Rolf Harder (1929–2013) was born in Hamburg, Germany and studied at Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts. After working as a designer and art director in German agencies, he moved to Montreal, Canada in 1959 and established his own design firm.
In 1965, he cofounded and served as the principal for the Design Collaborative. In 1977 he founded Rolf Harder and Associates. Harder designed corporate identities, postage stamps, packaging, and annual reports for clients such as Grand Prix du Canada, Hoffmann-La Roche, Merck & Co, and the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association. He received over 100 national and international design awards and was an esteemed Fellow of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC).