Since 1943, when Jan Tschichold proposed to honour the most beautiful Swiss books with an annual award, the competition for this title has become very popular and is heard of not only in Switzerland but around the world. A fact that is less well-known is that the title was not awarded between 1946 and 1948 and no books were submitted to it during this time. This gap in the long-standing tradition of the award provided the background for an exhibition, a series of lectures and a research project, that discussed book production and design in Switzerland with a focus on this specific period, but also with regard to the present situation. Text in English, French, German and Italian.
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The graphic designer Corina Neuenschwander and the publicist Roland Fruh are the editors of this book. Both studied in Zurich and live there as well as in Amsterdam. Corina Neuenschwander has worked for several studios in London and Zurich, mainly in the field of book design, finished a degree at the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem in summer 2012 and has been working as a freelancer since then. Roland Fruh writes about graphic design and related topics and worked for different publishers in Switzerland and abroad. He currently teaches design theory at the ECAL Lausanne and is program coordinator at the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem.
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