am 4. Januar 2014
The twenty-fifth book in this fascinating poster series is devoted to Muller-Brockmann, this is only the sixth title dedicated to an individual. Because of his poster work, books and lectures around the world he is probably the foremost designer one associates with the 'Swiss Style' of graphic design and typography.
Look through the first few pages and you'll see MB's concert hall posters designed in the early fifties with strong figurative elements and typography using serif faces, these designs merge into posters using pastel colours, irregular curved shapes and sans type then suddenly, in 1955, the famous Beethoven poster appears with its carefully crafted circular abstraction and using Standard type (Anzeigen Grotesk). The style was set for all the stunning 'musica viva' series of Tonhalle, Zurich concert posters over the next few years. These posters are now decades old yet they look as fresh and exciting as they did when first appearing on Zurich poster sites. Their creativity is timeless.
There are 102 posters in the book from 1948 to 1978, most are full page with others four to a page. Lars Muller (the book's publisher) contributes an essay as Catherine de Smet on MB's design work and books. An excellent book for design students or professionals who want a visual record of this great Swiss graphic artist and typographer.