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Sarah Klein (ed.), François Rappo, Roland Früh

Hermann Eidenbenz. Teaching Graphic Design

Documents 1926–1955


Book design: Sarah Klein, François Rappo

English, 164 pages, ca. 100 images, 16 × 24 cm, Softcover 

Euro (D) 25.– / Euro (A) 25.70

Pre-order. Release date: October 2018


ISBN 978-3-03863-036-4

CHF   29.00



“Visual Archives” – a new series in co-operation with ECAL / University of Art and Design Lausanne – focusses on the archives of designers, authors and brands that have so far been neglected or insufficiently investigated. After such a long time in hiding, as it were, these documents will be brought to daylight. Images will be taken from those archives that have often remained unpublished, undiscovered or which are not available to the public due to being part of private collections or having only just been acquired from public institutions. 

Short essays accompany these visual materials, thus providing reference and context: they are the result of research projects conducted internally by ECAL. 

The first volume of the series is dedicated to the teaching career of Swiss graphic designer Hermann Eidenbenz (1902-1993).

As one of the first to feel a member of that profession, he underwent various different creative phases and perspectives – not least with respect to professional education. From the 1910s to the 1950s, first as a student, then as a teacher, he was familiar with the Arts and Crafts Schools in Zurich, Magdeburg, Basel and Brunswick. 

Published for the first time, these comprehensive didactic materials shed new light on a time shortly before graphic design would attract international attention in Switzerland.

About the author:

Sarah Klein studied visual communication in Basel and Berlin, where she also worked as a graphic designer. During her master programme in Art Direction at ECAL in Lausanne, she turned her attention to type design and research. Currently, she is involved in research for the “Swiss Graphic Design and Typography Revisited” project and is doing her doctoral studies at HfG Offenbach am Main.

François Rappo (*1955) is a graphic designer, trained at ECBA Ecole cantonale des beaux-arts, Lausanne, Switzerland. François Rappo started type design in 1998, collaborating with ‘Optimo type foundry’ since then: Didot Elder, Theinhardt Grotesk, Genath, Antique, Plain Grotesque, Clarendon Graphic, Practice, Apax, Jannon.
His portfolio includes projects for The New York Times Magazine, ICA Institute of Contemporary Art London, Apple, Basel Art Fair and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
From 2001 till 2007 François Rappo was head of the jury of The Most Beautiful Swiss Books competition.
François is teaching type and graphic design at ECAL Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne. In parallel to his design projects, François has published several writings on typography and type design. François Rappo received the Jan Tschichold award in 2013.

Roland Früh studied art history at the University of Zurich, graduating in 2007. From 2008 to 2010 he assisted Robin Kinross at Hyphen Press, London. From 2011 to 2014 he was the program coordinator at the Master program of Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem. Currently, he is a visiting lecturer at ECAL University of Art and Design Lausanne, and since 2014 he is responsible for the Art Library at Sitterwerk, St. Gallen. Since 2017 he is a researcher within the SNSF-funded research project Swiss Graphic Design and Typography Revisited.



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