Werner Schneider was born in Marburg, Germany, in 1933. He studied under Professor Friedrich Poppl (Nero, Poppl College, Poppl Exquisit, Poppl Fraktur, Poppl-Pontifex, Laudatio, Poppl-Pontifex, Poppl-Residenz) at the Werkkunstschule Wiesbaden from 1954 to 1958. Following graduation, Schneider became Poppl's teaching assistant for a year. He then gained practical experience as the house designer for a publishing house and through substantial freelance work. In 1973 he began his 40-year career as a professor of communication design, emphasizing lettering and typography, at the Fachhochschule Wiesbaden.
Schneider began his association with the Berthold foundry in 1987 with his Schneider-Antiqua design. Schneider was chosen to design a Berthold Exklusiv because his own commitment to meet the demand for functional and aesthetic quality alike matched the foundry's mantra. Later, in 1995 Schneider paired with Berthold again to release his Schneider Libretto design. Most recently, Schneider designed Senatus as the latest Berthold Exlusiv released by Berthold in 2003.
Schneider considers himself a designer whose specialty is letterforms. He is known as one of today's preeminent calligraphers and master of the extremes of letterform design as shown by his latest design Senatus. Schneider has received numerous international awards and his work has been the subject of many exhibitions in the US, Europe and throughout the world.