michael b. hardt

Professional background


Born 1951 in
Nettetal Kaldenkirchen Germany Nationality: Swedish, French Languages: German, English, French, Norwegian, Swedish 

1970 - 1974
Studies of graphic design at Werkkunstschule Saarbrücken Grundlehre Prof. Oskar Holweck
Graphic Design Prof. Robert Sessler
Degree of Diplom Designer


Since 1977 I ran my own multidisciplinary design studio for communication design, industrial design, design consulting.

Clients amongst others were KRUPS, Moulinex, Masterfoods, Karlsberg Brauerei, juris, TIBHAR, the municipality of Saarbrücken, the government of the German federal state of Saarland …

Design Thinking
Design and sustainability
Design for All / Inclusive Design

Other professional activities

1975 - 1989
Member of the board of
Bund Deutscher Grafik Designer (BDG)

1991 - 1994
Chairman of the Bureau of
European Design Associations (BEDA)

1995 - 1997
Vice president of the International Council of
Designers Associations (ico-D)

Honorary Member of BDG German
Communication Designers Association

Professor, lecturer, speaker

International experience as teacher, lecturer and speaker.

Awarded the title of professor in 2002
by the National Academy of the Arts in Bergen Norway.

Also taught as guest professor at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi and as senior university lecturer at Midsweden University in Sundsvall

Research and development

Metatrend theory, the dna of culture.
There is a logic behind the cultural development of the past which permits predictions about the development of the future.

You are welcome to follow my TED-x talk about this research.



Numerous articles in international design magazines
and contributions to book publications.


Design Zukunft, denken und gestalten;
Birkhäuser Verlag Basel 2012

Landscape and portrait painter

Living in an abandoned forst village in northern Sweden since 2009 I rediscovered my passion for painting. You are welcome to follow me on Instagram.

You are welcome to follow me on artworks.se. or youtube
youtu.be/oXZcy2HWy3c and youtu.be/4PUdGfDWhzU



Michael Hardt
Runåberg 126
88293 Helgum