German designer André Maaßen was born in Neuss on October 22, 1963. After studying communications design at the University of Wuppertal, he began his professional career as a graphic designer in 1992. In 1994, he founded a studio, Atelier für Kommunikationsdesign, together with Anne Franke. Additionally, Maaßen has been teaching at the Ruhrakademie in Schwerte since 1992, and has also taught briefly at the University of Wuppertal.
Maaßen’s first typeface, Varius was released by Linotype in 2004.