Typographer, graphic designer, type designer, author, teacher. Born in Ferlach, Austria, as a German citizen. Trained as a typesetter at Burger-Druck in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Attended typography class twice a week at the Schule für Gestaltung Basel, 1960–62. Worked nine months for Ernst Roch in Montreal, then went to Vancouver, 1965–66. Moved to Osaka in June 1966 to work for Nippon International Agency. Returned to Europe, first to Stockholm, 1971, and later to Dusseldorf, 1973, to work at the ARE agency designing publicity material for BPA (Press Office of the German Government) and for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the chancellors Willy Brandt and Helmut Schmidt. Returned to Japan to work at NIA, designing for Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, 1977. He has written numerous essays on typography for international magazines including the Typografische Monatsblätter, Idea, baseline, Grafisk Revy, and Novum. Helmut Schmid died July 2, 2018 in Osaka.