Slanted Publishers is an internationally active publishing and media house founded in 2014 by Lars Harmsen and Julia Kahl. They publish the award-winning print magazine Slanted, covering international developments in design and culture twice a year. Since its establishment in 2004, the daily Slanted blog highlights events and news from an international design scene and showcases inspiring portfolios from all over the world. Over the years, more than 180 video interviews with designers and entrepreneurs have been made, forming an archive that bears witness to our time.

In addition to the Slanted blog and magazine, Slanted Publishers initiates and creates projects such as the Yearbook of Type, tear-off calendars Typodarium and Photodarium, independent type foundry VolcanoType and other design-related projects and publications. These publications can be found in the Slanted Shop alongside other extraordinary products by young design talents and established producers from all over the world. Slanted was born from great passion and has made a name for itself across the globe. Its design is vibrant and inspiring—its philosophy open-minded, tolerant, and curious.


Slanted Publishers UG
Nebeniusstrasse 10
76137 Karlsruhe, Germany
T +49 (0) 721 851 482 68
[email protected]


VAT Number: DE295329244
CEOs: Lars Harmsen, Julia Kahl
Responsible tax office: Karlsruhe City
Tax ID: 35008/15125
Commercial register Mannheim, HRB 719864
Slanted Publishers UG, Karlsruhe


Slanted Publishers Julia Kahl 2019

Julia Kahl

Founder and Editor in Chief Online

Julia joined the Slanted project in 2007. She studied Communication Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt and lives and works in Karlsruhe. In 2014 she set up the publishing and media house Slanted Publishers together with Lars. Since 2019 she has been teaching at various universities. She now oversees the commercial side of the business and all editorial content across online and print. Contact her to discuss working with us on sponsored content, commercial and media partnerships, commissioning work as well as developing new opportunities.

Lars Harmsen

Lars Harmsen

Founder and Editor in Chief Print

Lars initiated the Slanted blog as a side project in 2004 which was followed by the first printed issue in 2005. He studied Visual Communication in Basel and Pforzheim, already founding the design agency MAGMA in Karlsruhe during his time as a student. 2014 he moved to Munich as a partner and creative director of Melville Brand Design. Since 2011 he has been a teacher for concept, layout and typography at the University of Dortmund. His nationally and internationally award-winning work focuses on typography, corporate and editorial design. Beyond that he writes for a variety of design and typography publications. In 2014 he set up the publishing and media house Slanted Publishers together with Julia. He now oversees the creative output across all sides of the business.

Clara Weinreich

Project Manager Design, Editor

Clara joined Slanted in March 2017. She studied Communication Design at the MSD/Münster School of Design and received a bachelor degree in 2017. She is project manager across editorial projects, such as the Yearbook of Type, and is part of the editorial team. Contact her with news stories relating to the creative industries.

Bettina Nowak

Bettina Nowak

Marketing and Distribution

Bettina has a bachelor’s degree in art history and Polish studies and has been part of the Slanted Team since 2020. She is an organizational talent and the right person to contact when it comes to sales (shop + wholesale distribution) and marketing opportunities as well as advertising sales.

Sebastian Schubmehl

Assistance Graphic Design and Editing

Sebastian Schubmehl, born in Saarland, has been studying Communication Design at the University of Trier since 2016. Since September 2019, he has been part of the Slanted editorial team as an intern.


Currently there are no vacancies.

We offer internships at our editorial office in Karlsruhe for two different time periods, lasting 6 months:

  • Summer (from March through August) / Application November
  • Winter (from September through February) / Application May

Detailed information about the requirements and application can be found here in the near future.

Submit proposal

Slanted’s publishing program reflects our own diverse interests, focusing on contemporary design and culture. We work closely with our editors and authors to produce outstanding publications with meaningful content and high quality.

If you have an idea for a publication that you think might be a great addition to the Slanted Publishers’ publishing program, please send us your proposal by e-mail to the address below. Send a short exposé with a maximum of fifteen pages, including project description, images, and information about the author.

Lectures and workshops

Julia Kahl and Lars Harmsen give talks about their work and experiences with Slanted Publishers at design conferences and share their knowledge in practical workshops. We are happy to receive inquiries at [email protected].


Cologne, DE

Academy of Visual Arts

Frankfurt, DE

Badischer Kunstverein

Karlsruhe, DE

BDG Berufsverband der deutschen Kommunikationsdesigner

Munich, DE

Brno 28th International Biennial of Graphic Design

Brno, CZ

Call for Type

Mainz, DE

CMYK Festival

Barcelona, ES


Luxembourg, LU


Dortmund, DE

Eastern Design Conference

Košice, SK

EDCH Editorial Design Conference

Munich, DE

École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs

Paris, FR

Esquina Norte

Tijuana, MX

European Design Conference

Zurich, DE

Facing Pages

Arnheim, NL

FH Johanneum

Graz, AT

FH Dortmund

Dortmund, DE

Forward Festival

Munich, DE
Vienna, AT
Zurich, CH


Bangkok, TH

Haus Wellensiek

Bielefeld, DE

Hochschule Detmold

Detmold, DE

Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe, DE

Hochschule Darmstadt

Darmstadt, DE

Hochschule Mannheim

Mannheim, DE

Hochschule Niederrhein

Krefeld, DE

Hochschule Pforzheim

Pforzheim, DE


Thessaloniki, GR

Idea Parade

Nuremberg, DE


Hamburg, DE

Integrated Conference

Antwerp, BE


Istanbul, TR

Kerning Conference

Faenza, IT

Leipziger Typotage

Leipzig, DE

Musées des Arts Décoratifs

Paris, FR

Muthesius Kunsthochschule

Kiel, DE

SABE Design Talks

Amman, JO

Saturday Type Fever

Karlsruhe, DE

The Open End Creativity Festival

Luxembourg, LU

Type Director’s Club

New York, US

TYPO Berlin

Berlin, DE

Typografische Gesellschaft München

Munich, DE


Madrid, ES

Torino Graphic Days

Turin, IT

Us By Night

Antwerp, NL


100 Best Posters


Annual Multimedia


Mut zur Wut


École supérieure d’art des Pyrénées

2019, President of the jury

Brno 28th International Biennial of Graphic Design


Design Award Rhineland-Palatinate

2014, 2018

Gregor Calendar Award


École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Grand Projets

2017, President of the jury 

ESAV MARRAKECH, école supérieure des arts visuels, Grand Projets

2016, President of the jury 

German Design Award / German Design Council

2016, Member of the jury

Förderpreis der Stiftung Buchkunst

2016, Member of the jury


2014, Member of the online jury 

TEC21 – Fachzeitschrift für Architektur, Zürich

2013, Member of the jury 

Designforum Rheinland-Pfalz

2012, Member of the jury 

Gute Plakate Wettbewerb, Berlin

2012, Member of the jury 

FRESH Illustration

2011, President of the jury 


Over the years, Slanted has been honoured with numerous international design awards by renowned juries. We are very thankful for the recognition our work has received.

ADC Wettbewerb

2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007

ADC of Europe

2010, 2008

Annual Multimedia

2013, 2008

Berliner Type

2018, 2009, 2008

Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland


European Design Awards

2012, 2011, 2010, 2008

German Design Award

2017, 2015, 2014

Gregor International Calendar Award

2014, 2013

iF communication design award


Lead Awards

2013, 2008, 2007

red dot Award Communication Design

2017, 2008

Tokyo TDC

2015, 2014

Type Directors Club NY

2011, 2008, 2007

Werkbund Label