Lars Harmsen

Prof. Lars Harmsen (Dipl. Grafik-Designer)

During the past 20 years, the focus of Harmsen's work is typography, corporate- and editorial design. He worked as a creative director of MAGMA Brand Design in Karlsruhe till 2014, which he founded in 1996, and has become one of the most renowned design studios in Germany. Currently, he lives and works in Munich as a creative director at MELVILLE Brand Design, a studio he co-founded 2008 — exchanging the Black Forest for the Alps and the small town Karlsruhe for the "biggest village" Munich.

His interests in design and typography began with the launch of Volcano-Type in 1996, long before web 2.0 and myfonts, as an outlet for his own fonts and other designers to showcase their work. As a platform to promote Volcano-Type and push the design-discourse, he created SLANTED weblog in 2004. It soon became one of the most influential blogs related to typography in german speaking areas. A year later, the first issue of SLANTED magazine was published — countering digital acceleration. Since then, the passion for paper, books and magazines have pushed the typographic journey to 25 issues. What started as a passion-fueled project, became an independent company in July 2014. SLANTED PUBLISHERS is now operated by Julia Kahl and Lars Harmsen.

Harmsen is Professor of Typography and Design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund since 2011. He authored numerous design and typography publications as Typodarium and Photodarium, 100for10, Yearbook of Type, etc. His work has been awarded nationally and internationally. Furthermore he is solicited speaker for many conferences all over the world. More than ever, he loves being a graphic designer.