Akiem Helmling was born 1971 in Heidelberg, Germany. During the years 1994–1998 he studied Graphic Design at the Fachhochschule Mannheim. During 1998/2000 he had a postgraduate study at the KABK in Den Haag, the Netherlands.
Together with Sami Kortemäki and Bas Jacobs, he founded Underware in 1999. Underware is a (typo)graphic designstudio which is specialized in designing and producing typefaces. The company is based in Den Haag, Amsterdam, and Helsinki, and its first two retail sale typefaces are Dolly and Sauna.
[Akiem Helmling, January 2003]