography.
- 2009: Sign09 Conference, Vienna, Austria; Book Fair Leipzig, Germany; Forum Typografie, Weimar, Germany
- 2010: Typo Berlin, Germany; Webfontday Munich, Germany; Typogravieh lebt Symposium, Weimar, Germany
- 2011: AtypI Reykjavík, Island; Webfontday Munich, Germany; Buchstabenmuseum Berlin, Germany
- 2012: Publishing Conference Munich, Germany; Tag der Schrift Zürich, Switzerland
- 2015: Dortmund (Dialoge über Bücher), Typotage Leipzig, Walbaum-Wochende-Weimar
At FDI Type I sell my own typefaces like Wayfinding Sans Pro, but I also love to distribute interesting type designs by other designers. Get in touch we me, if you are interested in publishing your fonts through FDI Type.
I am currently the chairman of the Pavillon-Presse, a museum for the printing arts & typography in the city of Weimar. We are always looking for supporters and collaborations for exhibitions and workshops.
Work in progress
- Typography.Guru — A new international online community for typography which was launched in February 2015. http://typography.guru
- Letter Library — An online archive for historic and current type specimens of type foundries from around the world. The project is still in the planning phase but content is already being published on the Letter Library social media channels: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.