Experiments with Letterform and Calligraphy

Hardcover: 252 pages
Publisher: Niggli
Language: German English
ISBN-10: 3721203208
ISBN-13: 978-3721203202
Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 23.5 x 2.5 cm
Release Date: 1997
Price: Sold

Author and Design: Andre Gurtler

This book charts the importance of teaching an inventive path within visual design, opening up a unique dimension of creative work. It presents a wide range of interesting possibilities for form and expression within letterform and calligraphy.

André Gürtler

born 5. 9. 1936 in Basle, Switzerland – graphic designer, typographer, type designer, teacher.
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1952–56: trains as a typesetter. First exercises in calligraphy. 1957: further training as a typographical designer with Emil Ruder. First exercises in type design. 1958–59: letterer for the Monotype Corporation in Salfords, England. 1959–65: type designer and typographer with Adrian Frutiger in Paris. Works for Sofratype SA for two years. Teaches lettering for a year at the Académie Populaire des Arts Plastiques. From 1965 onwards: teaches type design at the Schule für Gestaltung in Basle, i. e. calligraphy, type design, trademark and logotype design, history of type and typographical theory. Also works for the type-manufacturing industry and produces book designs and typographical and graphic work. From 1969 onwards: guest lecturer at Yale University and the Rhode Island School of Design. 1972: founder of the ATypI committee for research and education. On the editorial staff of “Typografische Monatsblätter” magazine for over 20 years. Various publications in “Visible Language” (USA) and “tipografica” (Argentina) magazines. From 1982 onwards: guest lecturer at various universities in Mexico. 1990–94: works on the EC COMETT II programm Didot, an educational exchange program for schools in Europe.

Fonts: ITC Avant Garde Gothic® (with Christian Mengelt and Erich Gschwind, 1977,they created the oblique font weights), Egyptian 505 (1966), Media (with Christian Mengelt and Erich Gschwind, 1976), Basilia®(1978), Signa (1978), Haas Unica (1980).

* TYPOGRAPHY – An Encyclopedic Survey of Type Design and Techniques Throughout History by Friedrich Friedl, Nicolaus Ott (Editor), Bernard Stein, published by Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH.
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