Florian was born and raised in Bavaria, near Munich, and studied visual communication at Braunschweig (Brunswick) University. With fellow designer Malte Kaune, Florian runs a graphic design studio in Berlin. Kaune & Hardwig have a strong focus on typography. They have received a steady stream of assignments for book design, corporate design, websites, catalogues, posters, periodicals and more. In addition, Florian is an independent consultant for type-related topics including typeface design, typeface selection and font licensing. Co-editor of Fonts In Use, he collects and takes pictures of peculiar letterforms in print and “in the wild”. He serves on the board of the Society for the Promotion of Printmaking and Book Art, an organisation best known for awarding the biennial Walter Tiemann Prize.