Erik Spiekermann, born 1947, studied History of Art and English in Berlin. He is a columnist (Blueprint, Form et al), information architect, type designer (FF Meta, ITC Officina, FF Info, FF Unit, LoType, Berliner Grotesk and many corporate typefaces for the Economist, Cisco, Bosch, Deutsche Bahn, etc.) and author of books and articles on type and typography.
He was founder (1979) of MetaDesign, Germany’s largest design firm with offices in Berlin, London and San Francisco. He was responsible for corporate design programs for Audi, Skoda, Volkswagen, Lexus, Heidelberg Printing, Bosch and way-finding projects like Berlin Transit, Düsseldorf Airport and many others. In 1988 he started FontShop, a company for production and distribution of electronic fonts. He is board member of the German Design Council and Past President of the ISTD International Society of Typographic Designers, as well as the IIID International Institute for Information Design.