Helmut Ortner was born in 1950 in Gendorf/Upper Bavaria and grew up in Frankfurt-Höchst. He completed an apprenticeship as a typesetter and then studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach am Main. Afterwards he trained as a journalist: editor, editor-in-chief (e.g. Journal Frankfurt, Prinz). Since 1998 he has worked as a freelance print media developer with an office in Frankfurt. He has developed concepts and relaunches for more than 100 national and international magazines and newspapers, including magazines such as Focus and Cicero, as well as daily and weekly newspapers, including Das Parlament, Jüdische Allgemeine, Frankfurter Rundschau, De Lloyd Antwerpen, Rotterdam, Allgemeine Zeitung, Wiesbadener Kurier, Darmstädter Echo. He has received more than 40 awards for his work as a media developer (e.g. European Newspaper Award, CP Award Gold).