Inge Druckrey

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Inge Druckrey
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Inge Druckrey in 2012
Born 1940
Berlin, Germany
Known for Graphic design

Inge Druckrey (born 1940, Germany) is a designer and educator, one of the first people who in the 1960-s and 1970-s brought Swiss school of design to the United States. For over 40 years 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.


Inge Druckrey received her state diploma in Graphic Design from the Kunstgewerbeschule Basel, Switzerland in 1965.[1] She was a student of Armin Hofmann and Emil Ruder. 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 is married to the celebrated political scientist and theorist of information design Edward Tufte.


In 1966-1968 Inge 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 honored with the Mary Louise Beitzel Award for Distinguished Teaching.[2]

Druckrey has done free-lance work for both 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.[3]

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.

In 2012 Andrei Severny made a documentary film about Inge Druckrey's work called Teaching to See.[4][5] The film was produced by Edward Tufte.

Inge Druckrey is currently working on a book on early twentieth century influences on typography and type design.


  • 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)



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