German semiotician, artist, editor of “Design and Planning” and co-editor of “Zeitschrift für Semiotik”.
In June 1966 he organized in collaboration with Peter Seitz a conference Planning and Design 66 . At the time he was employed by both the University of waterloo,Canada and Hochshule Fur Gestaltung, Ulm. The conference was devoted to the possibilities of designing with the computer and forged a connection between computer artists in North America and Germany.
Studied theology, psychology and art history in Tübingen and Heidelberg
1950 Studied painting under Prof. Ugo Capocchini, Accademia Belle Arti Florenz.
1953 Did internship with Otl Aicher, Basic course at the College of Design (hfg) in Ulm (_lessons with Josef Albers, Helene Nonne-Schmidt, Max Bill and Walter Zeischegg_) and studied Visual Communication (_with Otl Aicher, Tomás Maldonado, and Friedrich Vordemberge_).
1957 Graduated from HfG(Ulm).
1962 Studied psychology and communication science at Michigan State University East Lansing (USA) for Ph.D and taught computer graphics in the United States and Canada(Waterloo).
1967 onwards Lecturer at the HfG (Ulm) till it’s closing in 1972.
1972 onwards Lecturer of semiotics at the University of Design in Schwäbisch Gmünd.
1975 – 77 professor of social psychology and semiology at the University of Göttingen.
1977 – 93 Professor of Theory of Visual Communication, University of Arts Berlin.
1989 onwards Resumed artistic activity with Collages (exhibitions in Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden, Ulm and abroad).