Robert is a graphic designer and Circle’s founding principal. He is a former president of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda, 2001-2003), a foreign feature correspondent for Communication Arts magazine, author of the book Worldwide Identity (published by Rockport), a Fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), and an Honorary Member of the Brno Biennale Association. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts from the Hartford School of Art, University of Hartford, and also served as designer in residence in the Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Robert is active internationally as a consultant and design strategist, policy advisor, writer, juror, and guest lecturer. He was raised and schooled in Germany, Switzerland, and England, and has traveled extensively (more than 50 countries). For the past 25 years Robert has lived in a low-energy passive solar house that he designed and built in the woods of eastern Manitoba. When not immersed in design, he enjoys nature, mountaineering, and human-powered outdoor activities.