Josef Müller-Brockmann

Josef Müller-Brockmann
Born Josef Müller
(1914-05-09)9 May 1914
Rapperswil, Switzerland
Died 30 August 1996(1996-08-30) (aged 82)
Nationality Swiss
Alma mater University and Kunstgewerbeschule, Zürich
Style International Typographic Style
Spouse(s) Verena Brockmann (married 1943–1964)
Children 1

Josef Müller-Brockmann (May 9, 1914 – August 30, 1996) was a Swiss graphic designer and teacher. He studied architecture, design and history of art at both the University and Kunstgewerbeschule in Zürich. In 1936 he opened his Zurich studio specialising in graphic design, exhibition design and photography. From 1951 he produced concert posters for the Tonhalle in Zurich. In 1958 he became a founding editor of New Graphic Design along with R.P. Lohse, C. Vivarelli, and H. Neuburg. In 1966 he was appointed European design consultant to IBM.

He is recognised for his simple designs and his clean use of typography (notably Akzidenz-Grotesk), shapes and colours which inspire many graphic designers in the 21st century.

Müller-Brockman was author of several books on design and visual communication.



  1. Müller, Lars. Josef Müller-Brockmann: Pioneer of Swiss Graphic Design. Lars Müller Publishers, 1994, p. 261
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