Philip Burton: New Worlds and Infinite Possibilities

Museum Director, Christian Brändle, and Barbara Junod, curator of the exhibition, Weingart Typography,  in discussion with guests Philip Burton, Chair and Professor of Graphic Design at the UIC School of Design, and Sarah Owens, Co-Head of Visual Communication at ZHdK. Museum of Design in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday, 6pm, September 3, 2014. (6pm CEST)

Wolfgang Weingart is regarded as the “enfant terrible” of modern Swiss typography. At an early stage he broke with the established rules: He freed letters from the shackles of the design grid, spaced, underlined or reshaped them and reorganized type-setting. Later he mounted halftone films to form collages, anticipating the digital sampling of the post-modern “New Wave”. As a typography teacher at the Basel School of Design Weingart shaped several generations of designers from 1968 onwards. They came from throughout the world and helped him achieve international recognition. Weingart’s experimental design approach and the connection between analog and digital techniques that he called for are topical again today. His life’s work is shown for the first time in Switzerland and juxtaposed with works produced through his teaching activity.