Wolfgang Weingart

Main

Born

1941

moved to Lisbon

1954

with his family and developed an interest in the local museums and for the arts.

Studied at the Merz Academy

1958 - 1960

attended a two year program in applied graphic arts. He learned typesetting, linocut and woodblock printing.

Trained as typesetter in a small printing shop

1960 - 1963

hand composing. It was here that he first became familiar with Swiss typography and was soon an avid enthusiast.

Met Armin Hoffman

1963

Enrolled as student at Basel School of Design

1964

Regarded it as "an impenetrable, cloister-like fortress," but later grew to appreciate his education.

Begins teaching at Basel School of Design

1968

intended to "challenge revered conventions and still respect the traditions and philosophies of Basel."

Tours Switzerland, Germany, US,

1972

Designs Covers for Typographische Monatsblatter

1972 - 1976

Swiss type journal. Experiments with stretched out letterspacing and stepped text blocks.

Writes "How Can One Make Swiss Typography"

1972

Explores the essence of Swiss Style while offering alternatives.

nstructor at the Yale University Summer Graphic Design Program in Brissago

1974 - 1996

The Terms Post-Modernism first applied to Typography

1977

Referring to Weingart's former students April Greiman, Dan Friedman, and Willi Kunz

Designs poster for Basel Kunstkredit

1977

Ignites postmodern aesthetic in graphic design

Publishes "Projects"

1980

Based on teachings at Basel School of Design

Art of Writing Exhibition Poster for Kunstgewerbemuseum, Zurich

1981

Article published in Design Quarterly 130

1985

on teaching typography at the Basel School of Design

Publishes "My Way to Typography"

2000

480 page monograph about his life's work.

Retired

2004

Culture

Citizen Kane premiers

1941

Japanese Bom Pearl Harbor

1941

MLK Assassinated

1968

2001: A Space Odyssey Premiers

1968

A.M. Cassandre, Walt Disney, Marcel Duchamp Die

1968

NAB Code Authority Lifts Ban on advertising tampons and sanitary napkins

1972

Star Wars premiers

1977

Charlie Chaplin, Elvis Die

1977

The Clash's Eponymous debut album released

1977

Design

Ms. Magazine Begins Publication

1972

Paul Rand Adds Striped to IBM logo

1972

Begins trend of scanlines in logos

Pruitt-Igoe Apt complex demolished

1972

Signals the end of Modernist Architechture

Punk Fanzine "Sniffin Glue" premiers

1977

Hand scrawled and cut-and-paste type typical of punk rock aesthetic.

Erik Spiekerman founds MetaDesign

1980

becomes Germany's largest design firm

M&Co Design cover for the Talking Heads' "Remain in Light"

1980

i-D premiers

1980

MTV Logo is designed

1981

Absolute Vodka's "The Absolute Bottle" campaign begins

1981

becomes longest running ad campaign in history

Herb Lubalin Dies

1981

Elle, How, Spin, MacWorld Begin Publication

1985