Professor Lars Harmsen studied visual communication in Basel and Pforzheim, already founding the design agency Magma in Karlsruhe during his time as a student. 2014 he moved on 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.
He is the founder of the type foundry Volcano-Type as well as the editor of the Slanted magazine (since 2014 published by Slanted Publishers, with Julia Kahl). Moreover Harmsen is the author and graphic designer of a number of books on design, typography and photography, including Yearbook of Type, Typodarium, Photodarium, Pride & Glory and others. Recently he launched the Poster Rex series, a collective poster project with Marcus Lange and many other designers and artists from around the world. 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.