Emil Ruder

Graphic Designer, Author

1914 – 1970

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Who was Emil Ruder?

Emil Ruder was a Swiss typographer and graphic designer, who with Armin Hofmann joined the faculty of the Schule für Gestaltung Basel.

He is distinguishable in the field of typography for developing a holistic approach to designing and teaching that comprised philosophy, theory and a systematic practical methodology. He expressed lofty aspirations for graphic design, writing that part of its function was to promote 'the good and the beautiful in word and image and to open the way to the arts'. He was one of the major contributors to Swiss Style design. He taught that typography's purpose was to communicate ideas through writing, as well as placing a heavy importance on Sans-serif typefaces. No other designer since Jan Tschichold was as committed as Ruder to the discipline of letterpress typography or wrote about it with such conviction.

Famous Quotes:

  • Typography has one plain duty before it and that is to convey information in writing. No argument or consideration can absolve typography from this duty.

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Born
Mar 20, 1914
Zürich
Nationality
  • Switzerland
Profession
Died
Mar 13, 1970
Basel

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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