Lars Harmsen (*1964) was executive director of MAGMA Brand Design (with Ulrich Weiss and Florian Gaertner), founded in Karlsruhe 1996. The focal point of his work is typography, corporate and editorial design. He is also partner and creative director for the Munich agency Melville Brand Design. Since 2011 he is professor for typography and design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund. In 2004 MAGMA launched the typography weblog Slanted (www.slanted.de) and a year later the quarterly published SLANTED MAGAZINE. He is also founder of the fontlabel Volcano-Type. Harmsen is author of numerous design and typography books. His work won over 100 national and international awards.