Josef Muller Brockmann

Swiss graphic designer and teacher.

In 1936 he opened his Zurich studio specialising in graphic design, exhibition design and photography.

In the ever-evolving world of the contemporary graphic design those who came before are often forgotten in the search of the next big thing. It is surprising then that many new, fashionable designs intentionally conjure work that was created by designers of earlier era – designers who worked not with a computer but with pen and paper – designers like Josef Müller-Brockmann.

One of the twentieth century’s most important graphic designers, the Swiss-born Müller-Brockmann is the father of functional, objective design and an influential figure for generations of designers around the world. While many of his contemporaries moved to the United States and elsewhere in Europe, Müller-Brockmann based himself in Zurich and established his reputation there. He adapted his approach to a changing world, moving from an early illustrative style to a modern constructivist approach, making full use of geometrical form and the grid system to provide an underlying structure to graphic work.

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