Types We Can Make


A selection of contemporary Swiss typography.

This stunning book accompanied a touring exhibition, curated by ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne- "Type We Can Make"presents a selection of typography works from Switzerland, where type design has had the status of high art for generations.

The book includes font designs of Nicolas Eigenheer, Phillippe Desarzens, Matthieu Cortat, Emmanuel Rey, Jeremy Schorderet, Ian Party, Gilles Gavillet, David Rust, Cornel Windlin, Dimitri Bruni and Manuel Krebs, plus a dozen others.

With the explosion of digital media and international communications, the importance of type design has risen from a practice of craft, to an exacting and principled art form, one that has attracted new designers and artists to the field. Swiss designers, in particular, have historically contributed to the development of modern type, (Helvetica was created in 1957 by a team of Swiss designers) and their legacy is explored in this exhibition as new designers draw on the past. ECAL Director Pierre Keller explains, "Swiss excellence in graphic design still has many bright days ahead of it: you can be sure that Swiss typography will continue to be spelled out in capital letters!”

Along with expanding opportunities for creatively using letters as the substrate in messaging, exposing art, and publicizing new products, has come an elevation in the art world of the designers themselves. World-class contributors who work internationally – professors, students and practicing graphic designers – come together in this unique exhibition of new work and new ideas.

Editors:Ecal, Pierre Keller
Text by:Jonas Vögeli
Publisher:ECAL, Lausanne
Publ. year:2010
Illustrations:illustrated throughout
Width x height:205 x 305 (mm)