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).
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