Axel Vogelsang made an apprenticeship as a typesetter and worked for several years as an art director in advertising before he turned towards digital media design/interface design. In 1999 he moved to London, where he did an MA in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins College/University of the Arts. There he also received an PhD in Art & Design in 2008. The title of his dissertation is "Hyperimage Network? - An investigation into the role of text and image in the design of hypertext networks with specific consideration of the World Wide Web".
Since 2000 Axel Vogelsang also worked as a freelance web designer and information architect in London and lectured for several years at the MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins College.
In summer 2008 he moved to the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, were he works as a researcher and senior lecturer in the department art & design. Since 2011 Axel Vogelsang is head of the research group Explanation & Services. From 2015 he will lead the research group Visual Narrative. His research topics are the communication, narration and visualisation of complex information and topics in digital and social media. In the recent years he received grants for projects (e.g. Audience+ and Audience+ STORY) looking at how social media can support the work of museums and how they can extend the exhibition space.
For several years Axel Vogelsang was in charge of the supervision of the written part of the MA thesis at the MA Design. Since 2015 he teaches the stream Service Design at the MA Design.