Wolfgang Weingart

Born in 1941, Wolfgang Weingart is an independent graphic designer and a very influential teacher at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel. Weingart started with a three-year apprenticeship with a hand-typesetter from 1958 in Stuttgart. He then traveled to Basel where he enrolled in the School of Arts and Crafts. These brief studies, under Emil Ruder and Armin Hofmann, were the extent of Weingart’s studies as he was mostly self-taught. Neither Ruder nor Hofmann was a significant stylistic influence on Weingart’s work; however, the idea of a systematic approach to learning was introduced to Weingart by Hofmann. Weingart worked as a freelance designer in Basel until Ruder’s death in 1968 when he was asked to join the faculty at Basel. Weingart’s typographic
education broke free from the traditional Swiss grid system, asymmetry, and use of text flush-left/ragged- right. When Weingart challenged these tenets which had become quite formulaic by the late 1960’s, his new approach had international impact.

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