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Karl Gerstner (1930-)

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Karl Gerstner

Born 2-7-1930 in Basle, Switzerland.

Typographer, graphic designer, painter

1945-46: preparatory course at the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule in Basle.

1946-49: trains at Fritz Büler’s studio in Basle.

1949-52: freelance graphic designer.

1953-59: opens his own studio in Basle. Designs the graphics for geigy’s 200-years jubilee.

1955-56: sits in on Hans Finler’s photographic classes in Zurich.

1957: is awarded a gold medal at the Triennale in Milan.

1959: founds the Gerstner+Kutter agency (with markus Kutter) in Basle. Clients include Citroën, Holzäpfel AG and Bech Eletronic Center.

1962: the agency expands to include Paul Gredinger and its renamed Gerstner, Gredinger, Kutter (GGK). Clients include Swissair, Volkswagen, IBM, Jägermeister and Burda.

1970: Gerstner leaves the executive management of GGK in order to devote himself entirely to his art. Since 1957: numerous exhibitions fo free and applied design.

Gerstner Programm (1967)
Gerstner Original (1987).

Publications include:
Kalte Kunst?, Teufen 1957
Die neue graphik, Teufen 1959
Programme entwerfen, Teufen 1964
Do-it-yourself-Kunst, Cologne 1970
Kompendium für Alphabeten, Teufen 1972
Typographisches Memorandum, St. Gallen 1972
Der Geist der farbe, Stuttgart 1981
Die Formen der Farbe, Frankfurt am Main 1986

About Sébastien Hayez

Art director, graphic designer & illustrator from Lyon, France. Admin at Co-admin of the Facebook group Archives Graphiques Curator at Writer at The Shelf, issue 2.

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