Wolfgang Weingart

Posted by Alex

I’ve seen these posters floating around the internet for a while. I searched long and far to try and find anything at all about them, always to no avail. It was tough when all I had was the letters NR and my feeble attempts to describe their excellence to Google. Recently I saw them again on Shelby White’s blog and was very excited to at least have a small lead as to their origin.

Turns out they were designed by Wolfgang Weingart for Kunstgewerbeschule Basle in 1974. These, and a number of other Swiss poster designs, are at The Swiss Poster Collection at Carnegie Melon University. I would love to see one in person; I’m very curious how large they are. I like to imagine them as these massive wall sized super posters, best viewed at a distance. Ready to intimidate any graphic designers that unwittingly wander underneath.

*Favorite is definitely NR1

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NEOkeitaro says:

March 19, 2010 at 3:04 am

In the MoMA permanent collection they have this lithograph in 34 1/2 x 24 1/4″. That’s fairly large, compared to what one can find on Internet… Like you, I would really like to see this in real!


Blake says:

March 19, 2010 at 5:25 am

5-6 years ago I interviewed at a small design studio in Miami. In the Principals office was a HUGE poster. Roughly 5′ x 4′. It was a Weingart, for sure. So my guess is these posters are a larger format, but I could be wrong.


John D says:

March 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Hey Alex,
I’m actually right down the street from CMU (UPitt), so if you wanted I’d be willing to take a look at the posters, find out their dimensions, and snap some pictures for you if I can.

Interested? (I wouldn’t mind going, interesting to me too)


Scott says:

March 19, 2010 at 7:50 pm

He is definitely one my favs, I saw a poster of his for sale at The Design Museum but I was skimped at the time and could not get it.


Susan says:

March 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I was in the design program at San Jose State (lived in Alameda) and saw these in my typography classes w/ ….trying to remember his name. Awesome instructor. Well, at least the exposure to this was memorable. I had no idea they are so big though. Thanks all for sharing this.

I like that phrase… “I was skimped”


c says:

March 23, 2010 at 6:10 pm

i was lucky enough to studied under wolfgang in basle. He is quite a character. Nice to see his work making it to blogs. He is a master. Designers today still try and achieve what he did almost 40 years ago.