Born in Sweden Roland von der Emden grew up in Germany. After having received his high school diploma he continued his studies at the Wiesbadener freie Kunstschule. He further learned photography and package design as an assistant to the art director of his father's design company.
Since 1993 he has been studying computer programming and database management as an autodidact. He has worked for a major German publishing house as a web designer and later as Internet content Manager. Since 2006 he is working as a freelance in web design and programming.