Soft but powerfully-spoken, Rolf Harder articulates graphic design’s purpose is to convey a message clearly, concisely and imaginatively. In 1959, Harder left war-torn Germany with aspirations for New York, but arrived in Montreal while waiting for his papers. He became so busy with freelance, Montreal unintentionally became his home for the next 50 years, where he worked with and inspired a generation of designers.
1929 - 2013
As a pioneer of the international style of graphic design in Canada, Harder’s skills were multi-faceted from designing books, governmental publications to crafting to a corporate identity program. Recognized nationally and internationally, Harder’s work currently resides with the MoMA in New York City.
“To produce good design you must abandon everything that is not supporting the message.”