Joachim Müller-Lancé graduated with honors from the Basel School of Design in Switzerland, and studied Fine Arts at Cooper Union in New York. Senior designer at Access Press/The Understanding Business New York/San Francisco. Designed cultural exhibitions and publications related to the 1992 Olympics at his own studio in Barcelona; taught information design at Elisava School. Lead information designer for Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco for 3 years.
Received the Gold Prize of the 1993 Morisawa Awards for his Lancé type family, and two prizes for his first Kanji and Latin typeface Shirokuro at the 1999 Morisawa Awards. Inclusion of 2 Latin and 2 Japanese typefaces into the world’s top 100 of the multicultural type contest bukva:raz! by ATypI and the United Nations.
Researched and lectured internationally on cultural and information design (specialty: vernacular public design in Japan), and typeface design. Published in the professional press in Hong Kong, Japan, USA, Germany, Belgium and France. Since 1997, Principal of Kame Design, San Francisco, for cultural and information design, typefaces, cartooning and illustration. Co-founded (with Michael Kohnke) TypeBox LLC in 2000, an online type foundry for “unusual but useful” type design.