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Wolfgang Weingart


Wolfgang Weingart (born 1941 in the Salem Valley in southern Germany) is an internationally known graphic designer and typographer.

His work is categorized as Swiss typography and he is credited as “the father” of New Wave or Swiss Punk typography.

  “I took ‘Swiss Typography’ as my starting point, but then I blew it apart, never forcing any style upon my students. I never intended to create a ‘style’. It just happened that the students picked up—and misinterpreted—a so-called ‘Weingart style’ and spread it around.” Weingart

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Weingart spent his childhood in Germany, moving briefly to Lisbon in 1954 with his family. In April 1958 he returned to Germany and studied typesetting, linocut and woodblock printing at the Merz Academy in Stuttgart . He then  completed a three-year typesetting apprenticeship in hot metal hand composition at Ruwe Printing.  From 1963 he has been based at Basel School of Design as a student and from 1968 – 2005 as teacher of typography. He was a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) from 1978 to 1999. From1970 to 1988 he was on the editorial board of Typographische Monatsblätter magazine.


Weingart, Wolfgang. Weingart: Typography—My Way to Typography, a retrospective volume in ten sections, Baden: Lars Müller Publishers, 2000 (ISBN 978-3907044865)

Knapp, Susan, Eppelheimer, Michael, Hofmann Dorothea et al. Weingart: The Man and the Machine, statements by 77 of his students at the Basel School of Design (1968–2004), Basel: Karo Publishing, 2014 (ISBN 3-9521009-7-8)