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Robert Lzicar, Davide Fornari (eds.)

Mapping Graphic Design History in Switzerland

Book design: STVG, Zurich

English, 328 pages, 16 × 24 cm
ca. 100 images and 3 visual essays
Softcover with flaps

Euro (D) 39.–, Euro (A) 40.–

ISBN 978-3-03863-009-8

out of print
CHF   39.00

Mapping Graphic Design History in Switzerland presents for the first time eleven selected essays on the production, mediation and consumption of graphic design artefacts and processes, as well as their respective discourses by authors from the German, French and Italian-speaking areas of Switzerland.

The publication discusses theoretical and methodological approaches for historical research on graphic design, helps to establish graphic design history as an academic field in Switzerland, as well as to make this discourse accessible to researchers and professional graphic designers in Switzerland and abroad.

All texts are illustrated with around 100 color and largely unpublished pictures. Besides these academic contributions, the publications contains three visual essays on the history of graphic design in Switzerland, as well as an extensive list of literature and other references.

With an epilog and prolog by the editors and contributions by Constance Delamadeleine, Davide Fornari, Roland Früh, Invar-Torre Hollaus, Barbara Junod, Leslie Kennedy, Robert Lzicar, Corina Neuenschwander, Franziska Nyffenegger, François Rappo, Michael Renner, Bettina Richter, Teal Triggs, Amanda Unger, Peter Vetter; Visual Essays designed by Diana Iennaco, Marina Prado and Leonardo Signori

About the Editors

Davide Fornari is associate professor at ECAL University of Art and Design in Lausanne, where he leads the research and development sector. He has previously been teacher and researcher at SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland. He holds a PhD in Design sciences from the School of Doctorate Studies, University Iuav of Venice. His PhD thesis Il volto come interfaccia (“Face as Interface”, Milan 2012) was awarded a grant for publication from the Swiss National Science Foundation. He has contributed with texts and designs to exhibitions in Switzerland and abroad. He has published essays for Sellerio, Einaudi, Treccani, Springer, and for the magazines Domus, Alias, and Ottagono. He is a member of the permanent observatory of ADI (industrial design association) and co-editor of the magazine Progetto grafico. He was a member of the Swiss Institute in Rome for the academic year 2014–2015.

Robert Lzicar is a communication designer, educator and researcher. He is currently based at the Bern University of the Arts, where he directs the MA Communication Design course, researches at the Department of R+D Communication Design, and teaches graphic design history for the BA Visuelle Kommunikation course. He earned a Master of Arts in Research on the Arts at the University of Bern, and is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of the Arts, Bern. As an undergraduate he was trained as a visual designer at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd and at the Zurich University of the Arts. Robert regularly lectures and publishes on design-driven innovation and historical and historiographical topics in the fields of graphic design and communication design, and he co-curated the exhibition ++41/1 Kulturelle Grafik aus Zürich.

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