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Team'77: Erich Gschwind, André Gürtler, Christian Mengelt

Team’77, André Gürtler, Christian Mengelt, Erich Gschwind
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Team’77, André Gürtler, Christian Mengelt, Erich Gschwind
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Team’77, Christian Mengelt, Erich Gschwind, André Gürtler
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Team’77, Typografien, Detail
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Team’77
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Team’77, ‹Von der Helvetica zur Haas Unica›, in: Typografische Monatsblätter›, TM4/1980
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Team'77

André Gürtler and Christian Mengelt founded the Letterform Research & Design Team in 1974 and Team'77, Letterform Research & Design together with Erich Gschwind in 1977, as an independent partnership for typeface design projects. Team'77 has produced the following printing fonts with and on behalf of the following companies: Cyrillic Gothic (1974) and Alpin Gothic (1974) for Compugraphic Corporation (USA); Media (1976) and Signa (1978) for Bobst Graphic (Lausanne) and Autologic (USA); and Avant Garde Gothic, Oblique (1977) for ITC, International Typeface Corporation (USA). In 1980, Team'77 developed the legendary Haas Unica font for the Haas Type Foundry in Münchenstein.

André Gürtler, 1936

Typographer, type designer and lecturer, Therwil

After training as a compositor, André Gürtler studied typographic design at the Basel School of Design under Emil Ruder. Thereafter he worked at various locations, including the Monotype Corporation in Salfords, England and Atelier Adrian Frutiger in Paris. From 1965 to 2000 he taught type design at the Basel School of Design. He has been a guest lecturer at various design schools and universities in Europe, the US and Mexico. He is the author of numerous publications in various specialist journals and has been a member of editorial staff at the journal Typografische Monatsblätter.

Christian Mengelt, 1938

Graphic designer, type designer and lecturer, Blauen

Christian Mengelt studied as a sign painter and then as a graphic designer at the Basel School of Design under Armin Hofmann. After setting up his own studio in Basel he embarked on collaborations with various design and advertising agencies, including GGK (Basel) and Mendel & Oberer in Munich. From 1972 to 2001 he taught type design at the Basel School of Design. He has been a guest lecturer at various design schools and universities in Europe, the US and Mexico, and is the author of numerous publications in specialist journals.

Erich Gschwind, 1947

Typographer and type designer, Metzerlen

Erich Gschwind trained as a compositor and then as a typographic designer in the specialist book printing and typography courses at the Basel School of Design, also under Emil Ruder. Thereafter, he worked as a typographic designer in various printing houses and was responsible for corporate design at the medical science publisher S. Karger AG in Basel, for which he designed numerous scientific publications.