Monday, 1:51pm
8 February 2010

Town of type

the events department
Book design
Design history
Graphic design

Revisiting the book designers of St Gallen, Switzerland

St Gallen in northeastern Switzerland is renowned for its Abbey Library, with its valuable medieval collection.

The town’s contribution to Swiss publishing in the twentieth century has been rather less widely recognised, but ‘Book design in St Gallen’ at St Bride Library should do a little to redress the balance.

Top: Poster for Jost Hochuli’s exhibitions in London (1996) and St Gallen (1997).

Below: Richard Butz’s Mein St. Gallen. St. Gallen: VGS (1994).

St Gallen Book

To open the exhibition on 4 March, Jost Hochuli, the foremost exponent of the ‘third way’ in Swiss typography, will look back on 60 years of book design in his home town, with an evening talk about the exhibition, which includes work from Imre Reiner, Rudolf Hostettler, Max Koller and Hans-Peter Kaeser. Among younger designers featured Hafen Senn Steiger and Josef Felix Müller, as well as Gaston Isoz. If not all these names are familiar, check out the show!

Richard Hollis and Robin Kinross of Hyphen Press, who should need no introduction to Eye readers, will be chipping in with another evening talk on 17 March, when they will be joined by Roland Früh. Subjects under discussion will include Hochuli’s own work and the contribution of editor Ralf Hostettler.

Below: Jost Hochuli, Freude an Schriften / Joy in Type. St Gallen: Typotron, no.11 (1993).


‘Book design in St Gallen’, St Bride Library, London
4 > 19 March 2010; Mon-Fri 9am-6pm (until 9.30pm on Wednesdays)
Admission free.

Evening talks (both 7pm):
Thursday 4 March: Jost Hochuli
Wednesday 17 March: Roland Früh, Richard Hollis, Robin Kinross
Admission £7 (concessions/friends of St Bride Library: £5).

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