Johannes Erler was born in 1965 in Hamburg and studied communications design in Kiel. In 1993, he became co-founder and partner of Factor Design in Hamburg, where he grew into one of Germany’s most influential designers. While at Factor Design, he created numerous award-winning logos and editorials for clients from the business and culture sectors. In 2010 he left the company to join Henning Skibbe and Christian Tönsmann in founding the design office ErlerSkibbeTönsmann. From 2012 to 2014, he was also art director of the newsweekly Stern. Erler has written and published a variety of books on design. He is also a popular guest lecturer and speaker at design conferences and colleges, as well as serving on design juries. He lives in Hamburg with his wife and two sons.