Gestalten is proud to release Hello, I am Erik (and Hallo, ich bin Erik in German), the first comprehensive visual biography of typographer, designer, and entrepreneur Erik Spiekermann.
Gestalten invites you to a special evening with Erik Spiekermann and Johannes Erler, his long time friend, renowned graphic designer and editor of his visual biography to celebrate and explore his over 30-year career and body of work. They met over 20 years ago and “consequently, this is not only a book about a great designer, but also about the man whom I’ve gotten to know over the years”.
Together with Johannes, Erik will trace milestones in his lifework and offer personal perspectives with success stories and even blunders that he’s ready to speak about now.
Afterwards, fans will have the opportunity to get their copy personally signed by Erik Spiekermann and editor Johannes Erler.
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The founder of MetaDesign, FontShop, and EdenSpiekermann has been a successful entrepreneur and impulse generator for decades. When Erik Spiekermann founded FontShop International with his wife Joan and Neville Brody, he helped establish the internet as a source for buying fonts. His typefaces FF Meta and ITC Officina have been bestsellers for years and are already considered modern classics by typographers worldwide. Spiekermann now likes to comment on current developments in the world of design via Twitter, where he has more than 250,000 followers. In 2011, he received the German Design Award for lifetime achievement.
Johannes Erler is one of Germany’s top designers. Until the end of 2010, he created and managed the corporate identities of some of the country’s leading brands and institutions with his agency Factor Design including Wempe, Deutsches Theater, and Süddeutsche Zeitung. In addition to his work in corporate design, Erler is an expert in editorial design. Since 2011, he has served as the art director of the magazine Stern, one of Germany’s most widely read weeklies, and was responsible for its recent redesign. Erler is a board member of the German chapter of the Art Directors Club, with a focus on editorial design.