Slanted Publishers is a globally recognized and acclaimed design, publishing, and media house with expertise in diverse fields. Founded in 2014 by Lars Harmsen and Julia Kahl, their commitment to excellence is evident in their exceptional publications, including books, magazines, and catalogs of various scales.

Collaborating closely with authors, artists, and editorial teams, they value the integral relationship between form and content. With their profound understanding of typography, layout, typesetting, and visual language, Slanted Publishers creates distinct visual identities for each medium, resulting in captivating design and compelling content.

Published twice a year, the acclaimed print magazine Slanted is dedicated to exploring a special topic, resulting in a publication of exceptional quality and longevity. It serves as a definitive resource for uncovering international developments in design and culture, reflecting the expertise and vision of Slanted Publishers.

Since 2004, Slanted’s influential blog and social media channels have been prominent platforms, providing daily news, updates, and showcasing inspiring portfolios from the global design scene. Over the years, more than +230 video interviews with designers and entrepreneurs have been made, forming an archive that bears witness to our time. With nearly 1 million monthly contacts, the online channels of Slanted Publishers reach the creative audience worldwide.

As a publishing house, Slanted Publishers delves into a wide array of subjects within their publications, spanning typography, photography, graphic design, and visual culture. Their perspective on design transcends mere aesthetics, embracing storytelling, idea expression, and boundary-pushing creativity. With a keen eye for contemporary design and culture, Slanted Publishers curates an exceptional collection of publications. These remarkable publications reach readers all across the world thanks to their ever-growing distribution network. They can also be found in the Slanted Shop, along with extraordinary products by emerging design talents and established producers from around the globe.


Slanted Publishers UG
Nördliche Uferstraße 4–6
76189 Karlsruhe, Germany
T +49 (0) 721 851 482 68
[email protected]

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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


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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. 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, publishing possibilities 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.

Julia Klose

Julia Klose

Distribution & Sales

Julia joined the Slanted team in 2022 and takes care of distribution and sales. She is a bookseller and studied Bookselling and Publishing Management at Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig). Being a book lover at heart, she also has many years of professional experience in the book industry and writes about interesting publications and news from the book industry on our blog and social channels. Contact her for orders and to establish new sales cooperations.

Juliane Nöst

Juliane Nöst

Project Manager, Designer, Editor

Juliane studied Communication Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2017. After working for a design agency for some time, she studied Editorial Design in Dortmund and graduated with a Master’s degree in 2021. While she has always worked in various design fields, her great passion lies in books, magazines, and typography. Juliane joined the Slanted team in 2022. She is a project manager as well as a graphic designer and is part of the editorial team. Contact her if you have new topics from the creative industry.

Greta Landmann

Greta Landmann

Assistance Graphic Design & Editing

Greta is studying Communication Design at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. She joined the Slanted team for her internship in February 2024 and will be providing assistance until September 2024. Within the realm of design, Greta’s primary interests lie in editorial design, with an additional focus on photography. She likes to experiment in illustration as well.

Lena Buhl

Assistance Graphic Design & Editing

Lena earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a Marketing specialization at DHBW Villingen-Schwenningen. After gaining working experience and completing additional training as certified graphic designer, she’s pursuing a Master’s in Marketing & Creativity at ESCP Business School in London and Paris. While Lena has worked in various marketing-related fields, her true passion lies in design and branding. She particularly enjoys the process of conceptualization and ideation. She joins Slanted for assistance during her July–August 2024 semester break.


Internships at Slanted Publishers take place in Karlsruhe and are paid. If interested, please send your complete application as a meaningful PDF portfolio (cover letter, resume, work samples + letter of motivation—why do you want to do an internship at Slanted?) by email.

In general, we offer 6-month internships in the field of editing/publishing or graphic design twice a year. In addition, we are also open for short-term internships (at least 4 weeks), if it matches our projects.

We offer responsible, independent work and under supervision, possible participation in design conferences as part of our media partnerships, and a pleasant working atmosphere with friendly colleagues in a spacious office 🙂

Graphic Design Internship:

Here’s what you should bring:

  • Completed basic studies in graphic design (or similar)
  • Very good knowledge of German and English
  • Solid application knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop
  • Interest in new trends in the fields of design, art, and culture
  • Enthusiasm for typography, current trends in type design
  • Editorial interest
  • Independence, vision, flexibility, creativity and inventiveness
  • Organisational talent and strong communication skills
  • Conscientious and precise work
  • In the case of 6-month internships, the internship must take place as part of a compulsory internship during the course of study

We offer:

  • Editorial and graphic collaboration on Slanted Magazine
  • Insights into our publishing activities (conception, editing, organization, distribution, PR etc.)
  • Graphic collaboration on our publications
  • Studio photography, image editing

Editing/Publishing Internship:

Here’s what you should bring:

  • Completed basic studies in Book Sciences, Publishing (or similar)
  • Very good knowledge of German and English (native speakers are welcome)
  • Solid application knowledge of Office programs, basic knowledge in Photoshop, CMS systems is an advantage
  • Interest in new trends in the fields of design, art, and culture
  • Editorial interest
  • Independence, vision, flexibility, creativity and inventiveness
  • Organisational talent and strong communication skills
  • Conscientious and precise work
  • In the case of 6-month internships, the internship must take place as part of a compulsory internship during the course of study

We offer:

  • Editorial work on the Slanted blog and social channels, as well as on various publications.
  • Cross-sector insights into our publishing activities, especially conception, financing, editing, proofreading, production, distribution, press, etc.)

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. Find a selection of the events below. 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 Aachen

Aachen, DE

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

State Academy Stuttgart

Stuttgart, 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




Luxembourg Design Awards

2023, President of the jury

European Design Awards


Anfachen Award


100 Best Posters

2020, President of the jury

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


Stiftung Buchkunst

2016, 2021



TEC21 – Fachzeitschrift für Architektur, Zürich


Designforum Rheinland-Pfalz


Gute Plakate Wettbewerb, Berlin


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

2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007

Deutscher Designer Club (DDC)


ADC of Europe

2020, 2010, 2008

Annual Multimedia

2013, 2008

Berliner Type

2018, 2009, 2008

Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland


European Design Awards

2023, 2020, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008

German Design Award

2021, 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

2022, 2021, 2015, 2014

Type Directors Club NY

2023, 2022, 2020, 2011, 2008, 2007

Werkbund Label