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Erik Spiekermann

Erik Spiekermann will always be celebrated for designing the font Meta, but he was also an early pioneer of information systems and web design, with his clear grid-based websites in his trademark red and black. He was an early adopter of blogging, and his domain spiekermann.com now redirects straight to his (red and black) blog.

Spiekermann was born in Stadthagen, Germany. He funded his own studies, in art history at the Free University in Berlin by setting metal type and operating a printing press in the basement of his home. After seven years working freelance in London in the 1970s, principally for Wolff Olins and Pentagram, he returned to Berlin, founding MetaDesign with Dieter Heil and Florian Fischer in 1979, ...

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