Mario Lombardo (*1973) grew up in Aachen as a child of Argentinean immigrants. Originally, he wanted to become an architect but ended up studying graphic design instead. Inspired by Peter Saville and Dieter Rams, by »Tempo« and »The Face«, he worked at Büro X before opening up his own studio. He became famous for his work as art director at Spex magazine, where he stayed from 2001 to the end of 2005. In 2008,»Lead Academy«, Hamburg, Germany, voted his entire oeuvre »Visual Leader Of The Year«. Last year, the publishing house Gestalten Verlag released a book about Lombardo’s work of the past ten years, »The Tender Spot: The Graphic Design of Mario Lombardo«.