Josef Müller-Brockmann (*Hurt)
Swiss designer Josef Müller-Brockmann established himself as one of the most important and prolific voices of twentieth century graphic design, setting up his own studio in Zurich in 1936 and working until his death in 1996 for numerous clients, creating a countless quantity of design for posters, which he considered “barometers of social economic, political, and cultural events, as well as mirrors of intellectual and practical activities.”
Müller-Brockmann began his career as an illustrator, where his aesthetic sensibilities first took root, but it was not until his turn to graphic design that he found his true calling. He is perhaps best-known as graphic design’s foremost proponent of grid systems to assist in functional, objective design, which he discussed in detail in his books Grid System in Graphic Design and The Graphic Designer and his Design Problems. The grid system allowed Müller-Brockmann to organize his subject matter to create more effective design, to not be overwhelmed by the seeming chaos and complexity of design decisions.
Müller-Brockmann’s work ranged from social/civic projects such as posters for the Swiss Automobile Club and Zürich Police to commercial projects for IBM (for whom he was design advisor in western Europe), Rosenthal, and Hermes Typewriters. His large body of work, created as graphic design gained importance during the twentieth century, serves as a gauge for the study of design history and a acted as a harbinger for what was to come.
Illustrated by images of the final designs but also by sketches, production drawings, and unused design drafts from Müller-Brockmann’s archive—and with long captions explaining in detail the design structure and the brief given by the client—the monograph give a complete visual understanding of Müller-Brockmann’s growth as a graphic designer. It is an essential volume for anyone interested in the history of graphic design, design students, and professional designers.
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