Typography, typeface designs, lettering, logos, packaging. Born Helmut Otto Michaël Salden 20 February 1910 in Essen. 1928-30: studied at the Folkwangschule für Gestaltung, Essen (where he later taught photography): teachers included Max Burchartz (photography) and Wilhelm Poetter (calligraphy). 1933: teaching career ended when dismissed by the Nazis. 1934: left Germany and traveled to Paris and Mallorca.
( exh . pamphlet, 1966, and , 2003; see below)
1937: arrested in Spain for being part of the Resistance and deported to Germany; escaped to Switzerland and fled to the Netherlands where he then settled. Worked for a brief time as assistant to Piet Zwart. Designed covers for the literary magazine De Vrije Bladen (The Free Journals) for the Hague publisher A.A.M. Stols, for which he did much work. 1942: arrested by the Nazis. 1942-5: spent some time in concentration camps in Holland and Germany. 1945: freed by the Russians. 1946: returned to Holland where he played an important role in postwar Dutch graphic design. 1949 and 1952: awarded Dutch National Prize; 1953 (or 1954) awarded Hendrik-Nicolaas-Werkman Prize of the City of Amsterdam. Died 2 January 1996.
- A comrehensive reference (in Dutch) is 2003 (see below). ,
- war reminiscences, in , 2003, pp. 143-55 (see below).
- ‘Design and printing in the Netherlands’, Printing Review, Winter 1956/7, p. 21 ,
- Helmut Salden (exh. pamphlet), Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, 1966
- ‘Dutch stationery boxes’, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., Oct. 1950, pp. 52-7 ,
- Who’s Who in Graphic Art, Zurich: Amstutz & Herdeg Graphis Press, 1962. , 1962 (ed.),
- Lexicon Nederlandse beeldende kunstenaars 1750-1950, The Hague: Kunsthandel Pieter A. Scheen, 1970 (ed.),
- Dutch Graphic Design 1918-1945, New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992 ,
- Dutch Graphic Design, London: Phaidon, 1993 and ,
- foreword ), Helmut Salden. Letterontwerper en Boekverzorger, Rotterdam: 010, 2003
- Who’s Who in Graphic Art, 2nd ed., Dübendorf, 1982., 1982 (ed.),
- ‘Signets von Helmut Salden’, novum, Jan. 1986, pp. 26-9 ,
- Buchgestaltung im Exil 1933-1950. Eine Ausstellung des Deutschen Exilarchivs 1933-1945 Der Deutschen Bibliothek. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2003. Very comprehensive. , 2003, biog.: pp. 193-4 and others,
- Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1949 (group)
- Antwerp, 1950
- Museum of the Book, Rijksmuseum, 1964
- Meermanno-Westreenianum, The Hague, 1964
- Museum de Waag, Nijmegen, 1965
- Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, 1966
- Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1966.
- Amsterdam University Library.