… was born in 1960 and studied architecture and urban planning at the University of Stuttgart, and art at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. He founded his own visual communications agency, Büro Uebele, in Stuttgart in 1996, which specialises in (but is not restricted to) identity and signage projects. Since 1998 he has been a professor for communications design at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. He has been a member of the Type Directors Club of New York and of the Art directors Club of New York since 2002, and a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale since 2007.
…was from a wealthy, bourgeois background and had benefitted from a good education. His renunciation of his past and uptake of the socialist cause occurred when he moved to Düsseldorf as a young man, the city in which he received his artistic training and where he joined groups intent on turning Germany into a ‘council republic’ of direct popular democracy. He was inspired both politically and aesthetically by developments in Russia, adopting Expressionism and Constructivism and using the woodcut and, latterly, the linocut as his tool of attack. After his important period of working with Neurath on the Isotype project, which allowed him to pursue his agenda free from market or political affiliation and with a steady income, Arntz was forced to flee to the Netherlands due to the rise of Nazism.