Georg Staehelin was born September 13, 1942 in Basel, Switzerland. He studied under Armin Hofmann and Emil Ruder at the Allegemeine Gewerbeschule Basel from 1958 to 1963 in the “Fachklasse fuer Grafik” (Basel School of Design, Class for Graphic Design). Armin Hofmann once said, “the intelligence and accurateness of his dealing with letter forms indicates his knowledge of the laws of typography without losing the creative freedom attached to the choice and the creation of words.” After graduation he worked with Gérard Ifert in Paris and Basel, 1963 to 1964. He moved to Amsterdam to work from 1964 to 1966 for Total Design, which had just been founded by Wim Crouwel, Benno Wissing, Friso Kramer and Dick Schwarz and Paul Schwarz. Between 1966 and 1969 worked with Crosby/Fletcher/Forbes in London and later became a designer and partner at Pentagram. In 1977 he established his own studio and has received various design awards for his work. He taught at the Zurich School of Design, “Fachklasse für Fotografie” (Class for Photography), 1977 to 1990. He lives and works in Ottenbach near Zurich.