HELMUT LANGER is specialised in cultural, environmental, institutional, and social communications projects, and has created many multicultural and global communications projects of international signification, e.g. for several UN organisations including UNESCO, UNEP, UNFCCC, UNISDR and European institutions, and milestones for global networking in aid of our planet's environment.
From 1987 to 1993, HELMUT LANGER has served as President and member of the board of the International Council of Communication Design (Icograda), since 2015 International Council of Design (ICoD), the world body and international non-governmental voice for design.
Helmut has more than 30 years profound design experience and receives international visual competence. His works are published world-wide and are represented in major international design collections, exhibitions and publications. He has received many prizes and awards at international competitions.
HELMUT LANGER has been appointed Honorary Professor (Professor honoris causa) by the Nagoya University of Arts, Japan (August 2008).
Helmut Langer is the first non-Japanese designer to receive this honorary title from the Nagoya University of Arts and the first German designer to receive such an honour from any Japanese University.
The title Professor honoris causa has been granted in recognition and appreciation of his international brilliant achievements in the field of design and of the important contribution he has made to design education at the Nagoya University of Arts.
September 2019 HELMUT LANGER has been awarded the title Honorary Professor by the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Lima, Peru: „for his outstanding career, which has made him an important visual designer for sustainability and global communication of today“
The award ceremony at the university in Lima with Dr. Salas Bravo, Rector (left). Photo USIL, Laura Wisst
Since many years HELMUT LANGER is a speaker at design conferences throughout the world. He is invited to pass on his experience and is teaching at various universities in Asia, Europe and Latin America, as well as juror for international design competitions. His expertise is in great demand as an advisor.
Invitation as one of the main actors in international design to become a Member of the International Poster Design Council of Bienal of Poster Bolivia BICeBé (La Paz, June 2020).
Award for THE BEST POSTER of The 2nd Hakka Impression International Poster Invitational Exhibition 2019 of the Shenzhen International Poster Festival, China
VII International Design Conference Dubai 2021 - virtual -
International Design Conference La Paz, Bolivia, 2019/2020 -cancelled Covid19
5th Congreso Internacional Diseño agente de cambio 2018 Lima, Perú
4h Congreso Internacional Diseño agente de cambio 2017 Lima, Perú
Tendence Academy 2017, Frankfurt Fair, Germany
World Resources Forum (WRF) October 2015 Davos, Switzerland
ecostyle, European trade fair for sustainable lifestyle, Frankfurt/ Germany 2013
8th Designsymposium Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, Austria
World Resources Forum (WRF) Beijing 2012, China
Young Designers Workshop at the 2011 IDA Congress Taipei, October 2011
Opening speech World Design Expo Taipei 2011
World Resources Forum (WRF) September 2011 Davos, Switzerland
Guangzhou Design Week 2010, Guangzhou/China, 2010
Encuentro de la Bienal Internacional del Cartel en Mexico in Puebla/Mexico, 2010
ICOGRADA World Design Congress XIN Beijing 2009
Design Day 2007 - German Design Congress, Essen/Germany 2007
International Art and Design Festival Pune/India 2007
Internatioanl Conference on Design Education DETM 2005, NID Ahmedabad/India
Design Forum Freiburg 2005, Freiburg/Germany
International Design Forum Singapore (IDF) 2003
7th European Design Management Conference (DMI, Boston/USA), Köln/Germany 2003
International Communication Conference Asia, Shanghai/China 2002
Business of Design Week, Hong Kong 2002
3rd Graphic Design International Encounter, Guadalajara/Mexico 2000
Graphic Design Forum Zhuhai 2000, Zhuhai/China
BP Young European Artists Graphic Symposium, Istanbul/Turkey 1997
International Design Congress, Lisbon/Portugal 1995
1st World Logo Design Biennal, Ostend/Belgium 1994
European Symposium "Barrierfree Design for all People", Bonn/Germany 1993
European Design Conference, Copenhagen/Danmark 1992
Latin American and Caribean Design Conference, Mexico City 1992
International Design Conventions Fukuoka/Japan 1991
International Design Conventions Kobe/Japan 1991
Graphic Design World Congress Montréal/Canada 1991
International Congress "Globalisation", Seoul/Korea 1990
International Design Plaza Nagoya/Japan, 1990
Pan Pacific Design Congress, Tokyo/ Japan 1989
Hebei University of Communication, Poster Workshop, Shijiazhuang, PR China, 2012
University Suzhou, Environmental Poster Design Workshop, China, 2012
Hong Kong Design Institute, Sustainable Packaging Workshop, Hong Kong SAR, 2012
Ningbo University, Faculty of Design and Art, Ningbo, PR China, 2011
Shu-Te University Kaohsiung, South Taiwan
Hebei University of Communication, Shijiazhuang, PR China, 2011
DJ Academy of Design in Coimbatore, India, 2011
Fine Arts School Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, PR China, 2010
Hebei University of Communication, Shijiazhuang, PR China, 2010
Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, PR China, 2010
Hong Kong Institute of Design (HKDI), Hong Kong SAR, 2010
Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA), Guangzhou, PR China, 2010
CEPT University Faculty of Design in Ahmedabad, India, 2009
Nagoya University of Arts, School of Design, in Nagoya/Japan, 2008
Fine Arts School Hangzhou Normal University in Hangzhou/ China, 2008
National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad/ India, 2007
Creative-i College, Pune, India, 2007
Nagoya University of Arts, Faculty of Design Design, in Nagoya/Japan, 2002, 2003, 2005;
Nagoya University of Arts in Nagoya/Japan, 1993
Politecnico die Milano, Master Course, Milan, Italy, February 2019
Ecosign, Akademie für Gestaltung, Cologne, Germany, 2004 - 2014
Hochschule für Kunst und Design, Halle, 1991 to 1993
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Cork, Ireland, 2007
visiting lecturer and external examiner at the National College of Art and Design ( NCAD ) in Dublin/ Irelande (1987-90); 1994
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima, Perú, September 2018
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima, Perú, September 2017
Universidad Anáhuac, Mexico City, 2010
Complejo Cultural Universitario, Puebla, Mexico, 2010
INACAP Universidad Santiago de Chile and Viña del Mar, 2001
posterfortomorrow, Paris - international poster competition, 2014
Int. Exhib. of Visual Communication Design 2013, South Korea
Taiwan International Poster Design Award 2011, Taipei
2011 European Design Award, European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels.
5th International Poster Exhibition 'Walls Down', Lima, Peru, 2011
KAPOK Prize - China Innovative Design Award 2010, Guangzhou, China
10th Sappi Ideas That Matter 2009, Netherlands
Russian Art Week International Competition 2009, Moscow
International Biennial of Trade Marks 05, Novosibirsk, Russia
International Logo Biennial, Shanghai, China 2002
Pan European Poster Competition "Europe 2020" Zagreb, Croatia, 2002
National Student Design Competition Santiago de Chile, 2001
International Poster Biennial Helsinki, Finland 1995
Who is Who in Graphic Design World, Zürich, 1993
Poster Competition Council of Europe, Strasbourg,1993
International Poster Triennial Moscow, USSR 1992
International Design Competition, Osaka, Japan, 1991
International Exhibition of Graphic Design Croatia 1991
Graphic Design Germany, Essen 1991
Spanish Design Award, Barcelona 1991
XIV Biennial of Graphic Design Brno, CSFR, 1990
International Year of Graphic Design, Oslo, Norway, 1988
Design Institute of India, 2010
European Commission, Brussels,1991-1996
Japan Design Foundation, Osaka/Japan, 1991
International Design Center Nagoya (IdcN)/Japan, 1991
Design Promotion Center Taipei, 1991-92
Activities, networks and projects in/with:
Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Belgium Belarus Brasil Canada Chile China Colombia Congo Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Czech Republic Denmark Egypt Ethiopia Finland France Germany Great Britain Greece Hong Kong Hungary India Indonesia Iran Ireland Israel Italy Ivory Coast Japan Kuwait Lebanon Luxembourg Malaysia Macau Morocco Mexico Nepal New Zealand Nigeria Norway The Netherlands Peru Poland Portugal Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Tanzania Tunesia Turkey United Arab Emirates USA Uruguay Vanuatu Venezuela Zimbabwe...
Helmut is a Member of the Professional Association for Communication Design (BDG), Germany, a Founding Member of the International Institute for Information Design (IIID), Austria; a Honorary Member of the Graphic Design Biennale Brno (CZ) and of the International Poster Biennale in Mexico.
November 2021Keynote speaker (Visual Design - Quality, Sustainability and Responsibility) at the VII International Design Conference in Dubai,
because of Covid19 - virtual.
HELMUT LANGER was the only German designer invited together with 100 designers from all over the world to design a poster for the Emirates International Poster Festival (EIPF) November 2021, part of the WORLD EXPO "Connecting Minds - Creating the Future" in Dubai.
February 2019 HELMUT LANGER gave at Politecnico di Milano (one of the tops of the World University Rankings) a workshop Master Course in Communication Design. The students had to create a visual campaign for the international OCEAN POSTERS project.
The result were 12 excellent posters, with animated versions. Another enrichment within the world collection which is exhibited at the United Nations World Oceans Day platform.
17 - 22 September 2018 HELMUT LANGER was invited to Lima, Peru, to give a presentation about design for an optimistic world at the 5th International Congress DESIGN agente de cambio,
organized by the Art & Design Program of the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima, where he also did a workshop about the complex systems from rethink to reorient. This year other speakers came from Argentina, Brasil, Ecuador, Iran, Mexico, Peru, and USA.
18 - 23 September 2017 HELMUT LANGER gave a speech at the 4th International Congress DESIGN AS AGENT OF CHANGE, organized by the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima Perú. He also gave a workshop about sustainable graphic design and packaging at the university. Other speakers were from Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Iran, Mexico, Peru, Spain, and USA.
5 - 9 June 2017, United Nations Ocean Conference, New York: The international Students Poster Project SAVE THE OCEANS - Stop Plastic Pollution - curated by HELMUT LANGER - was chosen for exhibition in the United Nations Headquater during the UN Ocean Conference. It was a preview of a selection of the students posters with 35 universities and academies from all five continents. The exhibition was supported by the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, and continued at the Ocean Pavillon of the German House, United Nations Plaza.
24 and 25 June 2017, HELMUT LANGER was invited to give a lecture at the Tendence Academy of the Messe Frankfurt, Germany. He spoke about Sustainable Design.
October 2015, HELMUT LANGER gave a Master Class Workshop at the WORLD RESOURCES FORUM in Davos (Switzerland) about Sustainable Communication Design Training. The forum had more than 600 participants from 108 countries. It was the first conference with the new logo (design Helmut Langer). It worked very successful.
August/September 2014, HELMUT LANGER is invited to join the international online jury
of the worldwide poster competition ''WORK RIGHT! - Everybody's right to fair and equal employment'',
organised by the non-profit organisation ''posterfortomorrow'', based in Paris. The project has the patronage of the Council of Europe and the French Government.
4301 posters from 131 countries are submitted.
3rd May 2015, the World Press Freedom Day UNESCO promotes it worldwide with the dove carrying a pen and simultaneously symbolising a hand. The logo unites the globally known symbols ''pen'' (= writing), ''hand'' (= voting, expressing), und ''dove'' (= freedom). The colours adapt the coding for the five continents of the Olympic rings. The graphic composition visualises the global interconnectedness: diversity shapes the common whole. The logo is international, multi-cultural, and worldwide understandable. (right column)
August 2013, HELMUT LANGER was a speaker at the forum of ''ecostyle'' - the first European trade fair for sustainable lifestyle products at Messe Frankfurt, 24 - 26 August 2013.
In his lecture ''Design or Disaster'' he explained with international images the commitment for sustainability as THE challenge for design and communication. The session of the forum was organised by B.A.U.M. - German Association for Environmental Management, Martin Oldeland (member of the board). Marion Fürst (Director Public Affairs, Sustainability & Science of DANONE) explained the company's consumer dialog for suatainability. Moderated by Nina Eichinger (Artists for Kids).
6th June 2013, HELMUT LANGER gave a lecture and a workshop at the 8th Designsymposium - ''What is Sustainable Communication'' of the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, 6 and 7 June 2013, in Dornbirn, Austria.
July 2012, HELMUT LANGER curated the International Students' Poster Design Project ''Climate Change'' - The Voice of Students from 20 Universities on five Continents - now exhibited at Musashino Art University Museum & Library in Tokyo, 9 July to 18 August 2012.
October 2011, HELMUT LANGER was a speaker at the Young Designers Workshops of the 2011 IDA (International Design Alliance) Congress Taipei. The IDA Congress DESIGN AT THE EDGES by ICOGRADA, ICSID and IFI is the primary event for dialogue between designers and non-designers in a summit format. It was organised by the Taiwan Design Center.
HELMUT LANGER's poster design was selected from international
submissions from a worldwide call amongst the 100 best graphic designers to represent
2011 IDA Congress Taipei worldwide.
The organiser in the email to HELMUT LANGER: "All works of the poster submissions are so excellent. Organizers selected yours... to become the main posters to represent the 2011 Taipei IDA Congress worldwide. Because yours works of high artistic quality are highly influential, which match with the theme of the IDA Congress most ..."
October 2011, HELMUT LANGER gave a workshop on sustainability communication at the Ningbo University in Ningbo (PR China).
October 2011, HELMUT LANGER gave a workshop on Sustainable Packaging Design at the Hebei University of Communication in Shijiazhuang (PR China).
September 2011, HELMUT LANGER was a member of the international jury
for the Taiwan International Poster Design Award 2011.
He was also the keynote speaker of the opening ceremony of the World Design Expo Taipei 2011. Both events were organised by the China Productivity Center (CPC) and sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taipei.
May 2011, The International Institute for Information Design (IIID) in Vienna appointed HELMUT LANGER for the International Advisory Board of the first IIID Master Course under the auspices of UNESCO on Traffic & Transport Information Design.
May 2011, HELMUT LANGER gave a Workshop on Sustainable Design for the International Master of Science program in Sustainable Resource Management (RSM) at Technische Universität München (TUM). The successful workshop attended students from 15 different countries with 18 different professional backgrounds.
April 2011, The Taiwan Design Center (TDC) invited HELMUT LANGER
to write a recommendation message
for the 2011 IDA Congress Taipei 'DESIGN AT THE EDGES'.
Helmut is also invited as a speaker for the Young Designers Workshop of the IDA Congress Taipei.
March 2011, HELMUT LANGER is a supporter for PIVOT DUBLIN World Design Capital 2014 bid of the City of Dublin, Ireland.
February - April 2011, HELMUT LANGER was lecturing at DJ Academy of Design in Coimbatore, India. He also gave a talk on sustainability and design in Chennai at the Amethyst, which was covered by India's leading daily newspapers, namely: THE TIMES OF INDIA, THE INDIAN EXPRESS and THE HINDU
December 7 - 12 2010, HELMUT LANGER was appointed as member of the jury for the KAPOK PRIZE (China Innovative Design Award 2010) at the Guangzhou Design Week in Guangzhou, China. He also was a keynote speaker at the Guangzhou Design Week - International Design Forum ''Interactive & Crossover''.
October/November 2010, HELMUT LANGER attended the 20th anniversary celebrations of the International Biennial of the Poster in Mexico 27 October - 1 November 2010. Helmut had helped as President of Icograda to establish this biennial. He gave a lecture at the Universidad Anáhuac del Norte in Mexcio City and a workshop at the Encuentro de la Bienal Internacional del Cartel en Mexico in Puebla (30 October - 2 November) at the ''Complejo Cultural Universitario''. Puebla is called the Design Capital of Mexico.
October 2010, HELMUT LANGER was invited to be the guest of honour at the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Hebei Institute of Communications University in Shijiazhuang on 16th October. He was invited to give a presentation on education of design for the environment. The university is one of the top three institutions in China that specialises in media communications. Because of respecting ecological footprint he did not fly for two days to China, instead he had sent his presentation as a video message.
May 2010, HELMUT LANGER gave workshop for the International Students' Poster Project CLIMATE CHANGE at the Fine Arts School of Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou/China.
April 2010, HELMUT LANGER
HL visited the Hebei Institute of Communication University
in Shijiazhuang/China and gave a lecture about Design and Sustainability and attended a conference about the further development of the university. The university is one of the top three instituitions in China that specialises in media communications. It has degree programs in 34 different majors including Audio/Visual, Performances, Arts, Dancing, News Broadcasting, Artistic Physical Education, Foreign Languages, Public Affairs, and Information Technology.
He was appointed Visiting Professor.
April 2010, HELMUT LANGER gave workshop for the International Students' Poster Project CLIMATE CHANGE at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing/China.
April 2010, HELMUT LANGER was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Design Institute of India in Indore.
March/April 2010, HELMUT LANGER gave workshop for the International Students' Poster Project CLIMATE CHANGE at Hong Kong Design Institite (HKDI), Hong Kong SAR.
October 2009, HELMUT LANGER was one of the international speakers at the World Design Congress XIN in Beijing, 24 - 30 October 2009. His lecture was about his global project DO SMART BUSINESS - week by week.
August 2008, HELMUT LANGER has been appointed Honorary Professor by the Nagoya University of Arts, Japan.
Helmut Langer is the first non-Japanese designer to receive this honorary title from the Nagoya University of Arts and the first German designer to receive such an honour from any Japanese University. The title has been granted in recognition and appreciation of his international brilliant achievements in the field of design and of the important contribution he has made to design education at the Nagoya University of Arts.
April 2008, HELMUT LANGER was invited by the Nagoya University of Arts in Japan to give a workshop and lecture on SUSTAINABLE DESIGN.
March 2008, HELMUT LANGER gave a workshop and lectures on sustainable graphic design at the Hangzhou Normal University in Hangzhou/China and at the Tongji University in Shanghai.
1 - 31 July 2007: HELMUT LANGER is Guest-Professor at the National Institute of Design (India), teaching poster design and sustainable graphic design.
22 to 25 March 2007, HELMUT LANGER gave the Keynote Speech at the 2007 Pune Art & Design Festival in Pune/India,
Subject of his speech: Global Challenge for Sustainable Design
Symbol for the global poster campaign to save the oceans
„Connecting Minds - Creating the Future“
Poster for the Emirates International Poster Festival (EIPF) Dubai 2020 „Hope“
Symbol / logo design / corporate identity structure for The Donella Meadows Institute - The Sustainability Institute, USA
Symbol International Resource Panel
for United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Freedom of Expression and Press, Democracy
for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
Symbol Sustainable Consumption
for United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Symbol Life Cycle Initiative
for United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Information world campaign
for United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005 - 2014)
Poster Education for Sustainable Development for UNESCO
Poster and world campaign Tolerance - Respect Others for UNESCO
Poster „Water Reflections“
for the World Water Forum 2006 in Mexico City
Symbol for the first United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 1)
Corporate and stage design for the first United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 1)