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30 Years of Swiss Typographic Discourse

30 Years of Swiss Typographic Discourse

30 Years of Swiss Typographic Discourse

Louise Paradis, with Roland Früh and François Rappo, ECAL Lausanne

Robert Huber and Louise Paradis, Lausanne

Kösel GmbH & Co. KG, Altusried-Krugzell

Lars Müller Publishers GmbH, Zürich



A research project initiated by a student at the École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL) traces the development of the trade journal ‘Typografische Monatsblätter' (TM) over three decades. In addition to an online archive, a large-format, substantial volume with a hardcover was published. It starts with a series of double-page photos, in each of which several covers of TM by a single designer are arranged into groups. The main section, in lavishly illustrated chapters, takes the reader through the journal's eventful history, from the apogee of Swiss design to the rise of the computer, and provides glimpses of numerous double-page spreads and individual pages of the journal. The layout is based on a strict grid and is very repetitive, and attention is thus focused on the materials being illustrated. Some of these look surprisingly fresh, so the book does not seem merely historical. The research involved is impressive and the volume will undoubtedly serve as an important reference work in the future.


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