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Le Corbusier

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...Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, later called Le Corbusier, was one of the most influential architects, theoreticians, and designers of the twentieth century. Born in Switzerland, he adopted the pseudonym Le Corbusier c.1920 and became a French...

Max Bill

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...Swiss graphic and industrial designer, architect, painter, sculptor, writer, who worked in Zürich and Ulm, Bill studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau from 1927 to 1928 under Josef Albers, László Moholy-Nagy, and Wassily Kandinsky, an experience...

Miedinger, Max

Gavin Ambrose

Gavin Ambrose is an author, educator and practicing graphic designer whose client base includes the art sector, galleries, publishers and advertising agencies. He has written and designed numerous books on graphic design, branding and packaging. He currently teaches the Graphic Design BA at the University of Brighton. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Paul Harris

Paul Harris is a freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared extensively in magazines and journals in both the US and the UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Visual Dictionary of Typography

AVA Publishing SA, 2010

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...Swiss typeface designer (1910–1980) who created Helvetica in 1957, one of the most popular and widely used fonts. Helvetica, originally called Neue Haas Grotesk, is a sans serif modernist typeface suitable for use in a wide variety...

Dunand, Jean (1877–1942)

Clive Edwards

Clive Edwards is Professor in Design History at Loughborough University, UK. His authored works include: Interior Design: A Critical Introduction (Bloomsbury 2010), Encyclopedia of Furnishing Textiles, Floorcoverings and Home Furnishing Practices 1200-1950 (2007); Turning Houses into Homes (2005), Encyclopaedia of Furniture Materials Trades and Techniques (2000), Twentieth Century Furniture, its materials, manufacture and markets (1994), and Victorian Furniture, Technology and Design (1993). He has also contributed a number of articles to the Encyclopedia of Interior Design (1997), and has published a number of scholarly articles and essays in edited works. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Born in Lancy (Switzerland), Dunand trained as a sculptor and designer at the Ecole des Arts Industriels de Genève, graduating in 1896. In 1897, he went to Paris to join the atelier of sculptor and designer Jean Dampt. He began to work...

Caflisch, Max (1916–2004)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Max Caflisch was a Swiss typographer, book designer, calligrapher, design consultant, author, and educator who, from 1932 to 1936, trained as a compositor at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Arts and Crafts), Zürich. In 1938, Benno Schwabe...

Helvetica, Switzerland

Iconic Designs : 50 Stories about 50 Things

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2014

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...‘Meet the Cast’, Experimental Jetset (2006), film poster for Helvetica, directed by Gary Hustwit (Piexifilm / Swiss Dots), 2007. Swiss Graphic Design and Akzidenz Grotesk In February 1956, one year before...

Ballmer, Walter (1923–2011)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Ballmer was a Swiss graphic designer who worked in Milan. One of a number of Swiss designers who found success in Milan’s thriving postwar economy, Ballmer had a distinguished career producing graphic design in the corporate sector...

Jakob Schlaepfer (1904–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Jakob Schlaepfer is a Swiss textile design company and manufacturer, originally producing broderie anglaise. Jakob Schlaepfer purchased Vogel & Co. in 1934, having joined it in 1904, changed its name, and then ran the company with his son...

Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) (1952–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...In 1950, three French graphic designers, Paul Colin (who became the first president), Jean Picart-Le Doux, and Jacques Nathan-Garamond, and two Swiss graphic designers Donald Brun and Fritz Bühler reunited during a show of their works...

Swatch

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Swatch is a subsidiary of the Swatch Group founded by Nicolas Hayek launched in 1983 as Switzerland’s answer to inexpensive watches flooding the market from Asia. The name “Swatch” derives from “Second Watch” (the “S” also suggests...