Josef Muller-Brockmann

Born 1914, Josef Muller-Brockmann is one of the most influential Designers to come from Switzerland. He studied Architect, Design and the History of art at the university of Zurich. He began his career as an apprentice to the designer and advertising consultant Walter Diggelman before, in 1936, establishing his own Zurich studio specialising in graphics, exhibition design and photography.

Muller-Brockmann was known for doing ‘less is more’ with his work, creating iconic pieces of this time. Muller-Brockman was author of the 1961 publications The Graphic Artist and his Design Problems, Grid Systems in Graphic Design where he advocates use of the grid for page structure, and the 1971 publications History of the Poster and A History of Visual Communication. A typographic grid is a two-dimensional structure made up of a series of intersecting vertical and horizontal axes used to structure content. The grid serves as an armature on which a designer can organize text and images in a rational, easy to absorb manner.

 

 

“The grid system is an aid, not a guarantee. It permits a number of possible uses and each designer can look for a solution appropiate to his personal style. But one must learn how to use the grid; it is an art that requires practice.” Josef Muller-Brockmann

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