Font Designer – Jost Hochuli

Born 8 June 1933 in St. Gallen.
1952–1954 Kunstgewerbeschule St. Gallen, training as graphic designer.
1954–1955 work experience with Rudolf Hostettler at the printing firm Zollikofer, St. Gallen.
1955–1958 training as compositor at Zollikofer and in the composition class at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich.
1958–1959 École Estienne, Paris.
Since 1959 own studio for graphic design (focus on industrial and institutional graphic design), book design and type design.
1979–2004 cofounder, president and designer of the VGS Verlagsgenossenschaft St. Gallen.

1967–1980 taught lettering and basic formal training of graphic designers at the Kunstgewerbeschule (Schule für Gestaltung) Zurich; 1980–1996 lettering at the Schule für Gestaltung, St. Gallen, and ran the “Typographical Designer” day release course. Since 1976 lectures and seminars in Switzerland and abroad. 1988 appointed as Professor for Lettering, with focus on typography, at the Universität-Gesamthochschule Essen; appointment not accepted. Book design workshops at the University Liechtenstein (department of architecture) and every year at the “Höhere Graphische” in Vienna.

1983 (with Gerrit Noordzij) in the Ignaz-Günther-Haus, Stadtmuseum München, 1989/90 in Warsaw, Cracow, Thorun and Poznan, 1991 in Stuttgart, 1996 in London (St Bride Institute), 1996 in Edinburgh (National Library of Scotland), 1997 in St. Gallen, 1998 in Mainz (exhibition of the Typotron series at the Gutenberg- Museum), 1999 in Leipzig. 1993 curator and designer of the exhibition “Book Design in Switzerland” (for Pro Helvetia), shown in various countries in Europe, and in the USA and Canada. 2008 curator and designer of the exhibition “Book Design in St. Gallen”, shown in Geneva, St. Gallen, Vienna, London (St Bride Institute), New York (AIGA), Karlsruhe, Berlin.

Several publications. The detail in typography translated in 8 foreign languages. 2013 release of the type design Allegra.

Icograda prize of honour at the IBA International Book Art Exhibition, Leipzig, 1989. Gutenberg prize of the city of Leipzig, 1999. “Jan-Tschichold-Preis des Eidg. Departements des Innern”. Numerous books selected for the “Most beautiful books of Switzerland” and “Most beautiful books of the world” awards. Appointed “Senator” of the International Gutenberg Society, Mainz. Honorary member of the Double Crown Club, London. Honorary Fellow of the International Society of Typographic Designers.
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