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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 edition, 2. edition
168 pages, ca. 100 images, 16 × 24 cm, Softcover 

Euro (D) 29.– / Euro (A) 29.80


ISBN 978-3-03863-036-4

CHF   29.00

The “Visual Archives” series is the result of research projects
initiated and carried out at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. It is devoted to unresearched material left by designers, authors and brands. Documents and visual material from archives are put into context and accompanied by critical essays.
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).

Hermann Eidenbenz was one of the first persons in Switzerland to describe himself as a graphic designer. From the first half of the 20th century into the 1950s, he was involved in graphic design education in Zurich, Magdeburg, Basel and Brunswick, first as a student and later as a teacher.

The didactic material from Eidenbenz’s time as a teacher of graphic design published here throws light on this discipline at a time before graphic design in Switzerland had achieved international recognition.

About the Editors

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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