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.
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
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. She now oversees the commercial side of the business and all editorial content across online and print. Besides she teaches in the fields of typography and editorial design at different universities. Contact her to discuss working with us on sponsored content, commercial and media partnerships, commissioning work as well as developing new opportunities.
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 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 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.
Baltus has trained as a graphic designer and is now making a short stop for an internship at Slanted before starting his studies.
Laura joined the Slanted team in March 2020 for a 6-month internship. She studies Communication Design at Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences, Technology, Business and Design and Slanted is the last stop before she finishes her diploma.
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.
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].
Academy of Visual Arts
BDG Berufsverband der deutschen Kommunikationsdesigner
Brno 28th International Biennial of Graphic Design
Call for Type
Eastern Design Conference
EDCH Editorial Design Conference
École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs
European Design Conference
Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe
Musées des Arts Décoratifs
SABE Design Talks
Saturday Type Fever
The Open End Creativity Festival
Type Director’s Club
New York, US
Typografische Gesellschaft München
Torino Graphic Days
Us By Night
100 Best Posters
2020, President of the jury
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
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
Förderpreis der Stiftung Buchkunst
TEC21 – Fachzeitschrift für Architektur, Zürich
Gute Plakate Wettbewerb, Berlin
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.
2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007
ADC of Europe
2018, 2009, 2008
Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
European Design Awards
2012, 2011, 2010, 2008
German Design Award
2017, 2015, 2014
Gregor International Calendar Award
iF communication design award
2013, 2008, 2007
red dot Award Communication Design
Type Directors Club NY
2011, 2008, 2007