Swiss fresh air
Rosmarie Tissi: Graphic DesignBy Rosmarie Tissi with texts by Claudia Cattaneo, Christoph Bignens, Erich Grasdorf and Nahoko Mori. Designed by Rosmarie Tissi and Bruno Margreth. Triest Verlag, €39
This modest book is the first to cover the long career of Swiss graphic designer Rosmarie Tissi, the first female member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). Rosmarie Tissi: Graphic Design (Triest Verlag, €39) includes a foreword by Claudia Cattaneo, short essays by design historians Christoph Bignens and Erich Grasdorf and a 2011 interview with Tissi by Nahoko Mori first published in the magazine +81. Most of the book’s 119 pages are taken up with Tissi’s portfolio, presented in a way that lets the work speak for itself. The earliest works include a red, white and black poster from 1956; the most recent item is dated 2014.
Cover designed by Tissi.
Top. Spread from Rosmarie Tissi: Graphic Design, designed by Rosmarie Tissi and Bruno Margreth, showing the front and back cover of a folder for printing firm Anton Schöb Zürich, 1982.
Sarah Snaith, design writer, editor, Buenos Aires
Read the full version in Eye no. 99 vol. 25, 2019
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