Book design: Rosmarie Tissi, Bruno Margreth
German/English, ca. 128 pages, ca. 200 images, 21 × 25 cm, Softcover with flaps
Euro (D) 39.– / Euro (A) 40.–
Release date: September 2018
→ Grand Prix Design Award 2018
→ First solo monograph about Rosmarie Tissi’s over 60 years of professional experience as a graphic designer
→ One of the few internationally renowned graphic designers of her time
Grand Dame of Graphic Design
Rosmarie Tissi (born 1937 in Thayngen SH) began her professional training at the Zurich Arts and Crafts School, but changed her mind after a year, deciding to do a four-year vocational training course with graphic designer Siegfried Odermatt, where she worked from 1958 on.
Ten years later, in 1968, she co-founded Odermatt & Tissi (O&T) studio in Zurich as a joint partner of Odermatt. Both of them worked independently on their own assignments. Rosmarie Tissi is thus one of the very few graphic designers of her time to earn a name for herself in graphic design from early on, particularly in the field of poster design. Her works interact with the grid flexibly, imaginatively and playfully; they are vividly coloured and often reveal an illustrative approach. In her autonomously developed style, the concise liaison of form and content is most striking, as the image level does not merely double the text level, but rather augments its expressivity.
For the first time, the publication Graphic Design sheds light on Rosmarie Tissi’s prolific oeuvre. Her main scope of activity focused on the creation of cultural posters, amongst others for theatre productions and serenade concerts in Zurich, as well as exhibitions and events. Moreover, during the past sixty years she has also done commercial art, designed banknotes and magazine covers as well as various well known fonts.
Her work has been exhibited internationally and received numerous prizes. She is member of Alliance Graphic Internationale.
With contributions by Christoph Bignens, Claudia Cattaneo, Erich Grasdorf, Nahoko Mori
About the author:
*1937 in Thayngen, Canton of Schaffhausen, Swiss Graphic Designer, lives and works in Zurich.
Visual Graphics Gallery, New York 1966; Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach am Main, 1984; Warsaw Poster Museum, 1988; Reinhold Brown Gallery Tokyo, 1992; German Poster Museum, Essen, 1996; Ginza Graphic Gallery Tokyo, 1998; Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, 2009; Kulturzentrum Sternen, Thayngen, 2013; Pratt Gallery, New York, 2018
Awards and prizes:
First prize and gold medal at the 11th Poster Biennale, Warsaw, 1986; first prize in the competition for the poster and design of the Kiel Week 1990; second prize in the ideas competition for new Swiss banknotes, 1989; silver medal at the 6th Poster Triennial in Essen, 1990; bronze medal at the 4th Poster Triennial in Toyama, Japan, 1994