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Swiss Graphic Design: A British Invention?

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Lzicar Robert,
Project Swiss Graphic Design and Typography Revisited
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Design Issues
Volume (Issue) 37(1)
Page(s) 51 - 63
Title of proceedings Design Issues
DOI 10.1162/desi_a_00624

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The role of British graphic designers and authors in spreading Swiss Style, “Swiss graphic design,” or “Swiss typography” internationally is evident, but less is known about the process and effects of transnational exchange in design. This article follows the trajectories of objects and texts, revealing how they have established and disseminated the labels in Britain and abroad, thus contributing to our current understanding of “Swiss graphic design.” It concludes with an example of alternative historiography of modern visual communication as a constant process of exchange that reveals the complex international interaction of design discourses.