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Hi there, I am a student currently taking a history of design course. Part of the course is to edit and add information to wiki articles that pertain to what we are learning about. I have chosen to edit this article because I feel there is missing information that can be added. I have come up with some reliable online sources to help contribute to this article. I will also be looking up information found in books to contribute to this article later on.

Listed below are the sources I found as well as a breakdown of the important information that can be used:

Source 1 JSTOR - Karl Gerstner: Review of 5x10 Years of Graphic Design

Karl Gerstner: Review of 5×10 Years of Graphic Design, Etc. by Manfred Kröplien Review by: Paul Shaw Design Issues , Vol. 22, No. 1 (Winter, 2006), pp. 84-86

Important information that can be used

Emil Ruder

  • Known for contributing to Swiss Style
  • His international reputation
  • He is one of the most important influences on Karl Gerstner's design career

Swiss Style

  • Design flourished in Switzerland after end of WWII and Cold War
  • As it developed, it was rational, objective, and socially responsible
  • use of grids in design


Source 2 JSTOR - Jack H. Williamson The Grid: History, Use, and Meaning

The Grid: History, Use, and Meaning Jack H. Williamson Design Issues , Vol. 3, No. 2 (Autumn, 1986), pp. 15-30

Important information that can be used

  • How Ruder added to the evolution of the grid
  • Brought mathematically drawn grid to a level of perfection and elegance without altering the basic use of it as a tool
  • Swiss movement proved to have much international influence in the 1950's and 1960's
  • Modern Swiss grid retained all the Cartesian symbolism it had processed during the early modernist era and remained a rational, universally valid design tool


Source 3 Design is History - Swiss Design

Important information that can be used

  • Swiss design is often referred to as International Typographic Style or International Style
  • Originated in Switzerland in the 1940's and 1950's
  • Was the basis of the development of graphic design during the mid 20th century
  • The use of Sans Serif typography, grids and asymmetrical layouts

Developed from two schools

  • Zurich School of Arts and Krafts (Josef Müller-Brockmann)
  • Basel School of Design (Armin Hofmann)
  • Stressed the combination of typography and photography as a means of visual communication

Design is History - Emil Ruder

Important information that can be used

  • Typographer and graphic designer who helped Armin Hofmann form the Basel School of Design
  • Established the style of design known as Swiss design
  • Placed heavy importance on Sans Serif typefaces


Source 4 Swiss Style - Emil Ruder Bio

Important information that can be used

  • Born March 20, 1914 in Zurich, Switzerland and died March 13, 1970 in Basel, Switzerland
  • Initiated the International Advanced program for Graphic Design with Armin Hofmann
  • Graphic design and typography teacher at Allgemeine Gewerbeschule Basel (AGS) in 1942 and head of department of apprentices in applied arts by 1947
  • October 18, 1950 married Ingeborg Susanne Schwarz
  • Artistic Advisor to the Swiss Post Office in 1961
  • Published world famous book Typographie in 1967
  • One of the most famous typographers in the Swiss Style Movement


Source 5 Thinking for a Living - A Brief History of Emil Ruder

Important information that can be used

  • In 1947 took a position as the typography instructor at the Schule für Gestaltung, Basel (Basel School of Design)
  • Ruder along with the Great Armin Hofmann developed a program structured on the principles of objectivity in design
  • Broke away from style-driven typography of the past and encouraged his students to be more concerned with precision, proportion, and above all, the role of legibility and communication with type
  • Fond of asymmetry, he arranged his layouts and typography with careful attention to counter, shape, and white space
  • Ruder and the school were in high demand by the mid 1960's - Ruder known to only take on two or three students per year
  • Founded with Aaron Burns (typographer) the International Center for the Typographic Arts in New York, which has been listed as inactive since 1970


Source 6 Swiss Style Timeline

Important information that can be used

  • He played a key part in the development of the swiss style
  • began his design education at the age of fifteen when he took a compositor's apprenticeship
  • By his late twentys, Ruder began attending the Zurich School of Arts and Crafts when the principles of Bauhaus and Tschichold's new typography were taught
  • In 1947 he helped found the basel school

Allyscully (talk) 18:47, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

Peer Review[edit]

From all that I see listed above on this article's talk page looks like more than enough to reach over 1500 words by the next due date. What is already typed up in the live article should definitely be elaborated on with the topic ideas you have listed here. I think you have a substantial amount of information for having 6 sources. Not sure if you haven't incorporated any of your words to the actual article, but if not then definitely add on! You will feel accomplishment and be able to move further forward! You may want to consider, if you haven't already, to create a section just for Swiss Style.

ZH92 (talk) 01:32, 10 November 2013 (UTC)

Peer Review[edit]

Solid sources and good bibliography. You'll need a lot more sources, but I'm sure you have plenty of new ones stored in your sandbox. Remember to cite in the right spots such as if you make a set of points that can be encompassed by one source, cite at the end etc. Good luck. --TheShark93 (talk) 16:38, 2 December 2013 (UTC)