Robert Harling was born 1910 in Highbury/London. Educated in Brighton and London. Then attended the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London. After early experience working for the Daily Mail newspaper, he became a freelance designer. Some of his clients included the British post office. Typographic adviser to London Transport. By 1935, Harling was a director of one of London's leading advertising agencies. With James Shand, founder of the Shenval Press in Hertford, published the quarterly magazine Typography. After the war, he published Alphabet Image. Typographic adviser and architecture correspondent for the Sunday Times. Also publishes several newspaper novels. Lives in Godstore, Surrey.