Erik Spiekermann

Portrait: Erik Spiekermann
Erik Spiekermann
© Susanna Dulkinys

Erik Spiekermann

Self-appointed Berlin “typomaniac”

I’m obviously a typeomaniac, which is an incurable if not mortal disease. I can't explain it. I just love, I just like looking at type. I just get a total kick out of it: they are my friends.

Erik Spiekermann, speaking in the documentary Helvetica, 2007

Able to look back at a vast graphic portfolio, the designer Erik Spiekermann ranks among the most important practitioners of his craft. His fields of expertise include classical font creation and holistic design solutions - for example the signage systems for both Berlin’s public transport infrastructure and Düsseldorf International Airport. He can claim a host of major international companies as his clients, including Audi, VW, Bosch, Nokia and Deutsche Bahn.

In 2009, Spiekermann was tasked with overseeing the redesign of the British business publication The Economist. Over the course of his career he has acquired his preeminent standing through his activities as an author of core typographical literature (Ursache und Wirkung, 1986; Über Schrift, 1993), as an instructor (as honorary professor at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen) and as the founder of a series of global design agencies (including MetaDesign plus, founded in 1979). Since 2009 he has managed the EdenSpiekermann practice in Berlin. Several of his font designs - among them ff Meta and ITC Officina – are already considered modern classics.