News 08/2011

Bruno K. Weise 1922-2011

 Bruno K. Wiese died August 10, 2011 at the age of 89 in Hamburg.

Born in 1922 in Berlin, he studied under Prof. O.H.W. Hadank at the Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste (State Academy for Applied Arts) in his hometown from 1945 to 1949, where he also met his later wife Ruth. Subsequently, both of them became staff members in Hadank’s studio in Hamburg before starting their own “Bureau for Visual Design” in 1954. They worked together alone. She is his most appreciated critic. Their daughter Carola was born in 1960.

Bruno K. Wiese was known especially as a successful package designer for notable business companies. He received first prize in numerous competitions for brand logos, product packaging and special issue stamps. In 1971 and 1982, he won the international poster award of the Kiel Week (Kieler Woche), to which each year a selection of the best designers from all over the world are invited. Afterwards, he was a jury member of the Kiel Week for many years. He was admitted to the AGI in 1974. One year later, he won the competition for the logo design of the German Society for Aeronautics and Astronautics (German Space Agency) which is still being used today. Since 1978, he was also active in lecturing and teaching. In 1980, he got a professorship for Communication Design at the Fachhochschule Kiel (University of Applied Sciences Kiel), which he held until 1987.

Bruno K. Wiese belongs to a generation of designers developing a distinct form language after World War II. He turned into a master of simplification in the finding and inventing of highly aesthetic iterations. It remained his lifelong passion to express much with little means. As a perfectionist, he was always looking for the better idea. “The good is appropriate.” Up until old age, he nourished the joy of sketching reflected in the trial and error and the variation of form and color. The new media he called sarcastically “the triumph of mediocrity”. Whoever had the privilege to know him personally, cherished his unerring wit and his critical mind. He will be sorely missed. 

—Uwe Loesch, President of the German AGI members 

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Bruno K. Wiese 1922-2011

 Bruno K. Wiese died August 10, 2011 at the age of 89 in Hamburg.

Born in 1922 in Berlin, he studied under Prof. O.H.W. Hadank at the Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste (State Academy for Applied Arts) in his hometown from 1945 to 1949, where he also met his later wife Ruth. Subsequently, both of them became staff members in Hadank’s studio in Hamburg before starting their own “Bureau for Visual Design” in 1954. They worked together alone. She is his most appreciated critic. Their daughter Carola was born in 1960.

Bruno K. Wiese was known especially as a successful package designer for notable business companies. He received first prize in numerous competitions for brand logos, product packaging and special issue stamps. In 1971 and 1982, he won the international poster award of the Kiel Week (Kieler Woche), to which each year a selection of the best designers from all over the world are invited. Afterwards, he was a jury member of the Kiel Week for many years. He was admitted to the AGI in 1974. One year later, he won the competition for the logo design of the German Society for Aeronautics and Astronautics (German Space Agency) which is still being used today. Since 1978, he was also active in lecturing and teaching. In 1980, he got a professorship for Communication Design at the Fachhochschule Kiel (University of Applied Sciences Kiel), which he held until 1987.

Bruno K. Wiese belongs to a generation of designers developing a distinct form language after World War II. He turned into a master of simplification in the finding and inventing of highly aesthetic iterations. It remained his lifelong passion to express much with little means. As a perfectionist, he was always looking for the better idea. “The good is appropriate.” Up until old age, he nourished the joy of sketching reflected in the trial and error and the variation of form and color. The new media he called sarcastically “the triumph of mediocrity”. Whoever had the privilege to know him personally, cherished his unerring wit and his critical mind. He will be sorely missed. 

—Uwe Loesch, President of the German AGI members

Here is a link to a documentary about Bruno K. Wiese , made by Jens Muller and Karen Weiland. 

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