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Ruedi Wyss, Zürich

Ulrich Binder, Zürich

Franziska Burkhardt, Zürich

Kösel GmbH & Co. KG, Altusried-Krugzell

Niggli Verlag, Sulgen



In 18 chapters printed in red on white, this small-format handbook with a blue softcover and yellow dust jacket provides information on the preliminary design course (the Propädeutikum') at the Zurich University of the Arts. The texts are interspersed with numerous single leaves showing a facsimile from historical textbooks on both the recto and verso sides. The chronologically arranged examples extend as far back as the sixteenth century and illustrate humorously - but not ironically - the immense possibilities in design and the flexibility of the given rules. This supports the accompanying texts, which argue in favour of a joyful questioning of authority, and the same attitude is also expressed in the entertaining design, which is full of variation and invention, particularly in the typography of the chapter titles. The small book is thus, in every respect, chock-full of ideas.


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