Thirty years before the masthead

30 Years of Swiss Typographic Discourse in the Typographische Monatsblätter

Edited by École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL), Louise Paradis with Roland Früh and François Rappo
Designed by Robert Huber, Louise Paradis
Lars Müller Publishers, £45, €50, hardback

This book is a lavishly illustrated summary of the three decades when Swiss typography journal Typographische Monatsblätter (TM) was at its most influential. It is based on the research of Canadian-born Louise Paradis as part of her masters degree in art direction at the ECAL / University of Art and Design Lausanne, Switzerland – research also presented on the TM Research Archive website.


Cover from 30 Years of Swiss Typographic Discourse in the ‘Typographische Monatsblätter’.
Top: The spread shows covers for TM by Wolfgang Weingart from 1974 and 1976.


Hamish Thompson, graphic designer, Wellington, New Zealand

Read the full version in Eye no. 88 vol. 22 2014


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