Photo: Konstantin Binder
Ralf Zeigermann was born in Dortmund in 1960. During the 1970s, while still at school, he played guitar with Punk bands Neat, ST42, and later, in the early 1980s, with Clox.
After studying Graphic Design he got his first job as a designer for GGK Düsseldorf. In 1985 he moved to Hamburg to work as an Art Director for Scholz & Friends, FCB, and Lintas Hamburg. The accounts he worked on included Ruhrgas, Wasa, Effem Pet Foods, Reemtsma Tobaccos, Colgate-Palmolive, and Birdseye.
In 1986 he published his first novel, Antarktis-Expedition 1931/32.
This was followed two years later by Die Randomisiermaschine, a book with his cartoons and short stories. Both books were published by Franz Greno.
By the end of 1993 Ralf moved to Cambridge, UK, to work as a book designer for Cambridge University Press. After moving to London in 1998 he became Senior Art Director for Milton Healthworld.
Since 2000 he is self employed and has specialised in branding and book design. He has worked on a freelance basis for FCB Brussels, Sudler & Hennessey Milan, several other agencies in and around London and is now servicing his own clients.
In 2010 he wrote, edited and designed Ratinger Hof, a book about
a now defunct bar in Düsseldorf which used to be a watering hole for artists and the first venue for punk bands in Germany in the 1970s.
2012 saw the publication of his book about graphic design history, Die Werkzeuge des Graphikers (vor Einführung der Computer)
[The Designer's Tools (before the introduction of computers)].
Ralf recently prepared and published a new edition of Antarktis-Expedition 1931/32, which is available on Lulu.com.
As of October 2013, Ralf Zeigermann is gathering materials for a new book about his cartoons, drawings and illustrations.