After a happy youth in the 1960s and 1970s in the Taunus village of Bad Camberg I began my studies of physics in Frankfurt am Main, graduating with a diploma in 1984. Afterwards I worked first as a science journalist (FAZ, Robert Bosch Stiftung), then as a technical writer. In autumn 1986 I moved to Hamburg, became co-founder of the design magazine PAGE, which I headed as editor-in-chief until April 1991.
I moved to Berlin in the summer of 1991 to join FontShop, where I was involved in building up the FontFont font library (Founding Member of the FontFont Typeboard), FontBook (Editor), FUSE publication (Publisher), TYPO conference (Program Director), fontblog.de (Blogger) and many more communication and marketing projects in the following years.
From 2001 to 2010 I took over the responsibility for marketing at FontShop AG as CMO, then as CEO. After FontShop became part of Monotype in July 2014, I took over responsibility for events, social media and branding communication for the DACH region as Marketing Director. After establishing the TYPO Labs conference (2016-2018) I developed the event series Brand Days and Brand Talks. I left Monotype at the end of May 2020.
I’m the host of CreativeMornings Berlin since August 2011.
Graphic design, typography, technology & culture, and how it all fits together.
to keep track in my adapter collection (Laptop, iPad, MacBook, …)
Stay hungry, stay foolish.
To understand people
Jürgen’s CreativeMornings activity
Thomas Schildhauer From Crowd Creation to Open Innovation
Hopefully more people will start to think of the creative industry as a collective mission rather than an individual pursuit.
Mark Magellan 7 Lessons Insecurity Teaches Us About Creativity
Without intention, the magic of life will not find you.
Anna Hebbeln Meet yourself
Gabrielle Soria Trace the Roots: Intercultural Relations
Hera are five skill you can start integrating and building within your team today. Do regular pulse-checks: Are we aware? Are we listening deeply? Are we being curious? Are we sharing and learning? Are we trying out another perspective?
Thanks to its hearing test apps Mimi has created the world’s largest database of digital hearing profiles and is able to undertake extensive modeling on human hearing data from around the globe, providing fascinating insights into how the world hears by region and demographic: The World Hearing Index.
Replace the sliders with a Trumpen (= Stick). By moving the Trumpen, we can play the letter (s).
What we had in the past was typography, what we have now is Grammatography: Writing with letters which may react to the user and reader.
At the moment there exists a kind of letter logic, that says A ≠ B, meaning: A and B are two different letters. In our model this logic is replaced by a form causality, meaning that a letter is what it becomes.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. (Søren Kierkegaard)
Anne Seubert Die Zahl als Muse
Change is inevitable, change will always happen, but you have to apply direction to change, and that’s when it’s progress.
Paul Woods Asshole Clients: A Survival Guide
Adam Ludwig Align, Balance … Bite the Whole Burger
Gay Gaddis Founder, Painter, & Cowgirl
Sarmishta Pantham Bring to a simmer
Ant Orant Randomness in the creative process
Marianna Paszkowska Variable Fonts