Inge Druckrey

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Inge Druckrey
Inge Druckrey in 2012
Known forGraphic design

Inge Druckrey (born 1940 in Germany) is a designer and educator, who brought the Swiss school of design to the United States. She taught at Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Hartford, Philadelphia College of Art, Kunstgewerbeschule in Krefeld, The University of the Arts, Kansas City Art Institute. She is Professor Emerita of Graphic Design, University of the Arts.


Druckrey received her state diploma in Graphic Design from the Kunstgewerbeschule Basel, Switzerland in 1965.[1] Her education included studies in art history and languages at the University of Basel. From 1965 – 1966 she was a designer at the Agency Halpern in Zürich, Switzerland. She lives in Cheshire, Connecticut with her husband, political scientist and theorist of information design Edward Tufte.[2]


In 1966–1968, Druckrey taught at the Kansas City Art Institute, 1968–1970 at the Werkkunstschule in Krefeld, Germany, 1971–1973 at Philadelphia College of Art, 1973–1995 at Yale School of Art, 1984-1985 (part-time) at University of Hartford, 1987-1994 (as Visiting Critic) at Rhode Island School of Design, 1994-2010 University of the Arts. In 2007 Inge Druckrey was awarded the Mary Louise Beitzel Award for Distinguished Teaching.[3]

Druckrey has done free-lance work for European and American clients including Scholastic Inc., the Schoenberg Institute, IBM, New Jersey Transit, the University of Hartford, the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and the Porcelain Manufactory Fuerstenberg, Germany.[4] Her work has been published in Graphis, Industrial Design, Design Quarterly, The 20th Century Poster, The Thames & Hudson Encyclopedia of Graphic Design and Designers, Graphic Design-World Views (Icograda), and is included in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Museum für Gestaltung.[5][6]

In 2012 Andrei Severny made a documentary film about Druckrey's work called Teaching to See.[7][8] The film was produced by Edward Tufte.


  • Inge Druckrey,“Learning from Historical Sources,” Spirals 91, (Graphic Design Department, Rhode Island School of Design, Fall 1992), 121–128.
  • H.U. Allemann, Inge Druckrey, Basic Design, Limited Edition Publication, (Kansas City Art Institute, 1968)
  • Inge Druckrey,“Signs,” Design Quarterly 92, (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1974)



  1. ^ Breuer, Gerda; Julia, Meer (2012). Women in Graphic Design 1890-2012. Jovis. p. 434. ISBN 978-3868591538.
  2. ^ "Los Angeles Times: Archives - ART; Onward means going upward; Edward Tufte has spent his career fighting the visually dull and flat. Even his sculpture is a leap". 2012-06-20. Archived from the original on 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2023-12-18.
  3. ^ "Prospect Pages article Cheshire's Inge Druckrey Honored at UArts Commencement" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  4. ^ Biography of Inge Druckrey at the University of the Arts
  5. ^ "I.H. Druckrey & Manfried Maier | People | Collection of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum". Retrieved 2023-12-18.
  6. ^ "Inge H. Druckrey". Retrieved 2023-12-18.
  7. ^ "Teaching to See" documentary about Inge Druckrey's teaching and design
  8. ^ Vanhemert, Kyle (2012-08-28). "A 40-Minute Crash Course In Design Thinking". FastCompany.

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