Harald Geisler is a broadly skilled typographer based in Frankfurt am Main. He received his formal education in design from The HfG in Offenbach, during which he republished the book “Designing Programs” by Karl Gerstner with Lars Muller Publishers (Switzerland). He currently directs his own studio in Frankfurt, where he balances a variety of independent projects.
Harald’s current work spans from font design, ebooks, an annual typographic wall calendar and type on cermanics. He has worked for, among others, Linotype (Germany) and the Goethe University (Frankfurt). Harald’s 2011 and 2012 Typographic Wall Calendar was recently a successful project on the American website Kickstarter, which enabled him to distribute the work internationally. His fonts are available on this website and myfonts.com.
Born 2nd of April 1980 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
1999 Abitur (Art, Mathematics and History), Wöhlerschule Frankfurt am Main
2000-2001 Living in Berlin
2001 Exhibition at Lola Montez, Frankfurt
2002 Collective exhibition “Lola Montez im Frankfurter Kunstverein”, Frankfurter Kunstverein
2002 Collective exhibition “Free Manifesta”, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main
2003 Solo show at Blumen, Berlin
2003 Atelier in Frankfurt am Main
2005 Accepted to study typography at the University of Arts and Design Offenbach (HfG Offenbach) invited by Prof. Friedl.
2005 Collective exhibition “9. Rundgang”, HfG Offenbach
2005 Guest student at the typography department at FH Darmstadt (Prof. Hoffmann Robbiani)
2006 Guest student for font design at FH Potsdam (Prof. De Groot), and guest auditor at UdK Berlin
2006 – 2008 – Commissioned art direction of 8 newspaper issues for the AStA of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University.
2007 Collective exhibition 10. Rundgang, HfG Offenbach
2007 After two years of preparation, release of the design classic “Designing Programs” by Karl Gerstner, edited by Harald Geisler und Jonas Pabst, published at Lars Müller Publishers, Baden, Switzerland.
2007-2009 Design of usage-examples and font specimen for new Linotype fonts, Bad Homburg, Germany
2009 Official inclusion of the Poster “max bill abend” to the max bill archive of the bill foundation, Adligenswil, Schweiz.
2009 Granting of the academic title “Diplom Designer” by the University of Art and Design Offenbach am Main (HfG Offenbach am Main).
2009 Collective exhibition “Verquere Kommunikation”, Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
2009 First publication of the “Typographic Wall Calendar” 2010
2010 “Ciseaux Matisse” is the first font published by Harald Geisler – it is inspired by the exhibition “Henri Matisse – Drawing with scissors” held 2003 in the Schirn Frankfurt.
Followed by further original font releases Zebramatic, Speech Bubbles, Whimsical Musical und Sevigny until december 2010.
2010 Second publication of the “Typographic Wall Calendar” 2011, financed through the platform Kickstarter.
2011 Publication of “Light Hearted Family” a font family in 7 styles inspired by an audio-recording “Die Macht der Verführung” from Jean Baudrillard, Suppose Verlag, 2006.