Ole Schäfer studied graphic design at the Fachhochschule Bielefield under Gerd Fleischmann.
From 1995–99 he worked at MetaDesign as type designer/type director and typographer for Audi, Volkswagen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Düsseldorf Airport, Sächsische Zeitung, Berlin’s public transport company BVG and others. His typeface for the festival of architecture City of Glasgow made him known outside Germany. He was also involved in the extension of the FontFont bestsellers FF Meta and FF Info as well as in the work on the new weights of ITC Officina.
From 1999 to 2004 he worked as an independent type designer and as a teacher of type design and typography in Berlin.
The year 2002 sees the launch of his own type foundry, Primetype with new typefaces by himself and other designers.